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Weekend at the Races 27 Feb 2019 17:39 #81

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Ditto here, congratulations on your retirement! I also look forward to your flat tracker photos.
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Weekend at the Races 29 Mar 2019 08:15 #82

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Last weekend I attended my first pro race of the year, the Atlanta Short Track. This was the second event on the series calendar. I missed the first race at Daytona Intl. Speedway. Anything smaller than about 3/8 mile is called a short track, and Dixie Speedway is right on that mark. This is a steeply banked red clay oval that is primarily a car track. And to call it an oval isn't really accurate. There is a break in the front straight, where it turns slightly left at the start/finish line, giving the appearance of a fifth corner. Traction on the clay was a little sketchy this year, leading to a few crashes. A couple of guys are still in the hospital nearly a week later.

As usual, there were two pro classes, one for purpose-built 750cc machines, and another class for younger riders on modified 450cc MX bikes, Indian FTR750s swept the top three spots, which is pretty normal these days. A factory-entered Harley-Davidson XG750 took fourth place - a good finish for that team. Pennsylvania racer Brandon Robinson (44) took the win, his first in a couple of years. He dispatched the leader, current series champ Jared Mees (1), with an outside pass in turn four near the end of the race. The Junior class win went to Dalton Gauthier (122) on a Honda CRF450R. Gauthier had a perfect day, setting the fast qualifying time, winning his heat race and semi, then leading every lap of the main event. Gauthier has been out of the series for two years because he failed a mandatory drug test. This was his second race back, and the first on an oval. He won here in 2017, his last race before being suspended.

This event also had a third, non-championship class, where all of the riders were on 70s vintage Bultaco Astro 360cc bikes. This is an invitational class, open only to racers who held a pro license back in the day. The win went to former pro racer Davey Durelle (58). He ran close with Jackie Mitchell (32) before pulling out a gap.

Here are some pics of the track, the pre-race track walk for racers, rider intros before the 450cc main event, and some of the bikes in all three classes. I tripped and fell between the main events, and damaged my camera. I did not get many photos of the 750cc main event. The series goes to Dallas on April 20. I'll miss that round, but will join back in at the next stop in Arizona on April 27.



















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Weekend at the Races 29 Mar 2019 17:01 #83

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Awesome! I really like seeing new posts from you of the flat tracking world. Thank you!
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Weekend at the Races 29 Mar 2019 20:08 #84

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Hey Tom are you going to be a Perris 1/2mile May 11, I can be your assistant.

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Weekend at the Races 29 Mar 2019 21:07 #85

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mdscott wrote: Hey Tom are you going to be a Perris 1/2mile May 11, I can be your assistant.


I am going to Perris. I live in Portland, so it's pretty easy to hit all of the west coast events. I'd love to have an assistant, but the organizers are really tight w/passes. I barely got one for myself this season. Here are a few shots from the last Perris race, two years ago.









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Weekend at the Races 29 Mar 2019 22:11 #86

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Like most of us here, We very much enjoy All the race pictures and inside info. Hope you keep going !
Retirement eh? Happy for you and your family. ENJOY !!!! I like it.

I hope we can see more of you then. You post some great stuff.
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Weekend at the Races 29 Mar 2019 23:09 #87

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Tom S. wrote:

mdscott wrote: Hey Tom are you going to be a Perris 1/2mile May 11, I can be your assistant.


I am going to Perris. I live in Portland, so it's pretty easy to hit all of the west coast events. I'd love to have an assistant, but the organizers are really tight w/passes. I barely got one for myself this season. Here are a few shots from the last Perris race, two years ago.






Im in No Cal and planning on going to Cal Dreamin, I going to try to make it to the race. I wasn't expecting a pass but if you need any help, be glad too. You know caring gear, like SD flash memory cards. :ROFLOL

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Weekend at the Races 30 Mar 2019 06:26 #88

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Thanks for your pics, luv flat trackers!!
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Weekend at the Races 16 May 2019 18:05 #89

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I spent the last weekend in March near Phoenix to attend a motorcycle race. More on that later, but first here's the story of my side trip. I flew into Phoenix early and on Friday I drove to Tucson to visit the Pima Air & Space Museum. The huge collection of civilian and military aircraft includes everything from a Wright Flyer replica to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner prototype. I moved quickly, and in five hours still only saw perhaps 2/3 of the collection. Some of the planes have been carefully restored. Others, especially those parked outdoors, are weathered and even decayed.

I was particularly intrigued by the machines stored outdoors. There were lots of Cold War craft, and I believe that every century-series jet was represented. There are multiples of Lockheed Constellations, Boeing B29s, B52s and KC97s in various configurations, along with a very nicely kept Convair B36 Peacemaker. The planes and equipment were labeled well. Some of the planes are combat veterans and some have carried U.S. presidents. There's an enormous Thiokol solid-propellant rocket booster lying next to the door to the museum, but I was stumped figuring out how to photograph it effectively. The sign on it says it weighs 1,000,000 pounds, but it makes more than 3,000,000 pounds of thrust. This is not a USAF museum, though many of the aircraft were described as being on loan from the government. I did not get to visit the adjacent Davis-Monthan AFB boneyard because this side trip was a late decision and pre-registration is required for access. Next time.



















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Weekend at the Races 16 May 2019 18:06 #90

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More airplanes...





















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