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Old 09-22-2013, 05:06 PM   #2181
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dude i gotta get you and TC together. wouldnt it be a trip to race those bikes against each other again?
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Old 09-22-2013, 10:13 PM   #2182
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Frank, you think you could talk John Stein into running the Barn Job. That would be quite an attraction. If not the Barn Job, maybe one of the other vintage fuel bikes he has.
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Old 09-23-2013, 07:09 AM   #2183
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Frank, you think you could talk John Stein into running the Barn Job. That would be quite an attraction. If not the Barn Job, maybe one of the other vintage fuel bikes he has.
John Stein has committed two of his Fuel Bikes for this show and possibly more.
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Old 09-25-2013, 02:54 PM   #2184
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...My first nitro shovelhead had at least 25 pounds of lead on the front downtubes of the frame. I knew that on the lower sliders the lead would be more effective further out leverage wise and probably help hold it down better there also - but, I could also imagine a "downside" to that placement and never got up enough courage to do placement like that..
...Early on, I was at T & O race in Wichita and was out of the field, the guy helping me at the time figured that the hot set up was to pull all the lead off and not tell me about it. Wheelied - shut it off and didn't make the field that year....
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Old 09-25-2013, 05:48 PM   #2185
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Mr. Spittle, two other names that have been suggested for the Concours event:

Drums Brancaccio
Mac Thrasher
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Old 09-27-2013, 11:59 AM   #2186
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Mr. Spittle, two other names that have been suggested for the Concours event:

Drums Brancaccio
Mac Thrasher
Two great Fuel Bike racers from the present and past but do either one have a Vintage Fuel Bike? If not, maybe both would like to come regardless.
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Old 09-27-2013, 12:29 PM   #2187
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Saw this on another board. Wish I could be there!!!

http://www.ncbikersbash.com/
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Old 09-28-2013, 09:55 PM   #2188
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Saw this on another board. Wish I could be there!!!

http://www.ncbikersbash.com/
I just returned from the NC Biker Bash at Farmington Dragway and had a great time. It was the first time I have been with "The Freight Train" there since 1986, the last time I raced it. There were some gray haired guys who stopped by to tell me they remembered it and more flattering a few ladies who sat down beside me to let me know how much they were concerned for me back then.

The match race between Tommy Grimes on Ray Price's T/F Harley and Brooke McCabe on the Collier HD T/F Harley could not have been more exciting. They both ran identical 4.26s in the first round at 190 mph on the 1/8 mile track with Tommy getting the win. Brooke broke in the second round as Tommy ran a 4.24 at 189.

But the thing that made my day was reconnecting with a friend I have not talked to in 45 years. Collier Harley Davidson is in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina and I raced a Harley Sportster at Daytona for J.B. Smith in the late '60s, who was from Roanoke Rapids. His bike was one of, if not the fastest, at Daytona that year. I had not talked to him since. I asked Brooke, whose grandfather founded Collier HD, if he knew J.B. and not only did he know him but had his phone number so I called him. After catching up a little J.B. told me he had recently showed his grandson some pictures he had taken at Daytona that year and offered copies to me. It absolutely "made my day" to get reaquainted with an old friend. We will be keeping in touch with each other. The racing fraternity has no expiration date.

The picture below was taken at Farmington in 1979 and shows some of the best friends I have ever had.
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Old 09-30-2013, 12:01 PM   #2189
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I talked with J.B.Smith at home (it was much quieter than Farmington) yesterday for about an hour and most of the conversation was about those years at Daytona in the '60s. They were great times. Many racers who were running hot Sportsters on the street there would become Fuel Bike racers before the decade was out including Zack Reynolds, Danny Johnson, Flash Gordon, Warner Riley and myself to name a few. I believe there was at least one who was using a little nitro there and Danny admitted he was using pure alcohol instead of high octane gas.

It was a time when George Smith at S&S was making long stroke flywheels, Doc Dytch was making big cylinders and a number of different cam grinders were making good equipment. Danny was already in demand for his head work and lightening the bikes was another trick like Zack's aluminum fenders made in R.J. Reynold's shop that looked stock. My Sportster was 75 cubic inches as was Danny's (at least that's what he said) but J.B. admitted his was 80 cubic inches. No wonder it was so fast. But there were already pros in the North, Midwest and West Coast running Fuel Bikes. Joe Smith and Leo Payne were already running high percentages of nitro with their Harleys but didn't come to Daytona. They sure would have cleaned house if they did.

I relate that 2 or 3 year stretch at Daytona as a learning period for many of us much like a decade earlier when many stock car racers were doing the same thing with the technology they had at the time.

I took the picture below of my Sportster at Daytona in '67.
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Are you still looking for Honda Jim?
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Old 09-30-2013, 02:20 PM   #2191
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Anybody have a contact for "Honda Jim", Jim McGlynn? Use to be with Ross Pistons in El Segundo, also MTC Engineering in South Gate.
He's in Joshua Tree, CA
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Old 10-02-2013, 03:57 AM   #2192
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CDCOWAN, I pm'd you regarding Honda Jim.
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Old 10-05-2013, 09:57 PM   #2193
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Here is an Indiana racer who raced his twin engine Harley at Farmington. Dirty Dave Caldwell was a great craftsman. His fuel injected bike's fuel pump was mounted like no other I remember....at the clutch it appears. If it broke a chain to the clutch the fuel pump would not work saving the engines from revving to the stars. Of course I could be wrong too but that's the way it looks to me. The magnetos were not mounted in the stock location either. The full body armour was very unusual too. He did things his way.

Neil Tracy sent me these pics and a few more of Dave's equally outragious single engine blown bike. I will scan and post those later.
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Old 10-06-2013, 11:30 AM   #2194
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^^ If you need more Info on Dave, His son is our official photographer.
Kurt was at most every event Dave went to.
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John Dixon has informed me AMDRA founder Roy Strawn had surgery to remove his voice box. Keep him in your thoughts and prayers.
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I took the picture below of my Sportster at Daytona in '67.
Dude, what a great pic....thanks for sharing....this needs to be a shower curtain or something.
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Old 10-12-2013, 08:54 PM   #2197
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This will put a smile on your face like it did mine. Jackie Hill sent these pics of Pete's original Blown Knucklehead T/F bike back on the work bench. She said next year's Concours show in Michigan was the reason they needed to get it back together. It will not be restored, just reassembled as last raced about 20 years ago. This is great news. He is one of the greatest and needed to be represented there. This will not be the last story you hear like this. There are more in the works!!!!!
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Old 10-16-2013, 01:48 PM   #2198
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Some of the pics Neil Tracy sent me include the former Roland Stuart twin engine Harley, one of two I purchased earlier this year. The third picture shows what I got with it.

I sold the other Stuart bike ("Double Trouble" in the background) to a JJ member who will be restoring it soon.
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Old 10-17-2013, 02:06 PM   #2199
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I found these in my friend Frank's stuff the other day. He crewed for Routt in the early 70s and is lifelong frineds with Arno St Denis. He must have picked it up somewhere along the way. Probably not too many survived. .

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I will be leaving early Saturday morning (October 19th) for the East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame event in Henderson N.C. Ray Price is being inducted this year and I have been asked to present him. You may remember Pete Hill was inducted last year.

This is a great event where dozens of racing legends gather to bench race and are heard by tens of thousands of fans. The whole town is blocked off to nothing newer than a 25 year old car.
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