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Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by jehu, Oct 5, 2007.
Not so top secret ATK Highland prototype.
The photo was taken at Santa Fe Speedway in AUgust of 1970. I was there that night...Briggs was riding a Yamaha twin set up like a speedway bike with flat tracker numberplates. Briggs did not beat the flat trackers. He could not make the outside line work and faded and was eliminated in his 10 lap heat race.
He put on a great show and the crowd loved his outside line speedway style, so the promoter put up $300 winner take all for a 3 man match race between Dick Mann, Neil Keen (track champion at the time) and Briggo for after the main event. Briggo finished last.
BTW...Dick Mann won the national on an OSSA.
I saw what was advertised as Dick Mann's last pro race at the old Houston Astrodome sometime in the early-mid 70s. I was about 9 or 10 yrs old, and I was so sick with the flu I could hardly watch, but my parents later told me I would not allow them to leave me in the hotel room even though I was puking, which I don't remember. All I remember about the whole trip was the racing. In those days you could leave a kid in a hotel room alone.
Anyway, I remember that Mann was supposedly way past his prime, but he got a strong third place in the first heat race after coming from behind and passing several guys in the last few laps. Then I seem to remember in the last heat, he got a good start and actually led for awhile, before fading to 3rd or 4th. My memories might be off, I was a little kid, but I do remember people giving Mann a standing ovation after the race. He was definately still competitive at the time.
How I spent my formative years,me in 1976 or so
Kickin pics and stories. Here is one I found at Daytone 06.
Is it just me or has the FT riding style evolved like all other moto racing styles. Looks like they're in mid highside. Freakin poetry in motion.
Was at a track (1/4mi) last Friday and no one rode that style. He could be wrestling that bike in..
If you LOVE flat track bikes then you have to go visit Danny Rouit's Flat Track Museum in Clovis, CA!
Great collection of bikes and Dan is a great guy to boot! His Open House is a MUST do!
Here's one my brother put together from spares around the shop. Redline frame,70' TR6 with 750 big bore, and lots of other good parts.
Found this one too. Taken at the Del Mar Concours D'elegance a few years back.
Oh yea, one more of a street tracker he's building for someone.
Sweet Pics. Sweet Bikes!
'96 S1 Buell. Thunderstorm motored and sitting a little taller than original.
Does that make it a "Street Tracker"?
It sure was fun!
Dunedain, the both feet up style is awsome,but not a new thing. I went to the half mile in Louisville in 1977. King Kenny was there trying to beat the Harleys. He had a mono-shock Xs 750 that was balls out fast,but the Harleys still had the edge.He rode with his feet on the pegs 98% of the time . His control was remarkable. I saw other guys try to minmic his style but no one was really able to pull it off.
The race was won by a guy you may have heard of Jay Springsteen.
Beautiful. What kind of pipes are those?
How do ya'all feel about Ice Trackers?
This is multi-time Canadian Superbike Champion Jordan Szoke having a little fun on a February afternoon in Ontario.
Try Here. He's the Streettracker go-to guy for XS650's.
That's bad-ass. I'd sure hate to fall on that. Dry leather meets cold and wet slush. Brrr..
From the picture I'd guess it was at least 34F- I hated racing when it got that warm. Traction was best at about 10F and you stayed dry.
There was nothing dry about it. :huh
Was funny to watch every lap he'd cut a funny line to douse his buddies in the pits.