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Got this email, thought I'd pass it along...

California Speedway, Yamaha Motorcycles, and FASTRACK RIDERS Association are proud to announce
“Deployed Troops Appreciation Day”!


In an effort to show our true gratitude to all the men and women who were deployed during the recent Operation Iraqi Freedom, we want to say “THANK YOU” for the sacrifices you made on our behalf.

To that end, we are offering on a first-come, first-served basis a FREE TRACK DAY to the first 75 military riders that served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. The event will be at the beautiful California Speedway on the exciting and challenging AMA Track. It is sponsored by Yamaha Motorcycles, FASTRACK RIDERS Association, and California Speedway who are all making the contributions necessary to make this event possible.

EVENT DATE IS:

Friday, AUGUST 29, 2003



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Rules & Requirements:

1. Rider must have been deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom.
2. Rider must have current valid motorcycle operators license.
3. Rider must have a motorcycle (please give specifics on bike when registering).
4. All Fastrack Riders Association rules and regulations apply.
5. If a rider has never ridden on a track before, they must attend an FRA Safety School which is the same day of the event. The cost for the class is $75, and is a $125 value. We will limit the class to a maximum of 20 riders.
6. Rider must have verification they were deployed for the Operation Iraqi Freedom.
(We will outline this requirement within a few days)
7. Each rider will be required to Call to Register: 877-560-2233. Faxed orders will not be accepted.
8. Rider must be an experienced rider with a minimum of one year’s riding experience, and have proper riding gear including DOT-, SNELL-approved full face helmet, proper motorcycle riding gloves, full leathers or ballistic nylon riding suits with armor that zip together (if not one piece), and proper riding boots that cover the ankles and are not slip ons.



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All types of bikes are allowed, but to truly enjoy the AMA Track it is best to have a sportbike. Please verify that your bike can be ridden at California Speedway when registering.

Leathers are available for rent on a first come first served basis at the rate of $95.00. Rider must give height, weight, waist size, and sport jacket size. Fastrack Riders only has ten suits available, so be sure to reserve in advance.

Check out our web site for all the specific details for bike and rider preparation!




www.fastrackriders.com
[email protected]

Call Now to Sign Up!
Toll-Free (877) 560-CAFE (-2233)
 

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I wish I would have seen this earlier .............. damn! Would have been a good opportunity to get my bike on the track for the first time!

Casey
Bosnia 1996
Operation Enduring Freedom 2003
Operation Iraqi Freedom 2003
 

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Sorry you missed it, Casey. I don't know what else I could have done besides posting it here. Anyway, thanks for serving this great country.

P.S. Nice bike ;)
 

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It's an excellent way to say thanks to those that protect our way of life, things like being able to say as we please on this forum.

Here's how I thanked my father after his last flight in the F-16 for the years of service he put in for ALL of us!:D
 

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Silver,
I assume that you are talking about Iraq. I arrived in Kuwait at the end of January, and rolled into Iraq at the end of the first day of the ground war. Spent time at multiple locations around southeastern Iraq (I am in the marines) I arrived back in sunny California at the end of June. My wife had the new ninja waiting for me in the garage :D The most popular places that I went to were An Nasiriya, and Babylon. My thoughts ....... the place is a dump, but if the people there would pull their heads out of their asses they could have the most successful country in that whole region. Some of the ones that I met SEEMED like nice people, but I never trusted any of them. The only Iraqi's that I ever felt sorry for were the children. Most notably the little girls. They would run to the side of the road and smile and beg us for food everytime that we rolled through a village.

Strong Bad,
You must be very proud of your Dad, it is people like him that make this country great! Wish that I would have seen more of those fixed wing guys during the war. I thought that something was wrong at first until I found out that all of the jets were bombing the crap out of Bagdad (even our Marine Corps Harriers) Most of the airpower that I saw was Cobra and Huey helicopters taking care of business.

Micty,
It isnt your fault that I didnt see it. I spend most of my time in the zx6r forum learning new things about my bike. Before my wife bought the bike for me I hadnt rode in 12 years. She has always went against me riding a bike again. When we met I had been in the Marines for one year and wasnt riding, so she didnt see my fixation with it. I made a very generous tax free amount of cash while in Iraq and she paid cash for the bike. Good thing that she was paying attention to what bike I had been lusting over. I would have skinned her if I came back and an R6 was sitting in my garage. Always been a Kawi guy and I always will.

BTW the Marine Corps Kawi dirtbikes looked cool in action!

p.s. thanks for supporting the military, not many people seem like they do most of the time.:D
 

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Yeah, sclong, I know it's not my fault but I think it's regrettable, and I want to believe I could have done something to help increase awareness. But I guess maybe not. It's really sad, because there was a follow-up e-mail from Fastrack saying that the response was so UNDERwhelming that they simply extended the offer to any veteran. It's tragic because not only did many of you vets miss a track day, but I bet there are many vets out there who would have appreciated knowing that there are a few more people on the list of those who are really grateful for their service. (ok, that's the end of my rant...)
 

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It is very cool that you tried .............. I had a 12 year lapse in riding, so maybe a track day is too ambitious for me anyhow (considering I have never done one.) I think that I would like to start at the drag strip, but first I need to get some leathers. I have the gloves and helmet (Arai Quantum/f and leather AGV gloves) ......... I need to get that stuff and get myself out to Fontana! I would also like to do some roadracing though.

BTW we do appreciate it very much when we hear that someone appreciates what we went through. And I appreciate your efforts to help. Who knows maybe they will do it again? Many have still not returned and if they wanted to do it right there is a web site that offers recognition to companies and or organizations that offer promotions for returning vets. this is the link if you have a buddy at the track http://www.defenselink.mil/specials/tribute/ It would be officially sanctioned and the military would spread the word internally.
 

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Hey sclong, just about every track day organization caters to newbies. Some offer gear rental. the only thing you're cheating yourself out on is NOT going at all!
 

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OK, sclong - I forwarded the information about the link to David Pyles, who runs Fastrack Riders. As for leathers, SB is right -- FRA rents leathers, and has a safety school for people new to the track.
 

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Believe me .......... I will be getting to the track real soon. A buddy of mine at work said that I can use his boots/leathers if I want to go and do it. Right now I am working on my strength because I lost about 40 pounds of muscle mass and body fat while in Iraq. It was amazing how heavy this very light bike felt to me at first.

I plan on heading out to Highway 74 the Palm Springs side this Saturday so that I can get a good taste of some twisties. Another friend of mine will be going with me on his R1.

Casey
 
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