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Old 09-06-2006, 08:02 AM   #1
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Default Re: H-D Finishes 1-2-3 at Springfield.

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Old 09-06-2006, 08:03 AM   #2
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Default Re: H-D Finishes 1-2-3 at Springfield.

Good for HD!!!!!!!!!!!!!



I love nothing more than hearing about a US made bike winning races!



If any of you out there have never watched flat track, it's tons of fun. The bikes go just as fast sideways sliding around the corners and they do forward in the straights.



Way cool!
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Old 09-06-2006, 08:08 AM   #3
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looks like there were 2 suzukis in the field, everyone else on h-d. The suz riders are #8 in points with no wins and the other isn't in the top twenty. Is 1-2-3 really impressive?
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Old 09-06-2006, 08:08 AM   #4
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Default Re: H-D Finishes 1-2-3 at Springfield.

And the runoff area consists of a steel pole with a hay bale in front of it.



These guys have huge stones.
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Old 09-06-2006, 08:12 AM   #5
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Default Re: H-D Finishes 1-2-3 at Springfield.

They would have had trouble if there had been any Triumphs or BSAs entered. I personally rode a Harley K-Model in 53.
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Old 09-06-2006, 08:18 AM   #6
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Default Re: H-D Finishes 1-2-3 at Springfield.

Did you ever race at Ascot? My Dad used to take us to the Flat track races there around 56-60. BSA Gold Stars were ruling at that time as I recall.
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Old 09-06-2006, 08:27 AM   #7
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Default Re: H-D Finishes 1-2-3 at Springfield.

I KNOW!!!!!!



Most of the dirt tracks I've been to use piles of old tires and put a fresh row of hay bales down for every race day. Absolutly NUTS!!!!!



Why this doesn't qualify as an "Xtreme" sport I just don't understand.
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Old 09-06-2006, 09:03 AM   #8
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I raced at Carrell speedway half mile, the predecessor to Ascot in 51 & 52 when I was 17 & 18. Ascot was built when the 110 freeway went through the middle of Carrell speedway - I heard that Ascot used the hard clay surface from Carrell. Now Ascot is apparently a storage lot. It went the way of Lincoln Park and Culver City 1/4 mile tracks, as well as Box Springs (Riverside) TT and Anza park. Did I miss any? I rode a BSA Gold Star (completely stock) my first year, then switched to Harley. I was lousy and too careful. I think I was not strong enough at 5'9" and 124 pounds. I always wished I was able to try a Triumph, which was about 100 pounds lighter than the K-Model. Looks like I'll never know.



By the way, my best lap my first year was 25.65 on my stock BSA. Chuck Basney did 23.14 the same night. This was about 10 mph faster than me. I was not timed on the K-Model the next year due to too many entrants (about 100 every Friday night), so I don't know if I improved.
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Old 09-06-2006, 09:12 AM   #9
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Watching was fun but a lot of people got hurt doing it. I saw more than one guy get off and slide along the rail for a couple hundred feet. Definitely not for the fainthearted.



BTW we also used to watch the guys racing XLCHs, TriumphTTs, etc at the scrambles down by the marshes where the Artesia Freeway is now. My Uncle had a Mustang bike and was a big racing nut so he took us a lot.



What they call Xtreme sports are kind of mild in comparison IMHO.
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Old 09-06-2006, 09:22 AM   #10
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There's also an Aprilia and a Yamaha (Vision based!) competing. If you go to the races, you can see them in the pits.
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