Ending this ‘sport’ is the only real solutionThe Union-Tribune asks if it is time to end or alter horse racing, suggesting that this “sport” can perhaps be cleaned up, as racing officials have recently opined, so as to become a safe enterprise for horses. But to accomplish that would require the elimination of greed, cruelty, stupidity and callous disregard for animal welfare — all of which are prominently on display in racing.Horse racing is, of course, not a sport at all. It is a gambling operation with the animals bearing the mortal risks. And it is no mystery why horses “break down.” Equine veterinarians explain that catastrophic injuries are preventable but inevitable when the industry demands ever more speed in younger horses whose bones are not fully developed, whose minor injuries are masked with drugs to keep the animal performing and who are often viciously whipped. This is not how anyone treats an animal loved and valued beyond its … [Read more...] about Your Say: What is the fate of the sport of horse racing?
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The California Superbike School has announced its dates for 2019. The CSS will run two sessions this year, each spread across three days at the Madras Motor Race Track (MMRT) near Chennai. The first session will be held on January 18,19, and 20. while the second session will be held on January 25,26, and 27. Those interested can register at www.superbikeschoolindia.com. We suggest that you reserve a slot at the earliest as seats are limited and sell out quickly. The cost for each session is Rs 70,000. The fees include 18 per cent GST, insurance cover, fuel and food. Wearing proper riding gear is a must and candidates will not be allowed to participate without gear. The California Superbike School does not provide riding gear. Each session will be divided into three levels with the focus on helping you ride better and faster. The CSS is not to be mistaken for a racing school, it isn't. It is a riding school with a curriculum that's designed to improve your skills on a motorcycle, which … [Read more...] about California Superbike School India announces 2019 dates
Skip Barber Racing School owes over $10 million to creditors, including $1.2 million to Lime Rock Park, and has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to documents provided to The Drive. Millions of dollars are owed in rent dues to various US tracks, but the exact figure owed to creditors is reportedly between $10 million to $50 million. From The Drive: The school also owes rent to several other race tracks across America, including $239,617.19 to Road Atlanta, $169,568 to California’s Monterey County (the lawful owner of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca), $112,000 to Mid-Ohio, $105,983 to Palm Beach International Raceway, $56,623.77 to Virginia International Raceway, and $29,600 to Willow Springs, among other unsecured claims to creditors. The filing declares that the school possesses assets valued at roughly $5.3 million. That includes a listed $1,489,500 worth of automobiles and $1.6 million in auto parts. It also places a value of $2 million on the Skip Barber Racing School … [Read more...] about Skip Barber Racing School Has Filed For Bankruptcy: Report
As famed Road & Track columnist Peter Egan once joked, sadly there’s no relationship between your driving instructor’s race record and your own competition success. I know that all too well. When I graduated from college, my parents gave me perhaps the best present ever: a half-day session at the Skip Barber Racing School. I was going to drive a real, live formula car. If I remember correctly, that visit counted for pretty much every other holiday present that year, too, and I didn’t care. I was going to drive a race car on a race track. When I got there, I received a bonus: My instructor would be Boris Said (yep, the same guy who happens to be our guest of honor at the upcoming Mitty). We spent the morning do lead-follows. Boris was in a BMW 3 Series, while I did my best to keep my green single-seater on the pavement. My parents rode shotgun with Boris, and afterward he took the entire family out for a spin. I sat in the passenger seat and … [Read more...] about Boris Said: My First Racing Instructor
If you ride and you’re a BMW fan, the BMW HP4 Race bike is definitely of particular interest. Even if you prefer Touring bikes, the HP4 Race will still make you curious, if not for its specs, at least for its carbon fiber frame. If you’re interested in taking this rare bird out on a test ride, BMW is offering it to prospective customers at the California Superbike School Tour, an event held with the help of Keith Code’s California Superbike School or CSS for short. Recognized as the foremost motorcycle school in the world, the CSS has conducted schools in 33 countries at 118 tracks. In the nearly 40 years since its inception, Keith Code and his staff have trained 150,000 street riders and racers who have claimed 56 World and National Championships. The CSS curriculum incorporates a training program comprised of 4 separate levels. Students have the option of attending one or two-day sessions with their own motorcycle or by renting a BMW S1000RR. Sessions are taught … [Read more...] about BMW HP4 Race Bike Available at California Superbike School Tour