Colin Fraser

Four days from now, we should know who has won the 2015 MotoGP World Championship. I say “should" since protests and ongoing legal wrangling might delay the official results. This type of behavior is rare in bike racing, more likely in automotive competition. However the days following October 25 and…

At the recent International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW near the Toronto airport, race announcer and columnist Frank Wood hosted his usual interview/stage production, chatting with various Canadian two-wheeled authorities, from up-and-coming youngsters to famed veterans. 
The poor weather caused the start of race two at Donington in 1988 to be delayed, and FIM officials made it clear to Tardozzi that as long as he finished close to Lucchinelli on track, he would be the overall victor.  However things started badly for Bimota, Tardozzi loosing most…
At Donington Park in England in the spring of 1988, a brand new series made its debut, based partly on World Championship TT-F1 standards, partly on AMA Superbike guidelines, and centered on the popular Anglo American Match Race series.  The Donington midlands venue, recently fully revamped, was one of the…

Twenty Five years ago, the newly invented Superbike World Championship opened up at Donington Park in England, with an event that few involved fully understood in terms of structure and rules, but few can argue with from a 2012 perspective.  If it’s important to start a new series off with…
It’s hard to imagine now, but 25 years ago the World Superbike series staged its first ever event at Donington Park in the UK Midlands as part of a busy April long weekend of racing. The crazy busy program included Eurolantic (formerly Match Races) Challenge events at Brands Hatch, just…
The first ever World Championship Superbike race was much anticipated, but not well understood.  A new series has new rules, and the format for the Superbike tour was tweaked regularly in the years leading up to its debut at Donington Park in April of 1988. The series was imagined as…

It isn’t always easy to remember what you were doing twenty five years ago – it can be hard to recall details, and when you do remember (if you do) then it also reminds you of just how old you are! Twenty five years ago, a number of Canadians were…
The 2012 International road racing circus opened at Phillip Island in south eastern Australia last weekend, and veteran front runners controlled the action.  Reigning champ Carlos Checa was leading race one on his 2011 title-winning Althea Ducati 1098R when he high sided exiting the second last turn.  This violent moment…
Following my most recent blog concerning Lang Hindle, the 1970s and the very rare Tri Mil Racing frame, a couple of readers contacted me to talk about other rare chassis.  Custom-built designs have always been the exception rather than the rule in racing, particularly in North America.  In Europe, specifically…

Last August, while sorting paper at registration prior to the Parts Canada Superbike round at Mosport International Raceway, I had a chance visit with Lang Hindle.  Best known as the founder of the Hindle Exhaust empire, building quality race components right here in Canada (actually near Mosport in Port Perry),…