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They don’t race them, do they?

November 28, 2011

Earlier this year, LML Italia and Polini put on a single-make racing series featuring the Star 4T. The video above is kind of a highlight reel.

Single-make racing series are quite popular in Europe. Motorcycles, production cars, and even identical-spec purpose-built race cars compete in series that occasionally produce racing stars like Danica Patrick and Ayrton Senna (Formula Ford).

The nice thing about these types of series is they often require little more of participants than writing a (rather large) check and showing up with racing gear. The races are usually supporting events for rounds of major series like MotoGP, Formula 1® and the British Touring Car Championship.

In this case, 20 riders took to the track in more or less identical Star 4Ts. As you can see, some are a bit worse for wear; most have a whole bunch of holes drilled into the engine-side cowl, which I’m guessing is to aid engine cooling (though it can remove a bit of weight, too).

I used to race cars, and I’m here to tell ya, even at the most grassroots levels it’s a hella expensive hobby. However, Champion Spark Plugs even had a contest with a grand prize of $50,000 in funding for your racing effort. Open to participants in “Any sport with an engine. Any level. On any surface you can race on.” You need to submit a video to make your case, and it appears decking out your race, uh, whatever in Champion decals might be helpful.

Could you even spend 50 grand racing scooters? Favicon

  1. November 28, 2011 3:48 pm

    Wow. The two that are in the YouTube freeze-frame are awfully close to one another…!

  2. November 29, 2011 1:21 am

    Orin, this is absolutely brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. I’m thinking back to my Chinese scooter days, and how much fun it would be to tune them up, then blow them up on the track. What a ball that would be. Kind of gives hope to people who find racing interesting, but unattainable. Neat.


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