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January 5, 2001

This weeks Show:
#645 United Off-Road Racers Finale
Final race of the 2000 season takes place outside of Prophetstown, Illinois. Racing on a 4 mile tight track through the woods, we view the 50's, 60's-80's, all motorcycle classes and quad competing. Two Helmet-Camera catch the action on this cool November Sunday.
January 12, 2001

#646 Legends of Chicagoland Motorcycle Racing Brunch

"This annual event held to honor the motorcycle racers that raced throughout Chicagoland in the past. After the introduction speeches, the racers introduce themselves. As Ted Keiper begins his speech, we check out some of the vintage film footage include mile racing from 1937, scrambles for the '30's and an Enduro from that same period."
January 19, 2001


"This is the 22nd TOYS FOR TOTS Motorcycle Parade held entirely in the City of Chicago. Starting on the southside at 87th Street, the parade travels north on Western Avenue (the longest street in Chgo). Over 25,000 motorcyclists participated, making this the largest motorcycle parade in America. We meet some of the riders and watch the collection of toys at the U.S. Marine Corp. Center on Foster Avenue."
January 26, 2001

This weeks Show:
#648 1st Ice Race of the Century
In front of the Sunset Tavern in Wisconsin, the first motorcycle ice race was held on Saturday night January 6th, 2001. All the heat race action is shown with some of the Team Chicago Helmet-Camera capturing the action. A quick interview with Jeff Fredette and we get into the finals.
February 02, 2001

#649 Ice Racing Lake Wisconsin Race 1

"The first race of the Southern Wisconsin Ice Race Association was held after the great struggle with the heavy snow and thin ice. Over 250 racers raced in 25 classes for ATV's and motorcycles. We show some of the heats and final action with an interview with Marty Bushman and his sons."
February 09, 2001

#650 No Ice Race Sunday

"With all organizations in Wisconsin canceling their races. We show some riders playing on the ice. We travel back in time to show motorcycle ice racing from the late '50's, the '30's and a motorcycle enduro for the 1930's."
February 16, 2001

#651 3-Hour Ice Race Enduro Part 1

"In front of the Sunset Tavern in Wisconsin on Lake Koshkonong this annual National Championship race kicked off at 12:00 Noon. 32 teams entered this event divided into 3 classes; Lightweight, middleweight and heavyweight. Changing riders and making pits stop for fuel, we follow the action with comments from some of the racers. Both the Team Chicago and Bill Gusse Helmet Cameras capture additional action."
February 23, 2001

#652 3-Hour Ice Race Enduro Part 2

"The conclusion of this 3-Hour National Endurance ice race. As the team battle for position, the battle continues to 3:00 PM when the checkered flag is flown. The trophy presentation is shown."
March 02, 2001

#653 Saturday Night Ice Race Race 4

"As the sun set over Lake Koshkonong in front of the Sunset Tavern, the motorcycle racing action begins. Eight classes of motorcycle race in heats and finals. The action packed Dash for Cash concludes this week's show."
March 09, 2001

#654 Ice Racing Lake Wiscon. Race 4

"On Lake Wisconsin in front of the Bay View Lodge, the Southern Wisconsin Ice Racing Assn. held their fourth race of the season. The heat rarce action includes:Mini-Bikes, Mini-Quads, Expert Quads on oval, 250 Pro, Open Pro Quads TT, Pro Bike TT, 4-Stroke Unstudded Quads on TT. The Finals include: School Age Bikes, Unstuded TT, Sportman bike TT, Pro Oval, Women's and Sportman bike on the oval."
March 16, 2001

#655 Oshkosh Winter-Fest Part 1

"This fundraiser for the Otto Street Fishery promotes the most popular ice race of the season. Thousands of spectators come to see the action on Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin. We check out the heat race action in the 80's, 250 Pro, School-age, Open Pro and Sportsman for motorcycles and mini, unstudded 4-stroke & TT for the quads.The Team Chicago Helmet Camera catches the action on the oval and the TT course."
March 23, 2001

#656 Oshkosh Winter-Fest Part 2

"For the Finals, the race action from Oshkosh, Wisconsin includes 80's, Twins, 250 Pro, Open Pro, TT, School-age, and +30 Sportman. Quad racing includes: Studded TT, School-age, 4-stroke Unstudded and Mini."
March 30, 2001

