Friday, July 31, 2009
"Here are a couple of pics of Stevie Hall's Triumph now owned by Richard Foard. Billy Eves used to race this bike (which was built by Larry Mohan). Here is a back in the day pic of the bike and a pic of how it looks now."
From Dan Mahony (Legendary flat track Photographer) -
"Yes, that IS the 1966 Peoria TT, the #1 to winner Eddie Mulder's left is Bart Markel (second place) and the 22z is Romero on the Love Brothers' Triumph. #48 is Jim Corpe, who was pretty good at Santa Fe and other TT's, and who rode a factory Kawasaki 650 in 1969. #69 is Sonny Burres, taken at Peoria.......Nixon in the air is at Ascot, and I admire the bottom two pictures of Nixon and Palmgren together, and wish that I had taken them."
From Bill Edwards (Havana, IL) -
"#48 is Jim Corpe originally from Washington, Illinois. Rode for Smittys' Triumph in Peoria, Ill. and Walter Brothers HD for a while. Then rode a BSA and Triumph for John Lund in Decatur, Ill. He also built and qualified a Kawasaki W650 ( BSA A10 copy ) at the Peoria TT national. Jim was also one of the Plant managers at Kawasaki in Lincoln, Nebraska. His son Kenny is quite an accomplished Vintage motocrosser and artist. He is also the stepson of Dick Mann. Oh, I am the kid behind Mulder in the Peoria winners circle photo. Gave his Trophy back to him 35 years later!!!"
Thursday, July 30, 2009
"There were 3 rain delays at Hagerstown and it shortened everything--only 2 practice sessions to set up and the track changed every time. We did get a great start moving to the front from row three before the second turn (see the link below) --but a big hole in lap 5 broke off the left side peg and jammed the rear brake--this practically put us in reverse. But that is racing."
The team is testing a new ignition and carburetor kit and will skip the Sturgis races next week. You can see Brian Phillips and the Bonneville Performance Triumph next on Sunday, August 16 at the Grove City Mile being run at the Beulah Park horse track near Columbus, Ohio.
Thanks to Tim White for the photo. Check out more photos from Hagerstown and other races on his website. http://tswphoto.smugmug.com
For the full results from Hagerstown visit AMA Pro Flat Track
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Gary Scott is most remembered for his tenure on the Harley Factory team which brought him the 1975 AMA GNC title. But like many from that time Scott started his career on a Triumph. In 1972 he put together one of the greatest debut seasons ever, recording two wins, finishing runner-up to Mark Brelsford in the GNC standings, and claiming Rookie of the Year honors. After moving to the Triumph Factory team in 1973, he avoided the sophomore slump and once again claimed the #2 spot, this time behind the great Kenny Roberts. Gary spent 1974 and '75 on board a Factory XR750 before returning to privateer status in 1976 - and returning to Triumphs on TT courses. In 1983 at the Peoria TT, Gary Scott along with Brad Hurst, put classic Triumphs in a GNC Main for the final time. It would be 24 years before another machine carrying the name would accomplish that feat.
In the article Scott revisits his now famous rookie season, his preference of half-miles over the down and dirty short tracks, and his ultimate goal: the AMA Championship.
Also discussed is his move, after his rookie year, from a privateer on a Triumph to factory rider:
"Gary signed a full contract with Triumph in early November. He, Romero and Mann will be that firm's only team riders. And the two-time National winner is now even more confident at his dirt track chances.
'Ever since Harley-Davidson got their alloy machines sorted out, they were the rage of the circuit. I was just about to sign with Harley, but Triumph came along so I went with them. I know that Triumph has been putting in a great deal of work on their own bikes to make them more competitive and I've been told that the new machines are putting out about five more horsepower. I don't think it's a flash reading, either.'"Check out the rest of the article at The Motorbike Archives
[While the Motorbike Archives site and the articles posted on it are priceless, they do make it painfully clear just how far GNC Flat Track has fallen. To see how much coverage mainstream motorcycle magazines devoted to racing is all at once amazing and depressing. The Gary Scott interview mentions famed college football announcer Keith Jackson (thats him in the photo at the top) calling the action at the Ascot Half-mile for ABC's Wild World of Sports. GNC racing was as big as NASCAR, if not bigger, at that time. It's now run by it. This past needs to be remembered as a goal for the future. It happened before and with the right marketing and planning it can happen again.]
