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Racing 2014 | Barber, The Really Big Show

Barber Motorsports Park in October is the pinnacle of any classic motorcyclist's schedule and the highlight of the US vintage racing calendar, but in turn feels a little bittersweet, simply because it punctuates the end of each racing season.  The event itself is huge, with 65,000 spectators visiting over the weekend, each year growing more and more.  And just when you think it can't get bigger, it does.  NYC Norton's representation has also expanded over the years and this year we had 11 bikes under the NYC Norton canopy.  ... read more

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Racing 2014 | New Jersey and Utah

For years our closest race on the AHRMA calendar was Grattan, MI, clocking in at 750 miles from NYC.  So when the announcement came in last year that we would be racing in New Jersey we couldn't believe what we heard.  The notion of being able to load up and get to a track in 2 hours (125 miles), spend a weekend chasing the racing jones, and make it home to our own beds by Sunday evening was such an alien concept.  Because the track is centrally located to NYC, ... read more

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Racing 2014 | The Midwest is not a city in China

Charging down Thunder Alley at Road America at top speed has to be one of the greatest experiences one can ever have on a motorcycle.  Doing it on a revving British Single or Twin is even better.  This 4.05 mile long course has everything for the bikes the NYC Norton team races – very fast sections, some wavy twisties, and tight little moments. It is without question a top-3 favorite track for all of us.  We loaded up the Sprinter and began the drive to the land of cheese curds ... read more

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Racing 2014 | California Dreaming

The American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association, or AHRMA, has lumped a lot of their racing weekends into back-to-back events.  There are mixed feelings about this as 50% believe it's impossible to take that much time off from work, and the other 50% like the fact they can get more bang for their travel buck.  For our East Coast-based racing operation, the back-to-backs weekends of Willow Springs and Sonoma Raceway in Southern and Northern California, respectively, made for easy planning and logistics.  So the Sprinter was loaded with a Seeley 750, ... read more

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Racing Update | Summer 2012

After playing around over in the UK, and now having missed 3 AHRMA National rounds (Roebling, Talladga, and Willow Springs) it was time to get busy here at home.  The Road America/Grattan back-to-back weekends are favorites on the NYC Norton calendar, and a fitting first outing in the US.  Plus, master NYC Norton spannerman Jon Thorndike was making his racing debut at Road America on his properly maintained Norton Atlas.  So we loaded up the Teutonic transporter and set the controls for the center of cheese country.  The weekend ... read more

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Racer 2010 | The Evolution of a Norton Racer: 2010

2010: The Kindness Of Strangers   Winter 2009: Spot the race bike? This has become a repetitive story - bike gets built, bike gets raced, bike gets torn down , bike gets built back up again... I suppose the difference this year is wanting to step it up a little more than before. I have contemplated building up a new motor for some time, and the time is now. After working through the details I have been fortunate enough to land a few sponsors who are willing to stick their necks ... read more

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