I began riding on the track in 2003, and since that time I’ve attended hundreds of track days, as a customer, an instructor, and as the event director. Since 2010 I’ve run over 200 track days as an event director at tracks like VIR, Road Atlanta, CMP, NC Bike, NOLA, and Barber.
The motorcycle related accomplishment I’m most proud of is being one of the founders of our Annual Airfence Fundraisers. Together with my business partner Mike Ruhe, and our friend Kenny Walsh, we began holding these fundraisers in 2012. Since that time we’ve raised in excess of $160,000 and provided over 85 Airfence modules to Road Atlanta, VIR, and NC Bike. We’ve also constructed two mobile storage containers at VIR to make deployment and retrieval of the Airfence modules easier. These Airfence modules are used by many organizations to help make their events safer, and because of these efforts we’ve made a big difference in track safety. Our emphasis is on making PRE events the safest track day experience you can have with any organization. We don’t just talk about safety, we practice it at every single event.
My goal at every PRE track day is to make our customers feel like they are among friends each time they come through the gate. Attending a PRE track day is like going on a Sunday ride with your friends. The only difference is we meet up in the paddock at some of the most awesome tracks in the Southeast instead of the local gas station. If you think this sounds like the kind of environment you’d like to be a part of I invite you to give PRE a try. I think you’ll like what you find.
Passions: My lovely wife Diane, motorcycles, skiing, hiking, kayaking, cycling, sky diving and supporting our military men and women who make all the fun we have possible. I guess I got into bikes like many with my first mini bike, which was a 72 Honda QA50. Destroyed that,then moved on to bigger and better toys.
After taking a break from motorcycles, I re-entered the motorcycle world on a 2005 Suzuki GSXR 1000.
My wife, being the smart, sexy, intelligent woman she is, bought me my first experience on the track, which was Kevin Schwantz Superbike School at Road Atlanta over the 4th of July weekend of 2006. To say I was hooked was an understatement. From there I did a handful of days with STT and then found NESBA and the SE Crew of riders and instructors.
In August of 2009, Jeff Pitzer tossed me a CR shirt. Over three years I rode just about every event in the SE, worked booths at IMS shows, and when the chance came to get involved in fund raising, I had the honor of working with John Allen and Kenny Walsh to plan and operate the Airfence Fund events. These events have raised over $160,000 and deployed air fence at Road Atlanta, NC Bike and VIR to make all riders safer.
It is a privledge to be part of PRE, not only as an owner but also as a rider with the outstanding staff and the members we have in the Southeast. This is the most dedicated group I have ever had the opportunity with which to work. Our group passion for motorcycles and imparting knowledge to others about the safe, fast operation of a bike is rivaled by
no one in the business.
I look forward to seeing you all at the track and continuing what we all collectively think of as home.
I have been riding sportbikes for over 14 years now but found my addiction to the track back in 2005. Since then I have met and become friends with countless folks that have grown to be family to me over the years. I have ridden several tracks across the country and briefly did some racing with the CMRA during my short stay in Dallas, TX but I have always enjoyed the tracks and camaraderie on the east coast. I currently race several classes with CCS where I’ve had a lot of success, but I have found that I have the most fun riding with my family at PRE and working with everyone to better their skills as an intelligent rider. I live in Winston-Salem, NC where I am a maintenance manager for Atrium Windows and Doors as well as a Marshal for Virginia International Raceway in my spare time……..Joe Basim is the name my mother gave me, but everyone at P.R.E. and V.I.R. know me as the one and only “Joe Dirt”!!!!!!!!
As a kid I was into BMX bikes, raced a little, and did a lot of jumps and half pipes.
Then, I got into dirt bikes for a couple of years. After that I took a little hiatus. When I was 28 I bought a street bike and was in a bad accident that messed me up real good.
After a few years, I was able to ride again, and in 04 I did my first track day at Summit Point and have been hooked ever since.
