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by David Leikvold
Mon May 15, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: Australian Event News
Topic: Four Tracks for 2018
Replies: 22
Views: 7124

Re: Four Tracks for 2018

Thanks Tone, you've got the right attitude, you could easily do a shift as a starter! The sub 100 vehicles are already there and always have been. These competitors have often told me that their bikes (it's usually old bikes) aren't really up to going flat out for the full T2 distance and they have ...
by David Leikvold
Sun May 14, 2017 9:31 pm
Forum: Australian Event News
Topic: Four Tracks for 2018
Replies: 22
Views: 7124

Four Tracks for 2018

This might get some attention! Elsewhere on this forum in the last day or two I have suggested various changes to the way we do our annual track layout. Look in "Volunteers 2017" for the posts. It seems like we are stuck in a bit of a rut as the layout looks remarkably similar year after year. It ha...
by David Leikvold
Sun May 14, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: General Information
Topic: Bike Guys
Replies: 31
Views: 8212

Re: Bike Guys

I don't see that paid staff could do the job any better, unless they already have Speedweek experience. Look at the canteen, they're paid staff and they're new every year and the standard varies considerably. Plus they aren't racers so they don't understand us properly.
:mrgreen:
by David Leikvold
Sun May 14, 2017 8:22 pm
Forum: General Information
Topic: Bike Guys
Replies: 31
Views: 8212

Re: Bike Guys

And yet sometimes I see up to "14 guests online in the last 5 minutes" down the bottom of the page. Facebook is all well and good for glossy photos and videos but not much else. Yes, having novices volunteer all the time isn't ideal but they have to start somewhere and I'm happy to have them. They g...
by David Leikvold
Sat May 13, 2017 10:55 pm
Forum: Australian Event News
Topic: Volunteers 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 6194

Re: Volunteers 2017

I just got a PM from a long time member who was in favour of the priority line. As it stands, I am vehemently opposed to it, but he got me thinking about other possibilities. His idea was to have the Priority Line (aka PL) for cars and bikes faster than 225 mph, of which there were about ten. In my ...
by David Leikvold
Sat May 13, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: General Information
Topic: Bike Guys
Replies: 31
Views: 8212

Re: Bike Guys

Oops, here's the right clip:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsxwhRiiWtc

:mrgreen:
by David Leikvold
Sat May 13, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: General Information
Topic: Bike Guys
Replies: 31
Views: 8212

Re: Bike Guys

Here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzzE6XLbC8M The starters job would be OK if we could get a few people doing it, even if it was just two people doing half days it would be sort of enough although less exposure to the heat would be preferable. Pete and I have both had recent discussions wi...
by David Leikvold
Sat May 13, 2017 2:15 pm
Forum: General Information
Topic: Bike Guys
Replies: 31
Views: 8212

Re: Bike Guys

Trevor Slaughter had an air conditioned 20ft container one year. It ran on solar panels and a wall of batteries. Impressive. A generator would be cheaper. I'm not convinced that the old story about bike riders not pulling their weight still applies, if it ever really did. I always get great help fro...
by David Leikvold
Sat May 13, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: Australian Event News
Topic: Volunteers 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 6194

Re: Volunteers 2017

I forgot to mention that if we had T2 at three miles long and T3 right behind it at two miles long we almost have a spare T1. That's really adding versatility.
:mrgreen:
by David Leikvold
Sat May 13, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: Australian Event News
Topic: Volunteers 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 6194

Re: Volunteers 2017

Thinking more about your volunteering experience, Gary, has got me pondering (again :roll: ) the notion of a third track. People usually howl this down with claims that we don't have enough volunteers, but it sounds like that isn't actually the case after all. I'm just thinking out loud here and thi...
by David Leikvold
Sat May 13, 2017 12:32 am
Forum: Australian Event News
Topic: How to be a Good Starter
Replies: 6
Views: 1640

Re: How to be a Good Starter

Thanks Chris for that phone call in 2013 asking if I could help out on the start line, I think it all turned out pretty well. I just wish we had been able to have a decent camp setup from 2013 so that we could recover better every night. A better equipped start line would have helped too. In another...
by David Leikvold
Fri May 12, 2017 8:58 pm
Forum: Australian Event News
Topic: Volunteers 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 6194

Re: Volunteers 2017

Gary, Thanks for your comments. Ironically, Bob Ellis was complaining that he didn't have enough help scrutineering the cars. I think that's the sort of thing that a volunteer coordinator would help improve. And why did Tom Banks say we didn't have enough volunteers? Maybe he knew of gaps that weren...
by David Leikvold
Fri May 12, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: General Information
Topic: Newbie Bike Classes
Replies: 11
Views: 3964

Re: Newbie Bike Classes

Richard,

Here's what I had in mind. Enjoy. By the way, just have a look at the salt all over the Ducati.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-u4u4m4 ... 203.860142

Cheers
Ex Starter Dave :mrgreen:
by David Leikvold
Fri May 12, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: General Information
Topic: Newbie Bike Classes
Replies: 11
Views: 3964

Re: Newbie Bike Classes

Fortunately I am old enough to be able to use the 4 speed column shift. None of this three on the tree rubbish! it was the holes in the floor I didn't much like, they were so big there was salt spray on the inside of the back window! I wonder what we'll get to replace old Rusty.
:mrgreen:
by David Leikvold
Fri May 12, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: Australian Event News
Topic: Volunteers 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 6194

Re: Volunteers 2017

I happened to run into Tom Banks at the Willowbank Nostalgia Drags the other week and, unsurprisingly, we were discussing how to further improve Speedweek for 2018. He complained that it is very hard to get enough volunteers to achieve what we need. I find that hard to imagine. Every entrant MUST pr...