They held their first drag race in November of that year and with half a decade of racing behind them, here's a look back at it and how it came together through the eyes of the two men who now head up and run MANCUP
, Mr. Jay Regan
and Dave Schnitz.
Of the nine founding fathers of MANCUP drag racing, Jay Regan
and Dave Schnitz took lead rolls from day one.
Truth in fact, Jay
and Dave nearly completed the purchase of AMA/PROSTAR during the 1990's era of motorcycle drag racing.
Today the future of MANCUP motorcycle drag racing lies in the hands of veterans Jay Regan
and Dave Schnitz.
We felt then as we still do now, that motorcycle drag racing is too important to let it go away.
Of course we're not satisfied or sitting on our laurels, we have much we can improve on and we will."
The evidence to support this can be seen by the five races now set for the 2016 MANCUP schedule.
Five years from now, when the MANCUP sanction is looking back at a ten year retrospective, where do they expect to be?
Dave and Jay
replied, "We'll be better staffed with bigger and better payouts, bigger bike counts - let's say this: We'll be much stronger than we are today."
Well for Jay Regan
, "Seeing the level of intensity of the battle for the final spot in the Official MTC 5 Second Club or maybe Eric Teboul's 5.12 elapsed time - the quickest pass by a drag bike in the world - hard to say."
What has been the most difficult thing for them to deal with?
quickly replied, "Seeing Acka Riemer air lifted out of Bradenton after his
That just hit me hard.
As a former drag bike racer himself, Jay
has seen more than his
share of tragedy.
Jay Regan has been with MRE since he was a teenager in High School (1981) and worked his way up, the good old fashioned way, to the top of the company.