John Parker Racing, Post-season wrap-up - Season’s Greetings
December 15, 2010
John Parker Racing
(Winona, ON – December 15, 2010)
Post-season wrap-up – Season’s Greetings
Although the end of the racing season means no more action on the track, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s time to kick back and relax until the kows come home, especially for Kawasaki Racing’s John Parker.
There were plenty of post-season chores and commitments to be taken care of, including re-negotiating contracts with some of his long-time sponsors and shopping around for new ones to help offset the ever-increasing costs of dirt track racing.
In addition, there was tons of mechanical work to be done on both John’s 450 and 600cc bikes, including engine modifications, suspension, etc. Much of this labour intensive work is done by John himself in his well equipped garage/machine shop.
And of course, to keep in riding shape, he pilots his Kawasaki motocross bike as often as he can either on the trails or private practice tracks. Once the snow starts flying and ponds freeze over, there is the lure of ice-racing competition. There’s no stopping John!
Also on John’s busy fall itinerary this past fall was an appearance at the Canadian Kawasaki Motors National Dealers Conference in beautiful Niagara Falls, ON, the second weekend of October. Par for the course were the usual photo-ops; in this case, long-time motorsport master photographer, Bill Petro, who was on hand the entire weekend, took the images.
In the photo above, standing behind John’s custom-built Kawasaki 450cc dirt track machine, is John with two of the men who have been key to his racing success for the past five years: Gord Inglis, President of Inglis Cycle Center (l) and Claude Gagne, Canadian Kawasaki National Sales & Marketing Manager (r). John has worked closely with Gord and Claude to establish a Kawasaki presence on the Canadian flat track scene. Towards that end John took Team Green to a number of qualifier and main victories, which contributed to his garnering second and third place respectively in the CMA Pro 450 and Pro Open Championship. To put the icing on the cake, he recorded his second consecutive New York TT Scrambles Championship in Medina south of the border.
“For me the racing season doesn’t really end until around Christmas. Well, actually, it never ends because there is always something to do. I do manage to squeeze in a two-week holiday with my wife, Dawn, towards the end of November. But that’s her idea, which is a good one, because otherwise I wouldn’t take the time off. I’m a workaholic by nature,” said John. “There is only one rule, no motorcycle or racing talk, which for a guy like me is no piece of cake. So here we are, another year has come to an end and I’m already anxious to get the 2011 season underway. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my wonderful sponsors and team staff for their unwavering support this year. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.”
John Parker’s sponsors in 2010 were: Canadian Kawasaki Motors, Inglis Cycle Center, Scorpion Helmets, Twenty Six Suspension, Hot Cams, Pivot Works, IM Leathers, Bickle Racing, Extreme Measures Kustom Paint, Saddlemen, Ron Wood Racing, A&A Racing and Bull’s Eye Media Relations.
John Parker’s team support staff in 2010 was: Len Shpeley, Jake Vanroon, Connie Vanroon and Dawn Parker.