The Race of Gentlemen is one of the best events I have attended, anywhere. Seeing a bunch of pre-'47 v-twins racing tyre-to-tyre on sand at flat-chat is something I won't forget.
And one of the highlights was seeing my friend Walter Gemeinhardt campaigning his freshly-prepared WLA on the beach at Wildwood, NJ. He's been a stalwart supporter of GKM since day one and is proprietor of the very fine Kickstart Cycle Supply as well as organiser of the infamous Gypsy Run. He's a diamond.
Anyway, it got me wondering; what does it take to build and tune a seventy year old motorcycle to achieve performance way beyond anything ever envisaged by its manufacturer? And then ride this hand-shift, foot-clutch machine faster than could be deemed sensible on a surface as unforgiving as wet sand?
So I asked Walter. He'll be spilling the beans in the next issue. Don't miss this one.