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Dennis Thomas Avatar
phoenix, arizona, USA   USA
1919 CycleKart Lightweight "A.V. Monocar"
1925 CycleKart Speedway Racer "Old Number 27"
1930 CycleKart German "The Boulevard Cruiser"
1937 CycleKart American "37 Studebaker Modified"
Yep, that pretty much says it all. Thanks Lowell. My mistake for not making damn sure the quick disconnect clicked into place. I hit the pole at an estimated 10 mph while hard on the brakes and kidding. I suffered a broken finger but was otherwise fine. The guys were great coming to my rescue and taking good care of me. We had a good time talking about it later as the reminded me about things I didn't remember.

Basically it comes down to this. Hitting that pole scared the hell out of me and I learned a valuable lesson to pay the hell attention. I've been racing Cyclekarts around for 5 years with no incidents. I let my guard down and I paid a price.

Consider this a public service announcement..... Have fun and be careful my friends cool smiley



Link to Cyclekart videos http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh0MOBj4QLAYsl4XsfXHfWA/videos?flow=grid&sort=da&view=0

Link to Old #27 build photos
http://s1072.photobucket.com/user/DThomas1925/library/Old%2027%20Build%20photos?sort=3&page=1

Link to Monocar build photos
http://s1072.photobucket.com/user/DThomas1925/library/1919%20AV%20Monocar%20Build%20Photos?sort=3&page=1

Link to BMW Roadster build photos
http://s1072.photobucket.com/user/DThomas1925/library/1930%20BMW%203-15%20PS%20Wartburg%20Roadster%20build%20photos?sort=3&page=1

Link to my Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/dennis.thomas.7564

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Denny Graham Silver Member Dennis Graham
Sandwich, Illinois, USA   USA
Thanks Lowell, that's the kind of reporting we need to hear. I've noticed that exact same problem for
others in several youtube videos. So.....that is an area that needs to be looked into. Don't know if it's
specific to one particular kind of steering wheel adapter or not. Prices range from $15 to $150 and
I wonder if there is really that much of a span in the quality or dependability from one to another.

Denny Graham
Sandwich, IL

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Bow Reverend Bow
Yuma, Arizona, USA   USA
1932 Morgan 3 Wheeler "BME Special"
Happy to hear you are OK Mr Dennis!



Bow

Cut it with and Axe, Beat it to Fit, Paint it to Match

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SteveV Steve Vinson
Phoenix, Arizona, USA   USA
1924 Ford Model T "Viscount Vinson Special"
1927 CycleKart American "Mono Wasp"
I was about 6 feet away from Dennis's pole, (that's what we call it now). It was very scary to watch, I don't mind saying, I check my wheel for engagement when I walk past it in the garage....LOL.

As we progress in this sport, and our AZ group has witnessed a couple of bad accidents, we as a whole group need to be more aware of our safety and that of others.

Talk of roll bars and seat belts are a good start, arm and neck restraints are a cheap and easy way to increase safety.

Most of the incidents that I am aware of, (Dennis's is not included in this) are the result of inexperienced drivers going too darn fast in a kart they are unfamiliar with. So as a warning to all of us who "SHARE" our karts with others, make darn sure they are not going to fast. Remind them that these karts can be dangerous if driven wrong!

OK, my soap box is collapsing under my weight.



Steve Vinson
Arizona CycleKart Club

Design-Build-Race-Repeat

Antioch Bob M
Langley, BC, Canada   CAN
1929 CycleKart French "LR2 Special"
Well Dennis's accident made a point to me too.

Now I hear a click & them yank to make sure it really is on.



Rosengart LR2 special

http://rosengart.rzaplaser.com/rosengart-lr2-build/

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CmdBentaxle Silver Member Dave D
Federal Way, Washington, USA   USA
1950 CycleKart Italian "1950 Ferrari 166 F2"
My wheel is fixed, but there's plenty of other things to miss. It gives me the creeps when I
contemplate any kind of collision at speed. And we will begin having them if the racing becomes
paramount. Like I said a while back, when they start requiring harnesses and rollbars, I'll be done.
They'll have become a different breed. The charm having worn off.

Dennis Thomas Avatar
phoenix, arizona, USA   USA
1919 CycleKart Lightweight "A.V. Monocar"
1925 CycleKart Speedway Racer "Old Number 27"
1930 CycleKart German "The Boulevard Cruiser"
1937 CycleKart American "37 Studebaker Modified"
I'm with you Dave, I don't want to see the speeds increase and the whole thing become real racing. I like that we are "racing around" not really racing.

Here is a video of the Monocar rebuild and test drive. It's good to have my car back! thumbs up





Link to Cyclekart videos http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh0MOBj4QLAYsl4XsfXHfWA/videos?flow=grid&sort=da&view=0

Link to Old #27 build photos
http://s1072.photobucket.com/user/DThomas1925/library/Old%2027%20Build%20photos?sort=3&page=1

Link to Monocar build photos
http://s1072.photobucket.com/user/DThomas1925/library/1919%20AV%20Monocar%20Build%20Photos?sort=3&page=1

Link to BMW Roadster build photos
http://s1072.photobucket.com/user/DThomas1925/library/1930%20BMW%203-15%20PS%20Wartburg%20Roadster%20build%20photos?sort=3&page=1

Link to my Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/dennis.thomas.7564

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Woodysrods Brian Woods
Westbank B.C., Canada   CAN
Well Thanks Dennis
So good to have you back.
After watching you drive your Monocar CK around your yard, I don't know how anyone could not be inspired to build a CycleKart???
Good Roads
Smooth Tracks
Brian
"Woody"

Denny Graham Silver Member Dennis Graham
Sandwich, Illinois, USA   USA
Ouch!!!! Those stills of your mitt makes certain parts of my body pucker when I look at the
carnage.
With this broken wrist that I've been living with for the last seven months I can really appreciate
how that would put a damper on work in the shop. But......it doesn't look like it's slowed you
down all that much Dennis. Nice work on the Monocar rebuild. Sometimes a mishap like that
can be a blessing because it gives you reason to make the upgrades that one puts off because
you're just havin'....... to much fun to stop and make them.

As I'm watching the videos of the guys driving around the parking lots of Phoenix and streets of Tieton
in the back of my mind I can't help but think about the, "what if's." What if something snaps, what if
something comes loose, what if you misjudge setting up for a turn, what if you hit a bit of gravel or
slick spot. This point was brought up in an earlier thread, but in all the videos I see lots of hazards
along the courses that are being used. The cars along the streets at Tieton as mentioned. The curbs
and such at Phoenix.
It's obvious that the Scottsdale GP took a tremendous effort to set up. The focus on safety was
clearly a top priority. From an outside observation, it makes setting up the Tieton weekend look
like a walk in the park in comparison.
Since we're on the subject of safety, I was watching an episode of Legends of F1 - Jackie Stewart
and in the second half he talks a bit about his role in improving the safety aspect of the sport and the
difficulty he faced in implementing it. If you have a few minutes it's really an interesting interview.


And now, the coffee's ready to pour, and before I head out to the barn with me cup in hand,
I'll watch the video Dennis posted. Always a pleasure Mr. Thomas, thanks and please,
keep them coming.

Denny Graham
Sandwich, IL



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carChips Victor Harnish
Kelowna, BC, Canada   CAN
1933 MG Magnette
1973 Triumph Spitfire 1500 "Chip"
1989 GMC Sierra 1500 "Bush Truck"
It might be just me, but I like the new body parts unpainted. Gives it that real race car look.

Nice to see it back on the road.

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