#657 Ice Racing Antigo Race 1

"Night race action from the Langlade County Fairgrounds, on this big half-mile presents the fastest ice racing in the world. Heat race action include Open Pro, Pro Vet, 4-str. Quad and C Rubber. The Finals include Open Pro, 250 Pro, 80's and 250B with helmet Camera. Quad action includes, PW, Open Pro, Pro Rubber and GP."
April 06, 2001

#658 Ice Racing Antigo Race 2

"Bright sunshine bring daytime racing in Antigo, Wisconsin. Heat racing action includes Open Pro, 250 Pro, Open Pro Quads, Jr. ATV and Pro Rubber. The Finals include Open Pro, 4-Str. Pro, PW's, Vet Pro, Pro Rubber, Vet B, 80's, 200 B and Vet B and GP with Team Chicago helmet Camera. GP rubber also."
April 13, 2001
Encore presentation.

#658 Ice Racing Antigo Race 2

"Bright sunshine bring daytime racing in Antigo, Wisconsin. Heat racing action includes Open Pro, 250 Pro, Open Pro Quads, Jr. ATV and Pro Rubber. The Finals include Open Pro, 4-Str. Pro, PW's, Vet Pro, Pro Rubber, Vet B, 80's, 200 B and Vet B and GP with Team Chicago helmet Camera. GP rubber also."
April 20, 2001

#659 United Off-Road Racing Race 3

"With frost just a few inches below the surface, this third race of the twenty race series of off-road racing in Western Illinois starts with the 60 cc youngsters. We check out the 80 cc race and with the Team Chicago Helmet-Camera we start the big race. What may seem impossible to ride over, the experienced racers of this series show their stuff."
April 27, 2001

#660 United Off-Road Racing Race 4

"Starting with the 50cc class and these young riders, we then cover the 60 cc class and the 80 cc class. We watch the future stars of Off-Road racing. See we are in Western Illinois, we check out the birth place of Ronald Reagan, Tampico, Illinois and his childhood house in Dixon, Illinois.The show concludes with the motorcycles and ATV's on this track just south of Prophetstown."
May 04, 2001

#661 WERA Nat'l Texas World Part 1

"The WERA National Endurance for the 2001 season kicks off in Texas. Over 30 team lined up to challenge this 6-hour race. The racing action is covered through the fourth hour. We meet the staff of Ice Motorsports, the local Dunlop racing tires distributor. The Team Chicago Yamaha R-6 runs great and the action is also covered by the Team Chicago Helmet-Camera."
May 11, 2001

#662 WERA Nat'l Texas World Part 2

"Conclusion of the 6-Hour National in Texas.With Vesrah Racing picking up the win, Team Chicago finished 8th overall. David Swarts from Roadracing World delivers the rap-up. Coverage of the Sunday National Challenge races includes the Open, 600, 750 Expert SuperStock classes, the 125 GP race and the Novice 600 SuperStock race."
May 25, 2001

#663 FREE Road Racing School Grattan

"Team Chicago conducts this annual FREE Road Racing School at Grattan Raceway, 15 miles northeast of Grand Rapids, Michigan. After the track walk by the students and instructors, the class room instructions begin. The riders then take to the track to experience motorcycle roadracing."
June 01, 2001

#664 FREE Off-Road School UORR

"Working with Bill Gusse and United Off-Road Racing, Team Chicago learns the skills of off-road racing. With the help of some of the best off-road racers in the country, the students are shown different parts of this sport. From the mx track to racing in the woods, this school was a great success."
June 08, 2001

#665 Off-Road Riding, Spring 2001

"Team Chicago's Dan Schmitt and Brandon Griffith ride the trails at the Bike Barn in Morrison, Illinois to test the skills learned at the school. We check out Buzz Walneck's motorcycle swap-meet held in Woodstock, Illinois and look at some Bill Gusse Helmet-Camera from the first UORR race held in February and racing in the snow."
June 15, 2001

#666 MEGA-CROSS 2001

"The first race of this eight race series held at the fairgrounds in Mendota, Illinois. Over 300 motocrossers from throughout the Midwest came to challenge this night race. We check out the action in the 50cc, 14-24 class, 80cc, 65cc, 125 Pro, 125C and the 250 Pro final."
June 29, 2001

#667 The Moose Run (Part 1)

"The Saturday event is the 'FUN RUN'. We check out the action in the 50cc and the 65cc classes. Then the rest of the motorcycles start on the 8-mile loop. With the Team Chicago Helmet-Camera, we see some of the action. The Quads conclude this week's action."
July 06, 2001

