Saturday, March 31, 2012

Moto Guzzi Sportbike Concept by Luca Bar Design

We are big fans of Luca Bar’s imagination and what comes from the stylus of Luca Bar Designs, and today just reinforces that point further. Drafting a Moto Guzzi sportbike concept, Luca has created a very eye-catching design that takes the longitudinal v-twin motor and places it into a modern sportbike chassis. With the frame design and tail section borrowed from the Aprilia RSV4, the front-end incorporates a Hossack suspension system, instead of the customary ...

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Elvis, Captain Marvel Jr and the TCB Lightning Bolt

Just about every Elvis fan know the story behind the letters TCB on his jewelry.� Of course, it stands for Taking Care of Business, which was kind of a slogan for Elvis.   However, do you know the origin of … Continue reading

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The Yamaha Monday Wake-Up Call!

While snow fell on the Northeast, Florida's CCS racers were feeling just fine on the asphalt of Florida's Homestead Miami Speedway. Wake up?and warm up?with results from all thirty-seven classes.

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Until his last breath

SILENT NIGHT SILVER BELLS SING YOU CHILDREN SINGING TREE

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Buell 1125RR to Race in AMA/DMG Superbike Class

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His smile

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Tissot Extends Official Timekeeper Partnership With Dorna

Dorna Sports have extended their long-standing partnership with Swiss watchmaker Tissot as the Official Timekeeper and Official Watch of MotoGP. The successful partnership, which began over 10 years ago, sees Tissot continue as the official timing partner of the FIM?s flagship motorcycle racing championship.

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Petrucci happy with Ioda progress




The Came Iodaracing Project rider put in a hard shift at the Jerez Test and was satisfied with how the team's CRT machine is coming along.

Danilo Petrucci and the Came Iodaracing Project continued the development of the TR003 CRT machine at the Official MotoGP? Test at Jerez over the weekend, and the Italian rider left the Spanish circuit pleased with what had been achieved.

Danilo Petrucci:
"We've had three very hard days, but in the end I am satisfied with the results we have achieved. I am the third Italian in the timings and the third CRT bike, even though I fell short of my target lap time by 0.1s ? we wanted to be less than three seconds from the MotoGP bikes. Today (Sunday) I tested different tyres and we worked on the electronics a lot. We had two small problems that stopped us right at the moment when the track conditions were ideal for putting in our target lap time, but in the end I improved my lap time at the very end of the day. I must thank the team because they did a fantastic job. The TR003 continues to develop and today it proved it is reliable considering the 87 laps I completed. Now we go to Qatar knowing there is still a lot of work to do."

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Chris Vermeulen Anxious to Return to WSBK

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I am so hurt!

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Positive outcome for Barber�

The Pramac Racing rider was satisfied with the set-up he and his team found for the Ducati Desmosedici GP12 at the Official MotoGP? Test at Jerez.

H�ctor Barber� put in a tiring 91 laps on the final day at Jerez on Sunday, as he and his Pramac Racing crew worked on a variety of aspects on the GP12. The Spaniard rode on the new Bridgestone front tyre which was rolled out at the Test, and was 11th fastest overall.

H�ctor Barber�:
"To be honest these three days were a little bit strange, mainly due to the wind and weather. We made numerous adjustments to our Ducati and we worked specifically on the set-up of the electronics. After Saturday we lost a lot of time due to bad weather conditions, but on Sunday we worked tirelessly to take a step forward. I rode for 91 laps. We found a good set-up and now I?m able to ride in a better way, in particular with the tyres. When I tried to improve my best lap time there were a lot of riders on track, and I lost my chance. But I?m satisfied with how the Test went. We also tested the new Bridgestone tyres, which worked very well with our Ducati."

Marco Rigamonti, Crew Chief:
"These three days were very difficult for us, due to the weather conditions, but fortunately we worked in a positive way on the final day. We found a nice feeling with the bike and we also found some good solutions with tyres, compared to the Malaysian Test, during which we had some problems with tyre wear. Now we have a good set-up, which allows us to maintain our lap time, also with worn tyres. We tested the new Bridgestone tyres too, but only for few laps, because we preferred to work on the materials that we will definitely have."

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ElvisBlog Mini-Nuggets #17

� Elvis Beer Cans:� In 2004, Miller Brewing Co. released a set of eight commemorative beer cans celebrating 50 years of rock music.� Doing the math, that would mark the start of rock and roll in 1954, and we all … Continue reading

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Friday, March 30, 2012

2012 World Superbike Imola Round Press Release Previews

Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams ahead of this weekend's WSBK round at Imola:

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Super Bowl Weekend ? Elvis and Football

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World Superbike returns to Imola with Biaggi as leader

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Following the opening round of the season at Phillip Island in Australia, the FIM Superbike World Championship arrives in Italy for its first appearance on European soil at Imola, one of the most spectacular circuits on the calendar. For the production-based racing series it is also the first of three rounds to be held in Italy this year: Monza on 6 May and Misano on 10 June are the other two. Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing) scored a win and a second place in the first round and comes to the Enzo & Dino Ferrari circuit as leader on 45 points, 15 ahead of Marco Melandri, BMW Motorrad’s new signing, who finished second and sixth at Phillip Island. With two Italians in the top two slots, the massive partisan crowd expected at Imola will surely witness a memorable weekend of racing.

