Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Beaufort South Carolina
Drag Racing Adventure
My job has kept me busy for the last year, but I finally decided this spring to go to the Rickey Gadsen Drag Racing School, since he offered at Carolina Dragway the end of April. That's only a couple hours away. Note that I had 10 runs down a track on a bike in my life until this, and 3 of those were in 1973.
Anyway, it was an amazing two days! The guy is unbelievable, and an amazing instructor! Super nice guy and unbelievably sharp. He must have shown us a dozen runs in the 9.0 range. Well organized, new bikes, great support guy, etc.
I rented one of his new ZX14Rs, stretched, lowered, extended swing arm, lots of electronics and an air shifter.
He covered every detail from burnout to body position to mental prep.
I had some issues learning the air shifter, so he put my bike on autoshift for the last few runs. However, I am now a believer in electronic traction and wheelie control! It was so nice to be able to roll on a ZX14R with no fear of wheelieing, etc.
So, I finally made two good runs, the best being 11.51 at 128, not near what some of the other guys did, but my best ever track pass!
If you ever get the chance to do this, especially if you are able to race seriously or a lot, this has to be the best thing ever.