The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is often called “The Brickyard” because brick paving, begun in October, 1909, looked like the best and safest alternative to the oiled crushed rock used earlier. This information comes from Sigur Whitaker’s biography of James Allison, one of the four partners who originally brought The Speedway into being. There had been [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
The Brickyard On the eve of the sixth annual Indianapolis Grand Prix, here’s a bit of Speedway history.
Photographer : Tom Riles
We remember the beginnings of U.S. Superbike as wobbling, power-laden, four-cylinder, Japanese high-bar sit-ups in the hands of riding greats Reg Pridmore, Wes Cooley Jr. and Eddie Lawson. Yet the fact is that the first Superbike championship was won by Reg Pridmore on a BMW flat-Twin and Ducatis, Moto Guzzis and BMWs were to continue [...]Read Full Post | Comments(10)
Photographer : Gold & Goose
MotoGP began with great fanfare and high expectations. Because of the magical words “four-stroke,” many believed a flood of Formula One-like money would pour into the series, big teams would materialize from thin air and all would be sweetness and light. Fortunately, the rapid decrease in lap times distracted people from what would otherwise have [...]Read Full Post | Comments(9)