For many years, we've been carrying our racing bikes to the track in a small but very efficient 1999 T4 Volkswagen Eurovan. It served us well and was absorbed into the NYC Norton business as a lithe big-city bike hauler. But the transmissions in these vans are notoriously fragile, and the need to carry more bikes and sometimes tow a trailer was upon us. After much laboring, bean-counting, talking to car dealers, accountants, and shrinks, the business took the plunge and we bought a new Sprinter to carry bikes - race bikes and customer bikes - with reliability. Our maiden voyage would be the beloved Midwest excursion to Road America in Wisconsin, with the week off spent up in Northern Michigan with friends at the wonderful cottage in belonging to John and Jan Ellis, then off to Grattan the following weekend. There had been many test fittings of bikes in [...]
The 2013 racing season got off to a later start than usual, due mainly to work commitments that took precedence over the first two AHRMA rounds happening at New Orleans and Talladega in early Spring. So, when the opportunity arose to ride my old friend Ron Halem's Goldstar out in Sonoma in May, I jumped at the chance. I'd never been to Sonoma and it seemed like a long way to go for a single race weekend, but the chance to race at such a place up in beautiful Northern Cali was too much to pass up. Ron's bike was immaculately prepared, as per usual. The last time the bike had been out was with me on board at Miller in September 2012l, and I'd really shagged the Dunlops that weekend, so we put on some new tires and had at it. This bike has seen a lot of development [...]
During the Iron and Air interview, photographer Jason Goodrich snapped some really nice shots that weren't in the magazine, but certainly deserve to be seen. These shots were taken in our old space just before we relocated across the room, increasing from 400 sq ft to 2100 sq ft, as explained in our "Moving On Up" blog entry. Jason's shots give it a nice, cozy feel, but we were splitting our seams. Rest assured we will have Jason over again to better illustrate the loft setup we've moved into. More to come on that. Seeley Tank on the bench: NRE in the shop freight elevator, alternate shot to magazine image Seeley Norton 1007cc final drive/rearset detail Seeley G50 looking on KC Racing leathers
We are really pleased to have been featured in the latest edition of Iron & Air magazine. Chris Logsdon (The Shop Brooklyn) came over and picked our brains for a while, and the result was a great piece, cutting through the chaff of cafe racers vs. racers. Jason Goodrich took very beautiful pics of the shop and the bikes while we all chatted, and he will certainly be shooting more for us in the future. Thanks guys.
For 6 years Kenny (and ultimately NYC Norton) worked out of about 400 square feet of space within a larger 4200 sq ft space lovingly known as Spannerland. For those who don't know the back story, Spannerland, located in a corner of a massive industrial building just outside the Holland Tunnel, was created in 2006 as sort-of co-op shared by a group of NYC based racers who needed more space than they could each realistically afford in pricy Manhattan. Spannerland treated everyone well - on any Sunday it could be a quiet cavern of classic bikes, or a buzzing workshop of machines fabricating parts to get folks to their next race. But as things happen, racers settle down and move away, interests change, etc. Towards the end of 2012 a lease renewal went into effect, and NYC Norton moved out of the small carved-out space occupied for the last 6 [...]
The 2012 season was winding down, but we had a sudden burst of greatness enter our lives with the new Seeley G50 arrival (click here for G50 details) so it was important to get some seat time on the bike before heading into Barber. We packed up the G50 and Atlas and headed south to West Virginia - Summit Point, to be exact - where we would race with WERA for a day. At 4.5 hours of driving, Summit Point is our closest track to NYC that offers vintage racing (2 miles further than New Hampshire Motor Speedway, according to Google, but much quicker to get to), so this was a walk in the park for our one-day adventure. We got to the track Friday night, set up the canopy, and awoke Saturday morning to a perfect fall day. We filled the bikes with oil and gas and away we [...]