In the process of cleaning up my office/computer room/crap room/ etc. I came across some old racing photos from long ago. Waaay back in 2004, Doug, Wilson and I competed on Wilson's EX500 in a 3-hour endurance race. I'm pretty sure the bike used to be mine -- my first ever streetbike that I converted to a racer when I got tired of running the RD350/400 at the back of the pack (and having it seize, the ignition fail, the carbs gum up, etc..)
In 2006 I campaigned a 1998 Ducati 900ss. It was a sweet machine. You can see it was considerably tricked out, with airtech bodywork, Marvic wheels, a single EBC brake, and 748 forks. When I purchased it as a write-off (on Ebay, in Kentucky!) the plan was to turn it into a street bike. It became a racer when I spent all of the 2005 season dumping money into a tz125 which ran for maybe 20 laps. This cured me of 2-strokes for good. The 900 had a ring issue (only making 69hp on a dyno), so I rebuilt the top end (in the office I am typing in) over the winter of 2005-06. The end result was 966cc, and with cylinder head work and 41mm fcr carbs, an 85hp "monster"... both of these figures were obtained on the same dyno, and was my first "built" engine. It had some good pedigree, as Bruce Meyers did the head, and Martin Brickwood Performance sold me the Mahle pistons. I won the 2006 expert championship on that bike. Granted, I was the only expert in most of the races, but at times I did have some good battles with the faster novices, most of whom I race now. Of the bikes I have owned, I do regret selling this one... it was actually a limited edition FE... I actually regret putting it on the track! Just before I gave up on the tz, I had meticulously rebuilt the bike, had it all fly yellow, with a twin round headlight upper fairing. Considering how long it took me to find these panels, it was (in hindsight) foolish to sell them all. It was a great race bike, which would still be competitive today. However, when I did sell it (parted it out), the rings were failing and it would likely have needed a rebuild every season!