Thursday, 24 July 2014

Rye House 1946

Rye House is a track, North of London, that the DTRA regularly race at and rent for practices. To learn it has such history is great.

We race there on Sunday 21 September.

I find it interesting, that while US servicemen went back to California and set down the ground rules of what it is to be a motorcycle (and hot rod) rebel - rules still being mirrored by real and wannabe outlaws 70 years later - the British returned home and raced. Many of them raced on makeshift ovals on the latter years of the war.

We have a feature on 1939-45 warzone speedway in Sideburn 8. G

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Dirt Quake Merch

We have a bunch of Dirt Quake merch over at the Sideburn Shop.
Stickers, bags, patches, multipacks...

Sorry, T-shirts and caps sold out at the track.

One-Off Wednesday

Found by our night-shift supervisor in the Sideburn warehouse (pictured below), this rare beast is the last in captivity.
Produced for Sideburn by A Piece of Chic in Lyon, France, the tyre track is printed on 100% silk.
They were sent to discerning customers all over the northern hemisphere.
£70 plus postage.
Get the very last one here

Super Dream to the Rescue

"What you don't see on this clip is that the Honda had to first be jump started off the VW Transporter cos the battery was knackered... Damn thing didn't idle properly either which meant repeat procedures everytime it cut out in the pits.
Having only just got the wiring done Thursday night, we rock up with zero riding of bikes and even less throttle/clutch cable 'tuning'... The latter cable jamming would prove my undoing in heat#1 when it wouldn't engage on the start line...
The Tiger was left to idle all day after that and the oil in the reservoir had the equivalent viscosity property of coffee...
But that's what DQ is all about and we loved it."

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Edwin Europe Sale

Get some tasty denim (from good people who support Sideburn and the DTRA) at half price... Edwin Europe. G

When Thor Went to Elma

Last weekend, the GNC series visited Gray's Harbor, Washington for a half-mile race. Our good friend and fellow Dirt Quake USA organiser, Thor Drake of See See Motorcycles went along...

I packed up the ol’ Purple Hog with the bare escentals; tent, sleeping bag and Polaroid camera. No plan in place, just a destination, 130 miles north of Portland to Grays Harbor Racetrack in Elma, Washington for the half-mile AMA GNC dirt track race. My little lady was on a separate trip with her family, coincidentally on the way. I met Tori in a logger bar about halfway to Elma. I roll up on my old leaky Harley, she jumps out of a car, we both load up on the Harley and hit the road. I wonder if this made any sense to the bar keep? 

The sun was shining and was about 85 degrees out, almost perfect conditions for a nice little jaunt up the coast. Leaving the house I had some sense to pack a leather coat knowing full well that in the Pacific North West the weather can change at a moment's notice. Exactly what it did about 20 miles away from the track. In an almost comedic way a black cloud wrapped its arms around the general vicinity of Grays Harbor, living up to its name apparently?!

As we made our way up the hill a slow mist coated us in a chilly blanket. Tori and I arrived at the turn off to the track, I saw some familiar faces headed the other direction. This does not bode well, I think to myself. Still holding on to some lick of hope we pulled into the parking lot. A guy in a golf cart rolled up and said, “Race cancelled.” Just to be sure, as though it was some surprise, I asked again. You mean to tell me the race is cancelled? “Yup” 
Tori and I set up camp in the field next to the track. We cracked a cold one and strolled over to say Hi to group of old timers, Some you may recognise.
They told us it was going to be dry in the morning and with any luck they will be racing by 1:30. 
We woke up at the crack of 10 the next morning to the sound of the intercom followed by some unmistakable V-twin engines. A quick “pack em up” and we purchased our $35 general admission tickets. We watched some practice, the Pro Singles and the Big Twins bouncing around the banked corners. Sammy Halbert #7 throwing down the fastest lap. 

A brief intermission gave me a chance to stop by the pits and say Hi to Brad Baker and Sammy. For whatever dumb reason I alway get super nervous in the pits, and this time was no exception. I was stumbling for words and spilling my drink all over myself while trying to take pictures. 

