This may be a little off subject, but I hope the forum will indulge me, while I acknowledge a major accomplishment by one of my oldest friends:
I received the first installment of Daytona race reports for 2009 from George Taylor of Zepherhills, FL. George is pushing 70, and this is his 50th year of competing at the Daytona International Speedway. He began racing boats on Lake Lloyd in the Daytona infield, when the speedway opened in 1959. He's also raced cars and for many years now Grand Prix motorcycles.
George will be riding his 2 Old Racing 1972 Yamaha TD-3 250cc factory roadracer in several AHRMA vintage roadrace classes. He continues to ride against racers half his age and beat them soundly. In the 70s and 80's George, and his wife Sheila, owned Taylor Products and supplied roadrace fairings and seats to Team Yamaha, most of the AMA racers, and lowly privateers like myself. Sheila was also the parts manager at Orlando Yamaha and helped me keep my GP bikes on the track.
I turned wrenches for George at Daytona for several years. One of my fondest racing memories was in 2000 and when George won the AHRMA Formula 2 race. That was George's first Daytona win, and as he pulled his helemt off, he's was grinning ear to ear. I also gave him his nickname, "The Grey Fox of Daytona", that has stuck for many years now.
While George only races Japenese GP two strokes, his personal bike is an old Ironhead Sporty, so he's one of us old guys with a love for old bikes!
Congratulations George and Sheila for fifty years of competition, and may you have many more. Shiny side up, rubber side down Bro!