Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Support grows for British Nürburgring

I'll believe it when I see it... we can dream. Sign the petition.

A CAMPAIGN to build a British version of the Nürburgring is growing in support.
The campaign started off the back of an existing project which proposed to build a MotoGP circuit at Ebbw Vale in Wales. This proposal was dubbed "a real game-changer" for the area by local MP Nick Smith.
The group behind the petition cite the example set by the Nürburgring in Germany, where its prescence has created a wealth of opportunity for local businesses through a healthy tourism industry which has rejuvenated the area, helping it to build schools, hospitals and leisure facilities.
The group also say a British Nürburgring would: "..be a centre for the public to explore speed in a safe environment, instead of on public roads causing harm to themselves and others." A public circuit on which to explore your vehicle's potential could also cut the NIMBY approach most counties have to speeding.
The petition for a British Nürburgring currently has over 1,500 signatures. If you'd like to see it happen, you can sign the petition here.

Read more: http://www.visordown.com/motorcycle-news--general-news/support-grows-for-british-nurburgring/19961.html#ixzz1l3QexWfI

Flattracker Runnin' Sweet

Flattrack racer Steve Hazel helped me out and got the flattracker runnin' sweet. Now I don't have to race it with the choke on!

She still needs a bit of a spruce up for the first meeting on 1st April... bring it on!

Monday, 30 January 2012

Jurby Festival 1

A few pics of some interesting machines at the Jurby Classic Festival held during last year's ManxGP...


Love these old hand-shifts...

A couple of brutish Italian customs with S&S lumps in them turned up. Far too much polished aluminium bling for me... but some real tasty billet bits and interesting ideas.

Love the shock mounting and beam forks on this old beaut

Indian race transport. In the back is...

... an Indian of course!

Monday, 23 January 2012

Blow away the Winter Blues

Winter can be a bit dull... especially if you don't have the resources to be building the next project.

So here's something that's perked me up... just a taster of what I'm going to be posting over the next few weeks...

2011 AMA Pro Flat Track Season Highlight Video from TheFastandDirty.com on Vimeo.

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Meeting a Legend

Last weekend  I got meet a flattrackin' legend: Jim Rice.

Jim Rice San Jose 1971

Jim stars in 'On Any Sunday'... he provided some spectacular footage by crashing through the bales and fence at the mile.

Jim was a BSA factory rider and won many National AMA Flattrack races... beating the likes of Mert Lawill, Dick Mann, Kenny Roberts and many, many more... on brit iron.

Jim at Alice's Restaurant - a local biker hangout

Inside Alice's... good beer, burgers and clientele...

Jim showed me around his backyard and took me up to Alice's Restaurant (made famous by Arlo Guthrie) where we shared beer and race stories. What a guy!

We like Nicky Hayden!

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Sad News - Mika Ahola

Read some sad news today - Mika Aloha passed away from injuries sustained during a training ride. I wasn't aware that he had also retired after winning his 5th straight World Enduro Championship in 2011. He also won 3 ISDE's outright.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Short Track UK - A Film

Super-cool Short Track film, by Richard Dawson...

Short Track - UK from Richard Dawson on Vimeo.

Thanks Sideburn for the link

Friday, 13 January 2012

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Ultra Cool Honda CB360

Awesome little machine!

Thanks to BellaDonna Trackers for the pics!

Thursday, 5 January 2012


Another super-cool machine from the Cafe Racer Culture blog