Monday, July 27, 2009
For more info and to find out how you can get a hold of one of these beasts...check out Mule Motorcycles.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Been trying to hunt down a copy of this book for awhile now. If anyone out there has a copy they'd be willing to part with or know of anyone selling one please get in touch. Heck, if someone has an old worn version they'd just let me borrow to read I'd appreciate it. Get in touch at: email@example.com
Thursday, July 23, 2009
From: "Johnny Robinson"
Subject: Old Flat track pics
HI, Here are pics of my dad in the late 50's. As far as he was concerned, if it didn't say Triumph on it, it wasn't a motorcycle. He had the Triumph dealership in the late 50's here in Huntsville, Al.
Pics of him in leathers, racing at the local fairgrounds, hillclimbs and him and mom at Daytona Beach.
I had the pleasure of riding a 70 Triumph Daytona in my late teens. Dad bought the bike for himself when he went to buy me my first bike. I learned on a Kawasaki 125, but took the Daytona out a couple times after truning 16.
If you need more info on anything, let me know. I'll have to work from the stories dad told, he passed away 20 years ago next week.
I found your site looking for flattrack racing in the Alabama area.
What a great collection of photographs. This is what it is all about. For every Gene Romero or Gary Nixon there were 100 Mickey Robinsons. Local racers who loved the brand and went as fast and far as they could on their Triumphs. Iron men who were at home on the street, beach, half mile or hillclimb. Weekend warriors who worked a regular job and made motorcycling a family affair.
I got in touch with Johnny and found out his dad ran a Triumph dealership out of a small garage in Huntsville, Alabama. He raced flat track at the Huntsville Fairgrounds - one of many tracks that have faded into memory, did hillclimbs outside Huntsville between Meridianville and Hazel Green, and was one of many who made the trek to Daytona to ride on the beach. Here are some of the highlights of the photos he sent...
I'd like to thank Johnny Robinson for sending these in. If you have a similar story to tell please get in touch at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Q: How long you been racing?
A: I started racing in august of 2006.
A: I was born and raised in Rockville MD and that's where I think I am going to stay.
A: I like to think of the home tracks to be Frederick Fairgrounds or Hagerstown Speedway.
A: Bill Blackwood owns the Triumph. I came to ride it at Frederick when I heard about the new pro twins class that is being run at all of the hot shoe events now. I decided to ride it because it was the fastest bike that I could get a hold of to go up against all the new XRs.
A: The bike is a route 750 T140 modified-Trackmaster Framed Triumph. It is out of the late 60's to mid 70's. My dad was put on the bike back in the 70's by sponsors as a semi pro but in the mid 70's he was almost killed on it at Dorsey speedway in MD. My father hit another bike coming out of a turn which sent him flipping down the straightaway causing the bike to land on him and other riders to run over him. when it was all done my father got up but was taking to a hospital with a broken back, broken hands, broken ribs, and his right leg broken in 3 places. The bike was then passed around where it eventually ended up in the hands of my dads good friend Billy Blackwood. Bill Blackwood has spent the last 25 to 30 years with the bike doing things to it to improve it. He is a smart man with an open mind which is why the bike is so fast.
Q: Any plans to race it in the future? Perhaps the upcoming WV Hot Shoe?
A: Absolutely I will race it in the future, unfortunately not at Elkins WV hot shoe.
Q: Anyone you'd like to thank?
A: I would have to start with thanking mom and dad for supporting me when I wanted to start racing when I was 17. Thanks to Billy Blackwood for giving me a chance to ride his awesome Triumph, Eddie Adkins, My dads brother Barry for making my steel shoe and His wife Sue for all her support, Richard Riley and the crew at Fredericktown Yamaha. with out these people none of this would be possible.
Q: Final Thoughts?
