Davenport was great! Not enough time to see it all.
It was nice to put a few faces on some names. Meet old and new friends and also to introduce my ugly face to a few of the folks from the internet. Thank-you Jim Jones for bringing the 640SS and allowing me to shoot a whack of photos. Sheís a beauty! I was tired, dehydrated and in awe of the bike. Usually Iím much more talkative. I was real happy to hear that your going to take out the tools. DIY. Good job.
It was a real personal thrill to meet and yak with Bobby Hill and Bill Turman at the banquet dinner. Very nice guys. Very approachable. I think itís just as big a thrill for them also to be recognized. I had lunch with Bill Baird & Millie and talked T100 for a bit. All American pizza next door -East of grounds is really good food. Also short walk. Donít know who the above names are? Check the AMA hall of fame online.
I had beers with the Dutch crowd in the Holiday Inn. Great guys! Understandably heavy on the WL talk. I also tried to help a French fellow on field make a deal for a teenage IND single. Not present second party brokered deal with a high tag so I hope he hung in to close it. My french was worse than his english. But I tried.
Got to LOVE those original paint Hendersonsí. Brush strokes visible. SpeedVision did some hilarious interviews out on the field. All the whooping and jeering in the background had me doubling over with laughter. Look forward to seeing the final cut on TV.
J&P Museum is a great ride and a nice day trip. Sans helmet -once out of town. Eh, next year maybe. I think Kevin V. & Dennis are still blinded from the sea of green. A great ride for old iron. Ref to the bikes not Kevin and Dennis.
Smitty gave a great IND talk/tech session on fly wheel building. 50 guys sitting edge of seats straining to hear. Mini PA systems for all chapters would be a good idea. Weíll have to work on that. Smitty was unable to haul in a fly but did bring a few goodies to use as props to talk about. The real real knowledge was transferred verbally. And most guys in attendance were looking for the detail answers that make the difference. The pit stories were the best part. I was fortunate enough to reshoot some photographs of a disassembled big base motor with KR rods. The owner was kind enough to fill me in with detailed descriptions of each photo. Very cool. This will come in handy when Iím gearing up to challenge Jerry Chinn. Or maybe faast Jim? Give me a few years.The replica HD bikes were running well and have a clear advantage. Almost unfair. IMPO
I missed the field games and very sadly missed hanging around in the pits during warm ups in the aft. Was going to take some quality photos. Next year I may have the digital steriophonic helmet vidcam ready. Great fun! Yes, I'm a geek.
Spent all the money I had on IND vendors large and small, new and used. I could really use a tracing of a 640SS brake spring plate #43123, fork shield #86392, nothing fancy just a tracing with a pencil. please? Anyone? pls email me for address.
Mahalo Jim Sutter. Weíll miss you. Enjoy the slow pace.
See you in Republic WA. for the National RR.
Paul Edwards - thewebguy - AMCA