Having headed to the Main Event for an easy weekend we bumped into Tethys on Thursday night who was short of crew and unable to run for the weekend. He offered me the opportunity to come and meet with him and the crew the next morning to learn the routine and see if I felt able to help out for the weekend as Top Fuel were not running until Saturday. I soon realised that the amount of work that goes into running these cars is on a completely different level. The engine is completely stripped down to a bare crankshaft and block at the end of every run and to add to this the rules only allow 90 minutes turn around time. With a lot of guidance from the team I ran through the routine once on Friday and discussed some ways to speed up for the real thing. Including… Read More »
After a weekend helping my old friend René with his Top Fuel bike at the Main Event at Santa Pod, we discussed trying to find some time to test the Shark attack racing Pro stock bikes. With various options dismissed we decided to enter Competition bike at the Summer Nationals so 13 years after entering Competition Bike for the first time I’m back to try my luck, I think I’ll need some with the quality of bikes and riders in this catch all class, I think I’m being thrown to the lions.
Well, the time has come to let my multiple championship winning 7 second Turbo GSXR 1000 go. Bike spec; Suzuki GSXR 1000 2004 Velocity racing extended swingarm with air tank OZ racing wheels Shinko 190 drag tyre Upgraded brake callipers Braided brake hoses MRE air shift ram Smoked double bubble screen Ktech forks Modified GSXR rear shock Billet yokes Race bodywork Carbon front fender Manual shut off Accusump Aftermarket steering damper Rear mounter radiator Sump oil heater Front mounted battery and ECU Custom rear hugger 530 pitch drag chain Talon rear sprocket Custom rear mounted oil catch tank and header tank Billet rear sets Adjustable brake and clutch levers Brake lever mounted lanyard Fuel system; Set up for E85 but also have a tune for C16. Aeromotive fuel pump Aeromotive fuel regulator Aeromotive fuel filter Billet fuel rail 1100cc injectors Custom swingarm mounted fuel tank Speed flow aero quipped hoses… Read More »
Ok here goes…… Usually, it’s my job to ride the bike and leave Lizzy to the PR and write the race reports, but I thought I would give it a go. Due to real life and having to go to work, I couldn’t make it to the Track until Thursday evening. By the time I got to Santa Pod, the pit was set up. The girls had done a great job setting up the pit space and the caravans! (Thanks Nipper for the tow) Just a small hiccup with fuel in the generator (yes as it’s not an ACU race meeting, there was no electricity supplied by Santa Pod 🙁 )This was soon sorted out, and I made up for being late, by buying the Team a Chinese takeaway, we know how to live it up! Friday morning we had a look over the bike and fitted the wheelie bars,… Read More »
How we are able to write a season review when none of us have been racing is amusing. It’s been as much of a busy season as ever. Just like it would have been if there were the three of us racing competitively! How does this happen?? I will try to make this as interesting as I can. We are asked what is happening with various developments – so here goes. Jake got an unconditional offer to study Computer Networking at Sheffield University, and is going to be concentrating on this, so won’t be racing for a while. No doubt at some stage will be doing some run wots, on Kev’s old Bandit which is being rebuilt and redeveloped at present. He passed his driving test the week before he left, so was able to drive himself up there. Very proud of this chap! Jake and the team also crewed… Read More »
Just got back from a cracking weekend on the Isle of Man. The ferry journey over on the Thursday night was rather rough, and not very pleasant, but once there, and we had driven to Paul and Maria’s in a torrential rain storm, we finally got to bed after midnight. In the morning it was still raining, but by late morning the rain had almost gone, and we set off to the track at Jurby. Set up, bike out, and had a look about. Julie Moxley, by this time was on her way, I hadn’t heard from her for a couple of weeks, apart from a text to say she was on her way. Imagine my total surprise when not only Jules got out of the car, but Minx (Sarah Chapman) too! Lost for words I’m not, very often, but I was …… Brilliant that I had both of them… Read More »