Tuesday, February 26, 2008
On Monday, February 25th Steven Wesley DeLay peacefully passed away due to advanced pneumonia. Steve, known to many as “Short White Dude”, was founder, owner and the driving force behind SWD Racing. He was undoubtedly one of the most passionate and dedicated frame builders the industry will ever see.
Steve loved all aspects of cycling and, for that matter racing of any type, but his true passion was downhill racing. He would post up on the side of a downhill course all day watching all levels of racers, talking, analyzing and learning from what he saw. Steve went against a lot of the stereotypes and myths surrounding downhill frames by building his frames out of 4130 Steel and utilizing a single pivot chassis. His success both on and off the racecourse has clearly proven over the years that he knew what he was doing. Steve’s vision and goal was to build high performance, high quality, reliable and quiet race-ready downhill rigs with out the inflated price tag. He would do anything for anybody no matter their experience level and barely covered his own expenses with the prices he charged for the frames. If everybody had only one percent of the passion and dedication that Steve had for what he did, combined with his amazingly positive attitude and outlook on life, certainly our world would be a much better place.
SWD Racing will go on. The Team will still be racing and will be carrying with it a new perspective. There will be some downtime as far as sales and production go, but the company will continue to grow and evolve into a bigger and stronger force on the downhill race scene.
If you would like to help the cause, donations to be put towards Steve’s medical bills are being accepted by the following:
Email swdracing@yahoo..com with the dollar amount you would like to contribute. You will then receive an email back with an invoice that leads you directly to a Pay Pal Secure account where you can pay by credit card or bank account number.
If anybody has any questions or concerns that you would like to discuss please contact SWD Racing directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your support and consideration during this trying time,
The entire SWD Racing Family and Crew.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Phase 1, nuke the park! www.freeridebc.com this is our temporary blog for the park and I have no idea why my hotlink won't work, lol!
Last Saturday we broke ground on the FreeRide Park we are building with the Municipality North Saanich - hands down the raddest forward thinking crew- and Gord Martman of Gord Martman Excavating showed up with a little gift for us...
So not only did Gord hook us up with his machine he also left his top operator who threw us the keys and lets us drive it too. We were blown away with these guys and to top it off the machine is ours to use for the whole project.
The Excavator is kinda essential because Drew only brought one shovel!
And Kyle is hiding something off camera...
White shoes! Good news is Kyle flies around the world for UCI building tracks.
The crew, Lindsay/Engineer, Kyle Michell Course designer/builder, Drew Mitchell -no relation- Designer/ course layout, professional consultant.
Here is the goal: Build a modern park that will have little kids section intermediate and a pro section with out compromising design for fear of safety.
Now this is going to be a fitness park riddled with intermediate pump tracks to triple diamond pro sections, all well though out and designed for flow and safety. All levels will be clearly marked and segregated by access roads. There is no way in hell anyone will be riding out of their own ability, Whistler Blackcomb has donated their signage files so that we can use the blue and diamond method for our signs.
Phase 1: Beginner/everyone flowy pump tracks and jumps for all levels to play on.
Phase 2: Intermediate/Expert flowy table tops progressing to gaps and a creek jump.
Phase 3: Pro Section will be an absolute free for all that ends in a perimeter pump track jump line that brings you back to the beginning if need be.
The design inspires flow, cleverly thought out keeping safety a top priority and isolating those into the areas they belong until skill levels increase.
I took a quick video to briefly explain the size of this park and what is currently there.
The excavator scrubbing the soil and fluffing up the pump track zone.
This is Cliff Halliday bragging about something. Cliff is North Saanich's top guy for the parks division, he has been crucial in making this park happen.
Drew and Kyle dreaming up the pump track start point.
Drew and I plotting the pump track design out, notice the beautiful natural stump he accidentally toasted in the background. Thanks for coming out Drew, good game.
This is what makes Drew one of Coves and Canada's fastest racer... he is full of rage! He was concern about me and my loosing an eye phobia so he punished everything in our path.
Some natural sections that we will be designing through.
I will come back and clean this posting up. I have to run off to the airport and pick up my girlfriend from a flight, a flight I cancelled on 3 hours before because of this park! So everyone better be stoked on this park when we are done!!
Above is a sample of what Dennis just made on a Haas VF2, it just looked cool so I posted it up but below is the new machines in action.
And to keep up with every ones expectations of me, I posted yet another shitty video- but this time not sideways. We do not piss excellence, our machines do!
This is basically Machinist Porn, not one video exist online of a Mori Seiki NH4000 in action let alone one with a pallet cell. This machine reputably one of the worlds fastest production machines and we use it exclusively for the bike division so if you are riding on our gear it came from this machine, be proud!
I will save you from the boring tech and just let you watch the machine tear into some material.
This is our test run of the pallet cell, you can see it is obviously not an optimal program and we are still awaiting the rest of the tombstones. Once we have them all in place we will make another video that will blow you away, this machine is nuts.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
We have just set up a blog for the park, excuse its lack of beauty but it works for now. http://www.freeridebc.blogspot.com/ Not much going on for content but we will get that sorted soon.
This park is from a lot of peoples efforts and hundreds of hours of work. Municipality of North Sannich, Sidney Waterfront Inn, AJ Finlayson Architects and us at Straitline Comp & Mark and George Mathews the founders, got our buts in gear to make this happen.
Now we are ready to break ground with the help of John Plant Excavating and Kyle Michell the designer of the 07 BMX worlds course.
Kyle just flew in last night from Spain where he was building a UCI course and soon back off to Europe then Asia to build more. Stoked to have him help us out.
Drew Mitchell member of Cove Bikes DH team is lending his small little hands and also helping in course designs with his big heart!
Bounce over to the truly ghetto blog here and please bookmark it and keep an eye on this site. We are going to go big, this not another generic park, with in 2 years we will be enclosing it and best of all this is a free public park.
Pumps tracks, double downs, double diamond advanced jumps, tree riding and of course every level and style of jumps will be there. We even have a legion right down the strip!
Thanks to Whistler Blackcomb Sign Division for all the help!!
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Cool thing about starting a company is that you can make what you want in any colour!
We call this one Red Sunset over Tuscany or Red.
When we started the bike division we made two simple rules.
No photo shop! Just show the real deal!
No marketing hype! Put your balls on the line and back up what you claim, spend the money on machines.
I left the shots in large format so you can zoom in and critique! Thanks to everyone who has been so cool with us and helped us out in the begining. You all know who you are!
I know my photo skills suck but these were my best ones!
Stoked to get 08 dialed in.
Monday, February 4, 2008
We were just joking around about running a "where's Dylan" competition since he always emails from the most random places with funny stories about what he is up to. Recently the guys at Pain Incorporated did an interview with Dylan to shed some light his life at home and riding. Check out the full interview here.