Ed Subias, above, is a regular Sideburn contributor, he shot Jarod Vanderkooi's factory H-D XG750R and interviewed Terry Vance for Sideburn 39. He remembers the first ever Superhooligan race. Las Vegas. The night Hooligan racing jumped the shark, we just didn't know it yet. I failed to make it out of my heat race and into the main so decided to let loose. A few of us did in fact, upsetting the nearby pit entourage that was with Roger Lee Hayden who was participating in the il
'In some circles, the Mint 400 is a far, far better thing than the Super Bowl, the Kentucky Derby and the Lower Oakland Roller Derby Finals all rolled into one. This race attracts a special breed…' so wrote Hunter S. Thompson in the Gonzo classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The Mint 400 is a desert race from the golden age. HST wrote his legendary tale of drugs and wolverines of trapezes after being sent to cover the event for Sports Illustrated magazine in 1971, but don
I'm not sure it was ever in much doubt, but then I was trying to jump 13 buses, 52 cars or a hotel forecourt, but Travis Pastrana cleared all three jumps - live on TV. The trio of stunts all emulated jumps attempted by Evel Knievel and the 34-year-old completed them all on a flat track spec Indian FTR750 - a massive coup for the brand - with it's minimal suspension travel. The bike was prepared by Cameron Brewer of Roland Sands Designs (whose racing kit we featured in SB27).
We shared the announcement that Travis Pastrana is going to repeat three of Evel Knievel's jumps, including the infamous Caesar's Palace fountains. Numerous stuntmen have attempted the Vegas jump, and there have been successes. The difference is, Pastrana will attempt all three on the same day, and he'll be doing it on a contemporary version of the bikes Knievel used. Pastrana has been supplied an Indian FTR750 and is using the same suspension the production flat track race b