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Insider Report: Ride along with Pro Superbike class at CTMP

Published August 31, 2012

As Wheels Editor Norris McDonald wrote about earlier this week, four-wheeled racers were replaced by two wheelers at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park last weekend at the Superbike Double Header. Bike racing is quite a bit different from car racing in that the riders are right out there for all to see and every movement they make affects their pace. Not to mention they are wickedly fast. To get an idea of just how fast and physical the action is, check out the video below from Sebastien Tremblay aboard the #24 Moto Nation BMW S1000RR as he does battle with Jodi Christie on a Honda CBR1000RR in the Mopar Pro Superbike class.

Vintage Triumph bike tries to toss its rider
A little more bike action for you, this time of the straight line variety. Over at Bangshift, Brian Lohnes tells of the first time he met legendary motorcycle daredevil EJ Potter. The two were talking about drag racing bikes in the ’60s and Potter mentioned that two wheelers were not overly popular at the strip, saying: “Motorcycles were things that guys thought made bad noises, flipped over backwards, and screwed up racing for the day.”

Lohnes came across this video of a stripped down 1960s-era Triumph racer that pretty much echoes Potter’s statement, except for the bad noises part. This thing sounds beyond cool, albeit a bit less traditional than we might think of these days and it almost tosses the rider on his rear.

Ride with Rocky in the Evil Twin engine dragster
Another one from Bangshift, this time one with four wheels but two engines. A while back, Rocky Phillips decided to build an old school style twin- engine slingshot-style dragster. The talented fabricator started a thread on the Bangshift forum for other forum members to keep tabs on him. That thread also includes some great vintage photos of early twins. Rocky brought the beast out to the recent Billetproof event. You have to check out these two videos, the first was shot at Billetproof, while the second was shot with an onboard camera during an early test run. Combine twin small blocks, old school drag slicks, pipes and tons of smoke and you have one serious amount of cool.

Exotic car event at CTMP next week to support autism charity
On Tuesday, Sept. 4th, the good folks from Alfa Motorsports will be bringing together a group of exotic cars at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park to support the Shining Through Centre for Autism. The Shining Through Centre is an organization that provides support and education for families and their children who have been diagnosed with this devastating condition. This is a great opportunity for enthusiasts to get out on track while also helping to support and raise awareness for a great cause. If you don’t own a Lamborghini, Ferrari or Porsche, don’t worry, you are still welcome to join in the lapping. Visitors can buy a ride for charity to experience the legendary Mosport Grand Prix circuit. I’ll be there on behalf of Wheels.ca with camera in hand to share the day, so be sure to say, “Hello.” To learn more, visit Shining Through. If you have never been to CTMP, you can get directions here.

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