FF on track in legal race - world first?
Just in case there's anyone left in England with any sense of achievement around powered two wheeler development, here's a picture of Rob Horn, on track, in a legal motorcycle race, running his FF racer. Read all about it at http://rohorn.blogspot.com/2014/05/race-1.html and see more pictures.
One of the interesting thing about this event was the reaction of race officials and spectators at this American race meeting. They loved it. Bit of contrast there with the reactionary, running scared of the future attitude familiar to any innovator on this little island.
There's a hint (a single line drawing in the VMCC magazine) that an FF called the "Mechanical Hare" was raced at Crystal Palace (London) around 1930. Apparantly powered by an AJS engine, research produced no further info. Apart from this I believe Rob is the first person on earth to legally race an FF. Salutations! If there is ever an FF hall of Fame, Rob will be in it.
Hopefully Rob will face some competition from other FFs, possibly even from England, although whether our famed race industry can achieve this before the collapse of the western ice shelf drowns us all is moot.