Dressed in a replica set of his father's Bates leathers, Cal Rayborn III rode #14 with pro
After the Mid-Ohio event, the XRTT was unceremoniously loaded into Iannucci's well-worn Dodge Maxi-van and returned to Team Obsolete's Brooklyn warehouse warren. When will we see it next? "Maybe never," Iannucci says. "I don't know if, or where, I'll have it out again." For reasons too political to explain here, Iannucci no longer plays with the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA)-a series he helped found-which limits opportunities to race his bikes stateside. Besides, he has many more less valuable XRTTs in his collection that he would be more willing to risk racing.
But for those who were there to see Cal Rayborn III circulating the park-like Mid-Ohio racetrack, and who heard the finest Harley-Davidson XRTT ever made bellowing through Thunder Valley, it was an unforgettable moment-the next-best thing to seeing Cal Rayborn II himself in action back in the day. Even if it never happens again, Rob Iannucci deserves thanks for bringing this essential American racebike back out into the light.