In over 150 Talking Motorcycles with Barry Boone radio shows, only one motorcyclist has ever said no to an invitation to be on. He shall remain nameless. That is over 400 interesting people in the motorcycle universe who have said yes. Each year I look back to determine which was the most meaningful for me. The guest list from 2016 reads like a “Who’s Who in Motorcycling”. Choosing my favorite is difficult. This one was the one. Why?
Every show is always about the guest and their contribution to a sport we all love. Let’s take a look at the guest list from this show that happened the night before the 2016 Daytona 200.
Scott Russell aka (Mr Daytona)
Russell is a 5 time Daytona 200 winner and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer. That’s only part of the story. He has been arrested twice the night before the 200. He crashed on the opening lap and ended up winning by 53 seconds. Hearing him give details about that were thrilling. You will hear about the second arrest in first person account from Scott for the first time in media. I asked Scott to remain onboard as co-anchor and assist with the other two special guest interviews. That is easy for us. Yours truly anchored the FansChoice.TV coverage of the 2014 AMA Pro Road Racing season and Mr. Russell was our expert color analyst. We fit like hand in well broken in pair of RacerGloves. We called our first race together in the 2014 Daytona 200 and never looked back.
Dick Klamfoth won the Daytona 200 on the beach. He speaks motorcycle. He and his wife married in 1956 and it was on. Dick gave us a memorable and legendary description of the starting grid and procedure and proceeds to take us on an emotional lap. It was as if he did it that very day remembering and describing every detail. I so wish we had not had time constraints. Scott and I could have listened to him talk about that race all night. You can feel and see the sea spray on your goggles listening to him. This interview was one for the history books. When he first arrive at the venue I had the opportunity to introduce him to Scott Russell. It was an honor to introduce two legendary motorcycle racers who truly were each excited about knowing the other.
Danny Eslick had won two Daytona 200’s and in 2014 he was prepared to try to make it 3 in a row but a mistake off the track on Main Street in Daytona just days before placed him in jail and out of the 200. In this our third annual “Night Before the 200” show, he made is first public statements about the incident. At the time, there was still a chance the decision by race organizers to deny him a start would be reversed. It was this interview when I realized that having Scott Russell on board to co-anchor. He was on point in this interview at a this critical time in Danny’s career.
To have the chance to have this epic radio show with three guys who had won a total of 10 Daytona 200’s was a broadcasters dream come true. We do hope you enjoy listening to this show that happened the night before the 2016 Daytona 200.
You can hear the unedited show in it’s entirety by clicking this link:
This show was simulcasted on FM93.5 WNDB, the flagship station of MRN Radio. Special thanks to Mike Moltane, Station Manager and Terry “Boots” Sabiston, our Producer.
Special thanks to Crosley Radio, the Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Dunlop Motorcycle Tires and Clearwater Lights.
Barry Boone, Host