Sunday, November 20, 2011

Barber Vintage Racing

Why do we do it?

Worked all day for 2 days, then drove all night,
living off gas station food and pepto.
Scrambled all the next day, sorting out the bike on 2 hours sleep.
Started from scratch on race day with the 'B' bike,
cause I found issues with the 'A' bike late the night before.

But all that suffering couldn't keep that smile away!
After all, I was at the Barber Vintage Roadraces.
The turnout was amazing, and the weather was beautiful.
The Ask Henry Racing team was there in full force,
Henry and I, that is.
Harry Vanderlinden is our rider now.
He used to race these things when they were new,
 and now is a track day instructor for Kevin Schwantz.
Henry met him the year before working at the Held Leathers booth.

So, we had 1 day of practice on friday. Then, on Saturday and Sunday, there was 1 race per day.
On Friday, the track crew towed bikes off the track 59 times!
That's just crazy.
Here are the contenders.
The race was red flagged 1st lap, so they had a bit of lounge time.
Check out our #1 fan. Kevin Schwantz himself.
He was racing a Manx Norton that event.
There's always victim when you go racing!
We got an unofficial 4th on saturday.
(I kinda forgot to transfer the scoring transponder when we switched bikes. Good thing we didn't win!)
Not bad, considering one of the floats gave up, dumping gas into the cylinders.

Sunday was a success, we got on the box with a 3rd!
A very respectable 3rd.  1 and 2 were the Kawisaki with the #1 plate for 2 years,
and a hot shoe who came to ride a Ducati. They just took off.
Harry couldn't catch them, but was way in front of the rest of the field.
Pretty damn good for having less than 20 laps on the bike.
Next time...We Win!

Any good biker has gotta include some sexy pictures of women.
Am I not right?

This year, being my third time at the track, I finally got to the Barber Museum.
I tried my hand at filming my experience, to better share with you all.
So, keep your eyes out for it, it is now in Brando's hands...

I did have the honor of atracting the interest of a photographer,
Alexander Richburg.
Here are a couple of his shots:
Thanks, man.
You even get a good look at the new tattoo I got over the summer.

So, before I wrap it up, I must give props to those whom I must.

And, check out Vicki Smith's account of here very successfull
Ducstock event, that was held at the Barber Races.

Now, some upcoming event announcements:

See Ya!