He was certainly a character. At one point we were sitting around the infield at the old concrete Dominguez track and he said "I'm going to go roll around for a while." He walked about 15 feet away, laid down, and literally started to roll around. It was so ridiculous and unexpected that we all laughed our heads off.
I personally think most of his "special techniques" were invented on the spot as his way of having a bit of fun with folks. The only "special technique" he had that I know for a fact was effective was making sure that his wife was on the stopwatch. For some reason his 200s were always a couple of tenths faster when she was on the button. He wouldn't let honest folks anywhere near his stopwatch and complained that most people didn't know how to do it!
And as long as we're swapping stories, I had him modify the bars on my old 24" wheeled kilo bike. I sat on the bike and held the aero extensions in the right spot for him to TIG into place. He said "Okay, now close your eyes."
I had a sunburn for a week, but the bars were perfect!
Last edited by Six jours; 03-25-09 at 11:16 PM.