|A Sunbeam Talbot drophead|
|With all the proper badges|
|A Citroen 2CV|
|A Lotus (Super?) 7|
|This Alfa Romeo motor needed a head gasket|
I wanted to repair the crash damage to my Sprint to a great extent to prep it for Rd. Am. I had lost confidence in the front tire after my crash at Gingerman and I had John Stephens at Cycle Craft Motorcycles order me a Continental Classic Attack to replace the Avon AM26 that was on the bike. I have raced several times with the Avon, pushed hard and never had a problem, but this tire was a 'take off' and perhaps had been heat cycled too many times.
While I was waiting for the tire to arrive, I repaired the front brake cable properly by reinstalling the ferrule I had removed at Gingerman, which required rearranging the adjusters. I replaced the plug on my battery ground strap which had gotten bent in the crash and did some very basic repairs on the fairing.
|But, the windscreen didn't break!|
I got to the track Fri. afternoon and set up in a space the Aleks Kravchuk and Kenny Cummings had grabbed for me, and immediately dove into the rear wheel. Often, one can replace a broken spoke without removing the tire, but because it was broken in the nipple, I couldn't get the broken piece out with the tire on. When I got the tire off, I was glad I did as the the broken off piece of the spoke was backing out of the nipple through the tape and looked like eventually would go into the tube. The nipple with the new spoke was too big in O.D. and wouldn't go through he hole in the rim but fortunately, was the same thread as the old nipple, so I just reused that. The new spoke was too long and I had to shorten it. The length of the threads was marginal but the spoke just tightened up before running out of thread.
|Shortening the spoke with the broken spoke in the background|
I took the first Saturday practice steady scrubbing in the new Conti front tire. There was a strong headwind up the front straight and after the 2nd practice, I decided to lower my gearing by adding one tooth to the rear sprocket.
As at Gingerman, my 'bump up' race, the 500 Premiere was first and again we were gridded in the 2nd wave behind Vintage Superbike Middleweight and Novice Production Heavyweight in the 1st wave and 500GP and Formula 250 behind us. Running a 350 in 500 Premiere at a horsepower track like Rd. Am. is perhaps a bit pointless and the other four bikes in the class cleared off. Wes Orloff and Andrew Mauk again apparently had a great back and forth battle and Wes beat Andy by 0.037 seconds. Ron Melton and Helmi Niederer also had a good battle for 3rd, though Helmi missed a shift near the end and Ron beat him by less than 3 seconds. I was 28 seconds behind Helmi, 5th of five in class and 9th overall with 4 VSM bikes ahead of me.
|Ron Melton's Manx exposed. Francis Ganance photo|
|Kenny Cummings with Helmi Niederer's Seeley G-50|
Sunday's wind wasn't as strong and my revs on the front and back straights were closer to the same, although still more on the shorter back straight and I decided to leave the gearing where it was. In hindsight, I may have been better off leaving the tall gearing on for Sat. and using 4th gear into the wind on the front straight and not over revving so much going into turn #5.
In the 500 Premiere race, Wes Orloff had a problem on the warm-up lap and didn't start the race and Ron Melton had some kind of problem and dropped out half way. I at least kept Helmi in sight and finished about 9 1/2 seconds behind him. But, Alex McLean decided to race rather than toy with Larry Poons and came by and went on to pass Helmi. So, I was 3rd in class and 9th overall.
For the 350GP, there was a little drama on the grid as Francis Ganance pointed out to Bobby Birdsall that he had a broken muffler hanger dangling down, but grid marshall Greg Bonelli determined that it wasn't too much of a problem and let him start. Again, Jack Parker, Paul Germain, and Bobby Birdsall beat me off the line and maybe one or two of the Vintage Superbike Lightweight passed, but they all parked it going into turn #1 and I dove underneath them to lead the second wave.
|L to R:Aleks Kravchuk, Kenny Cummings, myself, Jon Thorndike, and Pieter Zylstra. I don't remember who took the photo|
|Mario Maggiorana had a Gilera Saturno there|
|Mario took the new rider school on Fri. but, for some reason, didn't start the race Sun.|
|Mario pointing something out to Murrae Haynes|
|Jack Parker's unmolested Bultaco Metralla|
|Eric Trosper with his mid '30s Moto Guzzi GTV. Eric and his wife Cecilia race a Guzzi V-twin powered sidecar and won their class against no opposition at Rd. Am., but beat the 4 other outfits at Gingerman|
|Paul Germain's stable|
|A Yamaha Vision, ridden by one of the many spectators|
|Matthew Quirk's 175 Puchs, one a 5 spd, the other 6spd.|
|The Puch's magnificent barrel and head|
|Pit mate, friend and sponsor, Aleksey Kravchuk's F-250 CB350 Honda|
|L to R: Alex McLean, Rave, and Helmi Niederer|