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Coolbeth-Nila Racing Signs Sammy Halbert for AFT SuperTwins

Photo Credit: Zach Prescott/American Flat Track
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 7, 2020) – As anticipation climbs for the 2020 season of American Flat TrackCoolbeth-Nila Racing makes an announcement sure to turn the tide of the inaugural AFT SuperTwins season. Making his debut on the Indian Motorcycle FTR750, Sammy Halbert will pilot the Coolbeth-Nila machine in 2020.
“We are really excited to get the season started,” said Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. of Coolbeth-Nila Racing. “We have made a lot of major improvements to the bikes, and combine that with Sammy’s drive to win, and I feel like we will be up front and contending for wins. Our team owner John Wise has put a lot into the program within the last couple of months to make sure that Sammy will be set up to be a major contender in the SuperTwins class.”

 

Arguably one of the most versatile riders on the circuit, Halbert has scored a victory on each of the four types of AFT tracks. With thirteen career premier class victories to his name, Halbert is excited and optimistic about his transition to the multi-championship-winning FTR750.

 

“I’m honored to have Kenny Coolbeth choose me to ride for him, especially after having raced with him in the AFT series since 2005,” said Halbert. “We’ve had a lot of great battles on the track over the years, which makes it that much more special to combine our efforts and talents to take on the competition. I’m excited to see what I can do on a bike that’s already a proven winner. With the full support of this team behind me, and our growing list of partners including Roof Systems of Dallas, Texas, I am looking forward to great things this year.”

 

Tickets for the first-ever doubleheader – DAYTONA 200 and DAYTONA TT – at the legendary Daytona International Speedway are on sale now. Watch both historic motorcycle racing events during Bike Week at DAYTONA for just $25 when you purchase an advance General Admission ticket online. Get yours at www.americanflattrack.com.

 

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NOVEMBER RIDE : HAPPINESS IS A (FULL) TANK

Story and Photos by ITN European Reporter Herve’ Rebollo

Salut à toi American rider,

For my November ride I took my squad with me and made the guys discover something they didn’t know riding amazing roads in direction of the East, around Reims in the Champagne county … our target was the Tank Memorial at Berry-Au-Bac. It would give us the opportunity to have a round trip of about 450km / 280 miles on this sunny Saturday.

We had appointment on this early morning in a beautiful eastern village at 30km from Paris. I like this squad, cause it’s made of such different guyz (Hog member, lone riders, support 81): all gathered by the love of the road and cruising on a Harley.

Direction Reims and, isolated villages after lost villages, we took of course our time to have some breaks just to recover our forces at the terrace of some cool bars …

Sometimes the kind of roads we ride are so bad that it can happen you get some troubles. As, for example, the break of a crutch spring on a huge bump which was absolutely not supposed to be there. In this case, in the middle of nowhere, it’s time to have imagination …

After lunch, we paid our tribute to the ghost circuit of Reims (Remember, I wrote a post for ITN about this incredible place : https://irontradernews.com/november-ride-to-the-ghost-circuit/) …

… where we were lucky enough to meet / see some greats classic cars  …

And then direction the tank memorial!

The Tank Memorial (Memorial des Chars d’Assaut) pays tribute to all those tank drivers who fell in the course of 1917-1918. It was erected by the efforts of a group of ex-infantrymen, and inaugurated on the 2ndJuly, 1922 in the presence of both Marshals Foch and Petain, Generals Mangin and Weygand, as well as General Estienne, the so-called “father of the tank”. The monument is situated at Cholera Farm from where for the first time French tanks engaged massively on 16 April 1917 in the direction of Juvincourt. A plaque to the rear of the memorial recalls that on the 16th April, 1917, the 151st Infantry Regiment continued to advance with the assistance of Bossut’s tanks right up to Beliers Wood.

This area is for the French Tank Corps the location of the first major assault in their history. Standing with your back to the memorial, the Schneider tanks of Commandant Bossut moved forward from the left to attack the German positions up ahead on the right on 16th April 1917 as part of the disastrous Nivelle Offensive. Unfortunately, these early tanks were unreliable and many broke down shortly after crossing the start line. Those that made it further were met by heavy fire from the German lines. Altogether nearly 100 of the 128 attacking tanks were lost, including that of Commandant Bossut. The memorial itself was opened in 1922 in the presence of General Estienne known as “the father of tanks” and a ceremony is held here each April. A Panhard armoured car and an AMX-13 light tank of 1950’s vintage flank the memorial.

This national memorial pays tribute to all the tank crew members who died during the Great War. But, even if for us, French / European citizens, it’s always a surprise, an emotion, to discover that kind of place, I’m sure it would be such a more important one for an American citizen who cannot imagine how many these kind of places are everywhere in France (and part of Europe). You have no idea. From middle ages to Napoleonian times, WWI and WWII we have old  battlefields and memorials almost everywhere in our country-sides.