A: I feel that old Triumph has a lot of potential and that after a couple more races on it, I think that I can be competitive on it at the GNC level on the cushion tracks. I have so much to learn and I am still young and my ears are always open for advice from elders and veterans. I am a new rider also and have come a long way in the past 3 years very quickly. I don't see my self peaking or stopping anytime soon because I never stop learning and I have more fun each time. So I am looking for feedback or any advice because I am like you, I want to bring Triumph back into the mix of GNC FLATTRACK.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Received an email from Ken Allaman of Roundtop, MT. Ken is a racer from way back when. He grew up in Illinois and began racing on an old Indian Sport Scout. During the 60's he rode Harleys for Bruce Walters and also did some racing with Smitty's Triumph out of Peoria, IL. He sent some great photos of an old Triumph flat tracker he has restored and raced in vintage events. Here's what he had to say about the bike...
"I bought this bike in 1998...It started life as a '68 Tr6R...I was told it had a rare Yetman frame-as in its day he didn't build many for dirt -the oil tank is an aluminum masterpiece. I bought the bike from Bob Neilson and it was not running and in pretty sad shape. He told me it was regular qualifier at Ascot and had won the AMA National in what was then called the Amateur class of Pro Racing at San Jose in '72...I believe a man named John Hoy had something to do with it but I don't know who rode it. Joel Wey-Denver and Randy Baxter-Baxter Cycle brought it back to race condition. It is one fast Triumph. I rode it to #2 in point standings in over 50 in 98 in VDTRA and 3rd in Masters Of the Mile AHRMA races in 98. I guess finding who won the San Jose race would be a great way to get history of the bike."
So if anyone out there can help Ken trace the history of this bike, get in touch at: email@example.com
Monday, July 20, 2009
Check out this old Johnson Motors Triumph ad found on the Flat Track Thunder website. It features legend Dick Dorresteyn getting some air time on his Bonneville. Johnson Motors used flat track racing and success at the Bonneville Salt Flats (as demonstrated in this ad) to move hundreds of thousands of Triumphs from post-WWII to the early '70s. It's too bad Triumph USA is still using those old exploits to market the new Bonneville line without investing in modern U.S. racing. Perhaps in the future.
For more vintage flat track images visit:
Flat Track Thunder
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Found this amazing photo on the Flat Track Thunder website. While Joe Leonard is most known for piloting his Harley Davidson to 3 GNC titles, he did ride a world famous Johnson Motors Triumph near the end of his motorcycle racing career. This photo is from the Sacramento Mile in 1962 when Leonard lost the lead due to a flat. Joe moved to full time automobile racing a short time later. One can't help but wonder if cars were on his mind when the photo was snapped. While his car racing career took off, he would not win another GNC race.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Received some great photos from Paul Covert of his T140 C&J Framed Flat Tracker. Paul and Jerry Kocinski of Jerry's Triumph in Little Rock, Arkansas built three of these bikes. While Paul and Jerry each kept one, the third has made its way to California and is owned by Rod Lake. You can find Paul at his own Crooked Creek Speedway in Little Rock promoting and racing flat track.
Monday, July 13, 2009
BellaCorse makes and distributes some fine parts for the new Bonnevilles but owner Michael Selman can also build a mean Street Tracker. Project Swiss Misfortune is an eyecatcher that started life as a 2002 790cc Bonnie...
"The engine has been bored-out to 904cc and has Keihin Racing FCR-39mm flat slide carbs and a BellaCorse Air Box Elimination kit installed. The 2-1 exhaust is from Zard of Italy and is a Titanium-alloy construction.
You can see more BellaCorse/SEL-MOTION bikes at:
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
(1967 Triumph 750cc with Trackmaster frame found "sold" on www.vintageracingmotorcycle.com)
(1966 Triumph 500 by Ron Atherton - info on the bike at: http://www.ahrma.org/Old_Site/machines/66tri-dt.htm)
(Triumph 750cc w/ Panther Frame by Jim Grant - from AHRMA site)
(1964 Triumph 650 Bonneville, owned & ridden by Dave Cheney.
Photographed by Steve Matz at Metrapark in Billings, Montana - from AHRMA site)
(1967 Triumph Cub owned by Ray Corlew - from AHRMA site)
(Trackmaster replica Sportsman Triumph 650 built by Clyde Dennen, owned by Dennis Kanegae - from AHRMA site)