MINI A RACER BLAKE "B-DIRTY" YAHRAUS
President Randy Faul (863)244-3709 firstname.lastname@example.org Vice President James Hill (941) 812-1247 email@example.com Secretary Shaun Foutch
AA/A Don Chriss (407)694-5614
Treasurer Allen Pearce (352)339-5644 firstname.lastname@example.org
Hare Scrambles Randy Rash (954)931-5709 email@example.com Enduros George Tolson (863)698-3837 firstname.lastname@example.org Enduros Glenn Hunt (678)-231-4100 email@example.com Hare Scrambles Dan Aitken (407)461-8595 firstname.lastname@example.org Associate HS Ref Pete Rose (941)270-1189 email@example.com
Magazine Editor Dave Dekmar (941) 356-7796 firstname.lastname@example.org
Specialty C/Women Jimmy Pitts (321)632-3456
Hare Scrambles AA/A
Specialty A/B Peter Magee (352)-472-6932 email@example.com
B/C Ryan McCarthy (941)234-5086
Specialty A/B Danny Kittell (727)244-7299 cell (727)786-8922 home firstname.lastname@example.org
Specialty C/Women Kerri Chambers (863)956-9140 email@example.com
Saturday Classes Kurt Lucas (786)385-7771 firstname.lastname@example.org
Quads Pete Rose (941)270-1189
Hare Scramble Brandon St. John (912)729-1089 hsscore@ floridatrailriders.org
Enduro Calvin M Smith (941)228-4140 enduroscore@ floridatrailriders.org
Electronic Scoring Maintenance Tim Nordle email@example.com
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Executive Committee Contacts Riders Reps Area Reps and Club Contacts The Prez Says Moto Photos Around the pits Getting to know Still Bill Round 7 Sname River VII HS
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ON THE COVER: Thumbs up from Mini A racer Blake Yahraus as he prepares for the start of his race. Photo by: Dorothy Dekmar
New Hare Scrambles Pre-Entry Website FTR has contracted with a new company for Hare Scramble pre-entries. The website is: www.imathlete.com. •You can sign in to this website and build your profile. •You only have to do this once. •You will use the Username and Password you set up to access your account for the pre-entry. •Pre-entry will open approximately 10 days before the race weekend.
Area #1: Spencer St. John (912)674-8871 firstname.lastname@example.org Counties: Out-of-State, Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Bay, Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf, Gadsden, Liberty, Franklin, Leon, Wakulla, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Lafayette, Dixie Area #2: Larry Roberts Counties: Hamilton, Suwannee, Columbia, Baker, Union, Bradford, Nassau, Duval, Clay, Putnam, St. Johns Area #3: William Toreki (352)372-1135 email@example.com Counties: Gilchrist, Alachua, Levy, Marion, Citrus, Sumter, Lake
Area #10: Luis M Rodriguez (772)871-6385 firstname.lastname@example.org Counties: Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Martin Area #11 Peter Rose (941)270-1189 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Counties: Charlotte, Glades, Lee, Hendry, Collier Area #12: Kyle McAfee Counties: Palm Beach Area #13: Paul Lucas Counties: Broward, Dade, Monroe
1 Apollo Motorcycle Club Mark Bordelon (321)794-0993 voice and text email@example.com www.apollomotorcycleclub.com 2 Azalea City Motorcycle Club Gary Wyatt-Interlachan,Fl (386)684-2698 firstname.lastname@example.org 3 Big Scrub Trail Riders John Hawkins-Tavares,Fl (352) 516-6903 email@example.com www.bigscrub.com 4 Central Florida Trail Riders Dave Nagle (407) 222-0050 firstname.lastname@example.org 5 Columbia Enduro Riders Ricky Dennis-Columbia,SC (803)786-0051 email@example.com 6 Daytona Dirt Riders Shaun Foutch (386)214-4878 firstname.lastname@example.org zwww.daytonadirtriders.com
Area #4: Joe Carrasquillo (386)295-8428 email@example.com Counties: Flagler, Volusia Area #5: Mike Belle (813)963-0657 firstname.lastname@example.org Counties: Hernando, Pasco. Pinellas, West Hillsborough
7 Family Riders, Inc. Johnny Thomas-Hanahan,SC (843)553-1463 email@example.com 8Greenville Enduro Riders Chris Poole-Laurens,SC firstname.lastname@example.org
Area #6: Jason Croley Counties: East Hillsborough, Polk Area #7: Bill Jenkins, Jr. (407)282-6056 email@example.com Counties: Seminole, Orange, Osceola Area #8: Mark Bordelon (321)794-0993 firstname.lastname@example.org Counties: Brevard, Indian River Area #9: Steve Nutter (941)915-5547 email@example.com Counties: Manatee, Sarasota, DeSoto, Highlands
CLUB Glenn Hunt- PR Chair (678)231-4100 firstname.lastname@example.org www.rcdr.org 14 Sarasota Area Dirt Riders Scott Bryant (941)223-9014 email@example.com www.sarasotadirtriders.com 15 Sarasota Area Quad Riders Amanda Fronckowiak-Venice,Fl (941) 223-6974 firstname.lastname@example.org 16 Southeast Florida Trail Riders Fra n k Ca m p b e l l -We s t p a l m Beach,Fl (561) 951-3732 Seftr35@yahoo.com 17 Sumter Enduro Riders Johnny McCoy-Sumter,SC (803) 481-5169 email@example.com www.sermaclub.com 18 Suncoast Trail Blazers Brian CoughlinTampa,Fl (813)841-2160 firstname.lastname@example.org www.suncoasttrailblazers.com 19 Sunrunners M/C Dale Ellis-Auburndale,Fl (407)467-1196 email@example.com 20 Tallahassee Trail Riders Mikey Rainey (850)591-5386 www.tallahasseetrailriders.org
9 Old School Dirt Riders Ben Kelly-Sarasota,Fl (941)650-1473/(941)650-1474 firstname.lastname@example.org 10 Palm Beach Track & Trail Jim Agate-Hollywood,Fl (954)562-2500 email@example.com 11 Perry Mountain M/C Glenn Hollingshead-Selma.AL (334)872-0619 firstname.lastname@example.org 12 Nature Coast Trail Blazers Rob Swann (813)731-5552 email@example.com www.naturecoasttrailblazers.com