I am married with no kids “yet” and have a crazy lab named Hank. I started out on motorcycles a little bit late in the game, I bought my first bike while I was in College in 2006 and just rode on the street until 2011 when a buddy talked me into coming to a track day. After that first day I was hooked. I immediately went and sold my street bike and bought a dedicated track bike. I think I did around 10 days that year. Since then I have been doing every track day I could make it too. I completely gave up street riding and haven’t rode a bike on the street since switching to the track up until a demo ride at bike week in Daytona this year “2017”. I found that I didn’t miss it and it just isn’t the same. I was at the inaugural Pre event and haven’t missed many between then and now. This year “2017” I began racing with CCS and have had some good showings so far. I have a couple more race weekends scheduled for 2017 and hope to bring home a couple South East Championships, but we will see. Un-motorcycle related I enjoy playing golf and mountain biking in my spare time when I am not working around the house. My wife and I also enjoy traveling and spending time at the beach. We have a goal to fill up our passports with stamps. We have been to the Dominican, Jamaica and Thailand so far with some more planned for the future. Look forward to seeing everyone out at the track at a Pre track day soon.
I started racing motocross at 13. I got my first street bike at 20 and started doing trackdays in 2008. I became a CR with PRE in 2016. When not riding motorcycles I enjoy snow boarding, shooting, and beer.
Motorcycles and I have had a long and twisted relationship. They encourage me to push my mental and physical boundaries and in return, I promise to ignore just enough of their “evil whispers” so we can stay together for as long as possible. First “bike” was a Honda Spree in 8th grade – once it was proven that you couldn’t bury the needle, next up was finding ways to make the rear lock easier. . .sand was the solution – first bike scar immediately followed.
Rode on the street for years. . .found the track in 2012 and immediately got my first of many doses of humility (several of the photos you see on this page were directly involved with many of those “doses”) – been hooked ever since.
I like to say riding motorcycles is a highly emotional experience. . .riding motorcycles on the track is a highly technical one. Being able to ride at the track with your friends and family is the best of all words.
If you see me in the paddock (just look for #29 and the Grinch on the tail section). . .don’t hesitate to ask me any questions. We’ve all be “raised” with the same principle in mind at the track. . .this sport is all about continuing the cycle of giving back.
Look forward to seeing you there!
I’ve been into bikes and racing as long as I can remember, and after a number of years street riding I did my first trackday in 2011. Since then, I have participated in many trackdays each year to focus on improving my technique and to become a safer rider. I started racing in the South-East region with CCS as an Amateur in 2016. I look forward to continued improvement and the opportunity to share some knowledge as a CR with PRE. When not at the track, I live in Richmond, VA and work as a project manager for a general contractor
I got my first motorcycle, an Indian 50, when I was 6 years old. Rode dirt all the way up to college when I got my first street bike, a Honda Hurricane 600. Had that a few years and then life and family, so I sold it and took a hiatus for several years from riding. Purchased an 06’ GSXR 600 new, kept it a year then got the 1000 when it came out in 07’. Now the story begins, I did my first trackday at Road Atlanta with the Kevin Schwantz school in 2008 and I was hooked. Sold the 1000 and bought an 06 750 for a dedicated track bike, which is what I still ride today. I did three days in 2009 and have done 10+ days every year from there on. I love the challenge that track riding gives and how there is always ways to improve. I enjoy being at the track with some of the best people on earth and sharing great times both on and off the motorcycle with them. I was asked to become a CR in 2012, which I gladly accepted. Now, along with riding with the Advanced guys and still looking to shave off that half second here or there, I enjoy working with newer riders who are eager to learn and improve themselves to be safer, faster riders. See you on the track soon
My passion for riding began before I hit my teens, racing BMX, then graduated to motocross and eventually street bikes, track days and racing. I began with NESBA in 2006 and have never looked back. I hold a CCS expert license and won the Southeast Amateur Formula 40 championship in 2012. Life has gotten in the way of racing, but that’s ok. My interest in honing my skills and sharing what I learn with the members of PRE is a desire that will never die. As a former technical training instructor, it’s ingrained in my DNA to teach/coach and share my knowledge.
