David Vaughn takes his shot at the AMA
Making the Decision
We all have dreams; some of which are more possible than others. I had achieved my dream of competing as an amateur and then as an expert. What I now wanted more than anything else was to qualify for a spot on an AMA grid so I could race as a pro. This was my burning desire from the first moment I found out that motorcycle roadracing actually existed as an organized sport. While I felt that perhaps I might have the ability, there were thousands of things standing between me and that impossible dream. Most of them were dollar signs. Sometimes though, dreams can come true.
During the 2010 season, I crewed for AMA Privateer Mike Morgan. September found us at Barber Motorsports Park for the final round of competition. That weekend at Barber was a memorable one. The Daytona Sportbike and American Superbike races were awesome, nail-biting contests and as a fitting end to one of the most competitive seasons in AMA history, all four AMA classes saw their championships decided at that final event. The buzz throughout the paddock was intoxicating and I just kept on drinking it in. The weekend concluded with the AMA awards banquet held in the beautiful Barber Motorcycle Museum. Everyone who was anyone in the AMA was there.
“Kat Kitten” takes it to the Track
Fast Women are not exclusive to America. You can find them north of the border as well. Twenty six year old Chandelle Webber, of Calgary in Alberta, Canada, is a trackday rider and racer from the Great White North.
Known as “Kat_Kitten” on the www.katriders.com website, Webber is a Katriders forum regular. She’s also a natural athlete. Born in 1984 at Port Hardy, British Columbia, Chandelle was considered a tomboy growing up and participated in many sports which are usually the reserved territory of men. In High School, she was not only competitive at the national level in wrestling but was also the coach of her team.
Fighting adversity to put David in the show
In 2010, TrackdayMag.com Editor David Vaughn crewed for AMA Privateer Mike Morgan. At the season-ending awards banquet, which was held in the Museum complex at Barber Motorsports Park, Vaughn realized he simply had to try his hand at being a pro racer.
Our sport seems to be dominated by products originating on the Pacific Rim. From the motorcycles that we ride to the gear we wear, oriental style is practically impossible to avoid and has become the status quo. Perhaps this is why anything Euro seems incredibly different and cool by comparison. If you’ve reached the point where you’re no longer willing to look like a Transformers robot when you gear up, you’re ready to graduate to the Nexx level.
This Italian is coming to America
The increasing worldwide popularity of trackday riding and Supermoto has given birth to many new companies specializing in leather goods. The latest brand striving to make inroads into the American market is R Speed. This Italian company, like so many others, designs its own suits and has them manufactured in Pakistan. R Speed is new to the market, however their passion for our sport is quite evident in the well thought out details of their suits. We agreed to test their product and give our assessment of where it rates against the competition.