World Superbike has written some of the most outstanding pages in its 25-year history at this famous Italian venue. In 2002 Texan Colin Edwards (Honda) won a terrific battle against Australian Troy Bayliss at Ducati’s home circuit in front of 100,000 spectators. Two years ago Max Biaggi clinched the WSB title, becoming the first Italian to do so, but last year he did not take part due to a broken bone in his left foot. The wins in 2011 went to Jonathan Rea (Honda) and Carlos Checa (Ducati) who then clinched the title at the final round.

Since its debut in 2001 this is the first time the Imola round has been held in the spring, but the date evokes memories of the 200 Mile race which in the early 1980s opened up the racing season, with pioneering battles between the American specialists and the European aces. At that time Superbike racing was almost unknown in Europe, now it is a sporting phenomenon that has millions of passionate fans throughout the world.

In the previous nine editions (17 races in total because race 2 in 2005 was cancelled due to pouring rain) Ducati have won 11 races, Honda 5 and Aprilia 1, back in 2001 at the hands of Frenchman Regis Laconi. The most successful riders, with three wins apiece, are Laconi, Carlos Checa and Ruben Xaus. The only Italian to win at Imola is Michel Fabrizio (Ducati) in 2009. In four races Biaggi has scored a second, a fourth, a fifth and an 11th place, while Melandri only raced here in Superbike last year with a Yamaha, finishing eighth and sixth.

With three wins in the last four races, Checa is again the favourite because his Ducati, which comes out of the Borgo Panigale factory just 40 kms up the road, adapts perfectly to the Imola track. Biaggi however is on superb form and in Australia, where he had never before won, his Aprilia showed a far greater potential than the previous season. It won’t be a two-way battle however because some tough customers are looming on the horizon. Riders like Tom Sykes, the 26-year-old Brit from the Kawasaki Racing Team, who was phenomenal in pre-season testing as well as in last week’s supplementary test session at Aragon (Spain). Sykes started from pole at Imola in 2010 and in the opening round this year he was on the podium with a third place.

All eyes will also be on BMW Motorrad, who appear to have found in Marco Melandri the talent and experience required to score their first win. Local man Melandri, who lives 40 kms away in Ravenna, scored BMW’s best ever result in Australia, a second place, and he and his equally impressive British team-mate Leon Haslam successfully tested an evo-spec engine and a new swing-arm in Spain. Imola is also a turning-point for Jonathan Rea, the talented Honda rider who could only manage seventh and fourth in Australia and who has bitter-sweet memories of Imola: a painful injury in the 2010 warm-up and a magnificent win last year.

Other men to watch will be the returning American John Hopkins (Crescent Fixi Suzuki), who has been given the all-clear by his hand surgeon to make his 2012 debut following his crash at Phillip Island testing, as well as the other Brits Leon Camier (Crescent Fixi Suzuki), Chaz Davies (Aprilia ParkinGO) and Ireland’s Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing), the latter two both emerging from the injuries they received in their separate Phillip Island crashes.

Proceedings get under way on Thursday with the traditional Open Paddock, during which fans can enter the circuit for free to meet the champions, go autograph hunting and have a look inside the pit garages the day before the action starts on the track.

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Casey Stoner returned to the top of the timesheet on his final lap

Casey Stoner returned to the top of the timesheet on his final lap  during the final day of testing at Jerez.
, during the final day of testing at Jerez. Casey Stoner returned to his familiar place in the MotoGP order, leading the timesheet at pre-season testing concludes at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit. The final day of testing featured improved weather, with Day 2 hampered by wind and rain. Only bothering with three laps on Saturday, Stoner turned 61 on Sunday ? his best lap being the final one, with edged out rival Jorge Lorenzo for bragging rights heading into the season opener at Qatar.

Stoner and Lorenzo, the respective 2011 and 2010 MotoGP champions, were the only riders able to dip under the 1?39 mark. Lorenzo held the top position for most of the test, until Stoner?s final lap bested the Mallorcan by 0.173. The Repsol Honda and Yamaha Factory aces were followed by their teammates, Dani Pedrosa third and Ben Spies fourth. Pedrosa spend a large portion of the day on a 27-lap racing simulation, in preparation for the April 8th opener.

Cal Crutchlow was the fastest of the satellite riders. The Brit lapped fifth on the day, with teammate Andrea Dovizioso seventh-fastest. Staggered behind the Tech 3 Yamahas were the factory Ducatis, with Valentino Rossi in seventh and yesterday?s fastest rider, Nicky Hayden, in eighth. Rossi improved more than a second from Friday, his 1?39.733 on Sunday almost a full second off Stoner?s best.

