We got to Daytona Thurs. afternoon and got registered and teched. I decided that I had gone way too rich at Barber and lowered the float and main jet. Maybe it was a little better, but still lots of hesitation and missing.
As it's been for the last several years, the turn out for Daytona was very thin. In the 350GP, there were only four entries, one of whom (Jack Parker) didn't show up. In the race, Paul Germain pulled away until his bike broke (suspected broken piston) and I inherited the 'win' from Dick Hollingsworth on their new 350 Sprint, which they've built very mildly initially.
A couple of races later was the 250GP, and there were eight entries in that, four of whom actually started. My bike died on the warm-up lap, which turned out to be just a wire that pulled off the coil.
Don Hollingsworth won the class by a big margin, and was 3rd O.A. behind a couple of Vintage Superbike Lightweights, on the same CRTT H-D Sprint that he used to win the 1968 Daytona Novice race.
The next day, I decided that my carburetion problem was an ignition problem. The motor seem to run fine below 5K rpm and, if I really screamed it, would pull high rpms. The problem was getting to those high rpms. So, I geared it down, and it seemed a little better. Our practice ended at perhaps 10:30a and we had to wait to perhaps 3:30p for the CCS races to finish and the AHRMA races to start. On the warm-up lap of my first race, the 350GP, the motor dropped a valve and made a mess. I haven't pulled the head off yet, but the spark plug was hard coming out and smashed up and there was debris in the exhaust pipe. If it had dropped the valve on the last lap of practice instead of the warm-up lap of the race, I could have packed up 5 hours earlier. Life is cruel.
|I thought this was a pretty neat in line radiator on Barrett Long's 125|
|My CRTT with Don Hollingsworth snoozing in the backround|
|The Hollingsworth pit was a bee hive of activity. Al & Dick snoozing|
|Don Hollingsworth's 250 on the left and Dick's 350 on the right|
|The evergreen Ken Nemoto brought his Guzzi from Tokyo again. Neik Leeuwis from Holland was the other foreign competitor at Daytona. Both talked of going to Barber next year.|