13 River City Dirt Riders Barry Miller-President (904)613-6572
21 Treasure Coast Trail Riders Luis Rodriguez (772)801-9777 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Prez Say’s
FLORIDA TRAIL RIDERS H
ere we are in March already and a lot of us have enjoyed the first few weeks of the month racing, riding and spectating. I know the Sarasota Area Dirt Rider were involved in the flagging for the Tampa S/X and did an outstanding job. The Sadra team was even told by the Feld personnel that they did the best job they have ever seen from a group of this size. I would like to think that this clubs members are either racers, ride and or been involved with dirt bikes most of their lives as they were spot on and had all the areas covered. Great Job SADRA members! Along with some great FTR racing events from H/S to some Enduros, the months of February and March are very busy time of the season. The GNCC series has also began with several of FTR’s top riders matching their skills with some of the best in the country. By the time you read this, their series will be at round three and already we have several riders from the Quad and Mini classes all the way up to our AA class are already on the top spot of the podium. As I know all of you and one young man in particular, I know the dedication, determination and vision you guys have to have to compete at this level. FTR is very proud to have you representing our organization by being the very best you can be and showing the true sportsmanship you have learned from not just being a rider, but Top Competitor at every event you participate in. Great job and kudos to the parents of these fine riders for their
Starting Line to Checkered Flag…
Thanks for listening, Randy Faul 817A
a country that was not known for the friendship and hospitality. He stopped at a well and boldly asked a woman for a drink. She was at first put off than started to listen when He said, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” He continued, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” That same water is waiting for anyone who just asks Him for it. I think the best opportunity to give the credit where it belongs was at the Okeechobee race in February. It was hot and a rider came in, took a bottle and said, “man you’re a savior.” I responded, “No, that’s the Boss I work for!” Final note… Betty and I have been asked but riders and family members if we could have a Saturday night service. After much prayer and encouragement, we will be starting “The Good Race” devotional at the CMA tent at 7:30 pm on Saturdays. It will last about 15 minutes and will be very casual. Bring a chair and come visit! Blessings on and off the road, Jim and Betty Edleston CMA “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7
he first hare scramble we ever attended was in May of 2011. It was hot, dry and dusty (typical!!!). As some of the riders crossed under scoring and exited the course, they literally fell off their bikes from exhaustion and dehydration. Betty and I saw this at other venues as we started our travels on the hare scramble circuit. I would pray for the safety of the riders and for their restoration and commented that “something should be done”. God sometimes responds to prayers in ways we don’t expect or foresee. He heard our prayer with the answer, “Yes, something needs to be done… Go do it!! We started out small, with just a shoulder cooler. As we saw the need, the coolers and cases of water multiplied. Riders, coming off the course, taking the bottle from our hands while they headed to their pits. Others, so exhausted they just collapsed on the ground, get a water in their hand and one down their back. Family members coming up and asking, “can we get one of those for our son/daughter?” And, of course, the answer is a big “Yes!” That is how our loving God works. He shows us a need and challenges us to meet it. Those are His kids out there and they need some of His love in the form of something as simple as a cold bottle of water. Jesus, in his travels was taking a short cut through
support and encouragement. On another note, I would like to share an experience I had while returning home from the Gatorback event a few weeks ago. I thought I had a mechanical with my truck while on the way home on the interstate. As I made it to Hwy 52 at the Flying J, these high tech, computer generated EGR trucks don’t care where you’re at or what you’re pulling as mine showed me that it was the boss. My race family took care of me all the way to the house. One was on the way home from working all day on my clubs race property while two others turned around from 50 miles down the road to come help. From towing my camper to the house, the support and phone calls, stopping on side of the road to come check on us and follow up calls it’s a blessing to know that people are there for you. I would like to personally Thank all of you that helped us get home safely. All of these people are very special folks as they gave up their time and ability to get home early to come help us. These are not only FTR members and racers, they are people that care about each other no matter what.
CANDID O MOT PHOT OS
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Around The Pits BANQUET INFO
ello fellow FTR members!