#668 The Moose Run (Part 2)

"The Sunday race is the toughest, baddest, hardest off-road race in the country. Held is western Illinois, only the toughest racers compete. With the four wave start, the action begins. Leaders are followed by the Bill Gusse Helmet-Cameras. Trophy presentation at the end."
July 13, 2001

#669 WERA Nat'l Talladega (Part 1)

"Over 40 teams prepared for this four-hour National Endurance. We check out the start and follow the action. We interview Charlie Van Valkenburgh, owner of Pit Bull Motorcycle Stands. We look at the track and follow the action with the Team Chicago Helmet Camera."
July 20, 2001

#670 WERA Nat'l Talladega (Part 2)

"Checking out the final two hours, Team Chicago finishes third in class. David Swarts of wraps up the race. Of the Sunday's National Challenge Sprint Races, we cover 600, 750 and Open Expert SuperStock, 750 Novice SuperStock and the 125 GP class."
July 27, 2001

#671 WERA Nat'l Putnam (Part 1)

"After the start of this 4-hour National Endurance, we watch the uncrating of the 2001 Yamaha R-6 at Cycle Sport Yamaha in Hobart, Indiana. After fixing the crashed Team Chicago Yamaha, Dan Schmitt takes to the track with the Team Chicago Helmet-Camera."
August 03, 2001

Special Back-to-Back Double-Episode Presentation of Team Chicago Challenge.

#672 WERA Nat'l Putnam (Part 2)

"While we watch the concluding 2 hours of this 4-hour race, we check out the painted new Airtech bodywork at Steve's Motorcycle Bodywork and Painting in Chicago on Elston Avenue. David Swarts of raps up this 4 hour race. Of the WERA National Challenge races we cover Expert Open SS, 600 SS, 750 SS, 125 GP and Novice 750 SuperStock."

#673 WERA Nat'l Virginia (Part 1)
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"Just outside Danville, Virginia, we watch the start of this 4-hour National Endurance. After the start and as the team sort themselves out, we travel to 4 & 6 Racing in Skokie, Illinois as Jim Rashid disassembles thr R-6 forks to install Race Tech Products. We rap up after 2 hours of racing."
August 10, 2001

#674 WERA Nat'l Virginia (Part 2)

"We check out the racing action in this WERA National at the 3 hour mark. Again we watch Jim Rashid of 4 & 6 Racing re-assemble the R-6 forks with the Race Tech Products. With the conclusion of this 4 hour race, Dave Swarts presents his rap-up."
August 17, 2001

#675 - WERA National Portland

"In Portland, Oregon we race the fifth round of the WERA National Endurance Series. Located at Portland International Raceway, this track includes the drag-strip with a fast curving turn in the back. After the start of this 6-hour race, I interview Phil Caudill, the importer of Wintex M/C Garments. The action continues through the third hour."
August 24, 2001

#676 - WERA National Portland Part 2

"Coverage of the final three hours of this 6-Hour race with Team Chicago finishing 2nd in Middleweight SuperStock Class. Of the National Sprint races we look at the AMA Pro Thunder race, the Open SuperStock and the 600cc SuperStock races."
November 02, 2001

#686 - WERA National VIRginia Double Header Part 1

"As this race begins at 9:00 AM, the teams charge into the first corner. In the TEAM CHICAGO TECH TIP, we show how to install the Intitutive Frame Sliders. With some comments from the racers, this show ends at the end of the 2nd hour."
November 09, 2001

#687 - WERA National VIRginia Double Header Part 2

"Team Pennzoil is victorious in the first 31/2 hour endurance. Chris Caylor, lead rider of Pennzoil, raps up the first race. At 3:00 PM the second endurance of the day starts. With a few more comments from the competitors, this show raps up in the second hour with footage from the TEAM CHICAGO HELMET CAMERA."
November 16, 2001

#688 - WERA National VIRginia Double Header Part 3

"After three and one-half hours of racing, Team Vesrah win in a commanding fashion. With a run-down of the points we return to 4 & 6 Racing in Skokie, Illinois to check out mixing paint in their new addition, Fastlane Painting. We conclude this show with the Sunday National Challenge Sprints races; Open SuperStock, 600 SS Novice, 750 SS Expert and 600 SS Expert."
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