The Rough Draft

If you can't go through it. Go around it.

This time we made sure we were on the mountain at 3:30am. This got us almost right at the Gateway and more importantly, leveler ground than half a mile down the road on a steep clutch killing incline. We were through the Gateway promptly at 4:00am and were well on the way to Devil’s Playground …

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I like the cars, well anything on wheels really but my heart is always going to be with the bikes. The bikes were practicing on the uppermost part of the course from Devil’s Playground to the Peak. Because of the shape of the mountain, there’s no way to get up to the peak area without …

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Before I get into the article proper, a bit about my gear. Travelling by motorcycle limits how much stuff you can carry. For this trip I brought only three lenses. A Sigma 10-22mm f4.5, a Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 and a Canon 40mm f2.8 ASM (which I never used). Of course my Sigma 17-70mm was my …

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Of course I’m talking about race fuel. A smell I can’t even describe accurately but one that gets my blood pumping and makes the hairs on my arms and neck stand up. Colin has been bugging me about going to a race since before Christmas. I had bought tickets for the Vintage races on June …

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My son Colin has been bugging me to take him to the Toronto autoshow since last October. Never mind there’s a big bike show in January. Even though he’s autistic, he definitely has his likes and dislikes. He likes NASCAR, where he gets that from I have no idea because it is not a style …

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Went out to Chatham Moto Park for the Motocross season opener. This had a more local feel to it than some of the events coming later in the year. The shooting conditions while dry were a bit difficult and it was pretty damn cold. Will warmer weather ever get here? Still, I got some good …

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The forecast was pretty bleak this morning but I decided to risk it with the boy and head out to Gopher Dunes Dirt Track in the hopes that the weather would be clear by the time we got there.  No such luck.  What started as a light drizzle turned into a downpour within minutes and …

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As far as days at the track go, it could have gone better.  Compared to the Vintage Race weekend we attended a few weeks ago, attendance was a bit sparse.  I wasn’t aware it was the inaugural event.  The turnout was sparse at best.  By sparse I mean thirteen cars in the main display area …

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As I’ve said before, I love old vehicles, the more hand crafted the better.  With vintage stuff a good chunk of the machine is out there in front of God and everybody to see.  If modern machines have gotten wrong, it’s hiding everything under a cover of blacked aluminum.  It reduces an engine to a …

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