It is that time of the year againâ€Ś. BANQUET TIME! The members of the banquet committee have been working diligently to begin preparations for this year's awards banquet. I would like to invite each and every one of you, your family and your friends to attend this year's awards banquet. It is being held, once again, at the Ocean Center in sunny Daytona Beach Florida ON August 4th, 2018! This year we will be in the 93,028 square foot exhibit hall, giving us more than DOUBLE the space we had last year in the arena! With that being said there is plenty of room for activities and our wonderful vendors to set up inside the exhibit hall, bringing us all to one massive space. The food at the banquet will be concession style again this year. The concession stand will be solely for the use of FTR banquet attendees, unlike last year. The ticket prices do NOT include any food. Pre-purchased tickets are $10 per person 13 years and older, $5 per person for ages 5 to 12, and any person under the age of 5 will be free. There is a $5 increase for tickets that will be purchased at the door the day of the event. We are working on getting the link for ticket purchases up and running at this time. The link to reserve a hotel room is on the FTR forum under the banquet section. The rooms are $109.00 per night. If you have troubles booking or receive an error message please send me a text or call my cell (listed at the bottom of this announcement) so I can get more rooms opened up. ROOMS MUST BE RESERVED BEFORE JULY 3RD, 2018!! We are roughly around the halfway mark of the season, so I hope you all have been thinking about who you would nominate for Pit Mom/Dad and Sportsman of the year! This year's banquet will be SEMI FORMAL attire!! The
banquet will be later in the evening so all attendees can go enjoy the beach and other fun attractions during the day. We ask that anyone attending the banquet stays for the entire length of the banquet, out of respect and support for fellow racers (this was an issue last year). Randy Hawkins from Am-Pro Yamaha will be on hand and will be helping with the on stage ceremony. Once again if anyone would like to volunteer the day of the banquet or with prior planning, please contact Lisa or Lacey Nordle. Any and all help is greatly appreciated! Thank you, Lacey and Lisa Nordle 352-457-5030 (Lacey) or 352-748-4071 (Lisa) email@example.com
appy to be able to capture my Dad, Ronnie Avirett in action and to watch Donny Richardson push him constantly to do better at the races. Would also like to thank each and every person in FTR for all that y'all do! Pictures by myself, Brianna Avirett.
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FLORIDA TRAIL RIDERS Bells are ringing in our FTR Family! How did you meet? We both went to the same high school
didn't really know each other but had mutual friends. In 2011, Our mutual friend told Justin about me and we started talking though facebook until he asked me out on a date.
What did you have in common that made you hit it off?
Well first off we both have a love for racing. I grew up with a stockcar racing background, started racing go carts at age 10 and worked my way into a full size race car at 15. When Justin and I started dating most of our weekends were spent traveling the state with my family and race team. Justin however grew up riding dirtbikes and has multiple championships in the FTR motorcross series as well as local series. In 2013 I decided to step away from my racing to put more focus on Justin's racing. He finally got me on a dirtbike and our first adventure to Orlando MX ended with me go to the hospital and leaving with crutches. I decided two wheels just wasn't for me and we bought a quad. We have raced FTR harescrambles off and on since 2014. This year I finally got the courage to get back on two wheels and race the entire series in the womens b class and Justin is racing 250c. So with that said clearly we both love ftr and the racing.
When did Justin pop the question? He asked me to marry him on January 27, 2018. He asked me at the 24 Hours of Daytona at Daytona International Speedway, on the deck at Lake Lloyd (while the fireworks were going off). He picked there because Daytona Speedway is such a special place for us. I grew up racing there and he grew up watching supercross there and now we share all of those special events together there. Did you have a clue he was going to do it there? I Did have some clue because a few weeks before we went ring shopping together, so i had picked out the ring. I always dreamed of it happening at Daytona but we go to so many events there I didn't know if it would be during the Rolex 24 or
maybe even at the supercross race. Each year before the start of the 24 hour race they allow the spectators to walk down pit road to meet drivers, see the cars up close and even walk through the tri-oval to take pictures. So I had thought if it was going to happen that weekend it would happen right before the race and when it didn't I just told myself ok its not happening this trip. I completely forgot about the fireworks at 11pm. So he really caught me off guard.
Do you have a date? We have begun the wedding planning.
We have picked the date of October 17, 2018. Its a very special date to us as we share our anniversary with my grandparents. My grandfather has since passed while we have been together so we would like to carry on that tradition in his memory.
You're going to leave on dirt bikes right? Justin keeps
trying to figure out how we could leave on dirtbikes. However it looks like we will be having our wedding on the beach at a state park and I don't think they would approve of that. lol
Congratulations ! We hope to see Mr. and Mrs. Bond continue to be part of the FTR family.
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GETTING TO KNOW
Who is Still Bill? William Toreki, III, aka “Dr! Still Bill”. Just about everyone in FTR knows who I am. I live in Gainesville, and I am a Mad Scientist. Seriously, I have a PhD in Polymer Analytical Chemistry from UF. I am VP of R&D and chief scientist at Quick-Med Technologies, a small R&D company that specializes in antimicrobial polymer technologies. Believe it or not, I have about 27 US patents. Where did the name come from? Funny you should ask that. Mom and Dad didn’t really want any kids, but despite their best intentions, I was “still” born (just kidding). Actually, the truth is that a girl in college (Robin) said that I looked like someone she knew in high school who they called Still Bill. She happened to be sort of loud and obnoxious (like me), and she would always yell “Still Bill” in public. My friends starting calling me that in a mocking tone. I hated it. When I moved to Florida I didn’t know anyone, so I introduced myself as Still Bill and it stuck. Where are you from? OK, but promise not to tell anyone I used to be a Yankee. I was born in Philadelphia on April 19, 1961. I grew up in Bucks County, PA, and then went to college at University of Delaware. I moved to Gainesville for grad school at UF in 1982, and have lived there ever since. So, I’ve been in Florida for 35 years. Does that make me a native yet?
How long have you been with FTR? I think I started around 2009-2010. I remember I was about 48. I had never ridden dirt bikes seriously. I thought I had been serious, but boy was I mistaken. Just did a little trail riding in younger days (in my 20’s – never rode a motorcycle before that). Sold them all, but sometime around 2005 a lot of kids in my neighborhood were trail riding, and I got back into it. I went riding in Ocala National Forest one day, but a very close encounter with a VERY LARGE bear kept me from wanting to go back there. Soon after, I read something about an Enduro at Lochloosa. I knew where those trails were, and also knew they were closed to public riding. I got in contact with someone from Big Scrub Trail Riders and found out they were having a Hare Scramble (what’s that?) at GatorBack in two weeks. GatorBack - I knew what that was – how cool! After about 20 phone calls with me asking all kinds of stupid questions, I decided to go for it. I dragged my buddy Hank along with me. I showed up with my DR350 dual sport, and let my buddy ride my TW200 fat-tire bike. I did the practice lap, and when I got to the big drop-in for the MX track I couldn’t believe I actually did it –and survived! I got excited on the start (Beginner Class) and wheelied for about 200 feet (not intentionally). I knew I should take it easy, but I rode as hard as I could. Finished one lap, went back to my van, and puked.
