Wednesday, June 20, 2012

"Because It's There"

In March 1923 British Mountain Climber George Leigh Mallory was asked why he wanted to climb Mount Everest. To Mallory it was a dumb question. His simple reply, “Because it’s there” .

Why would a successful 52 year old British businessman want to risk all at the highest level in the AMA Super Sport race at Daytona? If you know Pat Mooney you would not have to ask—but if you did, his answer would probably be the same as Mallory’s- “Because it’s there”.

Veteran privateer Pat Mooney challenges the young guns of AMA Super Sport at Daytona 2013

Money #41 races with Jason DeSalvo # 40
March 4, 2013: This afternoon I caught up with Pat Mooney at Pat’s Auto Sales in Sorrento, FL. He is preparing the #54 Buell 1125R for Daytona.

Pat will run in the highly competitive AMA Pro Motorcycle-Super Store Super Sport Class. He is one of 60 entrants. He will also probably be the oldest guy in the race at 52; most of the competitors will be less than half his age. Qualifying is set for Thursday March 14 at 4:45 PM. The two races are scheduled for Friday 3/15 at 3 PM and Saturday morning 3/16 at 10 AM.

Pat told me the story behind his 2013 assault on the high banks and twisting infield of Daytona. “The 200 was a bucket list and I’ve run it 2 years in a row with good results. Then the 200 entry had become very expensive. $200 per person just for crew credentials. With the 200 I would have $1200 just for my 6 over the wall crew for tire changes and fuel.

The twin Super Sport 10 lap sprint races seemed the way to go. In the 200 I was on the track with seasoned veterans. Here I’ll race with many of the fearless young guns of AMA Road Racing. It will be a real challenge. I’m hoping for a top 20 finish, but that could be tough to achieve with 60  hard charging young guns. My Buell 1125 cc twin will be the most powerful bike in the race. Also the heaviest with terrible aero dynamics. I’ll have to make the most of the draft and make up ground through the road course. The competition is mostly 600 cc Japanese bikes, the Yamaha YZF R6, Suzuki GSX-R600, Kawasaki ZX-6R, and HondaCBR600RR. Others will include Triumph Daytona 675, and Ducati 848.

In the 200 last year I was 9 MPHslower than the top runners when drafting and 20 MPHslower on my own.

I have another English chap from Palm Bay, Paul Brown, a good mechanic as my crew chief. My long time friend and crew chief John Cronshaw had trouble with flight scheduling from the UK. He actually arrives Sunday after the race and we’re headed for New Orleans for AHRMA racing the next week end. I’m excited and ready to go. I am proud to carry the Union Jack at Daytona on the Eric Buell designed American motorcycle. Thanks to all my fans, supporters and sponsors Pats Auto Sales, Arai Helmets, Vanson Leathers, Dunlop,, Works Performance, R.C. Barker Engineering, L.P. Racing.”
photo Michael Rovnyak - www.MJRPHOTO.NET

SuperSport Facts
Engine Displacement: 600cc-675cc-848cc-1000cc-1125cc  -   Horsepower 110 hp to 130 hp
Minimum Weights: 4 cyl-335 lbs; 3 cyl-360 lbs; 2 cyl-375 lbs  -  Top Speed: 165 MPH  -  0-60 MPH: 3 seconds
1/4 Mile Acceleration: 10 seconds  -  Tires: Dunlop SportMax GPA Front (120/70R-17) Rear (190/55ZR-17)

Eligible Bikes: Aprilia RSV1000R/RSV1000R Factory; Buell 1125R; Ducati 848; Honda CBR 600RR ABS;
Kawasaki ZX-6R; KTM 990 SuperDuke; Suzuki GSX-R600; Triumph Daytona 675/675R; Yamaha YZF-R6


FRIDAY March 15 - 10 AM: Mooney runs with the leaders, qualifies 7th fastest of 60 entrants.

Thomas Puerta put his Yamah YZF-R6 on the pole with at time of 1:54.097-Pats time of 1:55:910 puts him in the 7th position on the starting grid. Look out Daytona, here comes Mr. Mooney!

FINAL RESULTS: AMA Super Sport at Daytona 2013

Pat can be proud of a great performance against all odds. When it came to race time some bad luck plagued Pat in the two races. On Friday he missed the sighting lap and rather than start at the rear of the 60 rider pack he did not run. Then in race 2 on Saturday he was running 4th when an oil pressure problem forced an early withdrawal.
In Pat's own words: "On Saturday at the start of the race, just before the lights went out for the start of the race I looked at the temp gauge to check engine temp, which was good BUT I saw the oil pressure light was on solid! Got through the first two turns and it was back on again...... So I had no choice but to pull off the track.
A weekend racing that had some big up's a down's I'm afraid. It was nice to see I could run with and ahead of some of the factory teams though."

