Flat Track Racing in Kawagoe

Dec 15, 2017

Thrills and Spills ­- Flat track racing in Japan last week. Go Takamine with his wife Misumi and the rest of the Brat Style crew did an amazing job putting this day together. While this was just a practice day and not official racing, in true Japanese style, they were on it 100% as evidenced by how many times riders went down (and got run over on more than one occasion!) Misumi was one of two Japanese women racing, and she rode with both a vengeance and the biggest smile you can imagine all day long. Bouncing from one Brat Style bike to another, she looked especially great on the Brat Knucklehead! I couldn’t help think back to the early 1980’s when I first started to see women, like Lori Dalton on her drag bike, racing motorcycles. Those women that took it seriously always had incredible focus and lightning fast responses. It makes me wonder if more women raced, maybe racing would look a little different? One last exciting note; from talking with Go, it sounds like this day of racing may turn into an annual event the Wednesday after every Mooneyes.

Vintage Harley-Davidson Flathead in the dirt during Brat Style's flat track racing event at West Point Offroad Village.
Vintage racers assemble for a group photo during Brat Style's flat track racing at West Point Offroad Village.
Go Takamine goes down in the dirt during his Brat Style flat track racing event at West Point Offroad Village.
Lining up at the start for Brat Style's flat track racing event at West Point Offroad Village.
Misumi Takamine of Brat Style was one of two Japanese women racing, and she rode with both a vengeance and the biggest smile you can imagine all day long at Brat Style's flat track racing event at West Point Offroad Village.
Brat Style's Go Takamine at his flat track racing event at West Point Offroad Village.
A beautiful sunset ended the day for Brat Style's flat track racing event at West Point Offroad Village.
Lori Dalton racing at the Sturgis Dragway in Sturgis, SD, 1988.




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