|Team Obsolete's Surtees Special AJS 7R|
My Sprint had been freshened up with new rings and a valve job and the drive train had been considerably revamped. Stripping it at the end of last season revealed more broken dogs in the gearbox, so I had Bill Himmelsbach install a modified '73 road bike gearbox. Replacing the sleeve gear and corresponding gear on the layshaft raises the 4 lower gear ratios closer to 5th and makes a good set of ratios for racing. It's a little wider ratio with a lower 1st and 2nd gear, but 4th is actually closer to 5th. I also had bought a light weigh clutch assembly from Jon White of Prova which has an alloy basket and hub and more, but thinner plates.
|#35 is Doc Batsleer's 1934 Indian racer behind my ERTT|
|Jim Hinshaw's H-1 Kawasaki|
I was gridded alone on the front row, but a 350 Sportsman bike mistakenly pulled up to the front row also. Again, I got a great launch and led the first lap. Finishing the 2nd lap, John Miller on a Sportsman 350 bike come by on the front straight. But, as we approached the start/finish line, they held out a 'meatball' board for the rider who started on the front row with me and John momentarily thought it was for him and rolled off the throttle. This allowed me to get by and back in the lead. I figured John would come back when he realized his error, but instead it was Alex McLean who came by on his 500GP Norton Manx. We went back and forth a couple of times and at least once I was able to draft him down the straight and out brake him into turn #1. But, finishing lap 6, my motor died and I coasted across the finish line a found that my spark plug cap had come off and the guts had come apart and wouldn't stay on. So, I DNFed, but still won my class as one just has to complete one lap to be considered a finisher. A hollow victory, indeed. I did have the third quickest fastest lap behind Alex and Paul Garland on a F-250 Yamaha.
|The McKeever Norton Manx's that Alex McLean races, the Classic 60's bike on the right, 500GP on left|
In Sunday's first practice, the ground lead came off the battery and I came in on the pickup truck. I run an AGM battery with has the spade terminals, rather than the lugs. So I crimped down the female end and made sure it was on well for the second practice. The motor ran terribly in the second practice, stuttering and misfiring everywhere. I came into the pits after two laps and when I went to pull the other end of the ground lead out of the frame, it felt loose. So, I pushed it back in firmly and immediately went back out and the motor ran the best it had all weekend. Clearly, the carburetion problem I'd been chasing was an ignition problem.
|On the Works Manufacturing starter rollers with my dear friend Harriett Delong in the background. Darleen Dremel photo|
|Bobby Birsall's 350 short stroke Aermacchi|
|Juan Bulto on the left with one of the Romero brothers working on his 250 TSS Bultaco|
|Blazingly fast and a very nice guy|
|on the 350GP grid with John Stephens 442 Ducati, Don Hollingsworth's 950 350 Sprint, and Mike Wells' 341 CB77 Honda. Darleen Dremel photo|
|All the H-D/Aermacchi four stroke singles were lined up for a photo op. That's Jason Roberts 200GP in the foreground.|
|200GP, 250GP, 350GP, and 500GP bikes are represented here. There were also a couple of unfaired Historic Production Sprints that aren't in the photo.|
|This is the Hollingsworth 200GP CRTT front brake. No one seems to know what kind it is other than it's Italian|
|Another view of the Birdsall 350 Aermacchi with all the Dick Linton goodies|
|The Norton Racing Manx's|
|Hinshaw's Kawasaki doesn't have any H-1R parts, only hot rodded street bike parts. That's his H-2 in the background.|