HPRa Speed Championships and Decimach speed dash results
HPRa Speed Championships and Decimach speed dash results

Racing Results
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Thanks to Paul Pancella for the following report:


Tuesday afternoon and evening were set aside for registration, tech inspections, competitor meeting, etc., to try and get all the official stuff out of the way. I estimate about 50 entries in total, drawing from both coasts and Canada. These are divided into classes primarily by vehicle type, with separate classes also for women, juniors, multi-rider, and arms-only. Participation in these latter classes was sparse as usual, with no arms-only riders this year. It was fun to see the vehicles gathering at Indianapolis Raceway Park (after I finally found it) and the already oppressive heat and humidity barely hinted at what was to come. A full day of racing was scheduled for Wednesday at IRP. Festivities started early, about a half hour later than scheduled which is early for HPV races. A one-hour time trial was run twice, once for the faired classes and again for everyone else. I was in the second group, on my unfaired P-38. I think it was after 9:00 when we started and already quite hot. This was followed by a "road" race, also run twice for the same groups. Instead of determining a number of laps for the race, the directors made this also a timed event, a half hour, I guess to help keep things on schedule. I would have preferred a distance instead of a time, for variety, but I did like the one-mile course that was laid out, using part of the oval and pits and access roads; lots of nice turns. However, by the time we got on the course the relentless sunshine and stiff hot breeze took most of the fun out of it. By the time we moved over to the drag strip, we were almost two hours behind schedule. Here there was finally some shade, but it was already too late for much of my skin. Despite some problems with the timing traps failing to register skinny tires, the crew got the 1/8 mile drag races going pretty quickly, and nearly made up the lost time in the schedule. This is not my best event, and I was anxious to be eliminated so that I could get the last event of the day in before our time was up. My personal interest is in HPVs for practical transportation use, so I had arranged to run an "Urban Transpor- tation Contest" on the parking lot after the drag races. Despite the lack of advanced publicity (my fault) and the lack of time, six vehicles entered and the contest went pretty well. More details on request. Thursday was our day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The only event was the glamour event; 200 meter sprints with long runup. Everyone would get a chance to try it, but the prime early morning slots would be given to those vehicles who had registered for the deciMach cash prize, the really fast fully-faired vehicles. Big money for going over 75 mph, but a kilobuck for fastest no matter what the speed, and lesser amounts for 2nd and 3rd fastest. The timed portion of the course turned out to have a pretty stiff headwind even early in the morning, so no records were set. I think two Gold Rushes from the Easy Racers team, a single and a tandem, both broke 50 mph, with the tandem taking first prize this year, and Fred Markham on the single taking second. Sean Costin in a bike borrowed from Canada's Robert Lafleur won the 3rd place prize. I was too hot and weak from sunburn to try more than one run (which was pretty slow) but I was glad to have a chance to ride around that historic track. I did not return after lunch, although the racing continued in the afternoon. Friday we were scheduled to start at 8:00 am at the Major Taylor velodrome. I guess the heat was taking a toll on the crew also, because we were at least an hour late even starting to setup for more sprints. Here again we did some flying start 200 m sprinting, but with less runup on the banked velodrome oval. In fact the optical timing traps designed for single pass runs balked at being reset after runup laps on the 333 m oval. This caused some delays and restricted everyone to a single run, but everyone who was left by now got their chance. Then we did some traditional 1000 m pursuit races in pairs, and ended with about 5 "devil-take-the-hindmost" races. This is a fun event where a large group (or class here) starts together, and after every lap the last person to cross the line is out. Then after cleanup and a group photo, it was time for awards and closing ceremonies. DeciMach cash awards were given first, which I mentioned above. Awards were also given for best homebuilt bike, and best technical innovator. The latter went to a Japanese (I think) fellow who had a nice working linear drive on his bike. Points were tallied for placement in all of the week's events, and the first three finishers overall in each class were recognized. Ray and Shari Brick on their beautiful new carbon-fiber back-to-back tandem were the best of the three multi-rider teams. Theresa Cheatham was the only single female competitor, so she took her class. Theron Hill was the better of the two juniors entered. In the top fully-faired class, Fred Markham was first, if I recall correctly. Next class down is called Modified, and was won by Paul John of New York. Gary Toy won the Super-Stock class on a Lightning Stealth with as large a front fairing as the rules allow. Final results for the unfaired class were not available due to some diffculties in scoring the races on Wednesday. I expect I will be in 4th place when they sort it all out. The biggest prize should go to the organizers and crew who managed to put on a very successful event despite the usual difficulties and the unusual (even for Indiana in June) brutal heat. I think on balance everyone who participated had a good time.


