1966/67/68/69/70 Scratch-built Triumph T120R Bonneville 650 AHRMA Novice Historic Production Heavyweight vintage roadracer
Built as a 50th birthday present to myself in 2007, I got my racing license on my 50th birthday at Texas World Speedway. I raced a couple of events at the end of the year (Sandia Classic and Barber Vintage Festival).
Then, 1n 2008, I did Roebling Road, GA and Daytona, back-to-back; first time ever at Daytona, I was on the track!
Next, did Road America and Grattan, MI back-to-back; an amazing side story happened here, as I lucked into a free ride on a Formula 500 Kawasaki 500 triple. First time out on the bike, I scored a podium finish...
Later that year, I made the inaugural BUB motorcycle week at the Bonneville Salt Flats; my first time ever at Bonneville, I set a class record!
Immediately after Bonneville was Miller Motorsports Park and the Sandia Classic in Albuquerque, back-to-back. This was an amazing whirlwind. On the cool-down lap of the last race at Miller, I noticed a rattling in the Kawasaki's engine, turned out to be a broken cylinder liner. Thinking it was a blown crank, I had one flown in to Albuquerque where we were headed next.
In the week between Miller and Sandia, the owner of the Kawasaki (Jeff) and I visited Arches, Canyonlands, and Mesa Verde National Parks. Amazing time.
Then, a twist of fate! There was a decent '74 Kawasaki H1 triple in the Sandia swap meet!!! (what are the odds?) I bought it on the spot (had to borrow a couple hundred from Jeff to get the total). We yanked the engine out, and I got it thru tech and to the starting grid JUST IN THE NICK OF TIME! Took 2 more podium finishes with a swap meet engine!
(the red bike is the swap meet donor)
The season finale was at Barber's Motorsports park. I managed enough points racing half the events, as a rookie, against much faster bikes (750 triples and OHC fours), and better riders, to take 5th out of 20 riders in Production Heavyweight. I also won the "Best of the West" and "Dixie Cup" mini-series with both bikes.
Even better, as a Rookie, racing only FOUR events, I clinched 3rd in the Formula 500 class championship!
I sat out 2009, and only got to do Willow Springs and Barber's in 2010, haven't raced since then. However, at Willow, I lucked into a free ride on a Formula 1 sidecar - a 2000 LCR GSXR1000! We won both races in our class, the owner won the championship with those points.
As this last bit is GSX-related, I intend to post my full story on it later.