As many others have said, the track is my favorite place to be. I feel “at home” when I’m the track and feel riding is something I was meant to do all my life. I just took me a while to get there.
After 20 years of riding on the street I took the Kevin Schwantz school at Barber Motorsport Park for my first on track experience. Despite two days of steady rain it was an amazing experience and I knew before my first lap was complete that I was completely hooked. I’ve been riding with PRE since moving to the Raleigh area and have loved every minute of it! Half way through the 2017 season I started racing the WERA series with a couple of close friends and we’ve had one or more of us on the podium at every round we’ve attended. In addition to my own hard work and perseverance I believe the solid foundation that has been established through riding with PRE has been fundamental in my development as a rider.
To fund my on-track adventures I work for Avery Dennison as a Software Product Manager where I lead the worldwide development team which prints Identification, Brand Protection and Care labels for the major clothing brands. Don’t worry – when we’re at the track I won’t bore you with the details about the day job – so feel free to stop by and say hi for a chat about anything motorcycle related. My wife Pam and our yellow lab Molly usually accompany me to all of the rounds and if we’re all lucky, and ask nicely, Pam might make some sausage stars or other tasty treats for the meat-n-greet!
One last thing; as Taylor’s buddy Casper would say “Whooooooooooo!!!!!!” – because if you’re not having a great time at a track day you’re clearly doing something wrong.
I live in Lincolnton, North Carolina with my wife, daughter, and two sons. For the last 18 years I have owned my own business Daves Custom Tile (davescustomtile.com). I specialize in the sale and installation of custom tile for residential and commercial businesses.
I took a motorcycle roadrace training course at Rockingham Speedway in 1995. I have been addicted the adrenaline rush of racing ever since. I raced my first full season with WERA in 2012 winning national and regional titles. I raced a few AMA races in 2013, but I found that doing trackdays and hanging with my buddies is what I need to get my fix.
I was a member of NESBA since 2001 and a control rider since 2006. I spent a few years racing including a bit of time vintage racing a Honda VFR 750. My wife Wendy (who also rides) and I are the owners of Max Speed Cycles in Kernersville NC, so you could say we really love motorcycles. I got my first bike, a 1974 Suzuki TS125 when I was 19 and my first streetbike, a1984 Honda Interceptor 700 when I was 21. Now I ride a CBR 600 F4i and a GSXR 1000.
Not relating to motorcycles, I have been married to Wendy for 20 years and have 3 children, Will, Aubrey and Emilie. You will usually see Aubrey with me at the track. I love music and have played the guitar for a bit and with the help of John Chalk will annoy people late into the night playing music at the track.
I started with track days in 2007, and after riding 21 days in Novice Group and 31 days in Intermediate I made it to Advanced in 2009. In 2011, I became and CR and began racing.
My favorite place to be is the track. I like them all!
Ever since I can remember, I have loved racing and going fast. My answer to the question What do you want to be when you grow up was always a race car driver. I got my motorcycle license when I was 21 but was still focused on cars. As I got into my mid-20s, I began to get interested in sport bikes and started riding with a group of guys from an internet forum. They preached riding safely and taking it to the track. My first track day was in late 2007, and I was hooked. I ride a 09 R1, and I am interested in finding those precious tenths and working on being consistent. I have also found enjoyment in helping people get to the track and realize what their bikes can truly do in a closed safe environment.
