The thrash to get the bike race-ready continued once we'd convened at the Speedway in garage No. 21 on Saturday morning, March 4. Our plan was to use the two days of AMA/CCS racing as practice, but with our bike still not ready to roll, we ended up using both days (and nights) to finish the actual construction. And, man, what freakish sights, sounds and circumstances developed during those 48 hours for any passersby lucky enough (ha!) to peer into our plywood cave that weekend: Half a dozen vintage racebikes (most of them Henning’s), all in various states of (dis)repair: yanked-apart engines sitting on the bench; Bodden's lathe – yes, a lathe! – spinning constantly; rags, safety wire, tools and other race-waste strewn about the floor; welders and torches flashing in the dark; bleary-eyed friends and crew members sleepwalking through the rubble; hope and despair trading places by the hour.