On February 14, 1981, the second steam tunnel rally was held underneath the university. The bikers fought to be the Best Man for the Margaret Schuarte and Robert Puckette wedding.
Here’s a snippet of David Butler discussing the hardships of the course and the standings.
The finals standings were:
- Eric Sisson – 00:06:37
- David Chase proxy for T.W. Cook – 00:06:53
- John “Grungy” Gladu – 00:07:13
- Steve Sullivan proxy for Walter Underwood – 00:11:50
- Keith Robinson – 00:12:03
- Mark Linimon – 00:13:23
Sadly, the tape itself is not incredibly interesting as a race per se. Since each rider had to traverse the course individually, the tape has minimal commentary by David Butler, lots of dead air, and an interruption by a business man giving a luncheon speech. I have to assume that the tape’s creators would love to hear it, though.
Ultimately, we won’t be keeping this audio for the long term, but I would like to offer digital copies to those interested. I have edited out the dead air and the speech, so the original file that was around three hours long is now a brief 50 min. If you would love to hear it, please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will send you the wav file.
Image from: “Rice Institute tunnel construction, looking into Tunnel toward Power House from angle in Tunnel “D”.” (1911) Rice University: http://hdl.handle.net/1911/12990.