Glad you made it home safe! As usual, the "committe" did an awesome job setting up the camp site, doing the cookout/bikeshow, and in general making the bb.com camp area a success and great place to camp. You guys bust your butt to make it work! Thanks again.
The overall crowd at VMD was huge this year. I know they were turning people away from the campground on Friday. I have NEVER seen it this full. The rain? Minor inconvenince . Swap meet was full as well, didn't spend as much time there as normal, pit monkey duties were keeping me occupied.
Met more bb.com people, Ton Up people, etc. Nice putting faces with names. Enjoyed meeting you people, and I am certain if I tried to list them all, I would leave some off the list!
I will say it was a pleasure to meet Tom Sharp and spend some time talking to him. Also Marino of MAP Cycle. Class people, enjoyable to talk to. Hope to see you guys at Barber.
Never went near the MX, hear the entry list was huge. Maybe someone can report on those activities.
Justice (Chad) got 2nd in the heavyweight production class on Saturday, Won on Sunday. Congrats again.
Alex got 3rd on Saturday, DNF after a front tire skated off the track on Sunday. We fought carbie jetting issues Friday & Saturday, but on Sunday, the BSA from H*ll was working. Working well. The new motor has some much needed HP. Sounds good too when "on song" in the straights. Looked good leading too!
Bodger had a DNF Saturday after struggling with major mechanical gremlins Friday. Sunday he got 2nd.
Not sure of all the race results, but Tim (Phantom 309) was flying the few times I got to see him race. Was also nice to finally meet him.
VMD is about the bikes, the racing, etc. But it is also about the people. Thanks to everyone who made it a good weekend.
Oh, I will let RT explain, our little 4 hour or so ride Thursday turned into an 8 hour misadventure But it was fun. Now if he had only flashed his high beam to warn me of the open gas station....... :p . Didn't run out of gas...but sure thought I was going to sleep beside the bike in the rain at one point! But RT can tell the rest of the misadventures of Ron & Rich .
as far as the breakdown thing...I understand. Mine was on a Saturday evening in the garage...I fully understand. He was missed and will continue to be missed!
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Gordon, As always, thanks so much to you and the rest of the crew for the hospitality. Rolling in to the Britbike site after the racing on saturday felt really good, kinda like going home for the holidays... good company, good chow and good times (your mosquito camping story was priceless!). I'll be there next year, for certain. Hope to see you at the Rumble- Jay
What a fantastic weekend! First time VMD weekend. High points- Trying to keep up with Kentucky Ron as our little group wound around the Ohio hills, taking the long way to Ashland Friday night. Being pelted by dirt, noise and exhaust at the races there. Seeing and hearing the old monsters at the Mid Ohio track. Finding a few needed things at the swap meet. The cookout. The lap for history: signed up and went out on the track with a group of about 80-100 bikes and got a few good corners, then got hung up with a big wad of Gold Wings and mopeds, backed off, got a couple of corners to myself, repeat for 2 laps. Track officials were waving all the bikes off the track at that point. As I came up to them, one gal there pointed at me and waved me through for a THIRD lap. Holy cow! The entire track with just me and 2 GW's! Too much fun! However, I had to embarrass myself as I exited the chicane by missing 4th as Mike and Gordon watched. So much for my "cool" persona... The entire weekend was a sensory overload and the most fun I've had in a long time. Thank you to Gordon, Ron, Mike, Norbsa, and all the rest of you whose names I can't remember for welcoming me into your group. You don't know how much I appreciate your hospitality. I only wish I'd had the chance to meet Mr. Porter as I'm sure that he was the gentleman that you all are. Mike
Hey Mike, Good meeting you as well. Three laps sounds better than one behind mopeds. As always too much to do and way too little time. The only way to cover is to get reports from the camp site on all the things you miss out on doing other fun stuff. Had a lot of fun helping with troubles found and produced at and around the site. Talked too much,drank too much,walked too much,bought too much,can't seem to get started on this Monday after.Thanks to all for providing a base camp that soothes the overload by having a bunch of like minded people to bounce off while have way too much fun. Greg AKA norbsa
norbsa 1960 TR6 1963 Super Rocket 1965 650 Star 1966 441 1968 Thunderbolt 1969 Twinkle 250 1972 Fastback 1974 Roadster 1970 S.S Way too many BSA's not named http://decentcycles.com
Gordon, Jeff and I got back fine in spite of the traffic and the rain. We had an excellent time and appreciated all of the hospitality that everyone showed us. It was nice meeting the faces that went with the names. I think you guys did an excellent job of organizing the event. thanks again, Bill Bassett
Wow what a weekend..Gordon you are the best everything was perfect... can't even think right now as Walter, my Brother and I drove straight thru and did not get in till about 8:30 or so this morning..Thanks everyone fot coming and stay tuned a bunch of stories (maybe a few involving Ron?)
