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Cycle News 1971 03 23

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VOLUME VIII NUMBER 10 PRICE THIRTY CENTS INSIDE ACTION DAYTONA! By Chuck Clayton DA YTONA, FLA., MARCH 14, 1971 - Watchword of the long-awaited 200 mile National Championship was "Get Smart." England's great short-course road racer Paul Smart had announced his intention of grabbing off the money, silverware and national points by qualifying his big, blue factory Triumph fastest at 105.8 mph. And it wasn't just horsepower that put hilT! on the. pole-the qualifying was done for the first time this year on the whole course, including the left and right turns, the horseshoe and the sweeper of the infield, not merely the flat-out wall of the giant oval as in the past. . But five other entries had qualified at over 105 along with Smart. They were Cal Rayborn, the Harley-Davidson hope, Mark Brelsford, also on H-D, Don Emde of San Diego and England's Mike Hailwood on the factory BSA's and (surprise?) Gary Fisher, braild new Expert from Pennsylvania who had spent 1970 following Rusty Bradley across the finish (Please turn to pg. 18) Unheard 'Duro By Ron Schneiders Photos by Bob; Culp & John Bethea SOGGY DRY LAKE, CAL., Mar. 14, 1971 - In Southern California the word was: "You can't require silencers on desert bikes because noboby would ride the event." Well, that's been blown into the weeds now because a brand new club, The Chapparel, hosted an enduro where silencers were required and in spite of very little advertisement and a very short entry p~riod and no post entries they managed to draw a very respectable entry of about 280 riders. Many of the best were there too, including' Dave Evans, Dave Ekins, Bob Steffan, Ed Wight and Ozzy Oswalt. With somewhat fewer than the now-normal 500 riders and thanks to the required silencers, the starting area was much more pleasant than usual. (Next step would be to ban all (Please turn to pg. 14) No, these are not pictures of last year's Daytona National, but they might seem so as Dick Mann (Top) took the checkered flag for the second consecutive year to become only the fourth man in history to win the classic in back-to-back seasons. Below, he shows his silverware in victory lane at the famed Floridian speedway. Photos by Don Woods.

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