David was someone I raced with at Bridgehampton, Pocono, and Summit Point and probably other places back in the '80s and '90s. I never knew then that he was an artist; he was just a motorcycle racer to me. And, he was a real racer, racing into the last year of his life at age 70. His widow, Harriet, has made a great effort to get David's work shown and has organized a terrific show at a lovely gallery in Winter Park that will run to next April.
From there, I drove up to Daytona, got my credentials and set up my pit.
The AHRMA Daytona event has gone from being a curious side show on amateur day of the March Speedweek, to being a huge curtain raiser for the 200 that attracted tens of thousands of spectators in the mid/late '90's, to being a huge anti-climax to the Barber event during the Fall 'Biketoberfest'. Entries weren't great last year, when they first went to having the event in the Fall, but this year they were way down from that. It seems unsustainable.
Fri. practice went well and I didn't do any changes before the races. It didn't go so well for the Hollingsworths and Al's work was for naught in the case of the '66 short stroke (the last four stroke to win the Daytona Novice race). When Dick was practicing on it at Daytona, it dropped a valve.
|The Hollingsworth's short stroke 250 CRTT Sprint after it dropped a valve at Daytona|
Next up was the 350GP/F-250/350 Sportsman/Classic 60's/Classic 60's 650. There was a grand total of seven starters in the five classes and five riders finished the five laps. I started on the pole on my 350 H-D Sprint ERTT and I didn't see anyone during the whole race. Alex McLean's fastest lap was almost 2 seconds faster than my fastest lap, but he started in the second wave on McKeever's Classic 60's Norton Manx and couldn't overcome that deficit.
Originally, I was scheduled to race the Dondolino again on Sat. and the ERTT on Sunday, but they changed the schedule so that both of my races were on Sun. with none for me Sat. Then I discovered a broken exhaust valve spring on the Dondo and decided to blow off Sunday's race and leave Sat. morning.
I took no photos of my own bikes at Daytona, so I'll include a couple of more from Barber:
|Bill Doll photo|
|my brother Doug and me with the '70 ERTT. Rich Hosley photo|
|Bill Doll photo|