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Apr 27, 2001

Expanded Air Fence Fund Drive Total Reaches $106,451

New donations for our expanded fund-drive to raise money to deploy Air Fence at non-AMA races brought our grand total so far to $106,451.<BR><BR>When our Air Fence fund got up over $104,000 and with negotiations with AMA in full swing over cooperative deployment, we figured it was time to designate new donations towards Air Fence for use at non-AMA races.<BR><BR>All contributors will still be listed in the contributor list, but additional donations pledged (as a result of our website postings) after 9:00 a.m. PDT Friday, April 27 are not being used for the purchase, transport, maintenance and deployment of Air Fence at AMA races. Instead, the additional money is being used to obtain and deploy Air Fence for the protection of racers at non-AMA events.<BR><BR>Many of the riders who compete at AMA races also compete in, for example, Formula USA races and WERA National Challenge races as well as at their home tracks.<BR><BR>And, as Metzeler/Pirelli's Andreas Bronnen, himself a racer, points out, we need to protect all our racers and try to prevent all serious injuries, because "For me there is no difference if some guy gets killed in an AMA or CCS race," such an event is equally tragic no matter what the sanctioning body.<BR><BR>So we're continuing the Air Fence fund for the overall good of our racers nationwide, no matter what their sanction or affiliation.<BR><BR>Our first additional project will be to fund four sections of Air Fence for use in the turn at Texas World Speedway where Ryan Smith died two seasons ago, with use of the sections (we hope) to be shared by CMRA and RPM when the Texas-based organizations hold races at Texas World.<BR><BR>Anyone who has already mailed a contribution we have not yet received, and who objects to the continuation of the Air Fence project with funds directed at non-AMA races and venues, should contact us for a complete refund. All funds received prior to April 27 at 9:00 a.m. PDT will go towards the use of Air Fence at AMA events or at AMA-sanctioned events, or at events at which AMA officials wish to deploy Air Fence.<BR><BR>Direct questions/comments to<BR><BR>And now, on to new donations, headed up by $500 from Bob Holcomb, the father of Aprilia Cup Challenge racer Gus Holcomb. Donations of $200 came from Fillmore, Jeff Bowis, Rich & Lynda Alexander/In Memory of Dirk Piz, and Nils Menton. A donation of $101 came from Chris Normand/Firestorm Racing, with $100 donations coming in from Chris Link/CMRA/In Memory of Jamie Bowman, Josh Steinberg, Broad Squad/CCS NE, Logan Young, and Bob & Sherrie Young. Racer Vito Dionisio/WERA BBS donated $75, Erica B. Smith & John F.X. Walsh together donated $55, Anthony D'Augusta donated $50 and Mike Henry donated $25.<BR><BR>That brings our new total to $106,451 raised in nine business days.<BR><BR>Erica B. Smith wrote with her donation:<BR>"You are doing a wonderful thing. My husband and I decided we would rather spend the money on Air Fence than on renewing our AMA memberships. So the check's in the mail for $55, the amount of my full AMA membership and my husband' associate membership." <BR><BR>Catherine Sorbo, wife of racer Ed Sorbo, wrote (with her previous donation):<BR>"Hello! I am writing this memo to give you little feedback, from a racer's wife's vantage point. As a matter of courtesy I am copying this memo to Ron Barrick, Roadracing World and Ed Sorbo (my husband/racer).