I don't know if a cure for jetlag could be to ride one hundred-ninety mph on a motorcycle, but Dave Beck and friends arrived from England days in advance of motorcycle race-day to be sure jetlag wasn't a factor in his racing. Perhaps the Florida sun provides a relief to jetlag too; especially when you're more accustomed to fog, mist, and cool temperatures of the UK. Dave Beck is back in England now, putting more jetlag behind him. While he was racing in Gainesville, Florida; however, I (Dwight) didn't ask Dave about his oceanic flights…but I did have questions for him, and he answered in straightforward British fashion. Join us from the MRE Racing camp for a straight up talk with Dave Beck…
Dave Beck…D-O-B: May 16, 1968…HOME TOWN: Aston, Cheshire, UK
Do you have a nickname?
"Jay Regan calls me the Cheshire-tom-cat."
Who are your Heroes?
"John Myers. That's what started it. Prostock in England. I came here because of the beautiful weather."
What are (or have been) your scariest moments?
"Nitrous fire in Chicago…Waiting for Jay Regan to come to the far end when the bike blew up at about a hundred forty mph."
Do you work out?
"I play soccer. And circuit training…shuffles, runs, thirty-second stuff. "
Do you have a special diet?
"Yeah, I don't like vegetables or salad. I could eat chocolate full time, but you do have to sacrifice."
What mental routine prepares you for each run?
"Once I put the helmet on I go through the run in my mind. Play it through. You got what you got."
Do you have time for a hobby?
"No…I could live, eat and sleep motorcycles."
Many motorcyclists ride to unravel, what do you do to unwind?
"I workout. Just sit in the sun and relax…here, at the beach. I'm going to take up reading however for the eighteen-hour flight back home."
What personal quality (one trait) would you want to be known for?
What's most important?
1.Fame 2.Money 3.Thrill/fun 4.Winning
"You need the money to win. If you win you get the thrill and the fame."
Are you happy?
"Yeah. I enjoyed this year as my best over thirty years of my life. This one sticks out."
What could make you happier?
"Having enough money to do a full series next year."
If you could change one thing about motorcycle drag racing, what would it be?
"Where I live and the weather in England. Two champs on Jay's pro-mod bike."
When driving a car, do you always wear a seatbelt?
1. Yes. 2. No. 3. If yes, really?
"Yes. I have cars."
What does 185 miles an hour on a motorcycle feel like?
"It's over very quickly, especially if it's straight."
Where and when do you find the most peace in your life?
"When I'm asleep."
(Dave Beck exclaimed…"Wow"…as he just saw Jay Regan peddle off on a non-motorized bicycle.)
Do you have a full-time occupation?
"Yes. I work on a large dairy farm…350 cows…I don't own the farm. I do machinery maintenance and grass land management…grow and cut grass for the cows."
You're a skilled racer…What one factor, what one reason separates you from the fast traffic on smooth public highways?
"About two feet usually, or six inches if we're going to a race."
What got you started in Motorcycle drag racing?
"Went and watched one day…a test and tune day…It's like a dollar to take a run. I worked through the street and onto the British Prostock Championship, four of the last five years, and the European title thrown in as well."
"Winning at Columbus was a great memory. Killed them with consistency on race day, and got to see Jay nervous too."
We were fortunate to get many photos of Dave Beck while stationed at the MRE Racing compound at the Gainesville track, and decided to share these extra shots with everyone.
That means I must be brief here. Dave Beck elicits many admirable traits and delivers them all in a polite and confident way. I found one word to describe him, and we decided it had enough strength to reach out across the Atlantic and back…
Looking over that last run. Dave, Jay Regan, Tom Perry