Alvaro Bautista?s ninth-fastest time was earned during a challenging day in the Gresini Honda RC213V saddle. The Spaniard crashed twice during a racing simulation, losing a bit of confidence and unable to get under the 1?40 marker. Fellow Honda satellite rider Stefan Bradl rounds out the top 10, the MotoGP rookie testing various setups for the LCR Honda.

Unlike Friday, Randy de Puniet was unable to embarrass the satellite Ducatis. The Team Aspar rider finished 13th, at the head of the CRT class ? a couple tenths off the pace of Hector Barbera (Pramac Racing) dead even with Karel Abraham (Cardion AB). De Puniet was a full second ahead of the next CRT, his Aprilia-powered Aspar teammate Aleix Espargaro.

Danilo Petrucci finished 15th-fastest for Iodaracing, the next fastest CRT. Colin Edwards was 17th aboard the Forward Racing BMW/Suter machine. Mattia Pasini (Speed Master), Michele Pirro (Gresini Honda) and James Ellision (Paul Bird Motorsport) were next on the timesheet. Bringing up the rear are the two Kawasaki/FTR Avintia Racing mounts of Ivan Silva and Yonny Hernandez.

Next stop for the MotoGP paddock is Qatar, where the 1000cc era begins in full for Round 1 of the 2012 MotoGP Championship.

2012 MotoGP Jerez Day 3 Test Results:
1. Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda) 1'38.780
2. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory) 1'38.953
3. Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) 1'39.157
4. Ben Spies (Yamaha Factory) 1'39.495
5. Cal Crutchlow (Tech 3 Yamaha) 1'39.585
6. Valentino Rossi (Ducati Team) 1'39.733
7. Andrea Dovizioso (Tech 3 Yamaha) 1'39.860
8. Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team) 1'39.919
9. Alvaro Bautista (Gresini Honda) 1'40.017
10. Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda) 1'40.098
11. Hector Barbera (Pramac Racing) 1'40.287
12. Karel Abraham (Cardion AB) 1'40.579
13. Randy De Puniet (Team Aspar) 1'40.601
14. Aleix Espargaro (Team Aspar) 1'41.645
15. Danilo Petrucci (Iodaracing) 1'41.926
16. Franco Battaini (Ducati Team) 1'42.057
17. Colin Edwards (Forward Racing) 1'42.073
18. Mattia Pasini (Speed Master) 1'42.184
19. Michele Pirro (Gresini Honda CRT) 1'42.212
20. James Ellison (Paul Bird Motorsport) 1'42.437
21. Ivan Silva (Avintia Racing) 1'42.446
22. Yonny Hernandez (Avintia Racing) 1'42.906

RIDER QUOTES:

1. Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda) 1'38.780: "Today we were really pleased with the lap times we're running but I think we can still improve the bike quite a bit before the race here. Anyway we feel like we've made some progress on a track like this for us. Towards the end of the day we had some chattering but we have an idea what caused this and it's not the same as in Sepang. We did a lot of laps and a longer run to get a little more understanding of fuel consumption and things like this and in general we're satisfied with how the whole test has gone for us. Now we can go racing which is what we really enjoy".

2. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory) 1'38.953: ?I?m really happy because we tried to make some good lap times so we put new tyres on the rear this morning to make the 1?38.9 which is a good time. This afternoon we improved the bike for a race simulation which went really well. In general we are very happy, it?s not just me, Ben is also very close to the competition as are Cal and Andrea. We need to improve our braking a little, if we can do that we could gain some more tenths of a second.?

3. Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) 1'39.157: ?We've been working a lot with the chassis in the morning to prepare the race simulation. But by the time we were ready, we had to stop twice in the box for an issue with the rear brake. Finally, on my third exit, I could make it. I did the full race distance, 27 laps, and I'm quite satisfied with the result, the lap times were pretty good even though it was very windy in the afternoon, it's also been also good physical training for me. In general, I think we've done a good pre season, we only need to improve a little more on braking and corner entry, it would help us for the first race of the season".

4. Ben Spies (Yamaha Factory) 1'39.495: ?I?m happy with how the test went. Both Jorge and I worked really methodically on getting through a number of different things, I think we?re quite happy with the bike going to Qatar, it?s been good here and good in Sepang. A couple of the areas where we had problems last year seem to be a lot better. We can?t say if they are completely fixed until we go to more tracks but we are happy with the balance of the bike and I think we have a very competitive bike for 2012.?

5. Cal Crutchlow (Tech 3 Yamaha) 1'39.585: ?I?m really happy to finish this test in the top five with a very fast pace because we worked through a lot. Today I only used three sets of tyres in 83 laps, yet I was fast and consistent all day, so it shows we are getting good endurance from the soft and the hard options. The different electronic set-up also helped in acceleration, so it was a very positive and productive day after the rain washed out yesterday. The good thing is we know the bike works very well on a completely different track. The tests in Sepang were crucial but we needed to come to a completely different circuit like Jerez to understand if the bike has a good base level for a tighter and shorter track. Yamaha has done a great job because the YZR-M1 works very well. Finishing behind Stoner, Lorenzo, Pedrosa and Spies is obviously good for my confidence and now I?m looking forward to going to Qatar and racing. I feel ready and much better prepared than last year.?

