Wednesday, April 2, 2014

In good company

I want to give a shout-out to Richard Freeman and the entire Elite Motorsports team for giving Erica a winning car in the K&N Horsepower challenge as well as the pro stock win at Las Vegas last weekend. Click here for a recap-video.

Erica beat Dave Connolly on Saturday to win the $50,000 K&N prize and on Sunday had to wait until the 30 mph winds died down in the late afternoon to take the RJ built Chevy Camaro to the winner's circle in a big upset win over Jason Line.

Regarding last weekend in Las Vegas, to me it is somewhat comforting that even though PISS'D OFF PETE and the DDKM team are more than 3,300 miles away, and the local racing is still very much below par in terms of organization, we are in good company stateside. Our engine came from Elite Motorsports, Dave Connolly helped me get comfortable on any drag strip in his dragster, my old ride was Jason Line's 2005 championship wining car, and last but not least, I get to drive an RJ built Chevy Cobalt set up by Jeff Dobbins. Jeff and his son just crew chief-ed on the winning Extreme Pro Stock car in the Inaugural PDRA race in Rockingham. It's just awesome to be surrounded by great people.

Now, if only we could go racing on a decent track.

Thanks for reading.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Video: Harley-Davidson Braggin' Rights

If you had participated in our little fundraiser of March 22 last, you'd remember that due to the christmas tree not functioning properly, our photographer Mr. Urvin Broos (FAC race starter) put down his cam-corder in order to trouble shoot. Unfortunately, this left us with very little footage. In the end I started shooting some in order to be able to make this video for you.



I would like to congratulate Mr. Juan Figeira-da Silva on winning our very first H-D Braggin' Rights  event. Even though he had a slower Harley, his determination paid out in the end when he cut a better light ….. errrrr, arm, than Ben Vorst!

Finally, should enough fans voice their opinion to add a narrative to the video, I will gladly do so.

Thanks for watching and see you at the races.

Video credit: DDKM

Friday, March 28, 2014

Braggin' Rights photo gallery













Photo Credit: Own files via Peggy Lotman & Urvin Broos

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

H-D BR recap

Boy did we have fun Saturday night. The Harley-Davidson Braggin' Rights fundraiser was enjoyed by all of those who signed on, about three dozen or so. The rest of the riders understandibly opted to wait and see, since the actual activity was not divulged until everyone was present at the meeting point, the Napa Tire Center Zeelandia.

Around nine o'clock the riders and passengers mounted their H-D's and made their way to the Curacao International Raceway, where Don Silvio had turned night into day with artificial lighting. Unfortunately, he could not get the christmas tree to function properly. Even so, once the riders got to the starting line area one could feel the energy rising. Some gave it a go right away, others ordered some drinks at the bar while their wives and girlfriends chatted away in the seating area.

I think it is fair to say that most had more fun than they had expected. Once the adrenaline started to flow there would be no turning back. Ben Vorst seemed to have the quickest Harley, but then our team mate Stephen Maduro gave him his first defeat. Ben claimed that had the christmas tree been working, Stephen would have red lighted. Yeah, dropping ones arms (like pinks-all-out) is not the best way to go but we all had fun nevertheless.

March 22, 2014 at the CIR
At the end of the night, most of the Wild Hogs riders asked that we do it again but then tell everyone about it. Will do, gents. Will do! 

Thank you all for coming. Soon I will upload the video of the winner of the first annual Harley-Davidson Braggin' Rights.

Thanks for reading.

Photo credit: Wild Hogs Curacao

Thursday, March 20, 2014

H-D Braggin' Rights

As we announced in early February, this Saturday we are holding our first Annual Harley-Davidson Braggin' Rights fundraiser.

In order to insure fairness and not give a rider an unfair advantage over the others, we will keep the activity to ourselves until the very last moment. Having said that, if there is a participating rider that does not want to partake in this activity I will personally give him/her a refund. And although I am not a H-D rider myself, I am quite confident that everyone will have a jolly good time and that the riders will get a lot of bang for their buck!

Tickets to this fundraiser can be bought through your local H-D club. If not, please get in touch with Eric Felix, Stephen Maduro, Priscilla Lotman, or yours truly at +599 9 511-5615.

March 22, 2014 / 08.00 - 11.00 pm / Napa Tire Center Zeelandia.
Harley-Davidson rider - Fls. 75,00
Harley-Davidson passenger - Fls. 25,00
All others (spectators) - Fls. 50,00

As with any type of competition, the rider will want to have his or her supporters to cheer him on, so best to motivate your friends and families to join you for this one. Tickets for spectators are just Fls. 50,00 and include premium F&B.

Thanks for reading and see you this Saturday at eight o'clock.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Test & Tune night

The Test & Tune Night organized by the FAC was well attended by both fans and racers. Unfortunately someone forgot to prep the track.

As soon as I popped the clutch I felt the rear tires rise up and into an immediate wheel spin, which was confirmed by slo-mo video footage. What a shame!

I'd like to thank my crew and Roy Rojer for helping out. Again, I couldn't do this without you guys.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Hiting the track this Saturday

Ok... back to racing. Although we were scheduled to test with the King Kong IV crew last month, unfortunately, events out our control kept co-crew chief Eric Felix from being available to us on that day. So we had to sit the test night out. Painfully hard as Pat Musi ran e blistering 6.50 et on Friday night, making Frank Brandao literally jump with joy!
Kudos to Pat and crew, and to the entire FAC organization, for that run pretty much proves that the track is better than ever.

This coming Saturday, March 8th, we will take Pete to the track. We will slowly but surely work our way down the track but I do not expect to run flat out. We will keep a little bit in the bank for the races. You know!

So should you have some time this coming Saturday, drop by the track. It will be the first time a large contention of cars will run at the Curacao International Raceway after many track improvements and maintenance.

Thanks for reading and see you at the track!