Soup's New/Old Archive Images III
images by dean adams

More images from the editor's discombobulated archives. Here, an Aprilia 250 in the garage at the 1988 USGP at Laguna Seca. Back then GP teams built work stands out of whatever materials they could find. Here, two barrels and a plank suffice.

Jimmy 'Jimbo' Filice. He tried to re-create the 1988-89 magic later on a Suzuki 250 but crashed on Michelin tires and was out of the race. He did get a nice jacket.

Co-winners of the Endurance event at Road America in 1992, the late (great) Fritz Kling and Jason Pridmore.

After a few seasons as a GP rider for Yamaha and then Suzuki, American Doug Chandler signed with Cagiva. His results and his wardrobe improved. Here he is in the pit lane at Laguna Seca in 1994.

Belgian Didier de Radigues' Yamaha 500. As Eddie Lawson's teammate they traded spots on the racetrack and, it is said, girlfriends in the paddock. 'A real partnership,' cracked one wag at the time.

Yamaha man Tom Kipp. Saddled with a YZF he won Supersport titles and set poles all over the USA. His crewchiefs were Jim Leonard and Tom Houseworth. Today he is a minister and is still trying to quit coffee. Proud to admit we are still his enabler.

Before live TV or even live timing, when you wanted to see the race action you stood on something and had someone time the laps. Erv Kanemoto, left. George Vukmanovich on the right.

Here Ferracci mechanic Ray Farrow talks through Freddie Spencer's team owner, Eraldo Ferracci.

Henri the Brush laid beautiful letters on cars and motorcycles at Daytona for two decades. Here he works on Miguel DuHamel's VR 1000 in 1993.

At its infancy, data acquisition systems had to be manually turned on and off, usually by the rider, who already had enough to remember. Mechanics left reminders to help the rider remember to flick the switch.

Italian Luca Cadalora. He inherited the A rider position on the Marlboro Yamaha team when Rainey was injured, and won Laguna Seca. Later the relationship between he and Roberts deteriorated to the point where some suggest that Roberts had to be peeled off him on occasion. Cadalora went on to win GPs on a Kanemoto Honda NSR500.

Schwantz, his best year at Laguna, when he finished second to Rainey at the GP. Laguna was rarely a happy place for 34 although he was nearly unbelievably fast there early in his career. Period girlfriend in the hat.

Australians Daryl Beattie and Michael Doohan peer down the pit lane and watch 250s go over the hump of turn one at Laguna. Back then T1 was not for the faint of heart.

This man was a car salesman's dream. He bought a Viper during lunch one day, and an NSX for the 'long' drive down from Georgia one year. Scott Russell.

American Wayne Rainey. At Laguna Seca, no one was faster.


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