6. Valentino Rossi (Ducati Team) 1'39.733: ?Today went much better than Friday, and I?m pleased? we?re pleased. Unfortunately, we made some mistakes at Sepang 2 chasing a bad setup, and we paid for that a bit on Friday because we started from that base. Then Saturday?s rain cost us an entire day, but today we finally worked well all day long. Step by step, we arrived at our current potential: I?m sixth, and I did a 1:39.7, which is a good time considering that we?ve only really ridden this bike for six or seven days. We changed the setup, first the rear and then the front, and now I enter the corners pretty well again. I?m able to lean and I can ?risk? a bit more. Although we know very well that we still have a long road ahead, if we look at the gap to the front we can say we?re ready for the first race.?

7. Andrea Dovizioso (Tech 3 Yamaha) 1'39.860: ?I?m really happy about the work we did today and thanks to my Tech 3 crew because they worked incredibly hard. After the stomach illness I had on the first day and the rain yesterday, I really needed to get in as many laps as possible to understand the potential of the Yamaha on a completely different track to Sepang. We did some very good work in improving the stability of the bike on the exit of the corner and this is so important at a slower track like Jerez. You can have a lot of sliding and wheelie on the exit but we have improved a lot in this area. I think I could have gone faster but I only used the soft rear tyre in the final 30 minutes, so with more time I?m sure I could have been inside the top six. Now I am looking forward to going to Qatar and racing the Yamaha for the first time. I?m convinced we will be fast and competitive but the four at the top of the timesheets are really strong. They are consistently fast, so it will not be easy to stay with them. But I will be giving it my maximum to start the new season in the best possible way.?

8. Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team) 1'39.919: ?It?s been a very, very busy day. With my injury affecting the last tests, we needed to squeeze a winter?s worth of testing into this weekend, and yesterday was basically a wash. Today we got to try some stuff on the bike and learned a few things. I?m not thrilled with my lap time because I thought I could go a bit quicker but I struggled a little with the fast corners. We?ve clearly got some work to do, but now it?s time to get ready for Qatar, and I look forward to starting the season. I definitely feel better after coming here and getting to ride at close to 100 per cent and getting to understand the bike a bit more. Now it?s time to see what we?ve got when we put the cards on the table.?

9. Alvaro Bautista (Gresini Honda) 1'40.017: ?It hasn't been a great day for us. We started out well and tried some interesting electronic solutions this morning, as well as two different Bridgestone tyres, to try and work out which gave me the most confidence. Then in the afternoon we were doing a race simulation when I crashed not once but twice, when the front let go without warning. I still don't know what happened exactly and naturally that damaged my confidence in the front and I couldn't push to the limit as I would have liked. Anyway, we are not losing faith because we found some good things and now we just have to prepare for the first race in the best way we can. Racing at night in Qatar is not easy but I still feel confident even after the worst afternoon of preseason testing. My feeling with the team is perfect and I am sure they will help me to recover the confidence I lost today.?

10. Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda) 1'40.098: ?After yesterday?s adverse weather we had a lot of things to test today. So we tried several different swingarm lengths, several front fork adjustments plus a few things to get more braking stability and at the end we achieved a good base set-up with which I am very happy. At the end of the day I did a long run with a consistent pace. I could have even improved my lap times on soft tyres but I got stopped by some traffic but we are not here for the fastest lap time. I think we did our best in the last three days.?

11. Hector Barbera (Pramac Racing) 1'40.287: "To be honest, these three days was a little bit strange, mainly due to the windly weather conditions. We made numerous adjustments on our Ducati and we worked particularly on the electronic set-up. After yesterday, we lost a lot of time, due to bad weather condition, but today we worked tirelessly to make a step forward. I rided for 91 laps. We found a good set-up and now I?m able to ride in a better way, in particolar with the tyres. When I tryed to improve my best lap time, there was ,on track, a lot of riders and I lost my chance. But I?m satisfied with how the test went. We also tested the new Bridgestone tyres, which worked very well with our Ducati.?

13. Randy De Puniet (Team Aspar) 1'40.601: "Today we were really pleased with the lap times we're running but I think we can still improve the bike quite a bit before the race here. Anyway we feel like we've made some progress on a track like this for us. Towards the end of the day we had some chattering but we have an idea what caused this and it's not the same as in Sepang. We did a lot of laps and a longer run to get a little more understanding of fuel consumption and things like this and in general we're satisfied with how the whole test has gone for us. Now we can go racing which is what we really enjoy."