Individual race winners and results
1 Hour Time Trial 1/2 Hour Road Race 1/8 Mile drag race
1000 Meter Pursuits 200 Meter Sprints 200 Meter Sprints / 600 Meter runu
Last Man Out Urban Transportation contest


Thanks go to Don Barry for getting these results to me.
Overall Results

1998 HPRA  Speed Championships Results

# Rider Class 1 Hour
Time Trial
(points)
1/2 Hour
Road Race
(Points)
1/8th Mile
Drags
(points)
200M
Indianapolis
Motor
Speedway
"decimach"
(Points)
200M
600M
Velodrome
(points)
100M
Pursuit
(points)
Last
Man
Out
(points)
Total
5 Robert LaFluer SuperMod 40 36 38 39 38 36 35 262
9 Jesse Jakomait SuperMod 35 38 40 34 37 39 38 261
17 Steve Delaire SuperMod 36 37 39 35 37 37 36 257
7 John Simon SuperMod 37 35 36 37 39 38 34 256
51 Gilles Poirer SuperMod 38 34 35 36 37 35 37 252
3 Fred Markham SuperMod 0 40 33 40 40 40 40 233
88 Robert Wood SuperMod 39 39 0 38 34 34 39 223
99 Tom Klein SuperMod 33 0 37 33 0 0 0 103
38 Thom Ollinger SuperMod 34 0 34 0 0 0 0 68
177 Paul John Modified 40 40 40 40 40 40 40 280
127 David Krafft Modified 38 39 39 39 39 39 38 271
101 Frank Lindley Modified 39 36 38 37 38 38 39 264
103 David Pearson Modified 36 37 37 38 37 37 37 260
110 Jeff Munn Modified 37 38 0 0 36 0 0 112
230 Gary Toy SuperStock 40 40 39 40 40 40 40 279
203 Carl Gulbronson SuperStock 39 39 40 39 39 39 39 274
209 Bill Murphy SuperStock 38 37 37 37 38 38 38 263
201 Tim Dunsworth SuperStock 36 36 36 36 37 37 37 255
272 Wally Kiehler SuperStock 37 38 38 38 0 0 0 152
222 Garrie Hill SuperStock 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 35
499 Tom Janovitz Stock 40 40 30 39 35 39 40 263
350 Steven Spencer Stock 34 37 40 33 40 35 36 255
340 Jeffrey Caswell Stock 30 37 36 34 38 40 39 254
486 Paul Pancella Stock 39 37 35 29 36 38 38 252
388 Bob Buerger Stock 33 33 37 38 37 36 37 250
310 Kevin Berls Stock 32 32 38 40 39 33 33 246
342 Patrick Burns Stock 38 39 26 37 31 37 34 242
322 Rich Sadler Stock 35 38 33 35 30 34 35 239
325 Bruce Gordon Stock 36 31 32 36 32 32 0 199
307 Bill Lozowski Stock 37 33 39 32 0 0 0 141
366 Orion Krafft Stock 0 26 28 27 28 31 0 140
317 Josh Levin Stock 0 29 34 31 34 0 0 128
333 Milt Hakel Stock 0 27 29 28 29 0 0 113
320 Michael Beresford Stock 31 28 25 26 0 0 0 110
318 Lane Hakel Stock 0 0 31 30 34 0 0 95
370 Saburo Sakuma Stock 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 29
514 Theron Hill Junior 40 40 40 40 40 40 39 279
529 Cibyl Delaire Junior 39 39 39 39 39 39 40 274
601 Teresa Cheatham Womens 40 40 40 40 40 40 40 280
701 Ray & Sharie Brick Multi-rider 40 40 39 40 40 40 40 279
702 Joe Brooks & Tess Machlan Multi-rider 38 38 38 39 39 39 39 270
799 Mike Machlan & Art Umble Multi-rider 39 39 40 0 0 0 0 118