The races started promptly at 1:30 The first race was the Pro Singles. Jarod Vanderkooi yaking the win. Behind him local nice guy, Davis Fisher, in 3rd. Ryan Wells. Davis always gets a little nervous when he has to talk on the intercom. Poor guy choked up pretty good but rode one hell of a great race.

The main event for the Pro Twins followed. Sammy was in pole position and jumped out to an early lead. Pacing the pack for the first half of the race. He was caught about mid-race by both Bryan Smith and Jared Mees. Smith led the race for the next 6 or so laps and was passed right at the end by Jared Mees. Sammy and Brad scrapped for 4th and 5th. The top riders all aboard the HD XR750s, with exception of Bryan on his Crosley Kawasaki. Man, I love flat track racing. 
Tori and I jumped back on the hog and split southbound for a warm shower and a home-cooked meal.
Thor Drake, Portland, 21 July 2014

Monday, 21 July 2014

Serge Nuques: Dirt Quake Hero

A French rider arrived at Dirt Quake, perhaps late-40s but with the physique of a gymnast. He took everything in on Friday night, then reappeared on Saturday in a huge overcoat, pink furry legwarmers and riding a brand new Yamaha SR400.
Anyway, he rode like a demon, rodeoing round, playing with some very good riders, and won his class - Inappropriate Road Bike - in style. This is how he arrived for the podium (photo: Dael Poulter)

During the day it clicked, Serge Nuques is the racer I'd seen in loads of French magazines, racing an R1, dressed as a knight. 

When I arrived home, I went searching for photos. These are just some I found, plus the video. Dimitri Coste knew of him and said he arrives at prestigious Enduro events on old DT175s and smokes everyone. Anyway, he had a lot of fun and we loved having him there.

'In France, I am the only one who dresses like thees,' he explained to me. 'Ere, lots of people dress like this. It ees fantastique!'
 No, he didn't crash...

Below is Serge riding on ice. NOTE: 258km is exactly 160mph.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Bolt - This week

This is going on at one of our stockists, Bolt London, this Saturday. This is what they promise...

There will be photography from Merry Michau and Richard James, new painted helmets from a range of artists, an exhibition and the europeon exclusive showcase of La Rocka, motorcycles from Volts and the launch of new bolt jewellery and apparel. 

The event will run from 2pm till 12, and we have a bar that bucks against london's extortionate pub prices, a bbq from creative curators of taste Platterform - and some very special guest djs on the turntables. it will be a lot of fun. 

Please find the flyer attached and also an instagram version. If you are able to circulate this on your social media that would be greatly appreciated - i want this to be a road block!

Dirt Quake III: All in the details...

Except for the pie setting on fire, that all went according to plan.
Great bikes, people, music, weather (except for a little shower that did the track a lot of good in the long run), Colin Furze and his jet bike, wildest podium celebrations ever seen, pork scratching catapult, milk chug...

Thanks to the DTRA and all our helpers on the day who included; the Wigan crew, the Lincoln lot; the DTRa racers who stayed and marshalled...

Thanks to the sponsors...

Bike Social - the biking social network
Krazy Horse - custom cycles, cafe and apparel
Davida - British-made helmets
Racefit - Fine titanium exhausts, hard parts and custom builds
Biltwell - hard parts and helmets
Influx - High quality online motoring magazine
Triumph - Fine motorcycles
Zaeta Motorcycles - exclusive street trackers
Redmax Speedshop - Street tracker and cafe racer parts
Muff Customs - Cafe and bikes builders
Mr Porky - Pork Scratchings!

And, obviously, the racers and spectators.

Caption: Guy Martin, in 1991 Doohan Suzuka 8-hour replica leathers,  celebrates winning the Dash for Mash on his Krazy Horse Sportster by picking out a sausage from the crown of Smash. Meanwhile, Davros, Dirt Quake's feckless commentator, is distracted by a seagull.

Photo: Geoff Co-Built