I'll have to consult with Carin and see if she snapped any photos , but as far as I know she had a great time , only had to scold me once in public (I'm improving , I suppose ) and she loves allayall ... but she is on an extended bike trip and wont be able to chime in for a week or so ... Wish her the best....
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Great to see everybody and hang out with y'all. Wish I coulda spent more time hanging out, but the rain on Friday upset the whole race schedule and I couldn't go far from the garage. I never even went to the swap meet. The race report is coming up...I'm still just trying to get back to normal and nurse some bruised ribs and ego. Meanwhile, here's some video from the bratwurst cam:
A smattering: '53 Gold Flash '67 Royal Star '71 Rickman Metisse '40 Silver Star '37 Rudge Special sixtyseventy Lightboltrocket road racer...and many more.
Sorry to hear you have bruised ribs Alex, but good to see and hear the view from the BSA, is it pulling into higher RPM with the new cam? It sounds good. Looking forward to the race report when you are up for it.
Well John and I made it back at about 11:00 last nite ( Monday ) after a 450 mile day . The Bullet ran with nary a glitch all the way ( well excepot for Fridys brown trouser moment ) It was great to meet everyone and be warmly welcomed It was AWSOME !!! I've got some pictures but right now I've got road hangover and am not very lucid . Many Many thanks to everyone . Justgeorge
And for some reason I've got a bunch of Johnny Cash songs stuck in my head...
I want to thank you all for helping to make my little guy feel like one of the big guys. He was actually upset on the way home because he didn't want to leave the races and the motorcycles. While attempting VMD with a 3 1/2 year old will curtail your fun quite a bit a good time was definitely had.
Got back to NY safe & sound late Sunday night. Already plotting our improvements for next year.
'98 T509 Triumph DemonSpeed Triple '70 750S Norton Commando still too many projects...
Gordon and company... What can we say? It was a great event! Brit bikes, good company, excellent food... it don't get much better than that!
Steve, you could have warned me, I would have smiled for the picture... as difficult as it is for me to do!
Linda and I are on our way back to FL. Currently camped overnight in Unadilla, GA (just south of Macon). Will be home Wednesday afternoon... a welcome thing after being on the road 3 months... but still looking forward to next year's trip, which WILL INCLUDE VMD!
Thanks for organizing another wonderful weekend full of old bikes and old and new friends. My family and I all had a great time. Thanks Gordon for letting me be a small part of the festivities. Next year, we plan to have Erin back again. News from Mayo is very good and she should be her sassy little (?) self in no time. I must confess that I'm a little disappointed that our family group spent too much time sitting around our own trailer instead of under the pavillion. We mended our ways Saturday night and will do better next year. We did do a little more riding this year though.
We got home about 11:00 Sunday night. Matt helped me unload the bikes and the tool boxes and them he and Amanda jumped in their car and headed out for their home 50 miles from here. I had to be to work at 7:00 Monday so I had a short night too, but much better than some of you. Wait 'til next year when I'm retired like Tom!
What can I say? You old guys rock! I especially want to thank Rich B and his alter ego Kentucky Thumper Ron for the country ride to Ashland and back. Also, Gordon was a generous host to a bunch of dirty hooligans. Thanks again for the food, fun and shade (needed that this year).