Thursday, March 6, 2014
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
It will be great to see lifelong flat tracker Jeff Lessley battling in the Bomber Class on this Suzuki.
I think it was being dropped off to get a new set of chambers.
Don Vesco bump starts his 250 twin Yamaha and rode it to a 107mph record. He put a fairing on it and went 120 for another record. Don became the "Fastest Man On Two Wheels" not too many years later with a record of 318 mph which stood for an amazing 19 years. Don also claimed the fastest wheel driven car record with a speed of 458mph. Don had a need for speed.
Fasted bike at the meet, Gary Richards 159 on this 40 inch Trumpet Fueler.
Ira Mahoney went 128 on this supercharger Triumph Twin
American Ingenuity, 650 DOHC Triumph Twin
Bob Leppan tucked in to 119 on this 500 Triumph.
Second fastest bike, 1500cc H.D went 156
750 Royal Enfield of James Enz nailed new record at 135.
The salt was slightly slippery in 1964 and caused wheelspin traction problems for just about all competitors.
Bert Monroe on his 1920 Indian Scout made one run at 182 but decided to stay off the slippery course.
It was probably a very wise move as many bikes crashed due to unfavorable conditions
Monday, March 3, 2014
Jim has been racing Sprints since they early 60's. In the summer time, Jim and his racing buddy Sid Carlson would pack up and take off from San Diego for three months of Mid West Flat Track Racing. Sante Fe in Chicago was the big attraction and Jim and Sid lived to race there . Jim has been a Sprint Tuner Supreme for decades and his bikes have always been fast and reliable. Tom Ferguson has won back to back 500 vs 750 Classic Brakeless Championships on Jim's 350 Sprint.
Jim battles the now late, great Neil Keen who is riding one of the first DT1 Star Racers at the famous Sante fe Speedway
Jim is putting the final touches on this potent little 250. He fired it up on the rollers for the very first time and it sounded strong.
Jim and Tom
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Friday, February 28, 2014
Mike Haney, the Triumph Terror from Torrance, came close to winning many Grand Nationals right in his back yard at Ascot but had to go to Texas to get his one and only National victory.
It was the Yamaha Gold Cup TT and Kenny Roberts was on a tear and fully expected to win. He didn't, Mike pressured him and Roberts locked it up and stalled in the hairpin after the jump. So a Triumph won the Yamaha Gold Cup.
Haney built his own hot rod Trumpets and ran out of Harry. D. Fosters dealership in Lomita, Cal , a stones throw from Ascot. Here he is, out front and on the gas, in typical Haney style
Applying the pressure to Roberts who overcooked it right after the jump and stalled it and lost the race.
Gary Scott follows on another Triumph. Great to see the riders faces in their Bell Magnums.
Open face helmet with shield and peak on the San Jose Mile. Mike always rode the wheels off his mounts and was some spectacular Flat Tracker to watch. Check the 21" front wheel with Speedway tire.