Gary Hickle a former racer, and dealership owner for BSA, Sno-Jet, Kawasaki and Yamaha - raced one of these Hornets. They were a competitive race bike in their day. A big motor stuffed in a tiny frame . . . My dad said Hickle let him run the Hornet for a few laps in Nashua, Iowa at the fairgrounds track. Gary is still riding motorcycles after all these years. He's had a lot wins on motorcycles and snowmobiles, and the trophies to show for it. Youth don't last forever . . . but don't tell him that ! Hickle's racing saying to me was usually . . . "Boy, you got to put the hammer down !"