After receiving an email from Red Roberts of Texas Scooter Times, I rushed to get this information to you as soon as possible.
Because of several factors, this Labor Day, the scheduled Harley races at Little River Drag Way will not only be the 30th anniversary for this famous race, but it will be the LAST one.
In Red's own words below and in the short attached video, Red explains how he made this decision. We will be writing more about this race, letting you know what Nitro Harley racers will be competing for this monumental event. As a gathering of Harley racing veterans, this particular assembling of gray beards will prove to be epic as decades of racing knowledge, tactics and war stories will be told and relived through thrilling recounted.
Red says it this way:
I’m going on 63 years old now and have had 19 broken bones along the way, 18 of them on motorcycles. The last 5 bones were broken since I’ve past 50. Thru taking care of myself otherwise, I’ve been more or less healthy despite being an ‘orthopedic wreck’ and have been able to keep working hard enough to be able to give motorcyclists quality drag races and other motorcycle events until recently.
The Tuesday before our April 1st Race this year, I suffered a heart attack bad enough for me to miss the “Who’s The April Fool All Motorcycle Drags” (The choice of the name of the race and the knowledge of my position at the time wasn’t lost on me). I was shaken to the core and left considerably weaker during the rest of the spring.
I slowly recovered doing only limited duties during the Texas Scooter Times Spring Swap Meets until I tested myself June 9th and 10th at Little River where I went ‘pretty hard’ for 2 days working the Texas Hot Rod Reunion, that I helped the track promote and run. It was a pretty decent race BUT I realized that even though it was nowhere as hard as the effort a Labor Day Weekend race takes, it was all I could do to ‘make it thru’.
Being forced to take a realistic look at the toll time has taken on my body I began to ruminate on other truths I had been ignoring. All this time, while we were twisting throttles, time was doing its work on all of us . . . friends, racers and the Texas Scooter Times Race Crew who‘ve all been suffering thru the ravages of time with their own battles to different degrees. I saw what I really didn’t want to admit, that The Labor Day Weekend Temple ALL HARLEY Party Drags just couldn’t go on as it has indefinitely.
However, even though I have to ‘slow down’ some, I ain’t dead – yet! Along with my Darlin’ wife/partner, Evelyn, we’ll still be holding the BEST Swap Meets around for the next few years anyway. And even though “Labor Day Weekend” will be gone forever, motorcycle drag racing enthusiasts ‘might’ see an easy spring or Fall Sunday afternoon “get together” occasionally. Who knows what might happen in the future???
BUT rather than just quietly quit after this one, I decided to tell everybody ahead of time so they know - That “THIS IS IT!!! - The End of an Era”!!
So let’s all come together with old friends while we all still can!! - We’ll have ‘A RACE TO REMEMBER & TELL TALES ABOUT FOR A LONG TIME!!!
September 1st and 2nd – The last Temple All Harley Party Drags – the end of an era
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