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Old 05-06-2005, 08:44 AM   #11
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Default Re: Local Racer making a small fortune.

I've watched a few minutes of NASCAR this year and it is kind of entertaining. First off the cars are big and driving real close together. Then, every few laps someone runs into the back of someone else and all hell breaks loose! Plus car accidents eject a lot more debris, fire and smoke than a motorcycle in a crash. To me it seems like there is a little racing among the top 2 or 3 cars and the rest of the field is a demolition derby. I think a more appropriate name would be Smashcar.



Motorcycle racing is hard to figure out unless you ride a bike. I still can't fathom how they can slide on pavement under control, but the top racers all have to do it. They talk about spinning up the rear exiting a corner, but that is virtually impossible to see on TV. You have to learn how to ride a motorcycle and then enter your first turn too hot to really understand what it's all about. But, there are few of us who ride motorcycles and fewer still who pay any attention to racing.
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Old 05-06-2005, 08:46 AM   #12
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My heart goes out to him; I might cry. In the early fifties, if you won a hare and hound, you got a trophy. Same goes for winning Catalina or scrambles (the precursor to motocross). The best racers of the day, like Brad Andres for example, rode these races for $0, but did it for fun. Winning the Expert main at Carrell speedway half-mile paid about $300. I think I won $12.50 one year, but enjoyed every minute of it.
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Old 05-06-2005, 08:48 AM   #13
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I forgot to mention that Brad Andres was national champion (License plate #1).
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Old 05-06-2005, 08:56 AM   #14
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One more thing - I have a picture of me at Catalina in 1952 sitting on my Harley Hummer (125cc). Next to me is Brad Andres, sitting on HIS Hummer. I blew up and didn't finish. I don't know how Brad did.
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Old 05-06-2005, 08:58 AM   #15
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MS, who was your dad? I was a huge Can Am fan, never missed Donnybrook & Elkhart Lake,
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Old 05-06-2005, 09:11 AM   #16
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Bill Cuddy, ran an M8F in '70 & 71. Went broke soon after. Lots of DNFs
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Old 05-06-2005, 09:52 AM   #17
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With all the negative NASCAR vibe going on here, I'm almost ashamed to admit I was at the Talladega race. Almost.
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Old 05-06-2005, 09:55 AM   #18
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did you enjoy the carnage?
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Old 05-06-2005, 09:59 AM   #19
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Default just a few thoughts

Is fx the pinnacle of motorcycle racing? No

Pro surfers don't get paid that well either.

Don't like the pay? Go and do something else.

This guy's last name isn't petty.

Boo hoo, you have to pay for your hobby just like most other people
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Old 05-06-2005, 10:29 AM   #20
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Nice article Buz thanks for sharing. If I was younger and single I would give it ago. I am sure I would go broke and would finish last but what an exprience. Too bad I started riding at an advanced age....I tried to start early but got grounded for life for riding my buddy's little dirt bike around the back 40... Damn parents ...
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