I’m racing in a TT… Wait, what the hell is that?!

The Whole Reason I’ve Been Rushing to Rebuild my 1981 Vespa p200: The MSILSF Lake Tahoe TT Endurance Race

I have been rebuilding my 1981 Vespa PX200e’s engine, and to motivate me to complete this task, I have entered into the 320-mile Ultra-Extreme Endurance Race TT around Lake Tahoe. So, yeah, there’s that… Wait, what? I know what a race is (get from point A to point B, preferably before the other guy), but what makes a TT so special?

scooter racing

Tourist Trophy races, as they prefer to be called, first began in the early 1900s on the Isle of Man off the northwestern coast of England. The race attracted many different racers and riders; though, the races were meant for vehicles that were sold to the public, aka touring machines. Thus, the Tourist Trophy was born. Nowadays, the isle of man race has become an enormous event, inviting any and all motorcycles… Which brings us back here to the states.

So what am I doing?

I will be racing in a Tourist Trophy race hosted by the awesome Alan Spears. Alan heads up the Motor-Scooter International Land-Speed Federation. The race itself will be a simple, meandering double-loop loop around Lake Tahoe. By “simple” I mean a drama-filled adventure through chilly mountains and steep hills. And yes, those air-deprived mountain roads are going to do a number on my carburetor set-up.

Raven's Racing Pedigree

So what do you think?

I want to know what you think about, well, any of this?
Leave a comment in the space below!

  • What do you think about TT races?
  • Do you have any tips or tricks for me?
  • Do you know a cool place to check out in the area?
  • What are you racing?
  • <--Who do you think this extreme racer is? (I'll give you a hint: it's me.)





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5 Responses

  1. Alan says:

    I think you’re WAY kewl!

  2. Linda Hurley says:

    See you at the race. Good luck to you. Advice….dress warm

  3. Glen Buhmann says:

    Hi there Raven. Scootrman here. I’ve liked and commented on a couple of your photos on Instagram. I just wanted to say Wow ! How do you find the time or energy for that matter to do all the stuff you do.
    I’ve been reading your blog on the website and am looking forward to reading your book. Surly you have to publish one.
    You could call it “Stark Raven Mad”. You can have that btw.
    Anyway, thank for keeping me entertained. Please don’t stop.
    Regards Glen

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