This is a radical new chapter for Tom as he has lived life ¼ mile at a time for many years. Caldwell says, “It will be different watching the bike go down the track with someone else on it permanently but I’ll still will have some skin in the game. We will be testing and will kick off the 2013 season with the AMRA Cajun Blowout, March 29th-30th.
Caldwell, a prime example of an owner/rider/tuner, has worked diligently for many years, running out of his own pocket, like most of the Harley racers. This was all done to attain the winning performance he and his team have enjoyed in 2012 and 2013 winning 10 races, 12 – #1 qualifier positions, and 15 records set in the last two years.
Caldwell says, “The only races I lost in the last two years was the rider’s fault, and not the bikes.”
“What can I say about my collaboration with Steve Allstaedt of SA RACING? He is instrumental in my obtaining these goals. My only wish is that I had met him “SOONER”!!!!Steve and I will still be working together with the new team owner/rider.“
“To have been the 5th person to run a 7 second pass in AHDRA 120” trim, is one of my most cherished achievements as, only a few have done this. I have raced with so many great people like Simon, Reno, OJ, Junior, Rat, Capone, Thompson, KW, Suber, Hollenbeck, Raudenbush, Beltiamini, Krenik, Maney, Sternotti, E. Lee, Pouge, McNally, Bradford, Mattiolli, Korn, Fitzmaurice, Feazell, Landolina, Hannum, Tommy Sloan, Departure Bike Works and so, so many others.“
“It has been a privilege to have met so many fans and other competitors all over the world who love to hear a V-Twin roar down the track, and I’ll never forget the exhibition runs at the Mosten Race Day event in Denmark in 1995.“
“To go out on top makes this somewhat more palat
“I have raced something for 50 years but, it is time. It will not be easy to not feel the acceleration and to shift my bike into high gear and sail through the traps! To achieve what so many desire and strive for is a privilege, a hard earned one.“
I have so many people over the years to thank for their friendship and support, below are a few:
First is Mary Lou Brewton the hardest working advocate for all Harley drag racing.
Dana Eckhardt, Craig Cochran, Tim Ford who traveled the circuit each crewing for several years, Steve Allstaedt, Ray Matlock, Robert Minge of Robert’s Machine & Welding, Randy at Southern Biker Magazine, S&S Cycle, Red Line Oil, Energy One Clutches, MTC, JIMS USA, Trammel Creek Cycle Works, the AMRA, AHDRA, ECRA, IDBA and so many more.
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