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Monte03
17th October 2011, 18:26
I am Honored and Humbled to be asked by Mark Simiola a close friend of Vito Sabato and Ironhead Racer to post the following News,

Mark States:
Ryan Mehner riding one of Vito Sabato's classic Ironhead dragbikes posted an 8:98 @ 145 mph at Atco Dragway on October 16 2011. The Ironhead Sportster running on gasoline is one of the very few to ever break into the 8 second range and a fitting tribute to Sabato who has been one of the sport's most accomplished competitors over the last six decades.

* Below is a Picture of Vito on his Ironhead back in the 70's as Well His Latest Bike and a 2009 Picture directing his Rider Ryan Mehner, Congratulations to Vito, Ryan and Team:

http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo250/Monte03/EarlyVitoSabato.jpg

http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo250/Monte03/VitosIronhead.jpg

http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo250/Monte03/VitoSabatoIslandDragway.jpg

Bruce
17th October 2011, 18:58
Thanks for sharing, that's moving right down the track.

redi2ride
17th October 2011, 18:59
Fricken cool! That's one forward thinkin bike!

brucstoudt
18th October 2011, 01:48
hes got my respect! was this avintage class or ahdra?

Monte03
18th October 2011, 02:26
Bruc,
I believe they were just going for Track Time, ATCO is a Classic Track in New Jersey and it's Great that this took Place there, Understand that this is an S&S Carbed Big Inch Ironhead on Gas, Vito has been Building and Racing Ironheads for Decades Mostly Modified Class.. the bike they run now has the beautiful Lattice Work Frame stretched out and Low as in the posted Picture
I'm thrilled for the Man and Thrilled for his Rider Ryan

Monte03
19th October 2011, 02:30
meanmechanic9 captured this 2010 run at Island Dragway

72ironhead.AVI - YouTube

mrmom9r
19th October 2011, 04:15
Spoke to Vito and he's understandably proud yet humbled by all the attention.

He has just joined a very small club of 8 sec. gas ironheads after chasing it for forty years.

Congratulations to Vito, it couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

16ouncePBR
19th October 2011, 13:50
Wow,to put it in perspective that shaves about 6-7 seconds off a stock Sportster (according to Cycle World).

How much HP does that bike make?