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The things that these guys would build was just unreal. This was back before track safety tech was real serious about was people could race. It's hard to believe that the 200mph barrier wasn't broken until 1983 by Elmer Trett (in a sanctioned race). Elmer left us in 1996 during an exhibition run. I've seen many of these guys run their wild machines being that I practically grew up on the 1/4 mile strip with my father racing nonstop through the 70's. I really miss those days sometimes. Everything is so "by the book" now that it takes all of the fun out of it. There was a time that it was nothing more that 2 guys lining up at the tree and when the light turned green the first one across the finish line was the winner and progressed to the next round.
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Re: Yes, The Good Ol Days. Russ Collins and The Sorcerer. Just Plain Evil
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2005, 12:23:59 PM »
I know Russ' Twin the Sorcerer was the first into the 200 mph rage, but I really liked his triple the Atchison,Topeka and Santa Fe. I threw out all the old magazines that had shots of it at the time. Anyone got any good shots of her? I'd love to get a real good color shot of it so I could make a poster out of it.

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Re: Yes, The Good Ol Days. Russ Collins and The Sorcerer. Just Plain Evil
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2005, 12:31:51 PM »
Paris,

I liked the way you used (in a sanctioned race) .

Somehow I can't see Russ street racing the brute ::) ;D ;D ;D ;D

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« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2005, 01:54:21 PM »
Paris, I asked you a question concerning your Eliminator in the gallery section...please check it out. Thanks, Mike
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« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2005, 04:04:15 PM »
I answered it Mike. Please check it again. Thanks brother. Paris

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Re: Yes, The Good Ol Days. Russ Collins and The Sorcerer. Just Plain Evil
« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2005, 04:17:42 PM »
I know Russ' Twin the Sorcerer was the first into the 200 mph rage, but I really liked his triple the Atchison,Topeka and Santa Fe. I threw out all the old magazines that had shots of it at the time. Anyone got any good shots of her? I'd love to get a real good color shot of it so I could make a poster out of it.


I just contacted Russ and a color photo is on the way. I'll post it when it arrives.

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Re: Yes, The Good Ol Days. Russ Collins and The Sorcerer. Just Plain Evil
« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2005, 04:28:21 PM »
Here's a black & white picture until the color photo arrives.

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« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2005, 04:29:10 PM »
Paris,

Is Russ still doing a bit ??
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Re: Yes, The Good Ol Days. Russ Collins and The Sorcerer. Just Plain Evil
« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2005, 04:32:27 PM »
Today, Russ Collins still consults to automobile manufacturers and race teams, providing expertise in fuel management and data acquisition, however, the primary focus at RC Engineering is on marketing new technology: fuel injection systems, performance upgrades for the racer and street high- performance enthusiast and, of course, supplying the best custom injectors in the world.

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« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2005, 04:36:04 PM »
Thanks Paris, thats the same pic I have of it.

Hows your drag bike doing, have you many meets still to do ?
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« Reply #10 on: October 23, 2005, 04:44:34 PM »
The bike is doing great and we took her to Milwaukee last weekend. Came home with some dinner money. LOL. The new project is coming right along but the race account needs a boost to complete it. Guess I'll be on the road at least 4 more times before winter sets in. May even have to head South a couple of times.

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« Reply #11 on: October 23, 2005, 04:46:47 PM »
Thanks Paris, thats the same pic I have of it.

Hows your drag bike doing, have you many meets still to do ?

Here's another one.

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« Reply #12 on: October 23, 2005, 04:55:02 PM »
Here's few more wild machines than stomped the ground back in the good old days.

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« Reply #13 on: October 23, 2005, 05:14:56 PM »
Hey Paris, when did you come to the UK ?

The first two pics are Ag Macphail and Mick Hand. I raced with those guys back in the 60/70s
Mick had a 250 honda that ran in the high 9s and in 350 trim it almost got into the 8s. 

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« Reply #14 on: October 23, 2005, 05:47:53 PM »
The 1st two pictures are Angus McPhail's Jade Warrior and the 3rd picture is Dan Bowker with his 427 powered Ford nitro burner. I've never had the honor of visiting the UK but these are pictures I have on my "Wall Of Biker Gods" in my garage. Anyone who's this crazy earns my following pretty quick.

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« Reply #15 on: October 23, 2005, 05:56:02 PM »
Have you not got one of me in there ? ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
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« Reply #16 on: October 23, 2005, 05:58:47 PM »
Maybe I do. Give me more info and we'll see.

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« Reply #17 on: October 23, 2005, 06:07:02 PM »
Only pullin yer worm,

Did you get the pics from a mag or did the guys go over there at some time.?

I remember Brian Chapman and a few guys going over but dont know who did go.

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« Reply #18 on: October 23, 2005, 06:16:30 PM »
Most of the pictures came from many of the old racing books that I have but I was fortunate enough to meet many of the crazies back in the 70's and 80's when I went with my Dad to the track. I have many autographed pictures from guys such as Bill "Maverick" Gloden, Big Daddy Don, Kenny Bernstein, The Michigan Madman, Tom Daniels and the list goes on and on. Most of the autographed pictures were taken at the track. This was back when the race machines looked as mean as they ran. I remember one saturday during the Spring Nations at National Trails Raceway in Columbus, Ohio a man and woman took their clothes off at the tree and streaked all the way down the 1/4 mile. This was the same year that Ray Stevens released the song "The Streak". My Dad tried to cover my eyes but I saw them boobs a bouncing. LOL.

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« Reply #19 on: October 23, 2005, 06:20:16 PM »
And you've never goten over it ;D ;D ;D
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« Reply #20 on: October 23, 2005, 06:27:22 PM »
I saw EJ Potter (Michigan Mad Man) at Santa Pod, he nearly killed himself on that thing.

He got outa shape half distance, hit the armco barrier, the whole shabang went about ten foot in the air and he landed slap bang in the middle of the track.

What did he do next ?? Just wound it open again and smoked it to the end.

You wonder why they called him Mad Man. ;D ;D ;D
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« Reply #21 on: October 23, 2005, 06:55:45 PM »
That's what I'm talking about. Anyone can race but going FULL TILT is what makes the crazies. :D

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« Reply #22 on: October 23, 2005, 07:01:06 PM »
My glory days are over now, in 60th year and full of pains.
At the moment its raining the full length of the UK and makes me feel like #$%*.
It's gona be a long winter.

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« Reply #23 on: October 23, 2005, 07:05:24 PM »
I keep thinking that mine and just about over until some young buck calls me out. Then it's schoolin time. :)

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« Reply #24 on: October 23, 2005, 07:07:25 PM »
Come on Sam...you've 3 more good years of life left in you ;) The EJ Potter...kicking the bike off the stand full tilt. Only Elmer had more balls RIP.
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