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Cycle News 2019 Issue 33 August 20

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WMRRA Hosts Legends Reunion At The Ridge "I f none of you are 72 years old, you've got some catch- ing up to do!" chortled Bruce Lind who began racing in the 1960s, and co-founded Wash- ington Motorcycle Road Racing Association (WMRRA) with wife Edy Lind and local racer Bruce Bille in 1974. "Carry on racing!" has been Lind's mantra. In recent years, he's raced his TZ750 in Australia's Phillip Island Classic, and recently he took it to The Legends Reunion at The Ridge in Shelton, Washington. The Legends of NW Motorcy- cle Roadracing Reunion was put together by WMRRA racer Mike Wassemiller and Alan Schwen whose Track Time event com- bined 55 senior club racers with about 35 track-day enthusiasts. Canadian Ken Botham has raced Lind since at least the 1970s. As a TrackTime riding in- structor, he found The Ridge "ter- rifying at first, but once you string together a series of apexes, it's fun." Gus Denzler is another of Bruce Lind's peers who recently retired from a career as principal of middle schools. Denzler rode his tricolored Moto Guzzi, in ad- vanced level 20-minute sessions, with younger brother Chris Den- zler. An instructor called "Super Don" said veterans passed him close, but without the drama of "some of the 20- and 30-year-old riders in the relaxed and interme- diate levels." Two-time WMRRA president Joe Davis welcomed all. (Some joked that Davis was "most hated" because his 1979 leathers still fit, but he's too fast and likable for that.) Matt Harlowe and others told tales. Blues band Hurts Like Hell played during a ribs and chicken dinner. Mike Wassemiller and wife Gina explained that spark- plugging the Legends reunion took most of a year. Mike said, IN THE WIND P38 Bruce Lind, John Palmer and Ken Botham trade stories next to the WASCO TZ750 Yamaha at The Legends Reunion at The Ridge.

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