Not too many months ago I suggested motorcycle racing without rules as a way to avoid disqualifying winners because of some arcane technical violation. Quite a few of you liked the idea, those opting for rules of some sort usually focused on a few minimal restrictions related to safety.
Well, over in France they’ve put together a little race series taking the unlimited racing idea to heart, it’s called the Joe Bar One Unlimited Power Race. The rules are pretty brief. Internal combustion engines, 4 strokes of at least 880cc, 2 strokes at least 500cc and aesthetically, it must look different from stock with modifications strongly encouraged. As they say on their site, “Anything not prohibited is allowed.”
The races will be run over a series of weekends, winners of the qualifying races will race in a finale. Winners will not only be judged by lap times or outright wins on the track, there will be points awarded by vote for most original machine, or most beautiful or spectacular, subjective judgements, to be sure, but aimed at recognizing the skill of the builder as well as the rider. This looks like it’s more of a fun amateur series than anything aimed at factory efforts but it might be interesting to see what shows up.
The name Joe Bar One comes from a French motorcycle related comic called Joe Bar Team, which kind of sets the tone for this interesting race series. While I’m not crazy about the points awarded by vote as opposed to outright wins, I understand the reasoning behind it. Looks like it could be fun and any series with the “Anything not prohibited is allowed” mindset is OK by me.
Thanks to Loic from crazymoto.net for the tip!
Link: Joe Bar One