Awesome 2017 Sultans of Sprint season & finals in Germany !
#77 Amir Brajan from Mellow Motorcycles 2017 Sultans of Sprint Champion with "FRKNSTN"
What an awesome 2017 Sultans of Sprint season & amazing finals @ Glemseck 101 !
Starting in may in Monza at The Reunion (Italy), then in Monthléry at the Cafe Racer Festival (France), in SPA Francorchamps at Bikers’Classics (Belgium), the 2017 Sultans of Sprint finals were hosted & supported by Glemseck 101 at Leonberg (Germany). Glemseck 101 is the biggest open fair motorcycle event in Germany for cafe racers and custom bikes. Even better this event is a genuine celebration of motorcycle enthusiasm gathering an impressive number of visitors around sprint races the all week end.
Before the finals, the leaders Tommy Thoring #7 / Schlachtwerk Racing (GER) on his Yamaha “Skinny Beast” and Amir Brajan #77 / Mellow Motorcycles (GER) on his Ducati/Honda/KTM “FRKNSTN” were point equal in front of Mathieu Ménard #9 / FCR Original on his Triumph “Crazy Bonnie” (FR) also point equal with Laurence #17 / Lucky Cat Garage on her BMW “Bombinette” (FR). The suspense was still maximum thanks to the double points given for this 4th & last race of the season.
At Glemseck 101 22 Sultans racers were to enter the finals. 12 qualifyers had to battle hard against each other to reach the sprintrace with a total of 16 contenders.
The starting grid was defined as usual by the Sultans of Sprint wheel of fortune during the race briefing saturday morning. Great moderation as always of the Sultans of Sprint race by Jorg Litzenburger and flag girl Laura definitely supported offering a good show while the 101 team was doing a very good work for the race management as usual.
Sultans of Sprint at Glemseck 101 2017
Saturday afternoon weather was a bit so so and we faced a rain shower but Glemseck 101 is always lucky and rain stopped letting the dragstrip getting dry finally to welcome the Sultans of Sprint 2017 race finals. All Sultans of Sprint race teams just stole the show this saturday showing up with crazy & funny costumes or team outfits but they really all perform very impressive starts & runs demonstrating once again the high level of performance achieved by their turbocharged, nitrous equipped or supercharged flying carpets !
Libner Racing Motorcycles (FR) came with their turbocharged BMW land speed racer “LSR 940B” ridden by Hervé Libner #3 while the Harley Davidson “The Blue Racer” handlebar was for Tom Libner #4. The beautiful Libner Racing “Felino” was loaned to Fred Krugger, the famous and double world champion of custom bikes from Belgium, to race as guest at Glemseck 101 with Sultans of Sprint race number #99. Fred Krugger (BE) faced unfortunately some clutch issues and didn’t manage to take the best on the very fast “Ugly Duck” built & ridden by Christian Moretti #13 from Plan B Motorcycles (IT).
FCR Original team was fully motivated to keep a place on the final podium after having collecting useful points thanks to their victory in the #ScaryFactor fanboost online vote. Mathieu Ménard was super hot on the fast Triumph #9 “Crazy Bonnie” but he faced a massive wheelie on second gear probably due to the nitrous power shot during his battle against Amir from Mellow Motorcycles (GER). Bad luck again for this super impressive machine from the french workshop.
#33 “Polizia Uno” supercharged and nitrous injected BMW with Dani Weidmann from VTR Customs (CH) and #66 “NOSferatu” nitrous injected Moto Guzzi with Josef Leitl from Radical Guzzi (GER) are two iconic Sultans of Sprint racers since last year performing always impressive start and insane noise on the starting line. This time they didn’t manage to perform against other contenders but it has been great to see them running once again ! Same situation for #22 St Brooklyn Motorcycles “L’Etonnante” (FR)with Ludwig Ascher and #14 Venom Design “The Sprintster” (FR) ridden by Jérôme Mazzon: Big show but no victory this time.
All the way from UK for a second race with the Sultans of Sprint, Paul Cardy #59 from Shed Hot Customs did well but struggled to be fast enough against Rolf Reick. Sure this english team will be back for more next year with their beautiful dustbin faired BMW “Velocity Baby”.
With their Ducati “Il Veloce” unfortunately not finished on time to race despite lot of intense work the all summer the KD Motorcycles crew from Belgium was here to support the other teams and have a good time with the Sultans of Sprint !
