SEMA Wrap-up

Got back in to Nashville in the wee hours of the morning. Had a great time in Vegas, except for having my cell phone picked off sometime Wednesday and having to deal with Sprint. Hopefully I’ll have a replacement handset by the first of the week. They insist they must ship me a new phone, even though there was a huge Sprint/Nextel store right at the Las Vegas Convention Center where I could have picked one up.

Had a great time at the show. Took almost 400 pictures, most of them ended up blurry or otherwise bad, because I’m a terrible photog and have unsteady hands.

SEMA 2005


Flying out from Nashville (BNA) at 06:00 Wednesday to Las Vegas (LAS) for SEMA at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Been wanting to go to this show for years, and finally got an industry pass. Thanks, Marie!

Got the camera, got an extra SD card, and some comfortable shoes. Still have to pack everything and find a hanging garment bag to take. Should have tons of pictures upon my return.


Deal’s Gap, 16 October 2005

Went back to the Gap on 15-16 October 2005. Took the BMW up as I’m not back on the bike yet (and its starting to get too cold to worry about it this year anyway). had the EOSB (End of Season Bash) at the store Saturday night, and it was great to put names and faces together.

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If more people don’t start obeying this simple traffic guideline, I’m going to go mental. How hard is it, people? Stay in the right lane unless you are passing. Pass quickly and safely, then get back in the right lane. STOP HOGGING THE LEFT LANE ON THE INTERSTATE!

In other news, I got behind a black C6 Z06 Corvette yesterday in Nashville on I-65 south, north of Franklin. That was the second new Z06 I’ve seen on the road (saw a yellow one last month on I-24 between Murfreesboro and Nashville). Anyway, we were both in the left lane rolling about 85 around traffic, and caught a big gap in traffic. I guess he was tired of seeing a Roundel in his mirror, but whatever the reason, he dropped a gear and went WOT. The exhaust note from that car is pure sex, I tell you. He must have rolled up to 140 or close, because I tried to keep him in sight speeding up to a touch over 120, and he was still pulling away from me like I was stationary. Color me impressed.

Motorracing Roundup

I just realized it has been over four months since I updated anything here. Sorry for letting things get so stale. I updated a lot of the sub-pages last week. Here’s a roundup of what I’ve been up to.

I bought another bike back in May after selling one of the Kawasakis. Its a 1998 Yamaha FZR600R, and was in perfect shape with street and track bits. I did a track day back in early August with Ed Bargy Racing School and got competition certified for WERA. I don’t plan to compete for a while yet, but there are a LOT of track days coming up.

Alex and I took a trip to Deal’s Gap at the end of August, and I slipped up and high-sided the FZR. Bike came out OK (needs upper fairing and some touch-up paint), but I managed to shatter my wrist in the process. I had surgery at Vanderbilt to reconstruct it, and I’ve got an external fixator on for six weeks total (three weeks more). That’s keeping me off the bike, and making me mental. I am getting rather quick at typing and tieing my shoes with my left hand, however. I’ve been driving the Jaguar since I can’t shift the BMW.

I’ve become interested in this new podcasting fad, and there are three podcasts in particular that you should check out.

  • MotoGPod – Bob Hayes’ podcast on MotoGP, and sometimes other motorcycle road racing.
  • The F1 Podcast – I’ve listened to a few Formula 1 podcasts, and this is the best.
  • The A1GP Podcast – Same guy that does the F1 podcast; this one is all about the new A1GP series. More on that later.

I saw a segment on the British motoring show Fifth Gear where Jason Plato test-drove one of the development cars for the A1GP. I didn’t really think the series would get off the ground, but when you have the financial resources of the Dubai royal family at your disposal, I guess anything becomes possible, eh? The first race is at Brands Hatch next month, and at least 20 teams are ready to race. For a primer on A1GP, check out the Wikipedia article or the podcast linked above. The main thing that interests me is Scott Speed driving for the USA team. It also looks like he has a certain seat in F1 next year with Red Bull just announcing the purchase of Minardi. Best of luck to the American driver in both of these race series. Hopefully some US fans will take interest in something besides NASCAR.

