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Joe, I bet you were glad motors wern't mounted under the sitting position then !!
Yes in a way but your legs were on both sides and your upper body was over the Motor...I was in Drag Racing at it's Infancy and in those days Laidlaw's Harley was my Sponsor and he had an upstairs in his store that was full of old Generator Crank Cases, Cylinders, heads etc. and I would just get what I needed...

I did blow a lot of motors in those days, Gas and Fuel...it was a learning game back them...Bob Laidlaw, Bob Cobb, shop Foreman and myself spend many a night in the machine shop trying new things...I could write a short book on the Speed Secrets found in that machine shop...just in the lower end alone...

I've been a very lucky man while Drag Racing with all those blow ups and I Crashed and Burned six times and still writing and talking about it, I had the Drag Racing God looking after me all those years...
 

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Wasn't Bruce Lauer killed by a rear cylinder lift?

early 90's I think?
Bruce Lauer

Died: October 6, 1996

Age: 46
Full Name: Bruce William Lauer

Drag Strip: Beech Bend Raceway Park, Kentucky

Event: American Drag Bike Association All-Harley Drag Finals
Accident Date: October 6, 1996
1996 Harley-Davidson motorcycle

Biographical: He was killed on the final day of competition. He was about 300 feet down the race track when the engine exploded under his chest and knocking him off the bike. The ignition on his bike malfunctioned and the nitrous oxide filled the cylinders. When the ignition re-ignited, the engine exploded underneath him. He died of internal injuries when he was struck by flying debris and a broken neck. He was from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

 

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That is the worst explosion I have seen of your Double. You could have been fatally injured too.
This was the second worst "Blow Up" I ever had...it was toward the end of my Drag Racing Career and it was the first Event I ever entered where I was alone...Everybody stayed home this year except my Son and I and the last race before this he fell in love with the local "Beauty Bar Maid" so I ended up here by myself...

It was an All Bike Meet in Cincinnati and by now me and the Double knew what to do to Qualify without to much trouble and usually number one...so, I waited until just before midnight to make my Pass...When I first got to the strip in the afternoon I knew I was going to need a helper with the starter and being pushed back after the burn out...and while unloading the Bike this giant of a Biker begin helping me and said he volunteered to be my helper and just to prove it he hollowed across to this very large women leaning against a tree, "hey babe show Joe some tit" which she did...Now this guy was twice my size so being the smaller of the two, I knew I had my helper...

I did wait until the very last to make my Qualify Pass, got the bike Fueled and ready, was the last Fuel Bike to run as I recall, waiting to be called to start motors...got the call and the "Giant" had a little trouble getting the starter on and off but we got it fired and about that time the two bikes just making a pass, one flipped his bike at the line and we had to shut off... because my Son wasn't with me there was some shut down steps that got missed, I forgot to shut off the Fuel Petcocks...

After about 15 minutes we got the call to start motors, by now the air had cooled even more and there was a slight frost on the top of the Carburetors and I seen that I had forgot to turn off the fuel but the motors started without any problem and sounded OK, pulled around and made the burn out, I did notice the bike seemed a little sluggish, the "Giant" pushed me back...now at the NHRA while doing the Exhibition I did, I used to test the clutch to stage, the Spectators always like to see me carry the front wheel on a clutch blip so I thought because it looked like it was going to be the last fuel bike to run that night I would do that, the first blip it did just what it was suppose to do, the second it came apart like a Grenade...

I had very few Friends at this race and while laying waiting to be put in the Ambulance I had them call the one guy I knew a little to come to the start line and I ask him if he would load my stuff and bring it to the Hospital, I had a lot of Travel/Winnings in my wallet and it was still in the Camper and he was nice enough to do that...

The trip home is another story...I did find when I was able to look at the Double, the Double Float Bowl on the rear motor one of the Floats collapsed and fuel was running in that motor because of not shutting of the fuel between starts...
 
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