On Thursday, January 16, 2014, former TT Racer and tuner of some of the fastest classic bikes Maurice Candy, Dave Roper, and I, met in Terminal 4 at JFK to begin our long journey to Phillip Island, Australia, to take part in the 21st annual Island Classic. The Australian Motorcycle News (AMCN) had invited a group of Yanks to participate, providing transportation via two 40' containers full of bikes departing from both the West and East Coast of the USA. As seen in a previous post, I loaded up my Seeley G50 back in November and the container had now arrived safely at the track, awaiting our arrival for unloading. The three of us flew to LAX and had a short layover. Here we met up with Don Lange, an old friend from Seattle, who has been accompanying our racing crew around the USA for the last season, filming for [...]
We've been tardy at posting one of the biggest announcements in our racing times... the invitation to compete in the Island Classic at Phillip Island, Australia, January 24-26, 2014. The Australians have graciously extended their hand to a select few Americans, inviting them to compete in this huge event, and we are most flattered to have been included. There are 2 groups of American racers heading over; a West Coast group headed up by Dave Crussel, and an East Coast group, arranged by Bob Coy (USCRA). Our little sub-group - Dave Roper, Maurice Candy, our filmmaker friend Don Lange (who will be capturing the whole event - more on that in another post later), and me (Kenny Cummings) - will be departing from New York, flying into Sydney, doing a bit of sight-seeing, then meandering our way down to Phillip Island. The Aussies are a tough lot - competitive and [...]
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.