Hank took it easy and finished 3 laps. I got 40th out of 42 that day. Hank got 20th. I was hooked. One thing that I found really cool is that complete strangers were cheering me on as I went past. Same thing happened at later races – just when I’m getting tired and want to quit, I get to the scoring line and people cheering rejuvenate me. Even to this day! Last week at Mondon Hill, some little girls (I don’t have any idea who they are) cheer and call me by name. Seems trivial, but for some reason I find it really cool, and helps it me keep going. What positions have you held? Positions? Last place usually, LOL. I have been vice-president of BSTR for a few years. Tough job, but somebody has to do it. In FTR, I volunteered to run for Area 3 Director, and now I think I am in my 4th term. I am also on the FTR Scholarship Committee. I am known as the Rocky Mountain gift card guy, but all I really do is get the entry list from Tim, add the medical and scoring people, and send it to RM. They do the rest. I also take race photos and even give away actual prints, but I don’t have as much time for that as I used to. I am an actual member of Big Scrub Trail Riders, Azalea City Motorcycle Club, and South East Florida Trail Riders. I have also volunteered with several other clubs over the years (Apollo, SADRA, CFTR, PBTTR). I like cutting and marking trail almost as much as I enjoy racing. What classes do you race? Championships? I race Vintage (13V) on Saturday, and Master-C (13C) on Sunday. Right now, I am leading the points in Vintage (will probably change by the time anyone gets to read this). I have never won a championship, but I got 2nd for season in Vintage a few times. I really need to get a bigger bike. I ride the gold-colored CT-175 (yes everyone, I know you or your brother had exactly the same bike what you were kids). In Master-C, I ride a KTM (300, sometimes 200). I have never won - my best finish was 3rd place (out of 10). That was at GatorBack when ACMC hosted the race on Memorial Day weekend a few years ago. I usually finish in top 10 for season points. What is Hell's Canyon? Do you mean the race team, or the actual place? “Hell’s Canyon” is the name that some of my neighborhood kids called the abandoned quarry pit in my neighborhood. I formed the “team” around 2008 to help get the kids (and myself) into organized racing. We weren’t really a team, but at least we had cool t-shirts. Those kids drifted away from riding as they got older, but at the start of the 2011-12 season I started it as an actual FTR Hare Scramble team. Just some of my friends, mostly slow guys (except
Tom McGinity), including myself. We joined forces with Last Call Racing Team (Bill and Jason Garrett). As time went by, I had a lot more friends in FTR, so naturally some were much faster riders. Then I got the idea to recruit other people (strangers) too. I seeked-out fast guys, but also had some volunteers. I got accused of “cherrypicking”, but I’m proud to say that all of those fast guys (and girls) became my great friends (Smitty, Jerry, Landon, Greg, Alex, John, Jadin, Parker, Jimmy, Garrett, and others – all great friends). Eventually, we started an Enduro team and also a Quad team. After years of trying, we finally won a HS bike team championship (actually tied with Sun Coast Trailblazers). Later, we finally won outright, and took the Triple Crown (all three series) for two years running. I decided to take a break from the teams this year; however, the Enduro team is still around – I think Jimmy Pitts is in charge. I like to think that I helped revolutionize and revitalize the HS Team competition. This season we have lots of new teams (like S&S Racing) instead of the traditional club-oriented team structure. Do you mentor kids? Well, I never intentionally set out to do that – it just sort of happens. My friends know I am basically an overgrown teenager at heart. I have several rental properties in my neighborhood, and lots of vehicles and hobbies, so I need lots of help with all kinds of chores (mowing, raking leaves, washing vehicles, painting, etc). So, I end up hiring neighborhood kids and we become friends. Sadly, these days it seems like so many kids are from broken homes, or have parents who don’t think education is important. I’ve introduced several teens to FTR racing over the years, and of course it was something they will all remember fondly forever. They grow up and move on to other things or other places (not all for the better, unfortunately). Right now, I am sponsoring Scotty. He came to several races last year and did a lot of work days, but it took a lot of coaxing to get him to actually race. He did one Beginner race last year at L-Cross. His bike broke after 2 miles and he got towed in. He had already showered and was chilling with the AC in the camper, watching TV, when I got his bike fixed. I made him suit-up again, and go out to finish his lap. He did it, and turned in a 73 minute lap, but still didn’t finish last. Scotty started this season in Junior-C (26C), and is leading the points after 6 races! He has made lots of friends in FTR, and I think he is hooked for life. He is a great and awesome kid (17 years old) – honor student with good grades, and I love him like he was my own son.
