“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.

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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Champ Truck Racing at Palm Beach International Raceway

When we said “truck racing” we meant “Truck Racing” !

Champ Truck Racing came to Palm Beach International Raceway in April 2016.  In 2017 the race series became known as Bandit Big Rig Series.   I heard about this event almost at the ‘last minute’.  I immediately scheduled a vacation day from my day job on Friday so I could go to the track and watch them unload.  As soon as they arrived at Palm Beach International from North Carolina, I met up with Jupiter Motorsports, LLC and had time to see the inner workings of these trucks and ask a lot of questions.   I had never even seen the inside of a real truck before, so I kept my mouth shut as long as I could while I observed and learned as much as could before asking “stupid questions”. Click Here to See More Photos and Read the Whole Article