<BR><BR>"I understand everyone is concerned about safety issues, and everyone wants to make things better, yet it seems there is a standoff between some folks. You see, I look at the AMA, racers and Roadracing World as organizations, made from groups of individuals, instead of the big picture, as individual people vote/make decisions, not organizations or their icons. I want to stress my understanding that rider safety is a highly emotional subject with strong feelings on all sides, as I would never want to entertain the thought that decision-makers would compromise safety, to save a dollar; or use rider safety in a barter for some other idea that one would want to see to fruition. I believe you can make things happen, when everyone on a team has the same goal.<BR><BR>"Personally, if I were the leader of a team and safety was a priority, only individuals with safety as a priority would be on my team, as anyone with an agenda differing would ultimately be voting to harm someone. I am correct in assuming that safety is a priority, right?<BR><BR>"I know that individuals can become the 'whipping boys' when problems and concerns arise. I believe you could all accomplish a great deal more if you kept personalities and personal feelings out of the way (if there are differences). Issues and concerns must not become grudge matches or opportunities to take cheap shots at someone. It should be an opportunity to increase safety awareness and embrace the spirit of camaraderie within the racing organization (the amount of money raised for Air Fence, in such a short time, speaks volumes!).<BR><BR>"The communication breakdown is not between organizations, it is between individuals; and this breakdown is affecting the safety of the men and women, who get on the tracks to race; and most of all depend on the wise and thoughtful decisions of individuals, to ensure the safety of all racers. I know the AMA, as an organization, places a great deal of importance on the relationship it has with its racing members, yet somehow it seems to not be working very well. In the light of this situation it is easy to forget the times you have worked hard to solve a problem or deal with a concern, taking the guff from whoever, yet continuing to do your best, as I know you will concerning this issue (I understand your position because mine is similar, yet on a much smaller scale).<BR><BR>"When racers become upset, they will first complain about the programs and services they are (not) receiving, then they quit depending on the AMA for assistance, then they start forming associations outside of the AMA and try to get things done, which will further weaken the relationship, thus the relationship becomes very adversarial. Judging by the number of people who have donated to the Air Fence Fund, one can clearly see the priority of motorcycle racing fans and racers versus the AMA organization.<BR><BR>"I know that John Ulrich/Roadracing World created the Air Fence Fund out of frustration, compassion and concern, with rider safety as his number one priority, nothing more. John Ulrich/RW kept his nose to the grindstone and he did what he needed to do, to get this program going. Besides raising enough money, it has generated many conversations concerning safety; and maybe within one of those conversations a rider learned a lesson or two regarding safety, thus preventing a mishap down the road.