Learn more about Pat Money racing at this site:    

Friday, June 15, 2012

Riding Into History 2013

Motorcycle artist Don Bradley honors 3 time Daytona 200 winner Brad Andres
with his art work featuring #4,  Andres' 1953 Harley Davidson “KR”,
45 c.i. (750c.c.), SV V-twin.
It all started 14 years ago with a bunch of vintage and antique motorcycle guys who were having so much fun that they wanted to give something back to the community. Builders, riders, racers, restorers & enthusiasts jumped on board. Billy Aldrich & William Robinson where there at the beginning, with lots of help along the way from hundreds of volunteers. The world renowned motorcycle artist, builder & restorer Don Bradley became involved some 8 years ago. Champion racers Kevin Schwantz and Mert Lawill have served as Grand Marshalls. World class race tuner Nobby Clark has been a faithful contributor over the years. No one connected with this event is paid, put on entirely by volunteers, the Riding Into History has provided 14 years of motorcycling fun, enjoyment and excitement while contributing over $300,000 to charity. The current well deserved beneficiary is the Wounded Warrior Project (
It has been my great pleasure & honor to participate in many of these events as a journalist and motorcyclist. I salute the Riding Into History, Florida's truly world class motorcycle event with a few photos from 2013.

     #71 Bobby Hill road this 1954 BSA Star Twin 200 miles to victory in the 1954
Daytona 200 on the sands of  Daytona Beach. #64 is a Daytona Gold Star
500 cc single replica of Dick Mann's  ride for the 1960 200 miler.


Mr. BSA Harris Turner & collector Mike Crone visit with David Ashenbrener
of Legendary Motorcycles (

The Good Humor Man delivered ice cream to the kids with a Cushman in the 40s!
1936 DKW

Go Gators!



Saturday, June 2, 2012

Riding Into History 2016

The 2001 BSA gathers attention, a great motorcycle and a
great story!
 Riding Into History – America’s Premier Motorcycle Event

Riding Into History is America’s premier motorcycle event. The format has changed very little over the 17 years since its inception in 1999. You can’t argue with success.  It is basically a one day event, the Concours d’Elegance, featuring over 300 antique, vintage, classic and custom motorcycles on display along a ½ mile walkway encircling the lake and fountains at the center of the World Golf Village. It is a World Class event, always the same and always different enough that you never get tired of coming back year after year.  There are some other great activities tied into Saturday’s main event. The Grand Marshal’s Historic Ride is held on Friday prior to the show. The ride is led by the current years Grand Marshall, traveling at a leisurely pace on the back roads of North Central Florida, some 50 miles for lunch at one of the area's great restaurants. Saturday evening the Concours d’Elegance is followed by the Grand Marshall’s Dinner. It is a whole lot of motorcycling packed into a few hours.
Alan Berras of Leeds, UK is riding his 1932 Triumph CD 500
What is truly remarkable about all of this is that the Ride into History was begun and continues to be operated by a bunch of motorcycle guys, all volunteers, no paid professionals. All of the proceeds go to the charity of choice, the K9s for Warriors. Since inception the Ride into History has contributed over $400,000 dollars to charities! Many legendary icons of motorcycling have participated in past events and many remain a part of Riding Into History by serving on the advisory board. These include journalist Dave Despain, master tuner Nobby Clark, and Hall of Fame racers Kevin Schwantz and Mert Lawill. This years Grand Marshal is Malcolm Smith, living motorcycling legend and star of the movie, "On Any Sunday".

The world renowned motorsport artist Don Bradley passed away earlier this year. However, his art work from past events as well as this years poster print continue as a feature of the event.

1956 BSA Goldstar 500ccOHV single
original art by Don Bradley

Author visits with Hall of Fame racing champion David Aldana. David served as the Grand Marshal for the 2015 Riding Into History
Riding into History is traditionally held in May each year at the World Golf Village near St. Augustine, FL. This years date is Saturday May 21, 2016. It should be a must do on your motorsports calendar. For full event info check the web site:

Visiting with Hall of Fame
Tuner Nobby Clark

The late Don Bradley began this artwork "After the Sunset" prior to his death last year, it was
finished with love by his daughter Roni Bradley Naas 

The BSA Girl, Laura Allen shows off
her daily ride, a '67 BSA Thunderbolt
Artist/restorer Don Bradley Riding Into History on his
'52 Vinvent Black Shadow with his daughter Roni

2018 Preservation Award winner

1940 Triumph Tiger restored & presented by Mike Crone of Mt. Dora, Fl. 

John Rose of Orange Park, FL admires BSA Thunderbolt at the 2018 RIH

Matchless shown in 2018

Harris Turner Riding Into History on the extremely rare 2001 BSA  (who said BSA died in 1971?!?)