or the smell of two-stroke oil burning. You don’t have to
look very far to see modern throwbacks. In automobiles,
the Ford Mustang, Dodge Challenger and Chevy Camaro
are examples of retro-futurism. In home appliances, most
modern show kitchens display modern takes on mid-cen-tury items like coffee pots, mixers, stoves and fridges. In
clothes, every aspiring Hollywood actress who wants to
avoid the wrath of fashion critics wears vintage Valentino
or Versace to the Oscars. Everything that’s old is new
It’s no secret that the MTA-sponsored Two-Stroke World
Championship is held on the same weekend that the
almost-forgotten World Four-Stroke Championship once
was held. They are peas in a pod—just a generation apart.
In the era dominated by two-strokes, the World Four-Stroke
Championship was an homage to the throwback era before
the two-stroke became dominant. It was a cult race, held
for riders who appreciated four-strokes and wanted to keep
that memory alive. The World Four-Stroke race lasted 34
years. It died a peaceful death because its job was done.
By the final World Four-Stroke race, held in 2010, the whole
wide world recognized the four-stroke, and there was no
need to wax poetically about something so commonplace.
From the ashes of the World Four-Stroke’s demise
bloomed the World Two-Stroke Championship. Suddenly,
the roles were reversed. The lowly four-stroke was now
WAS NOW THE KING
AND THE ONCE-
STROKE WAS THE
For the two-stroke race, the Talladega first
turn was changed from an elliptical bank to
a roller coaster ride over hill and dale. In the
first moto Zach Bell ( 100) used his superior
power-to-weight ratio to grab the holeshot.