Glad to hear that John will be contributing to the forum Frank. I am sure he will have quite a few tales to add to our knowledge of the racing characters in the past, which will complement those already imparted by the likes of yourself and Granddaddy Joe.NEW BOOK BEING PUBLISHED ON MOTORCYCLE DRAG RACING.
I have been waiting a long time to make this announcement but I finally have permission to do so. John Stein, an avid motorcyclist and drag bike collector, has written without question the greatest book on American motorcycle drag racing ever. This has been a long time in the making for him. He has researched the very beginning and interviewed many of the early pioneers. I have been priviledged to view this remarkable book as it has progressed over the last several years. If you have been following this thread it is a "must have" book for you because much of the information in this thread is in it. John has promised he will join us and have information about the book. I am looking forward to him telling us stories about researching information for it.
Thanks for the kind comments about the book. It was a great time to be involved in racing back then. Although our capacity limits were often lower than that allowed in the US, car engines were permitted. Keep in mind that the average British car was of tiny capacity compared to your cars! There were some real innovators around, who were not afraid to push the boundaries - mainly because nobody knew what the limits were. Happily most lived to tell their tales, as there was not a single fatality for many years over here, apart from the sad death of Ian Aswell in the late sixties on a kilometre long sprint course at Brighton.I just finished going through Drag Bike Racing in Britian by Keith Lee. All I can say is EXCELLENT! I have been around bikes all my life and I can't believe some of the engineering I see on these bikes. It makes me wonder what happened here in the US. Did the sanctioning bodies restrict a lot of experimentation?
Keith, I see many of the supercharged Triumphs had some sort of head supports. These are going from the top of the head to the block. Do you have any close up pics? I'm just curious of the set up.
Thanks for putting out such an excellent book.
Frank the only one I could name other than the ones you spotted was me in the pit area with my Fuel Knucklehead and two runs on my Fuel Shovelhead...WOW Dean. That is the best 3 minutes of vintage drag racing I have seen. Perry & Scott in the opening, EJ Potter, The Barn Job, The Two Timer, Murray & Cook and others I bet Joe can identify.....not to mention the legendary cars. WOW!!!! You got to go to full screen on this one
Yes that's the Knucklehead, best time in 1968 was 158 MPH at 9.44 ET...I thought the Knucklehead in the pits looked like your bike but didn't recognize you in any of the runs. But I guess that was before you started putting sponsor stickers on your bike.
Well I am watching Joe. I somehow think the track cannot look too much different from when you used to race there.OK I'm going to bite the bullet here, it's not Vintage Fuel Drag Bikes but it's "The 2011 NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion at Formosa Raceway in Bakersfield...The track where the "Gas and Fuel Championships" were held in "The Day"...it's where I turned the "First Eight Second Run" on a Motorcycle...
Today is the Finals starting a 9AM, California time...Front Engine Dragsters, Funny Cars and the best of all the Fuel Altereds of the Seventies...
I watched Saturday and today, sure brought back some memories...The finals were really great...Well I am watching Joe. I somehow think the track cannot look too much different from when you used to race there.