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AHRMA at Talledega Gran Prix Raceway September 8-10, 2018

AHRMA at Talledega Gran Prix Raceway September 8-10, 2018
By Dime City Cycles September 18, 2018 No comments

Talladega Gran Prix Raceway; Munford, AL - September 7-9, 2018

Heading to the next AHRMA road racing event at Talladega Gran Prix Raceway in Munford Alabama, the mood was solemn. The announcement on September 4th that AHRMA’s Membership and National Road Race Director, Cindy Cowell passed away unexpectedly certainly beckoned for a somber weekend. However, the AHRMA family pulled together like real families do in times of grief to deal with this difficult situation. Cindy had so admirably laid the foundation for many seasons of incredible racing and memories. Her family; extended blended colorful and caring honored this amazing woman with a weekend of racing she would have been proud to direct. Her absence is a great loss and she is certainly missed. There is a memorial fundraiser at

This weekend Dime City was represented by Scott Turner, Jim Korn, Herb Haigh, Rian Mondriaan, and newbee David Baldwin. David attended the AHRMA Fast and Safe racing school over the weekend and got his license to race. Congrats David! Hopefully your road race technique differs from the surreal world of monster trucks.

Rounds 17 & 18 were quite possibly the hottest of the season. The heat conspiring with humidity created nearly unbearable conditions. Hearing this from a team based in tropical Florida where every parking lot turns into a temporary sauna after a summer rain should give you an idea of the severity. Friday practice was brutal, and our racers struggled to stay hydrated. Scott’s weekend of tribulations began with a flat tire on his 350, while Herb found himself off track with the shiny side down. With both situations were remedied, they were back in the saddle and geared up for Saturday’s racing.

Saturday Results:

  • Race 1 - Novice Historic Production Lightweight
  • Race 2 - Sportsman 500
  • Race 3 - CB160 LeMans
  • Race 6 - Formula 250
  • Race 11 - Formula 500

Rian was more than ready to get back on the track and raced to a 4th place finish like he hadn’t missed a beat!

Scott got the hole shot and turned a strong first lap until a loss of power and unidentifiable noise brought him in. Upon inspection, a broken valve spring was the diagnosis. Unfortunately, this meant an early retirement for the mighty 350 this weekend.

To reiterate, it was hot! Scott had back to back races and already suffered an engine failure, however he must refocus and carry on to the next race. Unfortunately, the LeMans start would prove a struggle with the bike not starting on the first push. The field took off before he could get it started, resulting in a disheartening 8th place finish.

Jim raced to a 5th place finish.

Jim, racing in the more powerful 500 field scored a 4th place finish.

• Race 11 Wave 2: Novice Historic Production Heavyweight David Baldwin in his inaugural race, came away with an impressive 2nd place finish just edging our Herb in 3rd, with Rian bringing up the rear of our group, grabbing 4th.

Sunday Results:

  • Race 1 - Novice Historic Production Lightweight
  • Race 11 - Formula 500
  • Race 11 Wave 2: Novice Historic Production Heavyweight

Rian was consistent, racking up a respectable 4th.

• Race 6 - Formula 250

Jim keeping the consistency recorded another 5th place finish.

Jim apparently found a bowl of Wheaties between the 6th and 11th races and sped his way to a podium 3rd place.

David-San, the race school student became the master with his first win! Herb scored another 3rd, leaving Rian sew up the 4th place points.

The 14th Annual Vintage Festival at Barber Motorsports Park will be the venue for the final race of the season October 5th-7th. As usual the Dime City crew will be there set up in the Fan Zone with some sweet gear and special deals. Be sure to stop by and hang out.