14. Aleix Espargaro (Team Aspar) 1'41.645: ?We have had a lot of chattering today, I don't know why, but I struggled to get on the pace this morning. We improved a lot with the new Bridgestone but not enough so we have to keep working. I need more confidence in corner entry. Little by little we managed to set a good pace on a new tyre but we need to find a better solution to improve our mid-corner speed. We have done a lot of work on the chassis and suspension and improved my overall feeling so we'll have to keep working along the same lines in Qatar. The good thing is that I am amongst the fastest CRT riders but we only have to look at my team-mate Randy to see that I can still go faster.?

17. Colin Edwards (Forward Racing) 1'42.073: ?Inherently we still have some problems. Theoretically we have a high front engine mount that is creating a lot of issues for us. We have a lot of vibration, engine noise through the handlebars, which is also related to that. Chatter, we still have the same type of?.you know, you get in 45 degrees/ 50 degrees angle and if you have too much weight on the front or trying to push too hard I can make this bike chatter anywhere. So I have to ride around it, brake a little early and minimizing the time from break to gas to ride around the chatter. It makes it hard, the new Bridgestone front has helped though, it has tamed it down. We played a little bit today with the chassis, thanks to Ohlins they helped out a lot with some made it better also, little different geometry in the front and it good better. It was better, it was faster, it was easier to ride but we still haven?t cured 100% the problem.

Riding in the rain for the very first time was actually didn?t feel that bad, we kind of shot ourselves in the foot the first time we when out but the bike probably felt the best. We came in and we really tried to reengineer the wheel with electronics, create something more friendly but I think we got it a little bit wrong. We know now so I think next time we have a rain session we will be fine.?

19. Michele Pirro (Gresini Honda CRT) 1'42.212: ?All I can say is that we have a lot to work on! Lap by lap I am building my confidence with the bike but I couldn't really make the most of it because we had a problem with the bike and I had to come back into the pit box. They are teething problems but it is frustrating for me because I want to squeeze out everything I feel inside. It is a shame but I know that the guys are working hard, I have complete faith in them and I am sure that we will soon be reaping the rewards of all their effort. We just need to be patient.?

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Central Texas: RaceCenTex Spring 2012 Cruise to the Lake (Make-A-Wish Event)

Where: Meet at The Killeen Mall in front of Dillard's 2100 S W S Young Dr, Killeen
When: April 14 2012 All day.... MEET AT 10:30AM and we will be...

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Yamaha Monday Wake-Up Call: N.Z.?s Suzuki International Tri-Series

Superbikes, Supermoto, and Sidecars?oh my! Wake up with results from the weekend's N.Z. Suzuki International Tri-Series.

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Elvis and the 1992 Presidential Election


2012 is an election year, and already it has been the catalyst for one article connecting Elvis and politics.  Well, now I have found a source that inspires another.   It is the text of a 1993 San Francisco Examiner column by Greil Marcus.  That name should be familiar to you, because Marcus is the author of two famous Elvis books: Mystery Train (1997) and Dead Elvis.

Elvis Books by Greil Marcus

 

Marcus reported that during the 1992 Presidential campaign, the press corps started comparing Bill Clinton to Elvis, although the candidate never did this himself.  The press even made references to Clinton?s campaign plane as ?Air Elvis.?

Bill Clinton and Elvis on Stamp from the republic of Chad in Africa


 

His opponent, George H W Bush, felt compelled to respond to this linking of Clinton and Elvis, by stating this in a campaign speech:

?Clinton is on all sides of every issue.  He?s been spotted more places than Elvis Presley.  I guess you?d say his plan really is ?Elvis Economics?.  America will be checking into Heartbreak Hotel.?

Bush didn?t get much traction with these assertions.

 

Autographed 1973 Photo of President George H W Bush and Elvis


 

In fact, the ?Heartbreak Hotel? reference may have worked in Clinton?s favor.  Many believe he turned the race around when he wore dark glasses and played the song on the Arsineo Hall Show.

Bill Clinton Plays ?Heartbreak Hotel? on the Arsineo Hall Show


 

Marcus contended that an Elvis reference in any politician?s campaign speech is a guaranteed sound-bite on the evening news, although there is no guarantee what the public?s response will be.  This quote is said to have lost votes for former President Bush in his re-election campaign:

?I finally figured out why Clinton compares himself to Elvis.  The minute he takes a stand on something, he starts wiggling.?

 

The funniest thing in the Marcus column is this quote from noted dull and stiff politician, Al Gore, as he accepted the 1992 vice-presidential nomination at the convention in New York.

 ?I?ve been dreaming of this moment since I was a kid ? that one day I?d have a chance to come here to Madison Square Garden and be the warm-up act for Elvis.?


 


 

Yep, that would really get the fans revved up.  Dream on, Al. 

 

 

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Speed Dating: December 20 ? 26

This week in Speed Dating: Happy birthday to Freddie Spencer, Hayden Gillim, Skip Van Leeuwen, Pascal Picotte, Broc Parkes, Ricky Graham, and remembering Gary Hocking.

