|Talking with Thad Wolf with Gordon Pulis on the right. Photo by Darleen Drehmel|
Both bikes worked well in practice and I didn't change anything on them. First up for me was the Class 'C' race. I got a decent launch of the line, but by the time I was coming out of turn one, I had lost power and the motor sounded strange and I pulled off. It turned out the exhaust valve adjuster had fallen out. and the rocker itself was just barely opening the valve. I didn't have a spare, but I was able to bodge one by finding a 7.0 X 1.0 bolt, cutting off the head and putting a screwdriver slot in the end and getting a lash cap from Larry Poons.
|1946 Moto Guzzi Dondolino. Photo by Darleen Drehmel|
But that was after the GP 350 race, which was oddly gridded between Middleweight Original Superbike and Euro American Twins. I quickly got into 4th place behind two superbikes and Doug MacRea on his 750 Norton. I made a somewhat ambitious pass on Doug going into the 'keyhole' and promptly missed a downshift and cut across his bow as he went back by. Somewhat chagrined, I shrugged as he looked back when we got on the back straight. But, a lap or two later, I was able to make a clean pass on Doug and closed down on the 550 Yamaha Seca of Wayne Shelton who was running 2nd to Jeff Uher on a 550 GPz Kawasaki.
|I'm on #7 chasing Wayne Shelton on a Yamaha 550 Seca after I got past Doug MacRea on a 750 Norton. Photo by Darleen Drehmel|
Sunday, the Dondolino seemed to work fine with the bodged rocker adjuster, but the Sprint sounded a bit off in practice and I found a big piece blown out of the megaphone. Larry Poons came to the rescue again as he had a broken, somewhat flatten megaphone he let me cut a piece out of and I was able to braze this patch over the hole. In Sunday's Class 'C' race, I was left at the line when, once again, I thought it was in gear, but wasn't. I was able to get through the Class 'C' hand shift, and GP 250 fields, and closed on Neil Pooler on his 125 CanAm, but Ryan Ambrose on Big D's pre-unit, rigid 500 Triumph had thing well under control at the front. Still, I was pleased how the Guzzi ran and my fastest lap was second only to Ryan.
|Gordon Pulis helps me start the ERTT on Stu Carter's rollers for Sun. morn practice. Darleen Drehmel photo|
In Sunday's GP 350, even more oddly, they gridded us in the front of the superbikes and Euro-Am twins, and I was quickly able to get into the overall lead. On the 6th of 8 laps, my spark plug lead came off the plug and my race was over, allowing Doug MacRea to win overall.
In the 'keyhole' before the plug lead fell off. Darleen Drehmel photo