GOING ON INSIDE THE IDBA - January 2000
by Leigh Ann Min
Friday, December 17, 2004
I am proud to report that the 1999 season was a success! Our World Finals
participant/rider count was up 17.39%. Our overall participant count for the 1999 season,
compared to 1998, was up 20.7%. These numbers show a drastic increase in participation.
(Our usual growth rate is around 10 percent.) Together we must be doing something right!
WHAT'S UP IN THE IDBA?
by Leigh Ann Min
I am very proud of you! What you do, motorcycle drag racing, is exciting. It builds
character. During a race weekend, you survive an emotional rollercoaster and you do it
demonstrating sportmanship. I feel very priviledged to spend 9 weekends a season with you.
We are family. Some members are more high maintanence than others. Thats
what makes it fun. Thank you for allowing me to experience racing with you.
IDBA Contingency Sponsors
We couldnt do it without you! Your continued support speaks louder than words. Thank
you Advanced Design Leathers, Aerospace Lubricants, Babor Perf. Motors, Bates Leathers, C
& W Cycleworks, Cometic Gaskets, Cope Racing, Fast by Gast, the FBR Shop, Kawasaki
Motors, Koenig Engineering, Mattei Cycle Supply, Mean Speed Racing, Mickey Thompson Tires,
Mirror Image Polishing, MSD Ignition, MTC Engineering, Murdoch Racing Ent., Nitrous
Express West, Orient Express Powerports, Performance Coatings, Schultz Race Products,
Schnitz Racing, Star Performance Parts, American Suzuki, Threads Mtrspts Apparel, Vance
& Hines Racing, and Web-Cam.
Thank you Tammy Carrera. You did an OUTSTANDING job at IDBA registration this season! She
handled customers, the paperwork (at track and follow-up to the office), and countless
jobs not listed on her job description with efficiency, accuracy, and a positive attitude.
We couldnt have made it through the season without Del Lucas, Natl Tech
Director. About mid-season, Del was unable to attend events due to work conflicts.
Eventhough he was not there in person, he was always available for consultation which
offered consistency in decision-making and Super Eliminator indexing. Thank you Del, on
the scene and behind the scene. Another behind the scene staffer is Peggy Myers, Director
of Memberships. Peggy handles all related paperwork, mailings, etc. for members with care.
She enjoys contact with IDBA members on the telephone and quite often can recognize a
voice before the name is given. Thank you Peggy, for all the care you show IDBA members.
Our official voice this season was Bud DeVille. Thank you Bud for jumping into a sport,
motorcycle drag racing, which was unfamiliar to you. Although, your experience as a bull
rider was not all THAT different than the motorcycle drag racers.
World Finals help
Three people deserve special recognition regarding their contribution to the success of
the IDBA World Finals in Memphis. I expected a good turnout in Memphis and got a
better than expected turnout. Which meant, we needed a little more help than
planned for. Jeannie Milligan was one of those people that did an outstanding job, more
than she expected to do at the Finals. I had planned to bring Jeannie in to consider how
she might help for the year 2000. Luckily, she brought along Brent Ballew, who jumped in
to help willingly and cheerfully. Both, did an excellent job, especially without knowing
what to expect in advance. Brent turned out to be a REAL asset to me personally. The IDBA
F350 truck popped a power steering line Friday morning at the racetrack. That was my ONLY
source of transportation during the weekend and the ONLY truck I had to pull the trailer.
Anyway, the racetrack staff offered to help (I am so blessed to be surrounded by good
people). Gary was able to get the part and ATTEMPTED to put the part on. Finally, about 10
p.m. Friday night, Brent and Jeannie come to the tower to ask if there is anything else
they could do today. I mentioned the truck. Brent went right over to the track shop and
was able to put the line on. Whew! Boy was I glad! Brent and Jeannie, both, did numerous
things to make the World Finals run smoothly. Thank you Brent and Jeannie! The good news:
They will join us to work the 2000 season! Whew....I needed some help! The third person
that jumped in without being asked at the Finals was Chuck Simpson. Those who know Chuck,
know hes a take charge person. Those who know Chuck, know he knows
racing AND knows motorcycle drag racing. Those who know Chuck, know he helped to make the
World Finals run smoothly and fairly. He was especially valuable on Sunday. He helped to
coordinate with the tower personnel to run the race with expreme effiency. Little time was
wasted. Thank you Chuck!
Others to Thank
To Robert & Michelle Hatchen and staff of Photos to Go, we thank you for providing
photographs to riders at each event and to the magazine. To Nina Henderson and staff of
Motorcycle Performance Magazine, we thank you for continued support of IDBA by offering
race coverage, editorial coverage, sponsor coverage and representation of and
communication with our membership. To IDBA Racetrack Operators, we thank you for giving us
a place to play during the season, continued improvement of your facility, and
support of the motorcycle drag racing community. Thank you all!
The most respected motorcycle drag racing organization in history IS
the RIGHT CHOICE FOR YOU! Membership in the International Drag Bike Association says there
is something special about you. It says you are part of the oldest and largest group of
organized motorcycle drag racers in the world. Membership in IDBA says you race, or will
race soon, or may at sometime in the future, or that you are a wholehearted supporter to
the most down-to-earth, most treat-everybody-just-alike, well, most respected motorcycle
drag racing organization. We define ourselves by our affiliations, and if youre the
kind of person we think you are....wed like to have you as an IDBA member. Join
today. Contact us on the World Wide Web at idbaracing.com or call us a 1-800-553-IDBA.
2000 IDBA Event Schedule
March 25-26 at *Rockingham Dragway in Rockingham, North Carolina - 3rd
Annual, April 8-9 at **Red River Raceway in Gilliam, LA near Shreveport, LA - 2nd Annual,
May 6-7 at **Thunder Valley Raceway Park in Noble, OK (OK City) - 7th Annual, June 18 at
*Bunker Hill Dragstrip with the Moville Groundshakeers, July 8-9 at **Gateway
Internatl Raceway in Madison, Illinois (St. Louis) - 3rd Annual, Aug. 6 23 at
**Cordova Dragway Park in Cordova, IL (Davenport, IA) - 3rd Annual, July 29-30 at
*National Trail Raceway in Columbus, OH - 13th Annual, Sept. 23-24 at *Norwalk Raceway
Park in Norwalk, OH - 15th Annual, Oct. 20-22 at **Memphis Motorsports Park in Memphis, TN
- 13th Annual. * East Championship ** West Championship
Changes from previous release: March date from 11-12 to 25-56, July 23 to Aug. 6th and
June 25 to June 18. This is FINAL. No more changes....whew! I am very sorry if these
changes caused anyone a hardship. It was unavoidable.
Were IDBA and were PROUD OF IT! May God bless you.
International Drag Bike Association (IDBA)
President, Leigh Ann Min, presents this monthly column to keep racers and event attendees
updated on whats new at IDBA All-Motorcycle Weekend events and event
racetracks and whats happening with IDBA sponsors and members. You can
reach her by writing: IDBA, 3936 Raceway Park Road, Mt. Olive, AL 35117-9790, e-mail at
IDBA@ix.netcom.com, FAX (205) 841-0553 and phone (205) 849-7886.
For more information on the IDBA
series, visit their website at www.idbaracing.com!