Thanks to the people of the Electrathon America and the efforts of a gang of volunteers, the HPV races at Portland International Raceway were a success!

Despite predictions, the weather was wonderful, if a bit windy. We had consistent 10-15mph headwinds blowing up the main straight- which had riders muttering all weekend. Thankfully, we didn't get more than a few drops of rain on us- the Electrathon folks had a shower just as they were starting on Sunday, which had at least one of the competitors sliding around the corners at full-opposite lock. The track surface of PIR gets slippery when wet!

Just to see what it's like, here's the official Portland International Raceway page.

Joe Kochanowski took the prize for the busiest man of the weekend- not only did he compete in every HPV event on two different vehicles, he also raced in all the Electrathon events in one of Dave Cloud's older "spare" cars. He was jumping from vehicle to vehicle like a cartoon rabbit. He seemed to be pretty happy at the end of the day- his Moby streamliner lapped everybody else, including John "Rocketman" Williams in the road race and he beat everybody up in the drag race on his laid-back homebuilt.

And now, for something completely different: Laurie "Fashion Plate" Smith gets the Promoter's Special Award for Most Coordinated Appearance for her matching blue-and-white cloud pattern skinsuit and GRR body sock.

A very hearty thank you to all the people who gave up their weekend to make this event happen. In particular, Rick Pope, Slim Holeman and Tom Breedlove were there from the beginning and kept my head from coming unscrewed when I started thinking about all the details it takes to put on an event like this. Mike Lusby loaned me the Vancouver Bike Club's printing stopwatch, which simplified the time trial immensely. An additional thank you goes out to Connie McAyeal for supplying snacks to keep the course workers happy. (Get well, Bob McAyeal!)

Heck, I was busier than a cat with puppies- and I still had a barrelfull of fun. Will I do this again? You betcha!

(More pictures at the bottom.)

Here's the results:

Saturday, May 27 :

Rider

Class

Overall place

Place in class

Laps

Min

Sec

Approx spd using 1.95 miles/lap

Willams, John

SuperStock

homebuilt

1

1

7

30

52

26.53

Milam, Rand

SuperStock

Gold Rush

2

2

7

34

25

23.80

Kochanowski, Joe

Stock

homebuilt

3

1

6

30

2

23.37

Climaldi, John

Stock

homebuilt

4

2

6

33

4

21.23

Meadors, Ivan

Stock

Presto

5

3

6

34

12

20.53

Garcia, Jonathan

SuperStock

Gold Rush

6

3

6

34

13

20.52

Morse, Lonnie

SuperStock

Tour Easy

7

4

6

35

42

19.66

Page, Stephen

SuperStock

Tour Easy

8

5

6

36

30

19.23

Marley, Todd

Stock

Vision

9

6

5

30

32

19.16

Nash, Steve

SuperStock

homebuilt

10

7

5

31

59

18.29

Rider

Class

Overall place

Place in class

Laps

Min

Sec

Approx spd using 1.95 miles/lap

Kochanowski, J

Streamliner

Moby

1

1

12

48

42

28.83

Williams, John

SuperStreet

homebuilt

2

1

11

48

49

26.36

Harris, Shane

SuperStreet

homebuilt

3

2

11

50

16

25.60

Milam, Rand

SuperStreet

Gold Rush

4

3

10

47

16

24.75

Smith, Laurie

SuperStreet

Gold Rush

5

4

9

47

10

22.33

Garcia, Jonathan

SuperStreet

Gold Rush

6

5

8

45

30

20.57

 

Sunday, May 28:

Rider

Class

Overall place

Place in class

Laps

Min

Sec

Approx spd using 1.95 miles/lap

Kochanowski, J

Streamliner

Moby

1

1

5

19

18

30.31

Williams, John

SuperStreet

homebuilt

2

1

5

21

34

27.13

Milam, Rand

SuperStreet

Gold Rush

3

2

5

22

1

26.57

Smith, Laurie

SuperStreet

Gold Rush

4

3

5

24

36

23.78

Morse, Lonnie

SuperStock

Tour Easy

5

1

5

26

54

21.75

Tagg, Michael

SuperStock

Tour Easy

6

2

5

28

31

20.51

Page, Stephen

SuperStock

Tour Easy

7

3

5

28

36

20.45

Marley, Todd

Stock

Vision

8

1

5

28

49

20.30

Sandbo, John

SuperStock

homebuilt

9

4

5

29

24

19.90

MacMenemy, J

Stock

Baccura trike

10

2

5

36

58

15.83

Stites, Bill

Stock

Chameleon

11

3

5

37

59

15.40

 

Finals

Kochanowski, J

Stock

homebuilt

1

Morse, Lonnie

SuperStock

Tour Easy

2

Semi Finals

Morse, Lonnie

SuperStock

Tour Easy

1

Page, Stephen

SuperStock

Tour Easy

2

Kochanowski, J

Stock

homebuilt

1

MacMenemy, J

Stock

Baccura trike

2

 

And now that you've scrolled through all of that, here's some pictures (many, many thanks to Laurie Smith).

Umm, kinda hard to see, but it's John Climaldi, Rand Milam, Steve Page, John Williams, Steve Nash, Todd Marley, Lonnie Morse, and Ivan Meadors line up for the first road race.

Rand Milam, Laurie Smith, Jon Garcia, John Williams, Joe Kochanowski, and Shane Harris line up for the fast class road race. Too bad I don't have video- those clouds overhead really moved along.

Todd Marley gets waved off at the start of the time trial. In order to keep it from raining, I put on my rainjacket. It seemed to work- I could also make it rain by putting on sunscreen!

Laurie Smith finishing up the time trial. She really pushed herself the last lap- right at the finish she let out a yell that would do Xena proud!

Steve Page and Mike Tagg square off at the start of the drags. I called this heat "Battle of the Vintage Tour Easys"- both of their bikes is better than 8 years old, complete with ancient SunTour components.

Laurie and Todd line up- it wasn't as unfair as it looks: Laurie couldn't get clipped in properly, so she essentially did the whole race pedaling with one foot!

Joe Kochanowski getting ready to beat the pants off of Bill Stites. Bill's lean & turn Chameleon trike is front-wheel drive, so he has able to do some NHRA-style burnouts at the line. Not the quick way to get down the track, but fun.

Some happy racers: Joe Kochanowski, Todd Marley, Lonnie Morse, Steve Page, Jon Garcia, Laurie Smith, Rand Milam, John Climaldi, and John Williams (in an uncharacteristic upright position). The doofus sitting in front with a big grin on his face is yours truly.

What do you do when the racing's done? Change clothes and go do some laps yourself!