Readers and their Rides

Mark Warmington and His ‘06 Alcohol/Turbo Funny Bike

Written by  November 30, 2006

Meet Mark Warmington from Independence, Missouri. When I met Mark three years ago I knew I had met a devoted race fan and rider. He has always been very courteous and friendly when I run into him at the racetrack and always goes out of his way to make sure I have some of his famous ribs and a cold beer to wash them down. I have been bugging him for some time now to to feature him and his bike in the Readers & Their Rides section of our magazine and up until last week I had not been able to pin him down. Even with the recent loss of his father Robert 'PEPE' Warmington, Mark was happy to answer a few questions for this interview.

CC: Mark, what is your occupation?
Mark: I work at Glazier Enterprises.

CC: Do you have any hobbies other than motorcycling?
Mark: Yes, pursuing Ms right, or equivalent!

CC: Why do you ride?
Mark: It is my true passion and I love it!

CC: How long have you been riding?
Mark: For a whopping 35 years and counting.

CC: What was your first bike?
Mark: My first bike was a Honda XR75. I was a newbie rider at that time.

CC: How many bikes have you owned?
Mark: I’ve owned 10 so far. When and how many will depend on my racing wins.

CC: How many bikes do you currently own?
Mark: I own four at this time.

CC: What do you like most about your drag bike?
Mark: It is incredibly fast and takes your breath away when you launch. We have been experimenting with a Hilborn injected allky @ 50 psi of turbo boost with a 5-stage boost controller, and this may be the fastest bike in the state of Missouri.

CC: What is your dream bike?
Mark: Owning a true drag funny bike, and I have this now

CC: What is your most memorable riding experience?
Mark: Several years ago when I toured the country. This was an awesome experience that is very hard to explain.

CC: What is your least memorable riding experience?
Mark: Last week at the drag strip when I ran a 7.84 at 166 mph. This was a time I would like to forget.

CC: Which motorcycle rallies & events have you attended and which is your favorite?
Mark: All of the big races from here to Oklahoma. I love them all!.

CC: Do you prefer riding in a group or by yourself?
Mark: I usually prefer to ride by myself, however, I have been known to venture out with one or two others on occasion.

CC: Who is your closest riding buddies?
Mark: Larry James.

CC: Just for fun, which of your riding buddies is the best rider?
Mark: Larry, hands down wins the best riding buddy..

CC: Just for fun, which of your riding buddies is the worst rider?
Mark: I plead the 5th!

CC: Mark, thanks a lot for the interview. Don’t change a thing and keep following your dreams!

Interview by Dave Miller