I was fortunate to have a motorcycle family, so both my parents as well as my older brother rode motorcycles. I started riding when I was 8 on a 1984 Honda XL80. I managed to crash the 80 while going around a turn and swore bikes off to go play video games. It wasn’t until I turned 13 that I gave motorcycle riding another try. Shortly after this attempt, I upgraded to a 1997 Honda XR200 and then to a 1998 Honda CR 125. I started racing flat track on the XR200 and managed to get a 3rd place on my first race against XR600s and XR650s. I started racing MX aboard the CR125 in TN and NC, in 1999 I completed the Gary Bailey MX school in VA. From 2001-2003 I had to stop riding due to medical issues. Once my health was ok enough to ride, I started riding a 2002 KTM 250SX. Unfortunately my strength was too weak for the bike, which resulted in a broken Arai and a concussion. I didn’t get back on a bike until 2004 aboard a 2003 Yamaha YZF250. A few months after getting back into dirt riding, I tried some street riding aboard a 2003 Buell XB9SL. I did the Cornerspeed Grand Course School and was hooked. A former Nesba CR Johnnie Haynes “BuellBoy” convinced me to check out Nesba, so in Oct of 2004 I tried the Patriot Course. From 2005-2007, I managed to do close to 15 Beginner days, 30 Intermediate days, 10 Advance days with Nesba. During this timeframe, I also took Cornerspeed I&II as well as Cornerspin, as well as the Kevin Schwantz School. In 2007, I started racing Novice aboard a 2006 Kawasaki ZX6RR in WERA. In 2008, I continued to race the 600 class as well as the heavyweight twin series aboard a 2007 Aprilia RSV1000. I was able to score a handful of podiums in 2008 as well as getting two 2nd place finishes at the Grand National Finals( was not able to really race the full season because I was getting my BA at UNC-CH). In 2009, I started racing the expert class aboard a 2009 Ducati 1198S. In 2010, I first stared racing the lightweight twin series aboard a 2007 Suzuki SV650, by the second half of the season I started racing AMA aboard a 2010 Harley Davidson XR1200. In my first year on the Harley, I finished 6th overall for the season. In 2011, I took the Yamaha Championship Riding School in UT.I continued to race the XR class for the next two years, but due to privateer problems, was unable to continue racing professionally. I started racing endurance with fellow a fellow CR around 2010 and looking to continue racing under ASRA endurance series for the following year. I currently ride a 2011 Yamaha R6 as well as the 2007 Suzuki SV650.
I was born and raised in NJ. I moved to Raleigh, NC, in 1999. I’ve been addicted to the racetrack since 2005. It is definitely my passion, along with playing the drums. I love helping people that are passionate about learning how to ride and improving their skills, so being a CR with P.R.E. is very important to me. I’m looking forward to seeing all of you out there. Werd son
Ive been riding motorcycles all my life, but I started late on this street bike thing. I purchased my first street bike when I was about 34 years old, after several years of street riding, I crashed on the street and was very fortunate to walk away with minor injuries. I made the decision at that point to head to the race track where I could ride my sportbike in the safest environment possible. No gravel in the turns, no oncoming traffic, no guard rails
etc. I started by getting my race license with CCS, and after my first weekend at the track, I was hooked. Ive never been back to the street. Ive been racing for about 12 years and had an incredible year in 2003 winning the Heavyweight Superbike, and Heavyweight Supersport championships in CCS.
I started riding with NESBA around 2006 and a year or two later I became a control rider for them. I enjoy hanging out at the track with all the new and avid track day junkies. Nothing is more fun than meeting new people that love to ride and seeing the track day family. Im looking forward to continuing this incredible experience with the Performance Riding Experience (PRE) family.
I am married and have one son. He is 10 years old and is passionate about baseball. We have our own Little League regulation field in the back yard with its own batting cage. You can find us practicing almost every day. Maybe someday hell make the big leagues and he can support my racing habit – LOL
Always looking forward to the next track day see you out there, and remember Smooth is Fast !
Steve is a long time track day instructor and has been an instrumental part of PRE since the very beginning. He holds a CCS expert license and has had much racing success over the last few years with that organization. Steve’s wife Stacy is like our team mother, always helping out by taking care of anyone who is sick or injured, and providing various tasty libations after the day is over. We aren’t quite sure what she sees in him, but we’re glad she puts up with him just the same, because we like her much better.
I learned how to ride a motorcycle in 2007, started doing track days a few months later, and started racing by the end of the year. I have been at it ever since!
I really enjoy motorcycle riding, road cycling, mountain biking, skiing, running, rock climbing, cooking, theme parks, beaches and several other things I have and haven’t done yet!
I’m here to help anyway I can!