It was long, long before I ever thought I'd go to Bonneville. I knew Don as a
motorcycle road racer in another life - - when my beard grew dark, and my head
didn't shine! I had the honor of racing on the same track with him in about
thirteen races, along with other greats such as DuHamel and Springstein. They
all participated in a series called "Battle of The Legends", but they raced the
preliminary races too. Never-the-less, the same Don Vesco!
Jonathan Amo <email@example.com> wrote:
I wonder what Vesco was doing with a carb at Bonneville.... Since he was
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf Of Dick J
Sent: Thursday, April 06, 2006 6:48 PM
Subject: Re: Help break the SCTA myth
The myth of "The Golden Boys" is just that, a myth. When I first started
racing, some old gray haired guy (yeah, even older than me) walked by as I
was trying to sort out my motor after my very first run. "Carb acting up,
eh? He asked." To which I affirmed his analysis. "You never will get it
right with that thing on there." was his answer as he walked away.
A few minutes later, a little boy came up to me with a carburetor in his
hand. He told me I was supposed to bring it back to "that van over there"
when I was done racing. After an afternoon of flawless runs with the
borrowed carburetor, I returned it to the van. It wasn't until an hour or
two later that I found out that the late Don Vesco had loaned me a
carburetor. I figure you can't get too much more "golden" than that!
Since that incident, I have had several more repeats of nearly the same
story, only with other "Golden Boys".
In East Texas