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Super Bowl Weekend Special -- Elvis and Football

As we approach the Super Bowl, the attention of most Americans turns to football. So, it?s an appropriate time to take a look at some photos of Elvis playing football over the years.

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Malaysian Grand Prix Predictions Championship results | Predictions Championship

Malaysian Grand Prix Predictions Championship results is an original article from F1 Fanatic. If this article has been published anywhere other than F1 Fanatic it is an infringement of copyright.

Just two people picked Alonso to win in Malaysia. How did you do? Here's the updated results in full.

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Looking into his eyes as he spoke...!

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Thursday WRC Academy wrap: Ahlin heads close battle

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Words to Elvis

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

SIC58 | Formula 1 pays tribute to Marco Simoncelli

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By Andrew Benson Chief F1 writer, BBC.

Formula 1 drivers have paid to the late Simoncelli ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix.

The Italian was killed in a crash last October at the track which holds this weekend’s F1 race.

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa visited the crash site, while Red Bull’s Mark Webber spoke of his admiration for

“an incredible warrior”

.

Alonso said:

here will always be a little bit sad, knowing one of our colleagues died here.”

Alonso and Massa went with several Ferrari team members to Turn 11, the corner where Simoncelli was killed when he was hit by another rider after sliding off his bike.

The Ferrari drivers held up a pit board that read ‘Sic (short for Simoncelli) sempre con noi’, which means ‘Forever with us’, and included Ferrari’s Prancing Horse emblem, an Italian flag, and Simoncelli’s racing number, .

“I think that will be the memory for him,” Alonso said, “and the whole Ferrari family and the Italian people will remember him always and that’s the most important thing.”

Marco Simoncelli was such a character and so talented. Many people thought he was the future of the sport. All the F1 teams have been paying their respects in Sepang this weekend. The drivers aren’t broadcasting about what they are doing but are marking their respects and then driving really hard for him, as that is exactly what he would have wanted.

The double world champion added that it would always be “difficult” to come back to Sepang following the crash.

Webber, who also visited the crash site, said:

“It’s still in the forefront of your mind. We’re all together – bikes, rally, whatever… the motorsport community is extremely tight and small when we lose anyone.

Marco was an incredible warrior, great vibe. The way that his father handled the whole thing was just absolutely so special.

I’ll be thinking about him when I drive past for the first time, and then we get back into it.

We race as he would do, have it wide open and get on with it.”

via BBC Sport – Formula 1 pays tribute to late MotoGP rider Marco Simoncelli.

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Elvis Beer Cans: In 2004, Miller Brewing Co. released a set of eight commemorative beer cans celebrating 50 years of rock music. Doing the math, that would mark the start of rock and roll in 1954, and we all know what happened then ? Elvis? first recording, ?That?s All Right.? So, of course Elvis was on one of the cans.

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Elvis and the 1992 Presidential Election


2012 is an election year, and already it has been the catalyst for one article connecting Elvis and politics.  Well, now I have found a source that inspires another.   It is the text of a 1993 San Francisco Examiner column by Greil Marcus.  That name should be familiar to you, because Marcus is the author of two famous Elvis books: Mystery Train (1997) and Dead Elvis.

Elvis Books by Greil Marcus

 

Marcus reported that during the 1992 Presidential campaign, the press corps started comparing Bill Clinton to Elvis, although the candidate never did this himself.  The press even made references to Clinton?s campaign plane as ?Air Elvis.?

Bill Clinton and Elvis on Stamp from the republic of Chad in Africa


 

His opponent, George H W Bush, felt compelled to respond to this linking of Clinton and Elvis, by stating this in a campaign speech:

?Clinton is on all sides of every issue.  He?s been spotted more places than Elvis Presley.  I guess you?d say his plan really is ?Elvis Economics?.  America will be checking into Heartbreak Hotel.?

Bush didn?t get much traction with these assertions.

 

Autographed 1973 Photo of President George H W Bush and Elvis


 

In fact, the ?Heartbreak Hotel? reference may have worked in Clinton?s favor.  Many believe he turned the race around when he wore dark glasses and played the song on the Arsineo Hall Show.

Bill Clinton Plays ?Heartbreak Hotel? on the Arsineo Hall Show


 

Marcus contended that an Elvis reference in any politician?s campaign speech is a guaranteed sound-bite on the evening news, although there is no guarantee what the public?s response will be.  This quote is said to have lost votes for former President Bush in his re-election campaign:

?I finally figured out why Clinton compares himself to Elvis.  The minute he takes a stand on something, he starts wiggling.?

 

The funniest thing in the Marcus column is this quote from noted dull and stiff politician, Al Gore, as he accepted the 1992 vice-presidential nomination at the convention in New York.

 ?I?ve been dreaming of this moment since I was a kid ? that one day I?d have a chance to come here to Madison Square Garden and be the warm-up act for Elvis.?


 


 

Yep, that would really get the fans revved up.  Dream on, Al. 

