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Old 02-23-2021, 05:25 PM   #31
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Old 02-23-2021, 08:29 PM   #32
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PUSSIES, any buddy that thinks it's bad, NEVER rode it in the 80's.
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Old 02-23-2021, 08:49 PM   #33
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Personally, I would pay one-off high entry fees to include Sears Point on the season schedule. It's the one place fat-me can ride in front of a gaggle of eager youngsters (and Berto) for a few laps...4 lap races too please, thank you.

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Old 02-23-2021, 09:15 PM   #34
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Personally, I would pay one-off high entry fees to include Sears Point on the season schedule. It's the one place fat-me can ride in front of a gaggle of eager youngsters (and Berto) for a few laps...4 lap races too please, thank you.
Could be neat to have a special event there, separate from the afm championship. Like the Daytona 200 except not so long.
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Old 02-24-2021, 05:40 AM   #35
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Back in 90's there was patch on outside of 7 with crack/gap between it and asphalt. I crashed when my front wheel got in that crack
Dragging engine in turn 1 was fun as well
The OG Turn 1 was awesome.
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Old 02-24-2021, 09:24 AM   #36
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Use to go to the races with Scott. Nice seeing his name mentioned. Thanks. Old AFM #774
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Old 02-24-2021, 10:00 AM   #37
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We never had best when it comes to the tracks, not even close
lol, comments like this are part of the problem.

also, I said "strive to have the best"
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Old 02-24-2021, 07:25 PM   #38
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I don't think there's one board member (past or present) who would disagree. Sonoma is AFM’s home.

I wil add this into your sleepy dreams though: imagine Sonoma with a new track surface all the way around. HEAVEN.
Couldn’t some rich guys like Michael Jordan just buy it and get it resurfaced ?
Seems like Covid would have been the perfect time to do it- Dow stocks at 32k and the track is empty.
And any rich guys out there , buy Reno-Fernley while you are at it.;p
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Old 02-24-2021, 07:52 PM   #39
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That Was... a great track....
I ran into a few Chunks but didn't go down..

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Old 02-24-2021, 07:53 PM   #40
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lol, comments like this are part of the problem.
Sure they are

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Some guy did buy it.
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Old 02-24-2021, 09:32 PM   #41
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Does anyone remember when Bob Bonderant had a successful campaign that was called "Pave the Point."? Bob got a lot of contributions to repave the track.

As for the safety issue. I always thought Sonoma was a safer track than the other higher speed tracks they used to ride at. I am talking about Willow Springs, Laguna before the addition, Riverside, Big O. I saw a lot of crashes at those.
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Old 03-22-2021, 05:00 PM   #42
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This always puts a stunned look on the face of the majority of the current membership.

When I started there was no such thing as a track day, or practice days (IIRC), no tire warmers, no airfence, no chicane in one and so on.

One got their license on a Saturday and on Sunday one lined up at the back of a 65 bike field of 600s (if you survived the waiting list).

No track experience, no clue. You couldn't even see the flag man from back there.

To top it all off, you pretty much were guaranteed to see 200 lb++ Scott Grey rip past you on a tiny Honda with pizza cutter wheels by lap three.

NOTHING like being thrown in at the deep end.
Nothing.

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Old 03-23-2021, 08:24 AM   #43
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This always puts a stunned look on the face of the majority of the current membership.

When I started there was no such thing as a track day, or practice days (IIRC), no tire warmers, no airfence, no chicane in one and so on.

One got their license on a Saturday and on Sunday one lined up at the back of a 65 bike field of 600s (if you survived the waiting list).

No track experience, no clue. You couldn't even see the flag man from back there.

To top it all off, you pretty much were guaranteed to see 200 lb++ Scott Grey rip past you on a tiny Honda with pizza cutter wheels by lap three.

NOTHING like being thrown in at the deep end.
Nothing.
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Old 03-23-2021, 09:08 AM   #44
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what's pizza cutter wheels? the extremely narrow tires of 125s?
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This always puts a stunned look on the face of the majority of the current membership.

When I started there was no such thing as a track day, or practice days (IIRC), no tire warmers, no airfence, no chicane in one and so on.

One got their license on a Saturday and on Sunday one lined up at the back of a 65 bike field of 600s (if you survived the waiting list).

No track experience, no clue. You couldn't even see the flag man from back there.

To top it all off, you pretty much were guaranteed to see 200 lb++ Scott Grey rip past you on a tiny Honda with pizza cutter wheels by lap three.

NOTHING like being thrown in at the deep end.
Nothing.
I feel old now, Former multi AFM #1 plate, Mesa! Novices and Experts ran together. Top Novice was the best award for the day to be won. Deep end is right square. Thanks for the memories.
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