<BR><BR>"We should all be thankful that John Ulrich/RW took action and got the program going. I, for one, am grateful beyond words. This could be a wonderful opportunity for all concerned and chance to work together, towards a great relationship, benefiting all sides. I also know that the AMA has had to deal with a lot of Bull (uh, droppings?) from RW, at times, yet it has always been in an effort to try and make things better for those at risk of losing something needlessly. This can be a good thing, because if someone cares enough to speak up about important issues, you can get honest perspectives, rather than people-pleasing answers. Then you can get a team together to work toward possible solutions. To me, this is how business is done, looking at all sides, even the uncomfortable and not so fun sides of an issue, then learning and growing, together. Everyone and their opinion is valuable and I do my best to incorporate everyone's ideas and concerns, even if they seem a bit outlandish at first. To me, it not who had the idea first, or who did the best job getting it done, it's the benefits of the end result. I'll bet you a nickel that is how the AMA organization started.<BR><BR>"Please, please, please understand that the above is my personal opinion, based on the fact my husband is a racer and I want him to be as safe as humanly possible to enjoy his passion, with the least amount of frustrations. I am motivated to voice my concerns because Ed's safety is my number one priority, because before he is Eddie the Racer, he is Eddie the Husband! If there is anything you can humanly do to increase his safety, I know you will get beyond the 'politics' and get things done. Thank you very much, in advance, for taking care of all the riders and the people who love them and the people who come out and watch them.<BR><BR>"Kindest regards, Eddie the Racer's wife,<BR>"Catherine Sorbo<BR><BR>"PS: Plus, the more people see racing with the AMA as the safest way to go, then more racers will race, then more people will watch, then more people will join, then more people will buy products, then the bottom line just becomes bigger, with less effort, then everyone is happy! Okay, I will get off my soapbox and go to work. :) Thank you again for taking the time to read this memo/novel. Guess it is obvious how much this racer's wife cares! Of course we are donating to the Air Fence Fund, $150."<BR><BR><BR><BR>The updated list of contributions now reads:<BR>Erik Buell/Buell Motorcycle Company $5800<BR>Trent Thompson/Paramount Racing $5000<BR>Anonymous $4725<BR>Dynojet Research $3200<BR>Steve Brubaker/Race Tire Service $3000<BR>John Ulrich/Roadracing World $2900<BR>Aprilia USA $2900<BR>American Suzuki Motor Corp. $2900<BR>Ducati North America $2900<BR>Jonathan Glaefke $2900<BR>Susie and Bruce Meyers/BCM Racing Ducati $2900<BR>Wegman Benefit Fund/Gordon Lunde Sr. $2900<BR>Performance Machine $2900<BR>Dunlop Motorcycle Tire Co. $2900<BR>Max McAllister/Traxxion Dynamics $2900<BR>Wendell Phillips/Lockhart Phillips $2500<BR>Advanced Motor Sports/In Memory of Dirk Piz $2000<BR>L.A. Bikers/ $1810<BR>Dennis Smith/Sport Tire Services $1500<BR>Marc Salvisberg/Factory Pro Tuning $1450<BR>Bob Dragich/Roadracing World $1450<BR>Fred Renz/Yoyodyne $1450<BR>WERA Motorcycle Roadracing $1450<BR>Bob Blandford/N.E. Sportbike Assn. $1100<BR>Chuck Warren/Arclight Suzuki $1000<BR>Jim Rashid/4&6 Cycle $1000<BR>Scott Willock $1000<BR>Don Emde/In Memory of Cal Rayborn $1000<BR>Jason Pridmore's Star Motorcycle School $1000<BR>Mark E. Dobeck/Techlusion Performance Group $1000<BR>G.M.D. Computrack Network $1000<BR>California Superbike School $1000<BR>Tachyon Racing/Tachyon Sports Injury Research Foundation $1000<BR>Intrepid Café Racers $775<BR>Yoshimura Racing $750<BR>Team Daemon Racing $600<BR>Don Lemelin/Scuderia West $500<BR>Kevin Erion/Erion Racing $500<BR>Pinky's Pizza of Walnut Creek $500<BR>Doug Gonda $500<BR>Jerry Wood/Penguin School $500<BR>Mike Canfield/Chandelle Motorsports $500<BR>Jim Davis/J6 Racing/In Memory of Dirk Piz $500<BR>Brooks Gremmels/Shogun Motorsports $500<BR>Jim Di Salvo/Alien Racing $500<BR>Dale Kieffer/Racers Edge Performance $500<BR>The Plummer Menapace Group $500<BR>Bill St. John/Project Monza $400<BR>Jon Rust $400<BR>Jerry Jirkovsky $330<BR>Richard Hood/Reptillian Racing $300<BR>Edward S. Siccardi, Jr. $300<BR>Dan Fischer/ $300<BR>David Finniff $300<BR>Marietta Motorsports $300<BR>Brendan Guy $300<BR>Dean Scarpa $300<BR>Anonymous $300<BR>Kurtis Roberts $300<BR>James Siddall/World Sports/Corbin Grand Prix $300<BR>Scott Fisher/Fisher Technical Services $250<BR>Chris Pyles & Beth Walters $250<BR>Peter Hively $250 <BR>Brian Mitchell $250<BR>Al Ludington $250<BR>Tim Simpson $250<BR>Spectrum Motorsports/VJB Racing $250<BR>David Roy, Ducati N. America $250<BR>Debbie Roy/Frenotec $250<BR>Joshua Hayes $250<BR>Gina Nadeau $250<BR>Jeannne Pyles $250<BR>John Ross/Ross Racing $250<BR>Papa Thiam/WERA BBS $200<BR>Bill Capshaw/ICE Motorsports $200<BR>Scott Decker $200<BR>Terry Embury $200<BR>Jim "Dutch" MacKenzie/WERA BBS $200<BR>Scott Jenkins/Desmoto-sport $200<BR>Cliff Nobles $200 <BR>Aaron Yates $200<BR>Jodie York/RPM Cycles Ventura/WSMC #11 $200<BR> Fillmore $200<BR>Jeff Bowis $200<BR>Rich & Lynda Alexander/In Memory of Dirk Piz $200<BR>Nils Menton $200<BR>MZ Scorpion Cup Racers $175<BR>Chris Kelley/California Cycleworks $150<BR>Robb Mc Elroy $150<BR>Tim Chin/Team Bandit $150<BR>Ed & Catherine Sorbo $150<BR>Damon Buckmaster $150<BR>Chris Hamilton/Grand Prix Direct $150<BR>Jim Williams/ $125<BR>David Boosales/WERA BBS $125<BR>Mike Brown/Team 222 $125<BR>Chris Normand/Firestorm Racing $101<BR>Pat Stricker $100<BR>Gary Rand $100<BR>Michael Roberson/WERA BBS $100<BR>Sean Jordan/WERA BBS $100<BR>Army of Darkness $100<BR>Stuart Gregg $100<BR>Pinky's Pizza/Lippman Racing $100<BR>Bob Szoke $100<BR>TyrSox $100<BR>Ron West/Omzig Productions $100<BR>Joe Facer $100<BR>Preston Rash $100<BR>Geoff Maloney/GP Tech $100<BR>Melissa Berkoff/Neighbor Of The Beast $100<BR>Caesar Gonzales/WERA BBS $100<BR>Dorina Groves $100<BR>Dorina Groves $100/In Memory of Jamie Bowman $100<BR>Philip Rusin/ $100<BR>Allen "Spence" Spencer $100<BR>Matt Wadsworth $100<BR>Dean N. De St. Croix $100<BR>Tony Tugwell/ $100<BR>Bart Fuqua/Team LGC $100<BR>Brian Stokes/Marietta Motorsports $100<BR>Chris "Opie" Caylor/Marietta Motorsports $100<BR>David McElvain/NEDoD $100<BR>Ned "Peanut" Brown/NESBA/TPM $100<BR>Vance Hacecky $100<BR>Patrick Mee $100<BR>Dave and Jason Parker $100<BR>Paul Kingsburgh/ $100<BR>Lucky Deleoni $100<BR>Tom Drumm $100<BR>David Brown $100<BR>Steve Moonitz $100<BR>Jake Swan $100<BR>Chris Story $100<BR>Chris Eklund $100<BR>Randy Ball/WERA BBS $100<BR>Mark Hellvig $100<BR>Gary Schilling/On Time Racing/WERA BBS $100<BR>Steve Sumner $100<BR>Laura Granato/WERA BBS $100<BR>Norm Viano/Lawdog Sports Mgmt $100<BR>Kevin Jordan/Jordan Motorsports $100<BR>Val Gregory/In Memory of Dirk Piz $100<BR>Dave Gess $100<BR>Rob Berlind $100<BR>Paul Black $100<BR>Steve Hewitt $100<BR>Mike Ciccotto $100<BR>Tripp Nobles $100<BR>Scott Rehl $100<BR>Steve & Lorraine Aledort $100<BR>Jeff Rozycki/ Racing $100<BR>Chris Ulrich/In Memory of Russ Paulk And Toby Jorgensen $100<BR>Giorgio Milesi/Galfer Brakes USA $100<BR>Al Lyons/CMRRA $100<BR>Linda Hopkins $100<BR>John Hopkins/In Memory of Jamie Bowman and Toby Jorgensen $100<BR>Vicky&Michael Menard $100<BR>Silvia Salenius/ Online $100<BR>HG Racing/AMA Pro Thunder $100<BR>Red Fox Racing $100<BR>Greg Ruffin $100<BR>John Donald/PTC Racing $100<BR>Larry Pegram $100<BR>Pamela Skaff/WERA BBS $100<BR>J.D. Hord/Meccanica Corse Racing $100<BR>Mark Sutton $100<BR>Steve Scott/LRRS#47 $100<BR>Eric Putter $100<BR>Jim Doerfler $100<BR>Ira Englebardt $100<BR>Joe & Nancy Fenech $100<BR>Earl Hayden $100<BR>Chuck Sorensen $100<BR>D&D Thrush Farms $100<BR>Jeff Wilson/American Suzuki $100<BR>Adam Vella/Webcrush Racing $100<BR>Chuck Gault/Motobama $100<BR>Gary Longren $100<BR>Stephan Hottenrott $100<BR>David Kunzelman $100<BR>C.R. "Critter" Gittere/WERA BBS $100<BR>John Light/Lightsmith Racing $100<BR>Ken & Arlene Block (Ed Sorbo's Mom) $100<BR>Chris Link/CMRA/In Memory of Jamie Bowman $100<BR>Josh Steinberg $100<BR>Broad Squad/CCS NE $100<BR>Logan Young $100<BR>Bob & Sherrie Young $100<BR>Tyson Kamp $75<BR>Vito Dionisio/WERA BBS $75<BR>Erica B. Smith & John F.X. Walsh $55<BR>Max Buxton/NEDoD $50<BR>Nelo Hakola $50<BR>Tyler Sandell $ 50<BR>David J. Kopfinger $ 50<BR>Aaron Loyd $50<BR>Martin Voelker $50<BR>Steve Hopkins $50<BR>Louis DeBlois $50<BR>Leigh Taunton/EMGO $50<BR>Randy Sinisi $50<BR>Danny Hull $50<BR>Team Skidmark Racing $50<BR>Ryan Meskimen/WERA BBS $50<BR>Erik Astrup $50<BR>Paul Zavada $50<BR>James Greeson/WERA BBS $50<BR>Victor Mokler $50<BR>Steve Clark/J. Guthridge/Tight Squeeze Racing $50<BR>Nate Olsen $50<BR>Anthony Moey $50<BR>Dustin Miller $50<BR>Jim Frost/NEDoD $50<BR>Steve Martinez $50<BR>Jason Temme/Serpent Racing $50<BR>Mike Hodgson/WERA BBS $50<BR>Chris Borre/ $50<BR>Richard Barker/AIM/In Memory of Dirk Piz $50<BR>Mike Reish/Reish Dot Net $50<BR>Kenyon Kluge/K2 Racing $50<BR>Darin Nichols/Team Unit $50<BR>Richard Davis $50<BR>Allen Lyon/ Online $50<BR>Eric H. Mathy $50<BR>Steve Breckenridge $50<BR>Jim Race/Speaksy Racing $50<BR>James Aragon $50<BR>James Hayton/Kochenbaulz Racing/WERA BBS $50<BR>Anthony D'Augusta $50<BR>Don Moody $35<BR>Lindsey Leard $30<BR>Dave Deggendorf/WERA BBS $30<BR>Steve Sturm/Squidvision Racing $30<BR>George Gervasi/Projekt9 Racing $30<BR>Bob Elam $30<BR>The Heidepriems/WERA BBS $30<BR>Kimberly Scheffel/rider/race fan/pit keeper $30<BR>Greg Gabis $29<BR>Ripley Howe $29<BR>Mark Hatten/Meccanica Corse Racing $29 <BR>Ted Angle $25<BR>Susanne Hopkins $25<BR>Nolan Ballew $25<BR>Josh Loberant $25<BR>Charles Tomes $25<BR>Jon DeMent $25<BR>Timothy Wilson $25<BR>Mark Novak $25<BR>Rene Ferron $25<BR>Sean Patrick Brisini $25<BR>Richard Korol $25<BR>Eric and Christine Loranger $25<BR>Dee Moses $25<BR>Kyle Kirschenmann/Bayou Riders of Louisiana $25<BR>Marc Asmus $25<BR>Mike Henry $25<BR>S.C. Pittman $20<BR>Jamieson D. Yonker $20<BR>Garret Swearingen $20<BR>Darrin Zumbaum $20<BR><BR>To pledge a contribution, call Roadracing World at (800) 464-8336 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, when operators will be standing by. Credit cards accepted. Pledges can also be made by e-mailing Make checks payable to Roadracing World. Money raised will be used for buying Air Module/Air Fence sections, as well as for deployment expenses and for shipping, tax and import duties.<BR>
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