Great start from Bernard Mont on the Ducati #91 “NowhereFast”… he will be back next year with a new crazy sprintracer !
First race ever for “Moonraker” a mind blowing BMW supercharged sprintracer home made by Ralph Schmuck #97 (GER) stole the show on the dragstrip for its first race but against an other guest rider, Simon Bronold #98 from Radical Guzzi (GER), this was not enough to get through. Last but not least we were very pleased to welcome as guest rider the famous Yong “Macaco” Kim riding his special W650 nitrous injected & tuned by Schlachtwerk for a first sprint race. We heard he will come back for more races next year !
Laurence #17 on Lucky Cat Garage’s BMW “Bombinette” (FR) did well during the qualification taking a revenge against Brice Canayer #34 and his BMW “The Bee” from Bcan Race (FR). She showed a really fast and good start against Amir #77 and his “FRKNSTN” but she missed still a bit of power to keep the advantage at the finish line. She will be back for more after this first season improving race after race !
With his old rigid frame and fancy race outfit Rolf Reick #5 / Krautmotors (GER) is a serious contender and he won serveral rounds to reach the battle for the 3rd place against the Ducati “ciaparat” #24 from Milano Cafe Racers (IT). A very good achievement for this naturally aspirated tuned BMW 2 valves boxer !
French citizen but coming from Bali Jacques Charabot (FR) was racing his H-Skull Ducati “Balinese Kiss” #6 now featuring a nitrous injection for the first time fought really hard against Christian #13 from Plan B Motorcycles (IT) using the same kind of set up … first run was impossible to define the winner as they crossed the finish line together but then experience paid off and the italian Ducati “Ugly Duck” won.
Philipp Ludwig Kraftstoffschmiede #46 on his 4 valves BMW “Hercules” did well but not enough to finish on the podium loosing against Schlachtwerk very fast Yamaha. The “Hercules” BMW is a completely new breed of BMW sprintracer using a tuned & nitrous injected R 850 R engine mounted in a one off frame. A very good example of how creative Sultans of Sprint contenders can be ! Also probably why Philipp won the “Sultans of Sprint Style & Engineering 2017 award”: Well deserved !
For the 3rd place Sami Panseri and his Ducati “Ciaparat” #24 battled hard against Rolf Reick #5 and his BMW “Number 5”. This time the black fairing from Milano Cafe Racers team crossed the finish line first.
What better scenario could we expect for the final of the finals at Glemseck 101 ? the two fastest bikes ridden by the two fastest riders : Tommy Thoring vs Amir Brajan, #7 vs #77, Yamaha vs Ducati, “Skinny Beast” vs “FRKNSTN”, Schlachtwerk vs Mellow Motorcycles …
After a very good start Tommy #7 was ahead on his Yamaha “Skinny Beast” but despite a wheelie in the middle of the track Amir Brajan managed to keep full throttle and control of his very fast Ducati “FRKNSTN” and overtook to reach the finish line first ! What a crazy run between these two !!!
Congratulations to Amir Brajan #77 for his first place, Tommy Thoring #7 second place & Sami Panseri #24 third place.
Award ceremony took place at Glemseck 101 main stage and was a great highlight with Jorg Litzenburger (mastermind of Glemseck 101), Andy Baba (Sultans’mascotte) & Seb Lorentz (Sultans of Sprint founder) with the support of Matteo Adreani & Paolo Sormani (The Reunion). This award ceremony was really a quite emotional moment rewarding all the partners, helpers, teams and winners of both Glemseck 101 race but also the podium of the overall Sultans of Sprint 2017 Championship. The mainstage was then on fire with our friends from “Cooking with Elvis”.
Some words from the 2017 winning team !
Amir & Flo, founders of Mellow Motorcycles: “The Mellow Team was really honoured to be able to participate at the Sultans of Sprint 2017. We were very warmly welcomed and felt being part of the Family even as being the Rookies. Having actually won the Championship was something we never expected. However we are immensely proud but even more important having found so many new friends means a lot to us. We are so much looking Forward to next year and can’t wait for the next Season to begin !”
Many thanks to Francois from SIMS Garage who made special trophies for the Sultans of Sprint 4th round while Lucky Cat Garage created & offered the ScaryFactor fanboost trophy for FCR Original #9. The Sultans of Sprint jury decided to give one extra ScaryFactor award to Bernard Mont #91 from Belgium who was wearing a “beast” costume every time to try to get the competitors scared. No matter of hot weather Bernard was always wearing his frightening hair coat and a crazy matching helmet with horns everybody will remember as the “track beast” !
