I am Darlene, Doug's better half. I work in Edmonton as a registered nurse and have for the past 21 years. My initial fear of anything to do with motorcycles turned into the reluctant enjoyment of being a passenger when I met Doug in 1989. After a few years of riding on the back fender of Doug's wideglide and later a more comfortable FLHT seat, I got my own license in 1992. After a few rough years of learning the in's and out's and what not to do's of riding on two wheels and replacing many windshields, I upgraded to 1992 FXR and the enjoyment turned into a way of life.
Eight years ago I heard the words guaranteed to strike fear into the heart of any woman...
"Guess what I'm going to do" ...and so began the new hobby of nitro motorcycle drag racing. We had always been fans of watching motorcycle drag racing, but were soon to learn the expense, hard work, trial and tribulations of actually being a participant. My only non-negotiable term was that I would be riding my motorcycle to the different racing events in Alberta and BC, not driving the truck and trailer, which of course, had been Doug's plan all along. So for the last five years, I have enjoyed many rides to Mission, Fort St John, Ashcroft, and Medicine Hat, while Doug follows way behind doing a sedate 90-100 kph in his truck.
It has overall been a lot of fun as well as good hard work to get this far. My Job scope on the team has evolved from just keeping the 'crew" fed and watered to building and rebuilding clutch packs to get us through each weekend of racing as well as all the little jobs that come along the way and feeding and watering the crew. The best part is all the great people we have been fortunate enough to meet in both the motorcycle and racing environment. We look forward to quite a few more good years and "winning" years in the world of Nitro Harley Drag Racing.