What do you do when you are not racing? Like most of us, I work on my bikes. I think I have about 10 that actually run. I like to go out on my lake boat – I just got a new (to me) Master Craft barefoot boat, but I don’t ski myself anymore. I also ride my Jet-Ski. Maintaining my fleet of vehicles (including a 1931 Model A Ford), and my rental properties take a lot of time. I make my own hot-sauce and medicinal elixir (“Still” Bill?). 15 Hare Scrambles per year, 1 banquet, 3 BOD weekend meetings, 1 or 2 enduros, 1 club trip, about 10-12 work weekends for various races – that’s 32 out of 52 weekends yearly (not counting holidays) – not much time left for other stuff. I used to go deep-sea fishing a lot. I specialized in Grouper off Cedar Key in the Gulf. I would go out about 25 times per year. That is a lot of work when you have to tow the boat there, then go out 30-40 (or even 100 miles). Not to brag (well maybe a bit), but I was known as one of the top grouper fishermen in the Big Bend area. The top guides would call me on the radio for advice when they were having a slow day. But it was SO MUCH work! I had a 24’ Aquasport originally, then a 31’ Century. I got tired of always having to be responsible for everything, and maintaining the boat. I finally just got burned out and sold the boat a few years ago when gas got close to $5 per gallon (300 gallon gas tank!) Racing in FTR is less physically demanding and much less work. I only get to go fishing about twice per year anymore. I am ready if anyone wants to invite me (hint, hint). I have rods, tackle, gas money and GPS numbers. What annoys you about FTR? What would you do to fix it? I think the most annoying thing in FTR is that Uncle Bill guy! He is always yelling and bossing people around. Maybe we could stuff an old sock inside that darn megaphone of his? Also, what about that big goofy guy who runs the scoring? What is his deal? (insert smiley face). I wouldn’t say I am “annoyed”, but I always hear people complaining about this or that (rules, scoring, trail marking, etc). Yet, 90% of these people don’t do anything to help improve things. They don’t’ come to meetings, don’t join clubs or volunteer – they just complain. Best part of FTR? Definitely the people – especially people like Uncle Bill and Tim Nordle, for example. Not to single them out, because there are MANY others who are just as awesome. I don’t just mean the workers, officers, directors – but also ALL the members and families. All-in-all, I think FTR is the BEST group of people I have ever met. They are like one giant family. I can’t even begin to list how many GOOD FRIENDS I have in FTR. I mean REAL close friends. I feel so lucky that at this point in my life I have probably twice as many good friends than I have had in the rest of my entire life put together. Pool Noodle is like your trademark and makes everyone know that it is you. Was there an incident that started the pool noodle?
Wow! Honestly, I had no clue what you were talking about. I had to ask Scotty. He said you mean the handlebar pad on my Vintage bike. Honestly, I never gave it any thought. I just put it there one day because I was too cheap to spend $20 on a Renthal or other name-brand pad. Didn’t know it was my trademark. Now, I feel sort of bad that I have let it get so shabby looking. Maybe I will replace it with a bright new one. I thought I my trademark was my good looks and muscular build. Or, perhaps my wonderful sense of humor. Don’t forget my awesome Hot Sauce or cool Hells-Canyon T-shirts. Seriously though, I think the old ZAPPA LIVES Bus was my best trademark. I had that thing for 20 years. It saw many music festivals, and was regular fixture at the infield of the Daytona 500 for years. Actually, in 1995 when the Grateful Dead played at Tampa Stadium they projected a picture of my bus onto the giant video screen on stage behind the band at one point (larger than life!) By coincidence, I actually had FRONT ROW tickets at that concert. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Honestly, even to this day, it was the happiest moment of my life. Anyhow, the Bus engine blew up about 8 miles out from the Apollo race at Samsula a few years ago. I had to get it towed to the race. Total engine failure. I suppose you are supposed to change the oil more than once every 10 years. I actually abandoned it there. My friend Paul Kitner claimed it and did a lot of work. He replaced the engine and transmission with a Mercedes diesel, added AC, and re-did the interior. It lives again!!! Although my new camper (the white KTM, Rocky Mountain bread truck) is also really awesome. What would you tell people who are on the fence about racing in the woods? Like they say, JUST DO IT! See above where I talk about my first race. I wouldn’t really advise GatorBack for your first race, but on the other hand, all the others will seem tame after that. Two things to remember – first, just take it easy – just try to have fun. You will go faster if you relax and have fun instead of being all tense and trying to win right away. Second – ask for help and advice. FTR people just so nice and helpful. Just park and start asking questions. Maybe the person parked next to you is new too, so just keep asking if you don’t get the help you need. Don’t be afraid to ask the people who look like pros with fancy bikes and big rigs – they are some of the most knowledgeable and helpful. Anything else you’d like to say? Just, thank you Dorothy and Dave, for inviting me to give this interview. I’d also like to mention that my dear mother, Patricia Toreki passed-away just a few days ago after a courageous 6-month battle with pancreatic cancer. She was healthy as a horse last July, but as far as cancer goes, pancreas is about the worst. She will be missed.
