I enjoy beer, campfires and hot shoes
Hi Tom, I'm Jim. I'm a new poster to CLSB, but a long time lurker. I've seen some of the discussion on flat track before and, with the season coming I thought I'd draw the hotshoe types out and talk some flat track.
My first question is, did you ever race flattrack? If so when and at what level?
I raced at the Pro Sport (novice pro, kind of like being at the AA level in Baseball) level for several years. I was a regular at Santa Fe Speedway back in the '70's and early '80's. I sponsored George Mack Jr. ( Now of MackDaddy Racing, sponsor of Hank Wiles for his 3 Peoria TT wins) for a couple of years on my bike at Santa Fe when I stopped short tracking. I kept 1/2 mile racing for a few more years, and got to ride the Springfield mile in '81.
I liked TT racing too, I contend that one of the greatest thrills in motorcycling is coming off of turn 2 at Peoria and looking up that hill at hard acceleration, not being able to see the top of the hill, and knowing when you get there in a second or less, you'll be flying through the air about 30+ feet. You don't really think about while your doing it, but you can relive the rush when you think about it later!
I wasn't a very successful racer, but I got to live my dream and hang out with my heroes.
Today I ride a little vintage MX in AHRMA ( its like TTscrambles) and a few District enduros and some trials. I escaped flat track reasonably intact, alot of guys don't, but the bug to race seems like it will never go away!
That's a little of my background...back to you.
You really can't call yourself a motorcycle racer until you've worn a steel shoe!