Harley-Davidson race team director, Dick O'Brien dug out Brelsford's old XR and freshened it up, put Springsteen on it . . . and Jay went out and won the race in 1983. Harley first. Then Ducati, Ducati, etc . . . Way to go Springer ! I always thought Springsteen was under-rated as a road racer. If he could have concentrated on road racing, like he did in dirt track - the possibilities for victories with his skill as a road racer were definite. Jay Springsteen, one of the best motorcycle racers to ever throw his leg over a race bike. I'm glad he went with Harley.
. . . then in 1987 - Scott Parker said, "Let me give it a try !"
Parker scored a podium finish in his very first road race in 1987. That's him No.114 on the Harley-Davidson. His 3rd place (behind the two Ducatis of coarse) was a very respectable finish for a first-timer. His efforts stayed with the Grand Nationals - becoming the all time winner in the history of the sport.