David Aldana is one fast man.
Dirt track, road racing, AMA Grand National Championships, Trans-AMA motocross series, spreedway racing – David has done it all and has the medals to prove it. His racing style – known as being an all-or-nothing racer – made him a focal point of the Academy Award-nominated film On Any Sunday and got hin inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame. And come this weekend, he will be the Grand Marshall of the NOLA Vintage Grand Prix as well as a praticipant in a few races.
We caught up with David to talk about the event and his famous skeleton suit.
How has racing changed since you started out in the AMA Grand National Series?
The main thing is the equipment. From the 60s to now, it's so different. A lot of what you'll see out there this weekend will be the same type and style of bike I raced on, but the tire compund is better, the rubber is better. You have better oil, better metallurgy, crank shafts, engine cases, better parts, and more reliable machines.
NMSP: Do you have any advice for today's riders?
Aldana: Go to a track day.