produced during 2006
#893, Beans and Bikes í06, February 11-12, 2006, We travel to the
International Motorcycle Show in Rosemont, Illinois and look at some of the new
bikes including the brand new 2006 Yamaha R6. We also go to ABATEís Chili
Cook-off that is held in Park Ridge, Illinois and serve as a judge of the chili.
#894: WERA Natíl Jennings GP Part 1, March 25, 2006, The first
endurance of the year is held at Jennings, Florida. Brandon Griffith and Joe
Ball join Dan Schmitt to challenge this six-hour national. Joe takes the start and then Dan takes over and makes a
couple of re-starts with the Team Chicago Helmet Camera capturing the action.
The Team Chicago Tech Tip shows a great product, Ready Ramp. Brandon rides as
the show comes to an end.
#895: WERA Natíl Jennings GP Part 2, March 25, 2006. More
racing action on this two-mile roadcourse located in northern Florida. With a
few comments from some of the competitors, this six-hour race runs with perfect
#896: Team Chicago/Grattan Raceway Roadrace School,
April 1, 2006, We look in at the classroom lessons and watch some of the riding
on the track at Grattan Raceway in Michigan at this annual event. Dan Schmitt
interviews Chris Onwiler about his novel, "HIGHSIDE". They discuss the
book and the characters in the book and the motorcycle racing action in the
#897: WERA Natíl Talladega GP Part 1, April 8, 2006, After my
grandson, Brandon Griffith, got injured during practice on Friday, Jonathon
Parks joined Team Chicago to challenge this 1.5 roadcourse in Alabama. We watch
the start and the first two hours of action. The Team Chicago Helmet-Camera
brings the track to the viewers.
#898: WERA Natíl Talladega GP Part 2, April 8, 2006, The action
continues with as the WERA National teams and a few local team challenge this
small and tough roadcourse. This is the last national at this track, with a new
configuration planned for 2007. More Team Chicago Helmet-Camera and a brief look
at the trophy presentation.
#899: World of Motorcycle Museum, May, 2006, I travel with
Phil Young to the World of Motorcycle Museum, just south of North Judson,
Indiana. This Museum is the creation of Jim Kersting, and it sits in the middle
of his motorcycle dealership, Kerstingís Cycle Center, Harley-Davidson,
Yamaha, Suzuki. After I take a look around the museum, describing a good number
of the motorcycles and I interview Jim Kersting. After I ride the Ford Flat-head
V-8 motorcycle, I get to ride the V-12 Lincoln Zephyr motorcycle. This is too
cool. Come along as I record this with the Team Chicago Helmet Camera.
#900: Show #900, May 13, 2006 As I get some free time at Autobahn
C.C. from the WERA roadracing action, I produced this show to recognize the
production of nine hundred shows. Some of the footage shown includes the trail
riding in Colorado, night roadrace action from Nelson Ledges, the Springfield
short-track and off-road racing at the Race and the Bitter End Enduro. Some of
the celebrities that made comments about Team Chicago include: Billy Etheridge,
Frank Lee, Geoff Thorson, Evelyne Clark, Ben Walters and William Lindsay. Some
of the local heroes that voiced an opinion on Team Chicago include Dave Vaughn,
Ike Anderson and Chris Onwiler.
#901: WERA Natíl Autobahn C.C. Part 1, May 13, 2006, With the
track soaked from heavy rains, the rain finally lets up and the race begins at
noon. As the twenty-some teams battle for the survival on this slippery track,
Brandon Griffith hangs on with the Team Chicago Yamaha R6. Steve Karson records
the starting action with the Team Bear Helmet Camera, including the crash at the
first corner that brings out the red flag.
During the second hour, Dan Schmitt captures the action with the Team
Chicago Helmet camera.
#902, WERA Natíl Autobahn C.C. Part 2, May 13, 2006, The rain
finally returns as Vesrah continues to lead. Brandon picks up the pace now with
full-rain tires and the teams continue to scramble in the pits. The Team Chicago
Helmet Camera runs Ďtil the end of the race.
#903, MegaCross í06, May 27, 2006. We talk to some of the riders and
look at both the heat races and the final events at this stadium style motocross
race held at the Tri-County Fairgrounds in Mendota, Illinois.
#904, AMA National Mile, Springfield, May 28, 2006. Before the
final event at Springfield, I looked around the pits and talked to various
mechanics and riders to find out about the different bikes that will compete at
this mile. We talk to Babe DeMay and JR Schnabal about the 750 Yamaha. We look
at the Lloyd brothersí Aprilia and talk to a representative from Aprilia. We
talk to Ronnie Brown about the SV 1000 Suzuki.
Chris Hart tells us about his Illinois Harley-Davidson XR750. And we
watch the entire 25-lap final.
#905 WERA Natíl Miller MSP, Part 1, June 10, 2006, Located
west of Salt Lake City, Utah, Team Chicago meets the challenge of this brand new
race track with the help of Ed Stobo. Ed rode with Team Chicago last year at
Willow and he bring his expertise to help set up the bike and ride for points
and fun. We cover the first two and one-half hours of this six-hour race.