Europe has known so many battles …

It’s simple: if you are a “tank lover” or a fan of the WWI /WWII and a biker, you can have great rides to try to take some pix of your lovely bike with many old tanks … you have memorials linked to local battles almost in every counties.

You even almost can chose the kind and the nationality of the war machine you want to see …

American, French, German …

And if you are an old bunkers aficionado … you will never have enough of your life to see and visit them all from the south to the west, the north and the east …

You will find old tanks from the WWI period on the eastern front (Somme, Marne counties,  …) …

… and old military stuffs from the WWII on the western and southern front (Normandy, Gironde, Côte d’Azur counties,  …).

In any case, it will give you great time of riding, will permit you to remember your History and to pay tribute to all these American, Belgians, Britons, French, Polish, to all these Vet’ who fought (and died for so many), for freedom!!!

So, next time you will spend some times in France, I’ll introduce you to my smart guyz …

And all together we’ll rediscover that definitively, yes, happiness is a full tank!!!

See ya soon on the road, who knows?!?!?!

Hervé your French biker friend.

 

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The Corbin Wall saddle for 2020 Indian Challenger

We call this newest incarnation of the classic Corbin fastback “The Wall” because of the impressive vertical back support brought about by the raised tail section. The taller and more vertical back area holds the rider in position more aggressively and provides excellent support. Works extremely well for hot rodded bikes and cafe racers where a less reclined posture is desired.
Available with the option of electric seat heater for an added bit of luxury. Wiring easily to your Challenger, the Corbin seat heater is controlled via a conveniently located switch along the rider seating position on the left side. You just wire in the Corbin supplied pigtail and enjoy the warmth on those chilly morning rides.
Shown in the following combination:
Grey Bomber Jacket seating and tail, Matte Black side panels, Natural Black trim, Chrome welt, Black stitching and Medium Silver Corbin logo.The Wall saddle installs on your bike like stock using the fender bracket at the rear and two mounting tabs at the front (under the side covers).

The finest and most comfortable motorcycle saddles available. Manufactured with pride in the USA.

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Independence Day AFT Singles Doubleheader for New York Short Track

AFT Singles will compete Friday evening in addition to Saturday’s full AFT race program.

Photo Credit: Scott Hunter/American Flat Track

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (December 12, 2020) – American Flat Track announced today an Independence Day weekend of epic proportions. Its 2020 New York Short Track event at Weedsport Speedway will include Friday night AFT Singles racing, camping, pre-party and Fourth of July fun for the entire family.

 

The weekend will kick off with a Friday night event to include the ever-exciting AFT Singles class as well as amateur races as part of the Flat Track Futures series. The Friday festivities will include a fan zone with activities for children and an open paddock hour where fans can meet their favorite athletes. Tickets to the Friday night event will be $15 and can be purchased at www.americanflattrack.com.

 

Saturday’s program will feature the AFT Singles once again, but joined by the AFT Production Twins and premier AFT SuperTwins classes for its third year of bar-to-bar high-speed New York Short Track action. This year’s event will include even more vendors, a revamped Kids Zone and live music to keep the Independence Day crowd entertained into the evening.

 

Camping will once again be available for fans looking to bring family and friends down for a real party weekend at the races.

 

A variety of ticketing options are now available for the 2020 New York Short Track weekend, including the lowest price for advanced Saturday General Admission ever: just $25. Saturday’s event will have Trackside Seating with all-day Paddock Access allowing the most-immersive fan experience. For the premium viewing option, fans are encouraged to check out the VIP Experience including food, beverage and access to an exclusive observation deck outside Turn 4 of the racetrack. Furthermore, all VIP passholders have all-day paddock access included with admission. Explore all the options and customize your Independence Day race weekend at www.americanflattrack.com.

 

American Flat Track will kick off its highly-anticipated 2020 season with the first-ever DAYTONA 200 and DAYTONA TT Doubleheader at Daytona International Speedway. It all kicks off at the peak of Daytona Bike Week on Saturday, March 14, 2020. Tickets start at just $35 online and are available for purchase now at www.americanflattrack.com.

 

For more information on American Flat Track visit www.americanflattrack.com.

 

To get the latest American Flat Track clothing and merchandise visit www.americanflattracker.com.
How to Watch:
NBCSN and TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold are the official homes for coverage of American Flat Track. For the 2020 season, NBCSN’s coverage of AFT remains in highly-coveted programming slots within two weeks of each event. The complete schedule for AFT on NBCSN can be viewed at http://www.americanflattrack.com/events-nbcsn/. TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold – the most-robust motorsports offering in the digital marketplace – is a cornerstone of AFT’s digital strategy, providing live streaming coverage of every event and maintaining an active archive of all AFT content.

 

About American Flat Track:
American Flat Track is the world’s premier dirt track motorcycle racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Fla., the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on American Flat Track, please visit http://www.americanflattrack.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, check us out on Instagram, live stream the events with TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold and catch all the American Flat Track racing action on NBCSN.