Saturday, May 31, 2008

This is why we do it.

Wendy, Mick Jr and Regis Laconi - Another hell of a nice guy.

Wendy, Mick Jr and Ruben Xaus. We saw Ruben for the first time back around 1995 or '96 at Donington when he was a young racer in the GP's. He crashed right in front of us and he sat on the crash barrier ahead of us until the practice finished - I recall his 'strange' name on his leathers - if we only knew.

This IS the man - Pierre Francesco Chili - We have a picture, signed by "Frankie" taken in 1998 with Mick Jr, who was 8 at the time, sitting on his knee at Donington Park. In 2002 we watched the WSBK round at Laguna Seca and we got Frankie to sign the very picture when Mick Jr was 12. Here we are now and Mick Jr is 18 and Frankie is still the man Mick Jr remembers and why he, and we, still love the sport. God bless Frankie.

Well well well. In 1996 I took a picture of Wendy with Troy Corser at Donington Park - Troy was the guy that did these really special wheelies with his right leg crossed over the seat while he rode his 916 Ducati. He raced against Foggy and other great riders, as he still does now of course. He became WSBK Champ and we loved him. Here we are now in 2008 and he is still at it and still at the top of the game but, more importantly, he still IS that the nice guy. While we were getting ready to take this picture a really excited guy wanted his picture taken with Troy. As the excited guy messed with his bag to get his very nice digi camera out his helmet nearly fell out of his bag and guess what, Troy noticed this and grabbed the bag and gave the guy a hand. What more do you need to say??? Thank you Troy and thank you for being who you are. Wendy was really excited by the way. (So was I but don;t tell anyone)

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