A friend of mine gave me this old Cycle World magazine, so I framed it. Neat picture of ol' George Roeder sliding in.... His son still has the bike and runs it for exhibition from time to time... Great shot !
In his early years, Jay Springsteen and his brother Charles raced short tracks. "Chuck" ran a 360cc or bigger - and the younger brother Jay raced a smaller 250cc. The lack of power to most racers would be a disadvantage, but Jay learned to make up seconds/lap with corner speed ! Holding the throttle wide open all the way around the track, steering with the rear wheel under full power - and pitching the bike sideways to scrub speed when necessary. It helped hone his skills - soon becoming a top ranked Junior - and then Expert status. The poster above celebrates his 1977 National Championship. He won the previous year (1976) and won again in 1978 - A 3 time national champion. Jay had a mysterious ailment that plagued him during his prime - causing him to miss races and forfeit points. It was years until smart physician finally diagnosed his problem - and he came back strong as ever ! Scott Parker is the king - but Springsteen (in my opinion) is the greatest flat track racer ever - due to his skill, stamina, longevity and promotion of the sport. He's still goes fast as heck too . . .
One of the best investments you can make for your kick-start Harley 4 speed ! They operate smooth as silk - and I've tested these gears for 5 straight years on my kicker panhead. It's a one kick bike on most occasions, and this Baker set up is a big part of it. Not cheap - but nothin' good ever is . . .
Above: I got my first set of gears from Bert Baker himself. I won a bike show, and received a Baker gift certificate as a prize. James Simonelli, me, and Bert Baker in Sturgis, SD. I run their heavy forged kicker pedal with chrome moly shaft too. Maybe someday afford a complete transmission?
I talked to Buddy Stubbs awhile back when I visited Arizona. These are his personal race bikes he ran short tracks, TTs, desert races, 1/2 miles - a couple KRs and an XLR. He beat the factory riders many times - and won the Daytona 100 (250cc class). I think he said he's 80 now !
The best museum in Phoenix (off Cave Creek). Buddy Stubbs' Harley-Davidson