Another great weekend at Willow Springs. Corsa Motorclassica was blessed with good weather this year. The heavy winds they had the previous year made it almost impossible to race. We were there to see some of our friends as well as to witness some of the legends of racing take laps around Willow.
One of them is Dave Roper onboard a 350 Aermacchi. At his age he is still a force to be reckoned with on the track and is smooth as ever. I had heard a few nights before that there was a Moriwaki Monster endurance racer that had just landed and was being prepped for the race. Mr. Suzaki from Japan, who has not missed a year of racing at Willow, showed up with two Moriwaki Kawasakis. One of which was the aluminum frame endurance racer. It is one of those bikes that attracts attention from all angles. The shape, sound and color. All representing the period of racing of the '80's. Wayne Gardner at the helm.
Another great story is Carry Andrews of Hypercycle. Carry was a AMA National Champion in 1988. He retired to concentrate on his family and career but is now back to race after 35 years absence with the same Kawasaki KZ 1000.
We're pretty lucky to have such an event happening so close to Los Angeles. Most times I see these bikes static in a garage or at a show. As incredible as it still is, the machine is clean and lifeless. At the track they awaken. Breathing fire and shredding rubber. Their sole purpose of creation is tested. Go fast.