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Old 12-03-2017, 11:25 PM   #46
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I might have asked this before and I'm not sure if it was answered. Who did that helmet design originate with, Spencer or Baldwin?
I actually think it was a US Team Honda standard at the time. I remember in the early 80's all the riders having the same leathers and the same helmet schemes.

Unrelated, I was in Zug, Switzerland, in 2002, and I went into a Honda dealership. In the back of the shop they had one of Mike Baldwin's RS 2 stroke race bikes. I tried to ask how they wound up with it, but they just said it was the owner's.
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Old 12-04-2017, 08:25 AM   #48
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Unrelated, I was in Zug, Switzerland, in 2002,
and I went into a Honda dealership.
In the back of the shop they had one of Mike Baldwin's RS 2 stroke race bikes.
I tried to ask how they wound up with it, but they just said it was the owner's.
... you never know what a dealer may have on display ...
we went into Red Rock Harley-Davidson in Vegas to
kill some time and they turned out to have an awesome
collection of old race bikes ...



According to Mike at RRHD the four cylinder two-stroke in front is
Randy Mamola’s 1980 XR34 M2. Randy came in second
overall in the 1980 500GP World Championship behind Kenny Roberts on this
bike ….

... the four cylinder four-stroke behind it is Grahame Crosby’s
1980 XR69 factory bike that won the 1980 Formula One World Championship.
Mr. Crosby won the IoM Senior TT in 1980 and the Daytona 200 in 1982
and won The Suzuka 8 Hour with Wes Cooley in ‘80.

Mike told me they have full documentation
for these factory race bikes ...



Barry Sheene’s 1976 Suzuki XR11 factory race bike …



The Yamaha race bike displayed Steve Baker‘s number #32 … Steve Baker
won the Daytona 200 in 1977 on a factory Yamaha OW31,
and won the 1977 Formula 750 World Championship,
becoming the first person from the USA to do so.
He was second to Barry Sheene in the 500cc Grand Prix class that year.









Steve Baker’s roadracing career was cut short by a
series of serious broken-bone injuries to his legs …

I best remember him for his appearance in the wonderful movie
“Take it to the Limit” which documented his appearance and dominance
at the famous “Match Races” that took place in the late 1970s …
he won the Loudon National in ‘76 and was injured at Mosport in ‘77 ...
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Old 12-04-2017, 08:28 AM   #49
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Wardy is no doubt an all time great. What a great Motorsports Career!

Watching him come back in his 40's and rock the Sumo racing was inspiring to this OG.

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The Kentucky Kid was pretty bad ass too. Probably my favorite American racer of the modern era.
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Old 12-04-2017, 09:22 AM   #50
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Wow, cool stuff at that dealership....

I remember an article about this collector having some pretty cool history.

https://www.motorcyclistonline.com/4...cing-retro-man



The article includes a pretty cool shot from Riverside 1981...


(A lot of classic bad ass in this shot; Pietri, Lawson, Baldwin, Cooley, Rainey....)
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I remember an article about this collector having some pretty cool history.

https://www.motorcyclistonline.com/4...cing-retro-man

The article includes a pretty cool shot from Riverside 1981...
... thanks for the link, what a collection!
... the Riverside and Road Atlanta pics are fantastic ...

... was not too familiar with the Honda in the middle of
the front row ... total rabbit-hole, what exquisite
race bikes those endurance machines were ...



... the 1980 Wes Cooley/Graeme Crosby
Suzuka-winning GS-based endurance racebike ...

... I’ve been reading Paul Ritter’s blog posts
about the history of the AFM and enjoying
what he has to say about the roll that
people who had been AFM Presidents and racers
played in AMA Superbike racing ... like
Steve McLaughlin ...



... god bless the AFM ...
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... was not too familiar with the Honda in the middle of
the front row ... total rabbit-hole, what exquisite
race bikes those endurance machines were ...
One of the RCB Bol d'Or bikes from the late 70's/early 80's.



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Mary McGee has been a huge inspiration for me - a gal out there doing it when it wasn't "cool" for women to be joining the boys - and she did it with style, grace, and giving them a run for their money
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Mary McGee in 1975 in the Baja 500, solo ...


"not cool," indeed ...
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A female road racer in the United States was a new phenomenon. McGee was already known to be an expert car racer, but the American Federation of Motorcyclists (AFM) wanted to be sure she could also perform on two wheels, so they told her she’d first have to attend a try-out.

She passed the audition and became the first woman to road race and hold a FIM license in the United States – on a 125 Honda CB92 wearing her pink polka-dot helmet. She raced motorcycles from 1960 to 1963. Wes Cooley Sr. was President of AFM during this time. In 1962 Mary had earned enough points in all classes to run the #20 AFM number plate on her bike in 1963. Mary stopped road racing motorcycles in the fall of 1963 when there were coming rule changes for women even though at that point she was the only woman racing; however, these rules did not end up going into effect.
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some of us OGs here remember his elegant riding,
the boxing shoe 'racing boots', & the
arcing 2-wheel slides round Laguna Seca on the low-RPM flathead KR750

Cal dragged that worn out, obsolete weapon
across the pond (with zero H-D support)
to UK circuits he'd never seen & waxed everybody, repeatedly

his sad & completely unnecessary
demise at a shabby NZ track on a
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hey Curt,

... would have been awesome to
see Cal Rayborn II race the XRTT ...

... think he was 33 years old at the time ...
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