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    Vintage Celebration race report

    Not a bad weekend for Team Not Half Fast. Two firsts, one second, two thirds, one seventh, one eighth, and two crashes. Joe and I pulled up the rear with one crash each. The weekend was typical NH weather...for November. Raining and 40 deg on Friday, only a couple degrees warmer on Saturday and just as wet with Sunday finally being an acceptable late spring day. The track finally dried out and it was warm enough to only have to wear one long sleeve shirt.

    Tony "the Knife" Coccoro cleaned up with a full podium's worth of trophies. Early in the weekend his bike was running poorly but he tracked it down to a broken main jet holder. Then it was watch out, the Knife's in town. He was the only rider with the nads to show up for Open GP because the track was water and oil soaked. Some riders were heard whining, "My big bike has too much power and I'll probably crash." Tony said, "Sunshine, we don't need no steenking sunshine!". Tony's second came from Euro Cup as Joe stated below. And a very respectable third place finish in 500 GP behind two of the fastest vintage riders anywhere, Rabbie Demetrius and Dave Roper.

    Aaron Phinney came home with his first first place finish in the 50cc Cosmo Cup on a bike he had only ridden once before. Not to mention the lack of about 20lbs of air pressure in his rear tire. It was nearly flat through the whole race. A good run in 250 GP put him in seventh place. Finally in the 200 GP event Aaron had a good start which put him in second place. By lap three he had dropped back to third but held strong the rest of the race even though he experienced serious brake fade and nearly ended up in the tires at turn 3.

    Joe came with a cooler full of food and left with an eight place trophy in LWSV and more scratches from the scuffle in turn 1 in 350 GP. I wish I could have seen the LWSV race. Eighth is good in that grid, lots of fast riders and bikes. Those mushrooms were awesome btw! You going to have those at Summit?

    John Strempfer showed his stuff in Pre-65 fighting his way into second place behind Pritchard who held a commanding lead the entire race. Unfortunately, John didn't live up to his title in 250 GP after a near fall in turn 2 in the rain. But we all still know he's the Champ.

    Friday presented me with a broken brake cable and a flat front tire. After a trip to the hardware store and the local Honda dealership for a tube and much help from Tony and Aaron I was back at square one, no track time. I made it onto the track for Saturday's 250 GP race to be sent back to the pits after four laps when I found that water and electricity don't mix. Finally Sunday was dry and the bike was running well. On lap seven of the UltraLightweightSV race I met the pavement in turn 3, breaking my right footpeg and right clip-on putting me out of the 200 GP race.

    Considering the weather it was a pretty good weekend. Looking forward to Summit Point and NHIS in a few weeks.

    JD



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    tonys second was eurocup. it was pouring rain and he came in behind roper. roper was turning 133's. tony wasnt too far behind, but then roper just kept pulling away, and i think tony just realized 2nd is better than crashing. pretty impressive ride though.

    i got a trophy for something. i think they muct have trophied to 8th place in lwsv. they gridded 350gp aphabetically. whats up with that?? i feel llike there should have been a spelling bee after the race or something. i didnt really crash out, that cone ran out and jumped in the way. i had no where to go. really. i was hoping to get around that cone and make the run around the banking. if i hadnt bumped ruffo, i could have made it im sure. i was cranked too. ready to go. arron, you should have seen my pass into 3. i pull a phinney. i passed about 6 guys there in 350gp on my smashed up bike. i remember as i was doing it, "hey, im pulling an aaron" i lined up way on the inside. pretty cool. it was kick ass to hang with you guys. even though aaron was mad at me by the 2nd hour. i still love him. aaron, if you bump to 250, i have a ride for summit. hehehehehe.


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    The Boodwah says hello to all.
    Sorry I missed you last weekend.
    I've heard all the stories from a number of different sources, and I'll give you my brief understanding of the weekend...
    1. Jeremy's head, although GIANT, is not as large as Stremphers?! Whoa! Who knew.
    2. Joe C can still cook better than he rides, but we love him anyway.
    3. Aaron has another bike, that as soon as he sorts it out, will put him on the podium.
    4. John Strempher is pretty fast for an old guy recovering from a heart attack,
    and Finally,
    the best racer of the bunch is the oldest guy that could tear us all apart, at the same time, with his bare hands...Congratulations Tony...someones gotta make the rest of them look good.
    Look forward to seeing you all soon.
    jb




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    yeah man, i hope you make it out. my cooking will probably always be better than my racing. although i havent been affexted by the crash this past weekend like i have been in the past since i dont really think it was my fault. not that it was anyones fault, but i wasnt by myself when i crashed.

    and for all of the dc guys here, and everyone in phili. june 12th/13th. at summit point raceway in west virginia is wera racing. a bunch of us from the board here will be there and alot of the other uscra new england guys and all the wera usuals. there is also modern racing. so all the gsxrs, cbrs, and the like will be there. as well as rs125's and tz's. so get your tents and come down for a weekend of great racing

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    i wasnt even trying in lwsv. i was just tooling around having fun and getting warmed up for 350. i could have kicked some serious butt if i had tried. and since youre not there anymore, i dont really have incentive to try and go really fast. i'll have to find someone else to pick on now. im working on a new menu. i have some things ive been experimenting with here on the new grill. unfortunately, at summit, its only probably going to be one night, then nhis will probably only be one night. listen, we're having a party here on the saturday night of the summit/nhis weekend. i just ordered the faster movie, and we will have the big grill out, and beer and plenty of fun for the evening. so everyones invited. it should be alot of fun and a good way to wind down. plus a decent shower. we have floor space a plenty and a big enough yard to camp in. then i was hoping we could take off for nhis the next day and we could hang together on the highway going up. should make things fun. keep it in mind, and plan on it. im really looking forward to having olmstead on my turf for a change.

    joe






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