Tuesday, April 15, 2014

If Shoes could talk...

this one would have some stories to tell. It is from an era when Ken Maely had his marketing dept wound up and he sold Shoes for every length of track and condition. This one is a Half Mile Shoe and by the looks of the toe cap it is for ploughing through deep pea gravel or heavy cushion. Jim McMurren , National # 11 raced with it for about three decades, so it could definitely tell some fascinating stories.

Monday, April 14, 2014

MiG 15 and North American F-86 Sabre

Both Fighters were built from captured Nazi plans of the proposed Folke-Wulf TA-183. The British captured plans and shared them with the U.S. Russians captured a complete set of blueprints and test results of the same plane.
Two years later and with in a week of one another both planes were introduced

Friday, April 11, 2014

Friends and Rivals

Two of the great guys of the GNC Championship. Tony Dodge (left) and David Zanotti.
Friendly rivals stand by Brad Bakers / Dodge Bros. 2013 No.1 Harley-Davidson at the TrailBlazers Banquet in Los Angeles ,Calif.
Tony Dodge and David Zanotti both live GNC Flat Track Racing.

Tony won the 2013 No.1 plate with  the incredible Washingtonian, Brad Baker.
Dodge Bros. Racing has been competing very successfully in the GNC for years but had never followed the complete circuit. 2013 and Tony and Brad raced all the races and came out on top after a terrific year long battle. Tony put together a fantastic crew with Dave and Kevin Atherton and Brad.
Harley stole Brad away to ride the Factory XR in 2014 but Brad will still ride Dodge Bros. bikes at selected events like Willow Springs that is coming right up.

David Zanotti Racing claim two GNC Championships in 2010 and 2011 with Jake Johnson riding.
David is inspired by his father , Mario Zanotti who claimed the GNC Championship in 1979 with Steve Eklund. In 2014 Zanotti Racing look like a powerhouse with none other than Kenny Coolbeth Jr and Stevie Bonsey riding the immaculate Zanotti machines. Both riders got on the box in Daytona, Kenny with a Win and Stevie a strong Third. These two guys and their outstanding team are going to make the season one to watch and really enjoy.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sure cure for the Summertime Blues - SoCal Short Track Speedway

I say Short Track because that's how we race Speedway in the Southland. From Costa Mesa to the Inland Empire to the High Desert, it's one 1/8 Mile of total commitment on a groomed decomposed granite track.
World Champions have cut their racing teeth here since the early 20th century. Since the Milne Bros. wheelied on the front of the sports pages across the USA in the 30s, Speedway has held a tight knit , rabid fan base for close to a century with full throttle racing that is unequaled in close up gladiatorial motor sport entertainment. Nothing comes close. Go to the State Championships and as a street bike, dirt bike rider or racer, you will come away weak kneed.
Such is the ferocity and commitment of the competitors. Long Live Speedway.

Industry Hills is an incredible facility. Built on the top of a cone mesa in The City of Industry, way above  ( 1000' ) making it sound impervious to the the surrounding suburban neighbourhood . It is first a high brow roofed equestrian center that  transforms into a World Class Speedway Track. Just east of Downtown Los Angeles, it is with in reach of Millions of Motorcyclists. If you have'nt been GO !

Kenny's Miler