Homestead Speedway CCS Motorcycle Racing May 7, 2017, Part 2

As promised, here is part 2 of CCS Motorcycle Racing at Homestead on May 7.  Most of these images are from the ‘afternoon’ races.   I only saw one small cloud in the sky all day, which means I went through a log of SPF 30 sunblock lotion.  Temperature was around 80 for the high of the day.

GTU Experts in turn 7 at Homestead Speedway CCS Motorcycle Races

GTU Experts in turn 7 at Homestead Speedway

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Homestead Speedway CCS Motorcycle Racing May 7, 2017

I’d like to show you some images from the Championship Cup Series motorcycle races at Homestead Speedway May 7, 2017.

GTO Expert / Amateur split, turn 7 Homestead Speedway

Turn 7 right hander; GTO Expert / Amateur split

Because all motorcycles and riders have to go through tech inspection before being allowed on the track, the job of Tech Inspector guarantees you get to meet the prettiest racers.

I have a lot of photos from this race, so I will break this up into two blog postings; to see the rest of part 1
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“When You Gotta Go” or “Where There’s a Will There’s a Way”

Sometimes, you are determined to go racing, but do not bother to use traditional methods.

Spotted on the infield at Daytona Internations Speedway, March 2017

I would never make fun of this guy.  You have heard that phrase about ‘glass houses’, right?  So let me show you how I often traveled to Moroso and Homestead to race in CCS Lightweight Sportsman Class.

1984 Yamaha RZ350 on its way to Moroso. Probably 1995.

Got to love Ancra Tie Downs.  One on each wheel secure the bike to the bumper, and more go from the handlebars, through both rear windows, and back out and to the rear frame.  It shook and wobbled with every start, stop, or bump.

I eventually bought a one axle enclosed trailer.  One time on the way back from an F.T.R. hare scramble in Okeechobee the bumper of this motorhome suddenly broke, almost completely off.  I was able to stop in town and take care of the situation.

Sons of Speed / Daughters of Speed New Smyrna Speedway

It was a tough decision; I woke up Saturday morning at Daytona International Speedway about 7 hours before the 76th Daytona 200 thinking about the antique / vintage races at New Smyrna Speedway 12 miles away.  Should I actually miss the Daytona 200 to go see a ‘new’ race?  I had no idea what it would be like.  But I did know that I wanted to see 100 year old bikes actually being used.

Of course the tires and wheels were ‘new’.  The frames were replicas.  But the spirit was 100% board track;  no brakes, no suspension, no gear box and no clutches to be found on the track. Click Here to See More Photos and Read the Whole Article

Daytona Int’l Speedway Fall Cycle Scene October 2016

Behind the scences at a motorcycle endurance race.

True bike nuts, like me, also enjoy ‘behind the scenes’ images and stories.   For racers, family, friends, and pit crew, “behind-the-scenes” is where races are won and lost.

In racing, nothing is un-important.  Without ever type of spare part on hand, a ‘simple’ failure of an exhaust bracket will elminate any hope of finishing the endurance race.

Pit lane official keeping an eye on the Schwemmer/Ashmead team during refueling.

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Supermotard Palm Beach International Raceway September 11, 2016

Nascar will stop a race for rain if someone so much as spills a beer in the parking lot.  Motorcycle races are rarely delayed or cancelled due to weather.

Florida weather is a bit different than most of the U.S. of A.   Rainstorms can be so small (yet strong) that it is raining on a sunny day.  This makes an ideal situation to photograph rain.  Notice anything about the tires here? Click Here to See More Photos and Read the Whole Article

The 1984 Duquoin Mile

The Duquoin Mile has always been a fascinating race to watch.  In 1984 I did not have a professional racing license, so, like every other year at that track, I was only a spectator.  But I was a spectator with a camera and a passion !

Tammy Kirk #57, Chuck Springsteen, and Fran Brown #50 headed into turn 1.  Note that the bottom of the chain is slack, illustrating that Tammy is “on the gas” going into the turn.

I was sitting in the turn one bleachers with an Olympus OM-10  and a cheap zoom lens.  (I can not remember the focal length or the brand.)   Using ISO 400 film I tried every lap to get this shot. Click Here to See More Photos and Read the Whole Article