3rd place for Sami Panseri #24 Milano Cafe Racers team with their Ducati “ciaparat” !
Sultans of Sprint 2017 at Glemseck 101 / Sami #24 3rd place Milano Cafe Racers
2nd place for Tommy Thoring Schlachtwerk Racing team with their Yamaha “Skinny Beast” !
Matteo Adreani, founder of The Reunion gave as planned the beautiful TAG HEUER Monaco watch to Amir Brajan and Jacques a very nice unique H-Skull customized with metal leaf by Laurence from The Lucky Cat Garage.
The Sultans of Sprint champion Cup is getting from hand to hand every year and Young Guns Speed Shop (2016 Sultans of Sprint champion with their Moto Guzzi “Ferdinand the Sparrow”) were happy and proud to pass it to Mellow Motorcycles for their success with their Ducati “FRKNSTN”. The Sultans of Sprint Cup has left Switzerland for Germany.
You can find out all the results from the Sultans of Sprint 2017 challenge >>here<<
After all these emotions and speeches, it was time to gather at the Sultans of Sprint area where our friends from The Reunion were cooking pasta and our Sultans DJ Jens & Jörn were spinning records for the pleasure of everybody with a great friendly athmosphere. The Sultans of Sprint party animals were just at their best !
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR AN AWESOME 2017 SULTANS OF SPRINT SEASON !
Many thanks to all the racers, team members, helpers, friends, supporters, fans, visitors, partners and our mascotte Andy Baba who made the 2017 Sultans of Sprint Challenge so amazing. Big up to our friends & partners Fotozino, Group Libner, Virage 8, Dickies, The Reunion, TAG Heuer, Atelier Nord, Avon Moto, FCR Original, Heidenau, Gentlemen’s Factory, Intermot Customized, Instantané, A Piece of Chic, Machine 17, La Fabrique 3D.
Thumbs up to the great events hosting our races : The Reunion / Monza (IT), Cafe Racer Festival / Monthléry (FR), Bikers’Classics / SPA Francorchamps (BE) but also our press event at Iron Bikers / Carole (FR) and all our exhibitions at Wheels & Waves festival / Biarritz (FR) and at Bike Shed London (UK). We all really had a good time thanks to you.
We have also to say a big thank you to all the photographers who took great shots of the Sultans of Sprint races during the all season: Christine Gabler and Marc Holstein, Laurent Nivalle, Thierry Dricot, Cyril Casagrande, Kati Dalek, Ben Ott, Antje Roth, Guillaume B, Alessandra Leocata, Paolo Lamperti, Guillaume Ducasse, Marco Latorrre, Ernesto Superspecial and for sure our great video crew Benjamin “Givetogod” Donadieu & Cédric Faimali , Benjamin “Push” Guimond.
FOTOZINO x #sultansofsprint 2017 challenge still going on !
The FOTOZINO x #sultansofsprint will end within one month on 10th october. The best #sultansofsprint team fanzine will be rewarded by 1000€ cash on 13th october in Paris during Mignight Garage Festival.
Download fotozino app on your iphone and publish your own content about Sultans of Sprint. See, share & like the posts of the different teams. You can also get for free the team fanzines by simply downloading them in pdf. Check > http://fotozino.com/sultansofsprint.php but also the fanzines from the different teams:
FCR Original “Crazy Bonnie” | Lucky Cat Garage “Bombinette” | StBrooklyn Motorcycles “L’Etonnante” | Milano Cafe Racers “Ciaparat” | Radical Guzzi “NOSferatu” | Mellow Motorcycles “Frankenstein” | Schlachtwerk “Skinny Beast” | PlanB Motorcycles “Ugly Duck” | Venom Design “The Sprintster” | Libner Racing “Felino” | Libner Racing “Blue Racer” | Libner Racing “Dragonfly” | Bcan Race “The Bee” | Kraftstoffschmiede “Hercules”
Sultans of Sprint x Fotozino fanzine 2017
SEE YOU SOON !
Sultans of Sprint will exhibit some sprintracers at the upcoming Ouest Riderz Festival nearby Royan (FR) with Libner Racing, FCR Original & Lucky Cat Garage, Dandy Riders Festival in St Raphael (FR) represented by Bcan Race.
Sultans of Sprint will gather for a farewell party & exhibition at Mignight Garage Festival 3 organized by our mates from 4H10! in Paris to celebrate this great season once again !