 

 

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World Superbike returns to Imola with Biaggi as leader

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Following the opening round of the season at Phillip Island in Australia, the FIM Superbike World Championship arrives in Italy for its first appearance on European soil at Imola, one of the most spectacular circuits on the calendar. For the production-based racing series it is also the first of three rounds to be held in Italy this year: Monza on 6 May and Misano on 10 June are the other two. Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing) scored a win and a second place in the first round and comes to the Enzo & Dino Ferrari circuit as leader on 45 points, 15 ahead of Marco Melandri, BMW Motorrad’s new signing, who finished second and sixth at Phillip Island. With two Italians in the top two slots, the massive partisan crowd expected at Imola will surely witness a memorable weekend of racing.

World Superbike has written some of the most outstanding pages in its 25-year history at this famous Italian venue. In 2002 Texan Colin Edwards (Honda) won a terrific battle against Australian Troy Bayliss at Ducati’s home circuit in front of 100,000 spectators. Two years ago Max Biaggi clinched the WSB title, becoming the first Italian to do so, but last year he did not take part due to a broken bone in his left foot. The wins in 2011 went to Jonathan Rea (Honda) and Carlos Checa (Ducati) who then clinched the title at the final round.

Since its debut in 2001 this is the first time the Imola round has been held in the spring, but the date evokes memories of the 200 Mile race which in the early 1980s opened up the racing season, with pioneering battles between the American specialists and the European aces. At that time Superbike racing was almost unknown in Europe, now it is a sporting phenomenon that has millions of passionate fans throughout the world.

In the previous nine editions (17 races in total because race 2 in 2005 was cancelled due to pouring rain) Ducati have won 11 races, Honda 5 and Aprilia 1, back in 2001 at the hands of Frenchman Regis Laconi. The most successful riders, with three wins apiece, are Laconi, Carlos Checa and Ruben Xaus. The only Italian to win at Imola is Michel Fabrizio (Ducati) in 2009. In four races Biaggi has scored a second, a fourth, a fifth and an 11th place, while Melandri only raced here in Superbike last year with a Yamaha, finishing eighth and sixth.

With three wins in the last four races, Checa is again the favourite because his Ducati, which comes out of the Borgo Panigale factory just 40 kms up the road, adapts perfectly to the Imola track. Biaggi however is on superb form and in Australia, where he had never before won, his Aprilia showed a far greater potential than the previous season. It won’t be a two-way battle however because some tough customers are looming on the horizon. Riders like Tom Sykes, the 26-year-old Brit from the Kawasaki Racing Team, who was phenomenal in pre-season testing as well as in last week’s supplementary test session at Aragon (Spain). Sykes started from pole at Imola in 2010 and in the opening round this year he was on the podium with a third place.

All eyes will also be on BMW Motorrad, who appear to have found in Marco Melandri the talent and experience required to score their first win. Local man Melandri, who lives 40 kms away in Ravenna, scored BMW’s best ever result in Australia, a second place, and he and his equally impressive British team-mate Leon Haslam successfully tested an evo-spec engine and a new swing-arm in Spain. Imola is also a turning-point for Jonathan Rea, the talented Honda rider who could only manage seventh and fourth in Australia and who has bitter-sweet memories of Imola: a painful injury in the 2010 warm-up and a magnificent win last year.

Other men to watch will be the returning American John Hopkins (Crescent Fixi Suzuki), who has been given the all-clear by his hand surgeon to make his 2012 debut following his crash at Phillip Island testing, as well as the other Brits Leon Camier (Crescent Fixi Suzuki), Chaz Davies (Aprilia ParkinGO) and Ireland’s Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing), the latter two both emerging from the injuries they received in their separate Phillip Island crashes.

Proceedings get under way on Thursday with the traditional Open Paddock, during which fans can enter the circuit for free to meet the champions, go autograph hunting and have a look inside the pit garages the day before the action starts on the track.

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Al Wertheimer and the Dreaded Tonto Bar

 

 

I received an unexpected e-mail last week.  It was from Alfred Wertheimer, the most famous Elvis photographer and an interesting guy.  He sent me a joke.  Not just me.  He had a blast e-mail list of folks he shared the joke with, and I was thrilled he had me on his list.

 

The message was short:

 

                                    ?All:

 

                                    Time out for a good old fashioned laugh.

 

                                    AW?

 

And, at that point I realized Al had sent me a joke.  Cool.   Here it is:

 

 

Nice little joke.

 

When I wrote Al back to thank him, I enclosed a photo I found on the internet somewhere and asked if it was one of his.  And, if it was, could I post it as well and comment on it.  Al not only was nice enough to say yes, he also was nice and sent me a better copy of the photo.

 

 

 

Photo by Alfred Wertheimer  -  used by permission

 

 

 

Do you know what Elvis is doing here?  If you are familiar with his 1956 TV show appearances, you will recognize this as a shot from the Steve Allen Show.  It is from the same night when Elvis wore a tux and sang to a real hound dog.   Allen had Elvis in a comedy sketch about coyboys.  Here we see him shooting at a dreaded Tonto Bar being pulled across the stage by a wire.  The skit was pretty lame, but I love watching it again.

