Monday, May 23, 2016

Wide Whites - A timeless classic

240Z Best looking Japanese car ever.

Thank you AMA and Fanschoicetv.

What a treat to be able to watch the complete AMA Grand National Championship live, no matter where you are in the World. This was my Sacramento Mile Qualifying. The best of both worlds,celebrating a birthday and seeing all the action live, not missing a thing. I always watch the complete show, from the first hot laps to the Checkers live on Fanschoicetv . They were always good and they are getting better and better.
 Got home in time to watch the whole program, awesome ! Thank you very much indeed AMA and Fanschoicetv.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Bryan Smith on his Kawasaki, Crosley Radios, Howerton Racing and Esparaza backed machine wins his 6th Sacramento Mile in a row

After the flogging the AMA Grand National field took at the "Arizona Mile" at the throttle hand of Bryan Smith on his  Howerton Hot Kawasaki, it was no surprise at the very next mile, the field had taken a week to gather their thoughts as to how to handle the Mean Greenie. Unfortunately the Sacramento Mile turned into a narrow blue groove that means, follow the leader in the corners and draft down the straights. The XR750s being at a disadvantage because they corner like the diggens but get eaten alive on the straights by the 42. Dave Zanotti Racing's Senior Throttleman and Flat Tracker surpreme, Kenny Coolbeth Jr. decided the best attack was to stay glued to Smith's back wheel like  chewing gum sticking to the bedpost overnight. It worked, almost. For 19 and 3/4 of a mile Kenny bit his tongue and resisted the urge to draft past his rival. Others did not. Baker who had a really tough night up until this point could not resist and pulled out from third into the lead. BANG ! went another Vance and Hines XR ( Brad graciously thanked the Team and V&H. Brad I hope you are coming unglued behind closed doors, because you deserve way better than the unreliable crap you are riding) . Smith and Coolbeth were very lucky not to slam up Brads ass. Bonsey inherited third place and hung on for dear life until he too had a shot at the slingshot to the front. Bonsey is very experienced as a thee time National winner and he used his 6th sense to say , don't do it. Thank you Stevie, that showed real maturity. Coolbeth stalked ( through some trailbraking weirdness from a pressured Smith) until the very last moment and pulled out coming to the line only to sidedraft Smith and follow him across the line by a half a wheel. Smith wins 6 in a row and the Harleys are so close it hurts.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Sacramento Mile National Today !

 The Sacramento Mile has a long and varied history. Here Lone Star JR, Johnny Rutherford negotiates a thick cushion at the 1967 USAC race. The AMA prefer a hard surface that if riders and spectators are lucky, does not turn into a narrow groove affair. If we are lucky we will see some side by side racing in the corners tonight. Fanschoicetv coverage begins at 2.30 pm PCT with the Heats starting at 7.00pm PCT.
 Looking back down the long straight from the line.
 Crossing the line . This is where you want to be if you are leading this thing.
 They roll right into turn one throttle wide open before they chop it and get turned  and set up for the long arc around through 2.
 Looking back at Turn 1.
 Turn 4 and you better be close to wide open , feet up and tucked in right here.
 Turn 3
 Sacto Mile 1967
Bryan Smith has won so many Sacto Miles in a row, we've lost count and after the Arizona Mile you would be crazy to bet against him tonight. A highlight of the program tonight is the battle of the Titans Scotty Parker VS Jay Springsteen in a 4 lap shoot out.

Friday, May 20, 2016

1951 Horex Regina 350

 Very sophisticated motorbike for '51. This one belonged to my old childhood friend Darrell Byfield, Beaumont, South Australia who restored it when he was 17 years old as his daily ride. I took this photo in late 70's. I bet it is still running and looking great.

Thursday, May 19, 2016