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45 www.thunderpress.net THUNDER PRESS April 2018 Roland Sands began the Super Hooligan series when Indian supplied him with fi ve Indian Scout Sixtys (60 c.i./983cc engines) for him to custom- ize into Hooligan racers. He formed his team around those bikes and other rid- ers mounted on their own race-prepped Indians, Harley-Davidson XG750s, Ducati Scramblers, Triumph Bonnevilles, and the odd BMW R nineT round out the grid. Any brand is allowed as long as it meets the specs of the series. Most of the competitions are affi liated with shows or races just as the regular Hooligan races are, but they also promote their own standalone races—on a beach in Southern California, under a pier in San Francisco, or in a parking lot in Austin, Texas, when the international MotoGP series came to the U.S. a couple years ago. There is some grumbling among the Hooligan ranks that Super Hooligan is corrupting the purity of grassroots racing, and there may be some legitimacy to that argument. It does sort of blur the line between ama- teur and professional, something both Indian Motorcycle and RSD represen- tatives acknowledged in phone inter- views. But as Cameron Brewer, RSD project manager, says, "The bike is the equalizer. It's a heavy bike that's doing something it was never designed to do. You can see guys you've never heard of racing against champions." I guess that's the true beauty of this series; anyone can buy a regu- lar street bike, and modify it for less that the price of a good used car and be on equal equipment battle against their idols. And if they have the talent, they'll get the win. Isn't that what the American dream is really all about, starting out on equal ground and testing yourself against the best? And what better way to achieve that than racing motorcycles in America's original grassroots racing series? No other type of racing any- where offers that. For the 2018 Super Hooligan racing schedule, go to thunderpress.net/competition and select "Click here for the 2018 schedules…" 4 Hooligans Continued from page 6

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