Back in February I posted my predictions for this year in F1, MotoGP, and WRC. Well, I never actually got into WRC past the Monaco round. Sorry. I know rally is awesome, and I’d love to get to drive a rally race, but I can’t follow it on TV like I can road racing. Anyway, here’s a little-past-mid-season update to my predictions:

  • MotoGP – Of course I was dead-on about Rossi. Who could miss that? Too bad he posted his first DNF of the season today at Suzuka, or he might have clinched the championship. Gibernau has really put me off; I can’t stand his attitude, and I hope Rossi makes good on his promise to prevent him from ever winning another MotoGP race. Really pulling for Edwards and Hayden; both are having decent seasons. Disappointed for Shakey Byrne and the whole KTM deal. I really, REALLY like Shakey, and hopefully a decent team will pick him up and give him a competitive ride. *edit* This just in — Camel Honda signed Shakey to ride the next two races for the injured Bayliss. Awesome!
  • Formula 1 – Wow. Talk about blowing it. I wasn’t even close. First, thanks, F1, for spoiling the USGP and putting off a generation of fans in this country. Regardless of who is most at fault, it was a total farce. Please don’t screw it up next year KPLZTHX. Renault is doing me proud. Alonso is awesome in my book; I’ve been pulling for Alonso and Coulthard since race one this year. Speaking of Red Bull, looks like they’re getting serious about this. They may be F1’s saving grace, especially with their commitment to put an American in the driver’s seat of at least one car. GG, Red Bull. Also interesting is BMW looking to have a go for next season. Best of luck to them as well, and please send me a new 3-series guys. This season has been good so far, but I’m really looking forward to 2006 and 2007 with the new teams and new rules.

Well, that’s it for now. I’m posting this in a hurry, so hopefully there aren’t too many errors. Later!

Vehicle Updates

Right, so the Jimmy is for sale (see below), and I’ve bought a 1992 BMW 325i 4dr 5sp that’s in Boston. I’m flying up Monday to pick up the car and drive it 1,250 miles back home by way of Buffalo where I’m meeting Ed Saki to pick up some parts for my EX500. Hopefully I’ll have that bike built back up in the next month or two.

In other good news, I got to pick up the Jag from the shop today. It’s a 1986 Jaguar XJ6 sedan. New transmission seems to shift good; the engine is running a bit rough since it has sat idle for over a year now. It needs a new battery, master cylinder, and some work on the steering, which I think is far too loose. At any rate, I’m glad to have it back, and look forward to getting it back on the road.

0 – 60 Factory 0-60 times

Of note:

  • 1989 BMW 325i: 7.5 sec
  • 1992 BMW 325i: 7.8 sec
  • 1987 Jaguar XJ6: 11.5 sec


  • 1990 Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo: 5.6 sec

Clint’s old car; probably the fastest automobile I’ve ever ridden in. His was faster, I think, with some mods.

I note their omission of trucks and SUVs. I think my 4Runner’s 0-60 time was measured in minutes, not seconds.

Race Season Predictions

See one post previous for schedules of the major racing series this year. Here are my predictions for the season.

Rossi is unbeatable overall. Another championship year. Capirossi, Hayden, and Gibernau will be strong. Here’s hoping Edwards and Hayden have great seasons for America.

Formula One
Ferrari and Schumacher win again, that’s a no-brainer. BAR Honda and Renault take second and third constructors. Look for Red Bull to challenge in three years.

WRC will be the most exciting motorsport to watch this year. Anybody can win it. I want Galli to have a great season, but not sure if Mitsu can keep him in a good car. If I have to pick, I’ll say Loeb will win it all. This one is truly anybody’s game.