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Track & Trail Riders
Snake River VII Hare Scramble
2017-2018 Snake River VII HS Podium Results 65 GIRLS 1 223GG Avery Ennis 2 100GG Rian Anderson 3 308GG Sara Golden 65A 1 148GA Jimmy Moore 65B 1 122GB Ashton Shannon 2 4GB Linkin Bischoff 3 199GB Cody Cox 65C 1 701GC Neil Neff 2 713GC Ryder Willis 3 5GC Jake Mitchell A 200 1 60KA Cash Jacobs 2 328KA Logan Stewart A 250 1 529GA Logan Garcia 2 18GA J.C. Crenshaw 3 412GA JB Kundrot A OPEN 1 112YA Cody Thomas 2 21YA Brandon St. John 3 123YA Fernando Davila AA 1 28AA Jesse Ansley 2 712AA Bryce Koster 3 15AA Landon Lynn B 200 1 127KB Andrew Baron 2 17KB Kyle Zinsner 3 626KB Kristofer Fileger B 250 1 300GB Justin Dinkel 2 122GB Jamie Wilson 3 709GB Jack Langford B OPEN 1 40YB Luis Davilia 2 181YB Matthew Arick 3 23YB Robert Hunn BEGINNERS 1 89W Caleb Davenport 2 41W Daniel Sonnenmark 3 111W Dalton Johnson C 200 1 11KC Henry Webster Jr 2 114KC Ben Wilson 3 99KC Arthur Bell Jr C 250 1 181GC Cameron McNeill 2 413GC Edmilson Da Silva 3 177GC Onell Lee C OPEN 1 831YC Pier Arbini 2 302YC Marlon Mendonca 3 27YC Wesley Gray CLASS 66 1 31KX Roland Lyons 2 6KX Greg Davis 3 74KX Thomas Missimer EVO A 1 79YA Kyle McAfee 2 31YA Craig Wilder EVO B 1 21YB Brandon Misciagno 2 31YB Evan Ragon EVO SEN A 1 420GA Joey Argentine 2 21GA Jerry Curtis EVO SEN B 1 44GB Bill Jenkins 2 19GB George Tolson
54GB Ted Schropp GOLD MAS A 1 1KA Chris Fahan 2 311KA David Johnson 3 279KA Mike Barrett GOLD MAS B 1 47KB Glen Mobbs 2 5KB Dale Keene 3 311KB Harry Andrews JR GIRLS 1 321KG Zoee Grzech 2 52KG Kayla Cone JUNIOR A 1 26KA Gage Hunter 2 41KA Troy Gardner 3 112KA Hunter Rich JUNIOR B 1 110KB Andrew Foster 2 279KB Ethan McAfee 3 612KB Cole Pierce JUNIOR C 1 712KC Wyatt Wilsey OD 2 509KC Danny Ortiz 3 455KC Nate Murphy MASTER A 1 28BA Scott Curtis 2 7BA George Edwards 3 21BA Jerry Curtis MASTER B 1 907BB Michael Rewis 2 757BB George Castillo 3 263BB Virgil King MASTER C 1 1BC Chris Dooley 2 913BC Glen Pannebakker 3 7BC Brett Garavalia MINI A 1 929WA Blake Yahraus 2 38WA Korbin Dinkel 3 19WA Cameron Notary MINI B 1 101WB Logan Crawford 2 42WB Dawson Baker MINI C 1 4WC Camren Mason 2 63WC Chase Welch 3 444WC Bailey Teeters MINI GIRLS 1 713WG Payton Willis 2 303WG Brianna Collins PEEWEE A 1 321WA Nevaeh Grzech 2 10WA Sean Haskell PEEWEE B 1 7WB Harper Shepherd 2 816WB Trent Lloyd 3 12WB Reid Swanbom PEEWEE C 1 35WC Jimmy Cannon 2 222WC Joshua Ippolito 3 99WC Lucca Lopes PLUS 30 1 56W Shawn Clark 2 416W Clay Lyons 3 100W Jacob Gilliam PRE-MOD A 1 712RA Bryce Koster 2 115RA Landon Lynn 3 17RA Dustin Morgan PRE-MOD B 1 300RB Justin Dinkel 2 87RB Joel May 3 14RB Wade Stoner
SENIOR A 1 9GA Greg Melka 2 11GA Joslie Cutillas 3 18GA Leopoldo Gomez SENIOR B 1 5GB Felipe Branger 2 78GB Caio Silva 3 10GB Mariano Alvaro SENIOR C 1 311GC Guy De Kleyn 2 42GC Robert Jordan 3 547GC Brian Dinkel SIL MAST A 1 41SA Gary Gardner 2 911SA Scott Gawler Sr 3 98SA Rick Reis SIL MAST B 1 166SB John Smolinka 2 61SB Angel Mendez 3 770SB Jochy Gomez SPORTSMN 1 1 521B Billy Cassidy 2 30B Stuart Dickson 3 277B Erick Miller SPORTSMN 2 1 708BX Jett Ryll 2 521BX Alejandro Rodriguez 3 10BX Emma Chambers SUP SEN A 1 34WA Chad Hunter 2 18WA Giuseppe Galbacurta 3 37WA Guillermo Rinaldi SUP SEN B 1 218WB Norberto Rodriguez 2 2WB Jason Easterling 3 33WB Jimmy Eason SUP SEN C 1 50WC Joshua Westgate Sr 2 916WC Joel Labash 3 22WC Robert Grzech VETERAN A 1 79RA Kyle McAfee 2 17RA Dustin Morgan 3 41RA Ricky Skaggs VETERAN B 1 27RB Bryan Faby 2 361RB Matthew Daugherty 3 85RB Joey Cancio-Bello VETERAN C 1 80RC Krzysztof Hila 2 200RC Ueslei Guaitolini 3 518RC Brian Hensley VINTAGE 1 15WV Richard Kemman 2 72WV Kelsey Saltar 3 88WV Chris Swanbom WOMEN A 1 108YA Holly Langford 2 28YA Kelsey Saltar 3 4YA Aurielle Henry WOMEN B 1 35YB Julia Cone 2 20YB Jamie Ronan 3 682YB Lucie Blahackova WOMEN VET 1 18YV Jenni Lamb 2 14YV Bonnie Pollard
2017-2018 Snake River VII HS Quad Podium Results QD B OPEN 1 924WB Matthew OBrien 2 177WB Alan Ferritto 3 828WB Tony Edwards QD C OPEN 1 412WC Josh Loudermilk 2 27WC Eric Boggs 3 516WC Calvin Plummer QD SUP PWA 1 831GA Madison Snider 2 5GA Dylan Gage 3 23GA Caden Rimes QD SUP PWB 1 21GB Hunter Shepherd 2 22GB Edgardo Santini 3 12GB Matthew Boggs QD SUP SR 1 428KX Daniel Aitken 2 1KX Frank Storey 3 86KX Luis M Rodriguez QD UTI OPN 1 602WX Parker Merrill 2 7WX Wayne Mossbrooks
3 784WX Brandon Frazier QD WOM VET 1 568BV Debra Gartland 2 9BV Mindi Plankey QUAD +30 1 91R Jeffrey Vlasin 2 926R Don Johnson 3 99R John Plankey QUAD A 1 821WA Jadin Storey 2 25WA Jacob Catterton 3 82WA Chris Kenny QUAD AA 1 521AA Adam McGill 2 1AA Walker Fowler 3 47AA Cody Ellison QUAD JR 1 215W Dylan Terango 2 528W Wesley Keene 3 7W Nicole Beard QUAD MAST 1 2G Steve Johnson 2 339G Eric Idoyaga
3 420G Michael Wormood QUAD PWB 1 6WB Brayden Gage DNF 21WB Hunter Shepherd QUAD SM 1 80S Mark Pringle 2 926S Kenneth Harris 3 33S Bob Brown QUAD SR 1 200K James Hayes 2 99K Richard Catterton 3 24K Christopher Rajala QUAD VET 1 3RV Robert Novak 2 282RV James Gallo 3 218RV Derek Lovell QUAD WOMEN 1 331B Kayla Vawter 2 321B Bryanne Parks
FLORIDA TRAIL RIDERS CHECK THE FTR HOMEPAGE FOR IMPORTANT ENDURO MEETING MINUTES FROM JANUARY Enduro Committee Meeting Saturday, January 27, 2018 Location: Eagleâ€™s Nest Sign up Area Seville, FL
Call to Order:
5:15 PM by Enduro Chair, George Tolson
