For many years, AHRMA held their race at Willow Springs back-to-back with a race at Sears Point, aka Sonoma Raceway. For 2018, apparently Sonoma Raceway decided that they wanted to do something else with that weekend, so AHRMA held a race at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit in Oklahoma the week before the Willow Springs event. I had always flown out to Ca. for the back-to-back races and raced bikes that lived on the west coast. But this year, I decided to drive out. I hadn't driven across the country in ages and I had heard good things about the Hallett circuit. I had raced the CT1 Yamaha built by Dennis Latimer, from Oklahoma City, several times at Barber and NOLA, and he was keen to race it without having to drive thousands of miles.
|Dennis Latimer on one of his creations, a superb 175 Yamaha|
Sat. We had no on track activities because of rain. Not thunder and lightning, not a hurricane, just rain. The AHRMA rule book says “every attempt will be made to race in the rain”, but the wimps canceled the race because of rain. We sat around all day smoozing and watching the MotoGP qualifying and the first MotoAmerica race from COTA.
Sun., we got back on the track and I start to pickup the subtitles of the track. Hallett is a short circuit (1.8 miles), but is challenging with 10 turns, a couple of which are blind, and a good deal of elevation change.
|Paul Germain cruises by on his beautiful TA 125 replica pit bike.|
|Jason Roberts rode his period correct TD-2 Yamaha and his son, Colton, rode a replica ERTT H-D|
|Joe Green, on the left, is a super fan and comes all the way from England to spectate at U.S. vintage events, here with Dennis Latimer|
|Dennis brought his 350 Ducati, last raced by Robert Bryson, which he's threatening to get back on the track.|