 

A couple of observations.  How do you like that wide belt Elvis is wearing?  Maybe a forerunner of things to come.   And what?s with the shoes?  I asked Alfred why Elvis was wearing white shoes, not cowboy boots, and he said the photo was taken at rehersal.  Elvis wore boots for the live broadcast.

 

 

Alfred always has plenty of stuff going on -- mostly Elvis related.  I keep asking him if I could do a phone interview about his gig as a film photographer at Woodstock.  Al was on the Woodstock staff.  Talk about being in a situation with amazing opportunities for memorable events.  You know Al has to have some good stories to tell, and I?ll be happy just to write about his.  Someday, I hope.

 

For the past two years, Alfred has been involved with the Smithsonian Institution?s touring exhibition ?Elvis at Twenty One.? 

 

 

 

"Elvis at Twenty-One" features forty of his famous photographs of Elvis, and it opened in January 2008 at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.  The exhibition?s three month run at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond just ended.  Click here for a great review of this exhibit by Troy Yeary at the Mystery Train Elvis Blog.

 

 

 

 Alfred Wertheimer during an appearance at his exhibition "Elvis at Twenty One

 

During April, May and June, ?Elvis at Twenty One? will be presented at the Dwight D Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene, Kansas. 

 

 

 

Alfred Wertheimer signing copies of his book ?Elvis at 21?

 

 

 

If you are interested in purchasing Elvis photographs from the Alfred Wertheimer Collection, please visit:

www.photokunst.com

www.govindagallery.com

http://alfredwertheimer.com

 

 

  2011    Philip R Arnold, Original Elvis Blogmeister    All Rights Reserved   www.elvisblog.net

 

 

 

Elvis, Elvis Presley, and Graceland are registered trademarks of Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.

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Al Wertheimer and the Dreaded Tonto Bar

 

 

I received an unexpected e-mail last week.  It was from Alfred Wertheimer, the most famous Elvis photographer and an interesting guy.  He sent me a joke.  Not just me.  He had a blast e-mail list of folks he shared the joke with, and I was thrilled he had me on his list.

 

The message was short:

 

                                    ?All:

 

                                    Time out for a good old fashioned laugh.

 

                                    AW?

 

And, at that point I realized Al had sent me a joke.  Cool.   Here it is:

 

 

Nice little joke.

 

When I wrote Al back to thank him, I enclosed a photo I found on the internet somewhere and asked if it was one of his.  And, if it was, could I post it as well and comment on it.  Al not only was nice enough to say yes, he also was nice and sent me a better copy of the photo.

 

 

 

Photo by Alfred Wertheimer  -  used by permission

 

 

 

Do you know what Elvis is doing here?  If you are familiar with his 1956 TV show appearances, you will recognize this as a shot from the Steve Allen Show.  It is from the same night when Elvis wore a tux and sang to a real hound dog.   Allen had Elvis in a comedy sketch about coyboys.  Here we see him shooting at a dreaded Tonto Bar being pulled across the stage by a wire.  The skit was pretty lame, but I love watching it again.

 

A couple of observations.  How do you like that wide belt Elvis is wearing?  Maybe a forerunner of things to come.   And what?s with the shoes?  I asked Alfred why Elvis was wearing white shoes, not cowboy boots, and he said the photo was taken at rehersal.  Elvis wore boots for the live broadcast.

 

 

Alfred always has plenty of stuff going on -- mostly Elvis related.  I keep asking him if I could do a phone interview about his gig as a film photographer at Woodstock.  Al was on the Woodstock staff.  Talk about being in a situation with amazing opportunities for memorable events.  You know Al has to have some good stories to tell, and I?ll be happy just to write about his.  Someday, I hope.

 

For the past two years, Alfred has been involved with the Smithsonian Institution?s touring exhibition ?Elvis at Twenty One.? 

 

 

 

"Elvis at Twenty-One" features forty of his famous photographs of Elvis, and it opened in January 2008 at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.  The exhibition?s three month run at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond just ended.  Click here for a great review of this exhibit by Troy Yeary at the Mystery Train Elvis Blog.

 

 

 

 Alfred Wertheimer during an appearance at his exhibition "Elvis at Twenty One

 

During April, May and June, ?Elvis at Twenty One? will be presented at the Dwight D Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene, Kansas. 

 

 

 

Alfred Wertheimer signing copies of his book ?Elvis at 21?

 

 

 

If you are interested in purchasing Elvis photographs from the Alfred Wertheimer Collection, please visit:

www.photokunst.com

www.govindagallery.com

http://alfredwertheimer.com

 

 

  2011    Philip R Arnold, Original Elvis Blogmeister    All Rights Reserved   www.elvisblog.net

 

 

 

Elvis, Elvis Presley, and Graceland are registered trademarks of Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.

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