Individual race winners

1 Hour Time Trial

# Rider Class Speed
(MPH)
5 Robert LaFluer SuperMod 35.58
177 Paul John Modified 29.84
230 Gary Toy SuperStock 21.32
499 Tom Janovitz Stock 21.75
514 Theron Hill Junior 15.15
601 Teresa Cheatham Womens 16.17
701 Ray & Sharie Brick Multi-rider 20.38

 

1/2 Hour Road Race

# Rider Class Speed
(MPH)
3 Fred Markham SuperMod 27.12
177 Paul John Modified 24.36
230 Gary Toy SuperStock 21.36
499 Tom Janovitz Stock 20.00
514 Theron Hill Junior 17.12
601 Teresa Cheatham Womens 13.86
701 Ray & Sharie Brick Multi-rider 19.50

 

1/8 Mile drag race - IRP NHRA Timed

# Rider Class ET
(sec.)
Speed
(MPH)
9 Jesse Jakomait SuperMod 17.942 36.40
177 Paul John Modified 18.414 35.24
203 Carl Gulbronson SuperStock 17.566 33.72
350 Steven Spencer Stock 18.170 33.32
514 Theron Hill Junior 22.372 25.74
601 Teresa Cheatham Womens 21.677 27.26
799 Mike Machlan & Art Umble Multi-rider 21.190 28.98

 

200 Meter Sprints
Indianapolis Motor Speedway

# Rider Class Speed
(MPH)
3 Fred Markham SuperMod 51.078
177 Paul John Modified 42.048
230 Gary Toy SuperStock 34.925
310 Kevin Berls Stock 30.209
514 Theron Hill Junior 23.759
601 Teresa Cheatham Womens 24.341
701 Ray & Sharie Brick Multi-rider 31.199

 

200 Meter Sprints / 600 Meter runup
Velodrome

# Rider Class Speed
(MPH)
3 Fred Markham SuperMod 41.348
177 Paul John Modified 37.786
230 Gary Toy SuperStock 32.467
350 Steven Spencer Stock 30.961
514 Theron Hill Junior 24.040
601 Teresa Cheatham Womens 25.420
701 Ray & Sharie Brick Multi-rider 28.478

 

1000 Meter Pursuits
Velodrome

# Rider Class ?
3 Fred Markham SuperMod 1.01.32
177 Paul John Modified 1.10.09
230 Gary Toy SuperStock 1.24.84
340 Jeffrey Caswell Stock 1.27.78
514 Theron Hill Junior 1.57.43
601 Teresa Cheatham Womens 1.54.43
701 Ray & Sharie Brick Multi-rider 1.31.54

 

Last Man Out (Winners)
Velodrome

# Rider Class
3 Fred Markham SuperMod
177 Paul John Modified
230 Gary Toy SuperStock
499 Tom Janovitz Stock
529 Cibyl Delaire Junior
601 Teresa Cheatham Womens
701 Ray & Sharie Brick Multi-rider

 

Urban Transportation Contest, Indianapolis Raceway Park:
# Name
of entrant
Description
of Vehicle
points
(100 max.)
203 Carl Gulbronson Homebuilt EZ-Racer, 1987 76
272 Wally Kiehler 1995 Lightning P-38 74
350 Steve Spencer 1997 BikeE RoadE 71
307 Bill Lozowski 1994 Counterpoint Presto 67

201

Tim Dunsworth 1987 Tour Easy 63
340 Jeff Caswell FWD Homebuilt "microbike" 60

A note from Paul Pancella on the Urban transportation contest: 

Points were awarded for efficiency (22%) safety (33%) utility and convenience (35%) and comfort (10%) with an eye toward using an HPV for short trips around town with modest cargo capability. Judging included static measurements of dimensions and equipment, and dynamic tests of turning radius, handling with cargo, braking, and ease of mounting/loading. Determining what is important and making up a scoring scheme necessarily involves some element of subjectivity. As event coordinator, I take full responsibility for these determinations. Results from the half-hour road race were also factored in as part of the efficiency score. Vehicles in the 200 series had partial front fairings, 300 series bikes conform to HPRa stock class rules. Final scores are on a 100 point scale and rounded to the nearest whole point. Congratulations to Carl, and thanks to all who participated and helped make this a fun event.

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