Monday, April 30, 2012

The Ohio Mile

The East Coast Timing Association's inaugural Ohio Mile happened this past weekend. Although the weather was so crappy that we only got to make two runs, we won a record with each.  131mph was the best speed we ran (ever) and that was (thanks to your's truly) with a fumbled shift from 3rd to 4th.  It all started with Greg coming over Friday afternoon (in the warm Michigan sun) to help load up the gear and the bike.  He also assumed crew chief duties for the weekend which included; sleeping in a freezing pick-up truck, getting soaked in multiple ice cold rains, almost getting hit by lightning, eating McDonald's for two days straight, enduring racetrack porta-potties, sharing a bed with another man and kick starting a stubborn race bike about a thousand times. Love you my brother! Lurch also made the trek down south on Sunday to watch his beautiful engine run in anger - which it did.  The thing sounds unreal at 6k RPM!  We weren't the only crew grinning from ear to ear from success - Rivet (from the Damaged blog ) and his New Jersey crew turned out a 161MPH run with a turbo charged 650 BSA!  The sun finally came out the minute we shut the door to the trailer and pulled out of the venue - oh well.  Had a blast anyway and we get to do the whole thing all over again in June.  Then it's on to Bonneville.  THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO SHOWED SUPPORT BY PLUNKING DOWN THEIR HARD EARNED CASH FOR ONE OF MY T-SHIRTS!!!!  We could not do this without you.

Friday, April 27, 2012

The Ohio Mile...

...starts tomorrow and goes through Sunday in Wilmington (near Dayton).  If you want to see real land speed racing up close and don't live anywhere near Bonneville.  This is the next best thing.  Look for the Bonnepan and say hello.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Our Daily Sled #267

Details, Details, Details

Racing the Bonnepan at the Ohio Mile this coming weekend.  Lots to do before then.  Last night I finished up the fender retention system (the "FRS").  Both times at Bonneville it ditched the rear part of the fender at speed.  This will no longer happen.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Greg's Sporty

Can't wait to see this one rolling.  A little wire and a couple cables...

Monday, April 23, 2012

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Winter Build Update #10

....and a little closer.

Friday, April 20, 2012

So Long Levon...

I love The Band and Levon's place within it but my favorite memories of him come from his small (but heavy) part in "The Right Stuff".  Have to watch that again soon as a final farewell.

Zen Moment #12

Thursday, April 19, 2012


Greg's latest build showing some love.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Detroit Crud's

Thorson, Chico, Rusty (left/right) and Blackie on the rail out in front of his shop, Detroit 1967.  Thanks to Slojoe for the epic pic.

Last Night...

...White Denim blew the roof off the Pike Room at the Crofoot in Pontiac.  If you haven't heard them yet they sound like a  fusion of the Allman Brothers Band and Fugazi. The latest record was one of those  "ya, it sounds great but they got a little carried away in the studio - it can't sound anything like that live.  Too many layers of melody.  They used every track on the board".  But holy cow they NAILED it live!  One of the best shows I've seen in years.  4 unassuming guys from Austin Texas tore it down and left it in ruins last night...made my week,  Click the post title for the jump to their site and music.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Our Daily Sled #268

I started another bike build tonight.  This makes 3 I have going right now and it may be the rarest of them all.  I got far too emotional on ebay last week and spent 2 weeks worth of gas money on a pile of broken plastic injection molded by Revell in 1971.  After sorting through what looks like two other kits that came with it in a huge bag of mixed up parts I think I found 95% of the fabled 1/8 scale knucklehead drag bike. Until my ULH flywheels come back from Terry this will be my main project and consume all of my spare time...I know, I have issues.

The Purpose #52

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Greg's Got a Secret...

...hopefully for not too much longer.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Winter Build Update #9

Rode Rosemary over to Terry's place last night to drop off some parts.  SO close now...

Friday, April 13, 2012

Michigan Helmet Law Repealed!!!

Michigan just 86'd it's age old mandatory helmet law!  Come ride with your knees (and mellon) in the breeze!

Why We Ride #3

Kiyo turns it on.