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Old 10-05-2009, 08:22 PM   #21
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I didn't. But I wanted to. I was gonna spot 1/3 track and some condiments, too.
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and why so you could lap me a few times?
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Quote This is Mike “Wild Man” Steinman in 1989 in T6 at Oak Hill. Steinman was character, and earned his nickname not just from his riding style, but also from his physical looks. In 1988 and into 1989, he raced a Honda Nighthawk 700 S shown here. He regularly beat GSXRs, FZRs, and CBRs, and could often be found hanging around the front of the pack. Quote[/B]

I believe Mike also rode that same bike to work. He was my hero for several years.


QuoteI took this picture at TWS (Texas World Speedway) in 1988. The corner is T7 and the bike is a Kawasaki KR250 2-stroke GP bike. It was being ridden by Rene Martinez of Mexico. The Martinez family came up from Mexico to race with the CRRC several times a year in those days. They always had cool bikes and did things first class because, well, they had lots of money. The family was somehow involved in ownership of the Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma Brewery in Monterrey, Mexico. Carta Blanca, Sol, Tecate, Dos Equis, Bohemia and Indio beers are brewed in that location. Off and on in the 1980s and into the early 1990s, the Martinez family hosted a race (sometimes two) at a track down in Monterrey, Mexico. The track was mostly forgettable, but the after party was pure debauchery. That family knew how to spend money. Free beer for everyone meant a serious good time.Quote

Rene's brother Javier recently posted on the CMRA web site asking for info on mini racing. He and wife Anna have a son. I believe the Martinez family was/is the Kawasaki distributor for Mexico.
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Those were the days. Thanks for the post.
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Quote "I didn’t take this picture; it was given to me by a friend way back in the day. The track is Oak Hill, and the turn is T5. This was alleged to have been Charles Brothers, and I believe I remember asking him one time to confirm, and I think he did. The picture was probably taken between 1982 and 1986. Charles Brothers was hardcore back in the day, he was before my time as a racer, although once in a while he would dust off his leathers for a guest ride in an endurance race." Quote

#29 is indeed Charles Brothers. He, Joe Fisher and Bob Sellers (I think Bob was on the team) won the middleweight production WERA national endurance championship in 1982 on a Yamaha Vision. The Vision was a shaft drive motorcycle. He won more contingency money in 1982 or 1983 than any other US rider. Also on a Vision.
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Holy Linz, you never told me you had a 89RR!

Im a HUGE fan of the "slingshot" era. Badass pics and write up!
I didn't have an '89RR. This is a garden variety 1990 GSXR 750. I bought it new from Johnny Word for $4400. Johnny had oginally agreed to give me a bike for 1990, but talks fell through and I ended up buying it for somewhere around cost. I was a little peeved at that because of what was agreed to beforehand.

The 1988 and 1989 models were called Slingshots, but in 1990, that name was dropped. The 1990 engine had a long stroke and smaller bore, so it was torquey versus the rev-happy earlier models which has short stroke, larger diameter pistons. Ground clearance was suspect on these GSXRs.

I raced the 1991 AMA national at TWS (Texas World Speedway) on a borrowed 1989 GSXR, though. Highlights? I spent a lot of time talking with my buddy, the late, great V&H rider, Larry Schwarzbach in the pits. The bike broke, running on three for the last laps of the race. Scott Russell flipped me off, which was business as usual for him at the time, so that's really not news, I guess.
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I helped set up the course for the last Aquafest. Those barrels on the outside of that turn were tied together with wire rope through holes drilled about half way up and they were filled about 1/3 full with water. When I asked the race director about them, he replied that it was safer to hit the barrels than to run into that drainage ditch. There was another turn with a chain link fence right at the edge of the track. At least they removed the pit bull from the fenced enclosure before race weekend. The race was run by the Austin TSBA.
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I didn't have an '89RR. This is a garden variety 1990 GSXR 750. I bought it new from Johnny Word for $4400. Johnny had oginally agreed to give me a bike for 1990, but talks fell through and I ended up buying it for somewhere around cost. I was a little peeved at that because of what was agreed to beforehand.

The 1988 and 1989 models were called Slingshots, but in 1990, that name was dropped. The 1990 engine had a long stroke and smaller bore, so it was torquey versus the rev-happy earlier models which has short stroke, larger diameter pistons. Ground clearance was suspect on these GSXRs.

I raced the 1991 AMA national at TWS (Texas World Speedway) on a borrowed 1989 GSXR, though. Highlights? I spent a lot of time talking with my buddy, the late, great V&H rider, Larry Schwarzbach in the pits. The bike broke, running on three for the last laps of the race. Scott Russell flipped me off, which was business as usual for him at the time, so that's really not news, I guess.
my bad, I looked at the plastics wrong.... I know alot about that era 750/1100(even though my above post may say otherwise) I bought Dawkins' old 88 750(my second bike) That bike MADE me NEED to know alot about it

Klous has 2 89RR just sitting in his shop.... I drule everytime I go over there...
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Vernon Davis and Lurch!!! They even got a write-up in one of the major motorcycle magazines of the day. I went to Vernon's apartment once and was not surprised to find a welding machine in his living room.

In 2000, I had dinner with Jamie James and we discussed his days with the CRRC/CMRA. He asked about several people and the first was Vernon. He also asked about Mike Whitely and "that snot nosed kid that came with Joe Fisher" (Phillip Fisher).
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The bike broke, running on three for the last laps of the race. Scott Russell flipped me off, which was business as usual for him at the time, so that's really not news, I guess.
One usually had to stand in line to be flipped off by Scott Russell. He was usually very busy being at just about everyone that wasn't directly contributing to his cause.
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One usually did not have to stand in line to be flipped off by Scott Russell. He was usually very busy being at just about everyone that wasn't directly contributing to his cause.
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this is great stuff to make a book out of.

good pictures with intresting and well written captions that would make a great page turner.

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