road racing...

Swapping lies with friends over a few beers is one of Kevin's favourite pastimes. Well not lies exactly but accuracy is certainly of little consequence. Both Vernon Davis and Mark Gerow share his enthusiasm for the pastime and they also share memories of one of the most enjoyable periods of Kevin's life, his early road racing.

They all have their own version of events but Mark kicked off one such recollection session with the story of their first meeting. "The first time I ever saw Kevin was back in '83 when we bad Yamaha Visions'... the most dominant force on the track. We were at Texas World Speedway and I rolled up to the pre grid area in the pits."

Kevin sets the scene a little with some background. "You have to remember that Vernon and Mark have always been real real meticulous about the way their race bikes looked. 95% of racing to them was that the bikes looked great, if they got to the line with the bikes looking like concours winners, they were happy. I showed up and as long as the bike was running, I thought it was prepared."

Vernon and Mark are wild and crazy guys. Mark, pictured above in his office, aims to make a fortune with his company Vicious Cycles, making outrageous specials. Vernon Pictured below, works at Kasson Motorcycles in Austin. They are typical of club racers the world over, their wit is certainly sharper than most an their attitude matched Kevin's idea of fun, or in Vernon's words,"Going racing was a major party happening and it was always in Kevin's room. You didn't have to know what room number he was in just look for the walls that were pulsating....All this and we got to the race tomorrow."

"It all had a cost, but not to them. "The one thing that we would have the most fun of was fun. We'd have all the fun that we could possibly have then steal some fro other people when they weren't looking."

"When you'd see people looking kind of bored or glum it was because we'd stolen all their fun."

Mark continues. "There was this skinny looking kid with fuzzy blond hair, he's got his arms folded, a black Vision like mine hut he's still got the turn signals on it and they're all taped up. He's leaning up against the wall, arms folded looking all confident."

"I thought, what a punk.he's going to get his ass kicked.by me...," says Mark with a mock sneer.

"As it turned out, on the race track we were locked in combat throughout the race. I was taking road race lines and he was taking some sort of Hebrew Martian lines. He'd come blazing in, forgetting that there was a turn at the end of each straight away, lock up the back wheel, arrive at the turn with the wheel hopping and screeching leaving a nice dotted black line like he was Salvador Dali on wheels and it was his fishing line used to catch every other fish.

Vernon chips in. "It's a trait he still carries today, he waits until six o'clock in the afternoon to start braking.

Mark concludes, "It was a photo finish at the line.... I lost."

It obviously left more of a scar on Mark than it did on Kevin, "Did I beat you? I don't remember that." "Yeah, I'll never forgive you for that. I just couldn't handle the taped up blinkers."

"It had to be back on the showroom floor on Monday. Low mileage, one owner", replies Kevin by way of defense.

According to Vernon that was an early, one off ride for Kevin on the Yamaha Vision. "The next time he appeared at the track was Darryl's thumper. We used to see him periodically at Henderson, Texas. That was a lot shorter track. He'd have his way with the Formula Two and Formula One crowd."

"We'd ask him if he was ever going to act like a real man, get a street bike and ride with his feet on the pegs.... He didn't seem to think it was important but eventually, in '84 he said, 'I'll see you at Texas World with my FJ600,' "

"We made it up there on Sunday for the sprint races but he had already been up there for Saturday's Endurance race, That was his second race at Texas World on a street hike. They had won the 8 hour Endurance race overall... We hated him of course."

Mark knew why they won. "Just because they were too stupid to know that they couldn't do it."

Vernon said they saw his talent from the start. "We kept telling him he was going to be a World Champion

"We didn't tell him at what," said Mark.

"Flatulence is what we were insinuating," added Vernon.

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