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Bubba last won the day on October 24

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  • Birthday 10/25/1950

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  1. TTR125 is a great choice for a bike to grow into. Even old fat guy capable, at least in my experience. As for the n+1 theory, I still see some unused floor space available. You're not done yet!
  2. LOL. I didn't actually get out on the track but Mike said it was one of the finest and most fun tracks he's raced. Nice facilities, pretty good access to many overlook spots and grandstands for viewing. Showers still had steaming hot water at 10 PM in the evening!!! I CAN tell you that the walk from Paddock #5 to the start grid is a long f'n hike hauling a battery/tool cart in the hot sun on asphalt. Told the worthless peckerhead that if he can afford a race car and the $5-6K thousand dollars (his estimate) in travel money, parts money (set of new Goodyear slicks cost $1200!), Sunoco race fuel, etc, for a long weekend, that next year he's springing for a friggin' golf cart.... On a high note, I did lose 5# over the weekend in spite of going thru several cases of beer....ya know, to stay hydrated.
  3. Guess since this whole thread was an abortion from the git-go, I'll close it out with more non-2-wheel dialog and pics. Just returned from a fun week helping a friend with his '87 Lola S2000 vintage race car at Watkins Glen for the VSCDA event. Weather was pretty cooperative but many off-course excursions (by other drivers) meant laps during test sessions and qualifying were limited due to black flags being shown. With Only about 10-12 laps of experience--he'd never raced WG previously--Mike Wright went out and took first in the Saturday race and second on Sunday. Lots of work and blood, sweat, cussing, thrown wrenches, etc....but it turned out to be a pretty successful outing. Pics of Mike going through safety inspection, on the start grid for Saturday's race, and after his P1 finish. And in the spirit of Deja-vu, I ran into a couple of old biking friends from the 90s at the Glen, who were there racing in a different class. Good to see folks from the long ago days of riding dirt trails with NKYMBA. Yeah, I'm the old guy in the middle.
  4. ....and this is why we can't have nice things. 🤣
  5. Whelp....gonna get one more shot at playing with a race car. My friend is committed to finishing out the season at Watkins Glen for the Hilliard Vintage Grand Prix weekend Sept 9-12. Hopefully no one throws a wrench in the plans 'cause this is gonna be a wee bit more 'spensive than Grattan, and another 3+ hours of driving each way. Here's a short trailer on the back story of Mike Wright. Not sure if the filming is done or if they'll still be shooting at WG....but I highly doubt I either I or Mike will have a fairy tale story and end up as ruggedly handsome mature film stars like Paul Newman or Steve McQueen.
  6. I'm no race car driver, but I believe from reading the tests of the supercars (How the fuck do I get a job like that? ) you should choose the Ferrari if you want to do lurid tail-out power slides, and the Lambo if you want to put down decent timed runs with minimal drama. Ferrari = RWD, tail happy. Lambo = AWD with controllable understeer. I can testify to the lurid tail-out power slide characteristics of a RWD car. I owned a 2013 Vette GS 6-spd and did some autoXing with SCCA at the Wilmington Airpark. I was NOT fast, but Boy Howdy did I go thru $1200 of tires in a short amount of time....
  7. Not at all. You contributed humor, TimTheAzn warned about the sketchy pavement, Jester warned us about ants in the paddock, and Mike at Riders Discount gave a one-thumbs-up--maybe--to the flush johns at the track. Much has been elucidated for those of us ignorant of the subtleties of Grattan! Now, I just have to get there.
  8. Crapola!!! My friend had to cancel--work got in the way. He's the head technical engineer for IMSA team #32, racing a Mercedes AMG in the GTD class. Apparently, they had a shitty weekend at RA and they're flogging the horses to get ready for a test session at VIR next weekend. Oh well. Sounds like it'll be a nice weekend to ride.
  9. Ouch, that's bad....but so in keeping with the "flavor" of OR.
  10. Yeah, can't be any scarier than the johnnys in the infield at Mid-O. I've been a regular there for decades...back when the Superbike races were "super" before DMG gutted the purses--Doug Chandler, Miguel Duhamel, Ben Bostrom, Nicky Hayden, and best of all, Mladin vs Spies!!! Was looking at some of the small towns around Grattan and it looks like lots of options available in Lowell for food and beer!!! https://bigboilerbrewing.com/beer/
  11. See...this kind of witty repartee is the reason I joined OR so many years ago! 🤣 No, I don't care how crappy the pavement is, although it may make for a more entertaining weekend. Posted up the same question on the AFJ FB forum but not many replies there either. Guessing Grattan is NOT a go-to venue for 2-wheel racing. I'll try to get some video of the old guys racing their expensive toys. Should be fun with enough beer...
  12. Oooo! And I just made the rank of "Rookie"!!! Only took me 13 years....
  13. So, there's gotta be a few peeps here that have headed to Grattan in the last few years. A friend, planning to race his Super 2000, invited me to crew for him this weekend at the VSCDA event at Grattan. I've never been to the place and have a few questions. 1) Do they allow RV camping on-site during events? 2) Googlemap sat view makes me think the facilities are pretty basic, so presume no electric/water hook-ups...although hopefully flush toilets! 3) Any good places you'd recommend to grab a burger and cold beer within 10-15 minutes drive? 4) If no camping at the track, recos for nearby motels? GM shows almost no motels closer than Grand Rapids. Thx!
  14. @Tonik Didn't you mean "Dome of Heat"....??? It is kind'a sticky.
  15. Dibs! I'll send you a PM on the forum.
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