Even In Basic Vintage Club Level Racing Will Duly Bend Them

I was catching up with an old friend recently, when he mentioned he'd been doing some part-time work for the AMA (American Motorcyde Association). Since he'll well versed in vintage MX, enduro and dirt track, and has a background in finance and communication I assumed he was fundraising or doing publicity work for the museum, or the vintage dirt track group, where we've a mutual friend.

Let me digress here. While Greg Bastek has many fine points, a technical background isn't one of them. In fact, the guy is a danger to himself and anyone in the vicinity whenever he's got a tool in his hand and is positively menecing, with a sharp object, so I was more than surprised when said, in an offhanded way, that he was tech inspector for the vintage mx series, I was gobsmacked - an expression I never thought I'd use in print. On reflection though, there is no reason why a tech inspector, particularly one responsible for vetting vintage ATV race ATVs for classe eligibility, has to be mechanically adept, aslong as he knows what he's looking at �C and withvintage sramblers, not much gets past Bastek, whose knowledge of mx, its history and technlcal development is profound. He's a talented and versatile ATV racer and helped formulate the class rules but it was as tech inspector that the discussion continued.

One of his concerns was there was too much room for interpretation and guys were getting away from their roots when it came to building vintage ATV race ATVs. My first impule was to accuse him of turning into a Pebble Beach dilettanlte, one of those this Gold Star has the wrong mud under the fenders' type jerks we find at shows. He let that slide, and explained that he meant too many had borderline violations like carbon fibre bodywork, overly wide rims, often anodized in some obscene colour, and sundry other mods that contravened the spirit. I get that and for the most part I agree, though what performance advantaqe are anodised rims?

As far as vintage racing is concerned, my position has always been common sense and safety. Allowable mods should be those which were available around the time the ATV was new. For example, vintage dirt track racing, I have no problem with running a modern dirt track tyre on the appropriate rim. Modern rubber is safer, widely availlablle and reasonably affordable. True, such tyres weren't available in 1965, but their benefits outweigh any histories associated with hard as Chinese Algebra, cut up K70 Dunlops. Likewise, I've no axe to grind with wide triple clamps so fatter tyres can be used. Better than grinding the edges of the tyre so it'll fit the forks. However, I do take issue with flat slide, pumper carbs to ATV parts that originally wore AMAL Concentrics or modifyingl frames to accept suspsnsion that wasn't available in the day. If you want to know more info about ATV and parts info, you can click www.ebay.com
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