Enduro Chair:George Tolson, Enduro Referee:Glenn Hunt, Enduro Scorekeeper: CBob House AA/A Rep: Don Criss,B/C Rep: Vacant, Spec C/Women Rep: Jimmy Pitts, Spec A/B Rep: Peter Magee Big Scrub: Allen Pierce, GERA: Absent, CERA: Absent, Suncoast: Jack Hatfield, Perry Mountain: Mark Mannschreck, CFTR: Elesa Berard, RCDR: Larry Mecker Calvin Smith, Randy Griffin, & others None to discuss.
Old Business: New Business:
Proposal #4 Allow ISDE Format rules in Enduro Series. Proposed by Glenn Hunt, Jan. 27, 2018.
This rule proposal is to allow an existing AMA forms of scoring and course layout. This is to allow an ISDE form of off road racing where the rules exist in the AMA competition rule book in lew of the normal FTR rules for enduroes.
New Rule and should be an addition to the FTR rulebook.
A club that is awarded another form of Enduro racing is currently limited and has to compromise both sets of rules of FTR and the AMA. This adds a confusion to both FTR and LOI riders.
New 1. Any FTR promoting club may elect to use the AMA rulebook for a special type of an Enduro. That includes a Reliability Enduro. This form of Enduro racing must have a special set of rules published in the AMA competition rule book plus additional supplemental rules, but only to those provided by the AMA. This option would have to be added to the FTR sanctioning application forms. This would be easier for the club to set up and execute a nontraditional Enduro. This is mainly to allow an ISDE qualifying event within FTR without compromising the AMA rules. Previously, the club had to marry the FTR and Reliability rules and it did cause confusion to both FTR and the LOI riders. By voting this addition into the FTR rulebook it would allow less confusion to both groups of riders and allow the club to set up the course for longer sections and more flexibility in placing the special test section. This option would have to be added to the FTR sanctioning application forms.
Easier for the club to set up and execute a nontraditional Enduro. This is mainly to allow an ISDE qualifying event within FTR without compromising the AMA rules. Previously, the club had to marry the FTR and Reliability rules and it did cause confusion to both FTR and the LOI riders. By voting this addition into the FTR rulebook it would allow less confusion to both groups of riders and allow the club to set up the course for longer sections and more flexibility in placing the special test section. Confusion to the general FTR membership and riders. This would be in regard to the scoring and course layout. The previous 2 events had some confusion around both, but most riders adapted in the 2nd event over the 1st event. Motion-Mark Mannschreck 2nd-Allen Pierce Vote: 9 â€“YES, 1-NO
Proposal #5 Change current FTR Enduro Ranking system to AMA Off-Road rider Ranking Current Rule: Chapter IV Enduro Rules B. Classification of Riders 2. The effective date for all year end promotions is the last day (June 30th) of the competition season. Riders must enter the highest classification (A, B, or C) attained in any enduro sanctioning organization 3. The Enduro Chair, Referee and Scorekeeper will set the classification of any rider new to the series that does NOT have a FTR ranking in Hare Scrambles or Enduros and does NOT have an equivalent ranking from another series. The Enduro Chair, Referee, and Scorekeeper may adjust the classification as needed of any rider that was given his initial classification by the committee 4. Beginner promotion rules are, after 3 top 5 finishes or after starting 8 events the rider is promoted up to the proper FTR class. All FTR Hare Scrambles riders will ride in their assigned Hare Scrambles Class for FTR Enduros, prior to any enduro ranking being established. Any disputes, concerns, initial or reclassification will be determined by decision of Enduro Committee chairman, referee and scorekeeper prior to riding a FTR Enduro. 5. Advancement Sets - There will be two sets of advancement percentiles calculated, one for all displacement riders, and a second for the following specialty class riders: +35, +40, +45, +50, +55 and +60. A percentile will be calculated for each rider, at each race. At the end of the season, the rider’s percentiles will be averaged, and this will be the rider’s advancement percentile for the season. DNF and Work Run Credits will not count in the average calculations. 6. All riders in all classes (except for Women, EVO, Beginners and Vintage) are counted in one of the Advancement Sets. 7. The Ranking System for promoting riders in all classes in advancement sets is defined as follows: a. All Riders in both advancement sets will be assigned an overall event number (event rank) based on their finish position against all FTR riders competing in the event within their advancement set. Event rank numbers will be calculated in descending percentage order, from overall winner to final rider. b. Each FTR rider’s event finishing positions (event ranks) as published in the FTR magazines at season end, will be averaged to determine a ranking number after deleting worked points and rank numbers awarded for a DNF. If only one completed enduro is published, a ranking number will not be established and the rider will remain in the same division for the upcoming season. c. All riders in each advancement set will be stacked in numerical order for each class by their average ranking number. Any rider not receiving a ranking number is not considered in the stacking and will remain in the same A, B, or C division in the next season except as defined in (i) below. d. Classes are then divided by the ratios of 25% for A, 35% for B, and 40% for C, except +55 and +60, which is divided 40% A and 60% B, based on the