The next day, I was approached with the offer of another ride: Dennis Latimer's CT1 Yamaha.
|Dennis Latimer's CT1 Yamaha|
This CT1 is a trick little bike. The motor has a TR-3 cylinder, piston and exh. pipe and a homemade cylinder head and PVL ignition.
|TR-3 cyl., piston, and pipe. Home made head|
|Dennis made his own frame|
|Works shocks and disc rear brake|
|modified RZ 350 forks|
|Here I'm chatting with Rick Remy while practicing on a iWalk-free in preparation of then impending ankle replacement. Ellen Lorish photo|
AHRMA rules prohibit more that one 'bump-up', so I rode my 250 Sprint in the 350GP race on Sat. Paul Germain and Jack Parker took off in the front on their DT1 Yamahas and it didn't take long for Tim Mings to come by on his Honda CB77 based racer. Tim and his bike were going better than I've ever seen them before. I settled into a dice with my old friend Gary McCaw for 4th, he on a 350 Ducati. After we swapped back and forth several times, I missed a shift a touched the exh. valve to the piston and bending a pushrod and came to a stop.
I was concerned about getting back to the pits in time, as I was in the next race, the 200GP. There were a few bike pick-ups so, it turned out I had plenty of time. Because I was a post entry, I had to start 35th in a field of 35. I thought it would be a hectic couple of laps passing people, but I didn't think I would be taking to lead on the first lap. Coming out of the last corner on the first lap, Jack Parker ran wide and I got underneath him and assumed the lead and was never passed. I finished almost 9 sec. ahead of Denny Poneleit's Honda.
It was quite a wait to the 250GP race and I took my CRTT apart. I had a spare pushrod with me that was borderline too long and could just make it work if I backed the rocker adjuster all the way off. I took the timing cover off to confirm that the tappets were alright.
But, it was back on the CT1 for the 250GP race. We were gridded in the second wave behind the first wave Formula 250. Fast as the CT1 was, I couldn't match the DT1s of Germain and Parker and I finished almost 1 1/3 behind Jack, the three of us having passed 7 of the 11 F-250 bikes.
I fired up my CRTT at the end of the day to confirm it would run, but it didn't seem to have a lot of compression. However, Gary McCaw decided that he didn't want to race Sunday and offered me his 350 Ducati. Gary and I go way back to sparing at Shannonville in the early '80s and Gary raced in the '84 Senior Historic TT. I was curious to ride the bike I had diced with the day before. It shifted in the opposite direction from my bike, but I figured I could deal with.
|Gary McCaw's 350 Ducati|
|The front row of Sunday's 350GP race. I'm on Gary McCaw's 350 Ducati #7, Paul Germain #61 DT1 Yam, Jack Parker #18J DT1 Yam, and Francis Ganance #97 250 Ducati. Ricky Pearson photo|
|Tim Ming's pit|
|Tim's CB77 based racer on the left, Tohatsu in the middle, and 150 Honda Benly on the right|
|Tim was especially proud of his airconditioner. He's a sick puppy.|
|Tim's toy hauler|
There was some drama before the start of the 250GP as the CT1 didn't want to start after trying a couple of sparkplugs. I took my transponder and went back to my pit and started my Sprint, when Rick showed up with the CT1 at the last minute. But, it wasn't as sharp as it had been earlier and I finished a distant 3rd behind Germain and Parker with Frances Ganance less than 6 seconds behind me. My fastest lap was almost 2 seconds slower that the day before. The four of us still got by half the F-250s from the first wave.
So, having gone to Barber with low expectation, I ended up having quite a successful time with two 1sts, a 2nd and two thirds and one DNF (13th).