THE PEE PEE CHECK
I read your magazine every month, and must admit it is one of the best ones around. I rarely get upset about what I read; however, when something is completely out of line with reality it kind of shakes me up a little. In your article on Loudon, which, by the way, was the best coverage I read on the weekend, you mentioned something about the pee pee check made on the riders. Since John Genise, Ref. Dist 2, and myself were the officials assigned the responsibility for this task I feel I must set the record straight on this affair.
First of all, the test had been made on several other occasions prior to Loudon with both Novice and Junior riders taking part. Samples are collected by at least two officials and the containers are identified with only a code number which corresponds to the rider’s number. The specimens are shipped (still warm) via Air Express to an independent testing lab in Ohio who forwards the certified results to AMA Headquarters.
The test is conclusive and is accepted as valid indication of the presence of just about any drug in the person’s system. It is admissable evidence in a court of law, not that the AMA has any intention of using it as such. Several results have come back positive and riders have been suspended as a result. All of these suspensions have been upheld by the Competition Committee.
Now to the event in question. John and I were instructed by the referee to go to the men’s room immediately after the race to collect the samples. The riders were also instructed to appear at this time. The one rider who dropped out after just a few laps and came over looking for us to take his sample was advised that we were: “over watching the race.” This was not so, since we were both performing other assigned duties in the pit area. Immediately after the race we both reported to the assigned area and collected all the samples from all the riders except this one.
One full hour after the race was over, and after all the samples had been packed for shipment and placed in Bill Boyce’s van, this one rider showed up to give us his sample. Needless to say we asked him where the hell he’d been. If this is hassling then I guess we’re guilty.
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Now, I really don’t mind publications knocking the AMA. After all, nobody’s perfect, and, if you didn’t, think of the thousands and thousands of lines of copy that would be missing from all those motorcycle publications every month.
Also, I am a firm believer in the old Hollywood adage: “Say anything you want about me, so long as you spell my name right.” The fact remains that without the AMA there’s nothing.
Well, these are the facts on the matter for whatever they’re worth. I don’t really expect anything to change, but at least now you know the facts.
Another item is gasoline in the pits. No place in our pre-race instructions or our entry applications do we state that gas will be available for riders in the pits. Gas is the responsibility of the promoter and each one handles it differently. Some give it away free, as in Daytona; some have it available, but charge for it; and some don’t have any at all. Any rider who comes to a race track on Sunday morning to run a 100-mile race and doesn’t bring enough gas to run it really didn’t come to the track to race in the first place in my estimation.
A humorous sidelight on the pee pee check. While collecting the samples after the race I accidently put the cardboard carton down in a spot on the floor where there was some water. Honest, it was water. Well, the bottom of the carton got a little damp. When I carried it over to Boyce’s van, I held it from the sides and handed it to Bill. He grabbed it from the bottom. You should have
seen the expression on his face when he felt the wet bottom on the carton. In his usual dry, Ohio manner he asked: “Are you sure none of these bottles are leaking?” I said: “I hope not.”
So much for now, keep up the good work and fine reporting.
Rick Titone, Deputy Referee AMA District No. 2 Rutherford, N.J.
ENFORCING NOISE LAWS
I just want to make a comment on noise. Recently, while riding my stock (quiet) motorcycle in a Chicago suburb, a cycle went by with an exhaust so loud that it actually hurt my ears, inside a helmet yet. I would be willing to bet a month of fees that a spot survey of the motorists and pedestrians in the area would result in a 99.9% opinion that all those damn motorcyclists should be run off the street. The other 0.1% would consist of my opinion, modified only to the extent that that motorcyclist should be run off the street.
I submit, with the exception of the laudable goal of improving our image with legislators, etc., that all the editorials in magazines such as yours regarding the urgency of the noise issue have not changed one iota the habits of cyclists like the one in question, and are therefore somewhat of a waste of ink.
Presumably, the noise nut, who seems to have a neurotic compulsion to be noticed, will not change unless forced to do so.
My answer? Spin off some of the effort involved in anti-noise campaigns into a program to encourage local police departments to enforce whatever exhaust noise ordinances they may have on the books, as blasphemous as that may be in some cycle groups.
Sure, it may be easy to pay a fine or
two, or in some courts, to beat the rap; however, if the noise nuts were busted again and again, eventually they would muffle their bikes or get out of the game altogether.
If concerned cycle organizations developed some kind of a program to convey the message to the local police that their enforcement efforts are supported by cyclists who want to continue to enjoy the privilege (privilege, not a right) of using the streets, it should result in less noise, perhaps avoid more onerous noise ordinances that would have the practical effect of keeping us off the streets, better police relations, and maybe some acceptance by the public of those damn motorcyclists.
John L. Pilon, Attorney Chicago, 111.
APOLOGIES TO CMC
It is the wish of myself and my two boys, Gary Jones and DeWayne Jones, to retract certain statements made in your April 1972 issue of CYCLE WORLD in the first paragraph of the third column on page 71 of said issue. We wish it corrected that the CMC organization cannot be considered a “Mickey Mouse” nor fast buck promotion organization, as has been previously set forth in the April 1972 CYCLE WORLD issue. Further, we wish to express our apologies to the CMC organization that this statement was printed.
Don Jones Hacienda Heights, Calif.
LIKES OUR STYLE
Just wanted to drop you a line about your test on the 250 Suzuki MX— fantastic! I must read about six cycle magazines a month and this is the best
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one I’ve read bar none. I wasn’t particularly attracted to the test by the bike, but by the way it was written. Keep up the good work!
Mike Harris Clearwater, Fla.
I have just chuckled my way through J.G. Krol’s “Glossary Of Motorcyle Terms” (CW, Sept. ’72). That is, until I came to “U”...for Unicycle. Unicycle? Would not “Uno-Guzzi” have been far more appropriate? Apparently Mr. Krol is unfamiliar with the ancient and venerated Uno-Guzzi. It is also apparent that artist Ron Estriñe is, as that is exactly what Mr. Estrine’s cartoon drawing depicted!
For the benefit of Mr. Krol, I have enclosed a photograph of my partially restored 1952 Type T5 Uno-Guzzi “touring machine.” Some of the bike’s features include: modern double loop frame, reliable four-stroke fan-cooled engine and multiple position foot pegs (creature comfort was foremost in the minds of the designers).
Having spent many enjoyable hours on the saddle, I can honestly state that a more highly maneuverable motorcycle has never been built. True, it was lacking somewhat for top speed. However, it was rumored that a race version was to be offered back in the 1950s. As racing always improves the breed, this would have cured that minor fault. It’s a shame the line was discontinued, as the “Daytona” model would have been quite competitive.
I have enjoyed Mr. Krol’s articles and hope to see more of them in future issues.
E.J. Swatek Jr. SSI Norwalk, Ohio