total number of riders in the class receiving average ranking numbers. When fractions exist based on the 25/35/40 or the 40/60 in +55 and +60 multiplication factors, they will be rounded to the nearest whole number with .500 to .999 to the next higher whole number and below .500 to the next lower whole number beginning with the A division. Any rider promoted more than one division (C to A) will be moved only one division after stacking is completed. Any rider demotion will be by petition of the Enduro Committee by the individual rider wishing to be demoted. e. Promotion to AA - The 2 (TWO) highest ranked racers as ranked in the top 20 at season’s end are promoted to AA in FTR Enduros ONLY. This AA ranking applies to FTR Enduros and is not evidence to apply to their sanctioning bodies or other disciplines of racing within the FTR due to our small sample size. Any rider promoted to AA has the right to petition the competition committee to revoke the promotion. f. Riders ranked as “A” will ride in any “A” class for which they are age or displacement qualified. Riders ranked as “B” will ride in any “B” class for which they are age or displacement qualified. Riders ranked as “C” will ride in any “C” class for which they are age or displacement qualified. g. Riders moving to a new specialty class from the previous year will use the ranking number established in their old class to determine the A/B/C level to ride in the new class. Riders moving to a new specialty class from the previous year shall not be promoted or demoted more than one division (A to C or C to A). h. Riders may reclassify themselves to a higher (but not lower) division by notifying the FTR Enduro Scorekeeper, and take 90% of their championship points any time before 50% of the sanctioned runs, but zero championship points after 50% of the sanctioned runs. A rider can only be reclassified to a lower division by petitioning the Enduro Committee. i. Classification of Hare Scrambles riders to the Enduro Series Specialty Class can be determined by decision of the Enduro Committee Chairman, Referee and Scorekeeper prior to establishing a ranking number. j. Riders must remain in the highest division attained using the ranking system for at least 1 racing season. A rider has the option to petition the competition committee to prove that he should not have been promoted. Proposed Rule Change Chapter IV Enduro Rules B. Classification of Riders 2. The effective date for all year end promotions is the last day (June 30th) of the competition season. Riders must enter the highest classification (A, B, or C) attained in any enduro sanctioning organization, any Off Road sanctioning organization or AMA Off Road Ranking.
3. The Enduro Chair, Referee and Scorekeeper will set the classification of any rider new to the series that does NOT have an AMA Off Road Ranking, FTR ranking in Hare Scrambles or Enduros and does NOT have an equivalent ranking from another series. The Enduro Chair, Referee, and Scorekeeper may adjust the classification as needed of any rider that was given his initial classification by the committee 4. Beginner promotion rules are, after 3 top 5 finishes or after starting 8 events the rider is promoted up to the proper FTR class. All FTR Hare Scrambles riders will ride in their assigned Hare Scrambles Class for FTR Enduros or AMA Off Road Ranking, whichever is highest, prior to any enduro ranking being established. Any disputes, concerns, initial or reclassification will be determined by decision of Enduro Committee chairman, referee and scorekeeper prior to riding a FTR Enduro. 5. Rider division ranking will be set by the AMA Off Road rider ranking which is based off riders participating in AMA sanctioned events. Riders will compete in their highest achieved ranking, either locally or AMA achieved ranking. (ie. Riders achieving AA ranking but have AMA Off Road ranking of A Division will compete in AA Division). Rider Division ranking can be checked on the AMA website under rider search for verification. a. Promotion to AA - The 2 (TWO) highest ranked racers as ranked in the top 20 at season’s end are promoted to AA in FTR Enduros ONLY. This AA ranking applies to FTR Enduros and is not evidence to apply to their sanctioning bodies or other disciplines of racing within the FTR due to our small sample size. Any rider promoted to AA has the right to petition the competition committee to revoke the promotion. b. Riders ranked as “A” will ride in any “A” class for which they are age or displacement qualified. Riders ranked as “B” will ride in any “B” class for which they are age or displacement qualified. Riders ranked as “C” will ride in any “C” class for which they are age or displacement qualified. c. Riders moving to a new specialty class from the previous year will use their AMA Off Road Ranking to determine the A/B/C Division to ride in the new class. Riders moving to a new specialty class from the previous year shall not be promoted or demoted more than one division (A to C or C to A). d. Riders may reclassify themselves to a higher (but not lower) division by notifying the FTR Enduro Scorekeeper, and take 90% of their championship points any time before 50% of the sanctioned runs, but zero championship points after 50% of the sanctioned runs. A rider can only be reclassified to a lower division by petitioning the Enduro Committee. Motion-Allen Pierce 2nd-Jimmy Pitts Vote-8 – YES, 2-NO
Motion to Adjourn: Motion – Peter Magee 2nd – Don Criss Unanimous 7:02
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