Elliot sez ................
Time to get the bikes out and tune up for Southern California Flat Track Association races, or Eddie Mulder's series, Gene Romero's program, or even AHRMA. You pro riders may also need a shakedown before driving through four time zones to Daytona!
Practice next weekend, Saturday February 9th. Anybody familiar with SoCal weather knows that if it's not threating pouring rain, the track should be awesome and weather wonderful. Of course, with the coldest average temperatures in the area in decades in the Southland [Global warming? (check with the scientists]) you might want to tell the pit crew to bring a jacket. Low temps mean the water, and the cush, stays in the track.
Practice on February 16th, with racing to follow Sunday February 17th, the day after. Those of you with motorhomes, trailers and campers can spend the night. Tradition has been a $10.00 fee for overnight camping. I'm liable to load the van to the roof with air matresses and blankets just for the fun of an evening full of dirt track lies, damn lies and statistics!
Lemme know, I can bring a mean pot of ranch beans! While I won't be riding for quite a while, I will be on the track taking pictures for Cycle News, San Diego Off Roader and other media, thanks to Jim Rosa's camera.
I've gone back to work, and driving on four wheels wastes up to 2 hours a day of my time, and recovering through a full work day has been pretty tiring, so I haven't been getting these messages out as often as the efforts of the SCFTA deserves. But I'm getting back up to speed.
This looks like it could be a very good year for flat track in Southern California. There are a couple of new things in the works, one of which is the larger track at Perris. Vince Graves says he wants to have the best short track on the West Coast,if not the entire country.
Other things I'm not sure I can talk about just yet... Jim , like Ted Hubbard, is completely healed and ready to come back and race with us.
His goal is to go back and run a National or two. Well, maybe not Ted, but I hear he's already entered Pikes Peak this year. Faith or Science,
they both benefitted from miracles through the past couple of seasons.
Those of you that can open the attached Excell file will have the new schedule. If you can't open it, give me a reply and I'll get it typed up
for regular e-mail.
BTW, Elliot who works for Ron Wood (yup That Ron Wood!)was severly injured last fall. He broke a couple of vertbrae and has some rods and hardware in his back and neck. He has a zillion laps on his dirt trackers without a problem, but crashed big time on his mountain bike! aargh
dave - NV Vintage Flat Track