#906: WERA Natíl Miller MSP, Part 2, June 10, 2006. This show
begins with the rap up through the third hour and we listen to a few more
comments from the racers. With only Dan and Ed riding, the racing coverage
includes both multi-angle views of the 3-mile roadcourse and the Team Chicago
Helmet Camera footage.
#908: WERA Natíl Grattan Raceway, Part 2,
July 15, 2006. The racing action is halted by a red flag during the fourth hour.
Vesrah Suzuki take the start again and continues to lead. Dan Schmitt take the
Team Chicago Helmet Camera for the fifth hour. A few pit stops are covered as
the race concludes after 6 hours of racing.
#909: Lake County SuperCross, Tuesday, July 25, 2006. We check
out the action of the Pit Bikes racing on this stadium style MX track. We also
check out the trials demo and the jumpers. Lake County is in Grayslake,
#911: AHRMA Natíl Ashland Ĺ Mile:
July 28, 2006: Located just north east of Mid-Ohio Road Course, the watch
the dirt-track racing action at this famous fairgrounds Ĺ track. Most of the
feature event are covered.
#914: WERA Natíl Summit Point Part 2: August 12, 2006. As the racing continues, we listen to a few more
comments from the riders and a red flag brings the racing to a halt. With
another restart, the action continues to the checkered flag after six hours of
#915: Night Practice at Nelson Ledges, August 31, 2006. The boys
from ARNCHU Racing invited Team Chicago to come to Nelson Ledges SC Course and
run a evening practice with them, 5150, L.O.C. Endurance, and On-2-Racing.com.
So we talk to the various team members and check out the lighting systems on the
Team Chicago Yamaha R6 and the other bikes.
#917: WERA Natíl Nelson Ledges Part 2: September 9, 2006, The
action heats up as the bikes continue to make pit stops and race on the track. A
few more comments from the racers and Dan Schmitt rides into darkness with the
Team Chicago Helmet Camera. Joe Ball and Speedy Pete ride the Team Chicago
Yamaha R6 to the end as we watch the bikes battle around this dark 2-mile
#918: WERA Natíl Barber Motorsports Park Part 1,
9/23/06. My good friend, Dave Knapp, rides with Team Chicago. As he takes the
start, Vesrah, ARNCHU and 5150 race at the front of the pack. With a red flag,
Dan Schmitt takes the first re-start with the Team Chicago Helmet Camera
recording. During the first restart, Martin Musil is taken out in the last
corner with the Blue Ridge Performance Kawasaki in the gravel pit. During the
next restart, three bikes are down in turn 2 with Twisted Wizard in the middle
of the track. I take the third restart and ride to the end of the first half of
#919 WERA Natíl Barber Motorsports Park
Part 2, 9/23/06, The conclusion of
this 4 hour race. Dave Knapp rides the third hour and I ride to the checkered
flag with the Team Chicago Helmet Camera as the skies open up and the rain
#920: AHRMA Natíl at Peoria, October, 2006: Under beautiful skies, the Peoria
Motorcycle club host this national on the famous TT course in central Illinois.
Most of the final events are covered.
#921: WERA GNF Road Atlanta Part 1, October 13, 2006, Over forty
teams come to challenge this 2.2 mile roadcourse with its great elevations
changes. Joe Ball takes the start on the Team Chicago Yamaha R6. As Vesrah,
ARNCHU and 5150 battle for the lead, the red flag flies after one hour, and the
Team Chicago R6 returns to the pit broken. Dan Schmitt borrows Cory Warnerís
R6 and captures a couple of laps with the Team Chicago Helmet Camera after
another red-flag created restart.
#922: WERA GNF Road Atlanta Part 2, October 13, 2006, The Team
Chicago Helmet Camera shows the track layout as Dan Schmitt continues on with
the Fast by Faracci Yamaha R6. Using six different camera angles, the racing
action is cover throughout the third and final hour. With Vesrah taking the
victory and the Championship, the action moves to the year end banquet as Dan
Schmitt presents the ĎCrew Chief of the Yearí Awards to Richard Smith-Moore
and Tony Pogue.
#923: OMA National, The Race Part 1, October 28, 2006. I ride the Fun
Run, the Saturday event, at the Bike Barn in Morrison, Illinois. This event is
part of the National weekend. The Sunday event is the 10th round of
this OMA National Series. I ride a 1993 Suzuki RM 250, and show the 15-mile loop
with the Team Chicago Helmet-Camera. The small bike final is also shown, bikes
from 50cc to 100ccís.
#926: Toys for Tots Motorcycle Parade, Part 1,
December 3, 2006, In part 1 of this two part show, we talk to and receive
comment from some of the participants in Dan Ryan Woods at 87th
Street and Western Avenue in Chicago. As we show the start of this annual event,
the riding north on Western Avenue, we look back ten days as the members of the
Toys for Tots crew travel to the ĎRockí near the Museum of Science and
Industry and visit with Bill Wildt of Motorsports Unlimited.
#927: Toys for Tots Motorcycle Parade, Part 2,
December 3, 2006, As the parade continues north,
there are two flashbacks, one to the pre-parade meeting on Friday night
and the pre-parade lessons at Dan Ryan Woods on Saturday. As the parade ends at
the Marine Base on Foster Avenue on the Northside of Chicago, we receive more
comments. Finally we talk to the engineer of the Santa Fe Train that led the
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