Gypsy Jack Racing

On Sunday I went to visit my friend Jack's house or as I like to call him Gypsy Jack.  I showed him some of my blogging skills since he wants to start a blog.  He showed me some of his awesome motorcycles.  He's got a Yamaha R1 that has 175 Horsepower  Does it go fast?… Jack's gotten it up to 192mph!  If someone lighter rode it he said it could go over 200mph.  Also in the stable is a Aprilla Mille R with carbon fiber bodywork and a Yamaha R6.  Each bike has a lot of special details and features.  Like the handmade windscreen on the R1 and all the graphics on the bikes.  You can really tell the time and effort Jack puts into building them.  He's put thousands of dollars into each and it shows.  For a small sum he will even build you one, if you are game.  He won't build a bike for posers, idiots, or douches though.  Of course if you are one with tons of money… maybe that will make a difference.  🙂

Including his motorcycle collection Jack also has an impressive toy collection in his basement.  My favorite part of the collection is his RC cars, which he used to race competitively.  Some of the cars have immense detail, just like the motorcycles, and are tuned to perfection.  He used to lap most people in races and usually won in every racing class that he participated in.  Also in his collection is a Patton Replica, Star Wars Legos, and a Valentino Rossi replica made by hand.  That isn't all as you can see from the photos.

If you have any questions pertaining to riding, sportbikes, motorcycling racing, building a bike, RC cars, or toys Jack is the man to ask.

Check out website:  http://www.gypsyjackracing.com/

 

Day 4 Rocky Mountain National Park

 

Rocky Mountain National Park

On Tuesday I went to the Rocky Mountain National Park.  It was absolutely amazing!  The mountains and scenario were stunning.  I took a lot of pictures, but you had to be there to experience it.  The smells, sounds, air, creatures, and winding roads made it an unforgettable experience.

My relative, Jack, made a very good suggestion.  He said, “You should go up on Trail Ridge Road.”  This is the road that leads way up to the top of the mountain in the Park.  On the top there are deep drops and no barriers which makes the drive exhilarating.  I saw many RV's and Motorcycles going up the road.  I was just fine in my Honda Accord which was easily maneuverable on the winding road up the mountain.  The immense power of the mountains did draw power from my engine though.  I definitely felt it going up.

The best part of going to the park is just pulling over at one of the many little parking areas and exploring on foot.  There are lots of amazing places you can walk around in the Rocky Mountain National Park.  See the pictures below!

Coming back down was exciting as well.  You need to pay attention to your driving.  You can not and should not simply coast down the mountain or you could overheat your brakes.  The great thing about Hondas is their automatic drive selection.  Most automatic cars only have “D” or “L” for selecting your gearing.  Hondas have “D4” “D3” “2” “1” which seems unnecessary.  However I found going down Trail Ridge Road it was very useful to have these options.  I mostly stayed in D3 but switched sometimes between D3 and 2 when I was getting to close to cars or going to fast.  Having the option to keep the cars gears below 3 or 2 gears was useful.  Great idea Honda!

Even the drive from Greeley to Estes Park was nice.  The road leading into Estes Park was basically made right through a mountain it seems.  So when you are driving up you are just getting a small taste of what is to come.  The drive was only about 1 hour from Greeley where I was staying.  I listened to “Cover Her Face” on the way up to the Park and somewhat back down.   For some reason listening to the narrator made me very sleepy.   Don't know why that well spoken British narrator was making me tired, but he did.  It was probably the Shakespearean training.

My only wish is that I had more time to look around the Rocky Mountain National Park.   It was $20 and the pass was good for a week.  It was well worth it for the day.  I would recommend planning out more time to explore if you go up there.

I think Colorado is my new favorite state.  I hope to come back soon!

2011 Hogs & heroes Poker run & Car/bike show, July 30

Old Glory Harley Davidson is hosting the 2011 Hogs and Heroes Fundraiser.  This includes a Poker Run (bike ride), and Car/Bike Show.

All sorts of vehicles are welcome to the Car/Bike show.  There are many classes of cars and bikes to win a Trophy.  The show will have a raffle, music, give-aways, freebies, and food and refreshments.  The first 50 people to register will receive a Free T-Shirt.  The best in show car will get a $100 Old Glory gift card and the best in show bike will receive a $100 gift card as well.  T-shirts for the event car be bought for $20.

The Poker run is not just for motorcycles, all vehicles are welcome.  Even if it has 4-wheels, bring it down to participate.  The grand prize winner of the Poker Run will win $250.  By the way, don't worry about breakfast because Old Glory will be serving a continental breakfast.  Extra poker hands can be bought for $15.

It should be a great time and it's all for supporting a great cause.  The Hogs and Heroes Foundation supports fallen police officers, firefighters children.  As well as supporting military families.  So if you are looking to have some fun and feel good about doing it, go to the 2011 Hogs and Heroes Fundraiser.

What: 2011 Hogs and Heroes Poker Run & Car/Bike Show Fundraiser

When: Registration for the Poker Run start at 9am, first bike leaves at 10:30am.  Registration for Car/Bike show begins at 11:30am.

Cost: For partcipating in the Poker Run $30, Car/Bike Show $30

Where:  Old Glory Harley Davidson, 11800 Laurel Bowie Rd, Laurel MD, 20708

 

Hereford Zone Car Show – Saturday June 18th

This Saturday there is going to be an awesome car show, the 7th Annual Hereford Zone Car Show.  The show is open to all makes, models, and years.  If you have a vehicle with wheels, you can bring it!  In past the show has had Model A's, Model T's, Hot-rods, classic cars, Ferrias, Lamborghinis, motorcycles, and even Fire Trucks.  This year should be bigger and better than ever before.  There are 200-300 vehicles expected this year, which is a lot larger than past shows.

The show also has an important cause to support, the Leib McDonald Techincal School Scholarship Fund.  The scholarship is for a graduating Senior from Hereford High School who will be attending a technical school for automotive technology, diesel mechanics, motorcycles, or HVAC..  Travis Brown is this year's recipient.  He was awarded the scholarship 3 weeks ago, and will be attending York Technical Institute for Motorcycle Mechanics.  Recipients are judged on several criteria including GPA, attendance records, letters of recommendations, and good fit for the scholarship.  It's a bit of a challenge to receive the scholarship and Travis should feel proud he got it.

Including the car show, right across the plaza there will be 100.7 The Bay's BBQ Bash.  There will also be activities for the whole family.  Crafts, games, live music, face painting, and contests with prizes.  Cars will be judged with 25 trophies to the top vehicles on display, and 34 different awards.  The first 100 cars will receive a great dash plaque.  It will be a fun day for all!

 

What: 7th Annual Hereford Zone Car Show

When: Saturday June 18, 2011 (10am-3pm)

Where:  Executive Plaza ll Corporate Center, 11350 McCormick Rd, Hunt Valley, MD 21031

Admission: Spectators Free, $10 registration fee for vehicles


For more info visit: https://www.hzcarshow.com/Home_Page.html

 

*Special thanks to Chuck Ritzmann – Committee Member for Hereford Zone Car Show