Tech Day at Texas Motor Speedway
May 9, 2009
Word came through the BMW Sport Touring forum via Stephen that Brad Gillie was offering to host a tech day in a race car garage at Texas Motor Speedway. How could we resist?
|Brad’s full time gig is working at the speedway as an announcer during the races and hosts his own radio show, Total Access.|
About 20 bikes and riders showed up for the event, and a good number of the riders did some troubleshooting and preventive maintenance.
I gave Elke a fresh batch of transmission and final drive oil. I had to do that just to say she’s been serviced in the TMS garage. What a deal. Here’s an example of the value of participating in tech days – I removed my tranny drain plug and discovered that the crush washer was split. I had a replacement, but it was 45 miles away in my own garage. I put the word out to the crowd that I needed one, and Bob Buck pulled one out of his bike’s tool kit. Thanks Bob!
There was plenty of help and knowledge being passed around between riders.
A driving school was in progress during the day, which gave some flavor to the venue. I’ve been at the speedway before with over a hundred thousand other folks, and today was quite a change looking up from the center field into the empty seats.
Thanks Brad for pulling this tech day together! I had a good time visiting and picking up some knowledge, and the setting in the middle of TMS was unique.