Our first interview with Brian Johnson was cyber, so when we met Brian in person after his long journey from the UK to Florida, it was late and dark, but Brian's sunny personality brought light to our conversation. Brian was busy getting ready to win, even then, and later in daylight during the next two days he was either busy winning or busy getting ready to win. So we didn't interrupt Brian's concentration with questions, we snapped photos and chatted with him while he worked. Out of courtesy, we waited for him to return to the UK to update his interview. Brian obliged us with typical British manners.
We have combined his answers with our first interview that I (Dwight) described as follows:
Aboard cyber vehicles we looped across the giant pond called Atlantic to the shores of the United Kingdom to contact dedicated and brave racers from the Old World.
Motorcycle drag racing might be more of a challenge in the UK because often riders must share runways with airplanes (not simultaneously, of course.) and the tracks (or runways) are bumpy, and not manicured like many US dragstrips. This doesn't squelch the need for speed in the UK; however, it may propel it.
We welcome Brian Johnson with good speed and courtesy, the same courtesy he has extended to us. He joins us in cyber space from just outside Berkshire, southwest of London. Brian and his top fuel bike have the fastest pass in the UK.
Join us for Brian's crisp answers and good humor.
D-O-B: 03 08 1948
Do you have a nickname?
Who are your Heroes?
"Elmer Trett and his family."
What are your scariest moments?
"When the bike won't go straight."
Do you work out?
"Only when my leathers get smaller."
Do you have a special diet?
What mental routine prepares you for each run?
"No special routine."
Do you have time for a hobby?
"I thought drag racing was a hobby?"
Many motorcyclists ride to unravel, what do you do to unwind?
"Photo work, etc, on my computer."
What personal quality (one trait) would you want your fans to admire most?
"Honesty. WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get.)"
What's most important?
1.Fame 2.Money 3.Thrill/fun 4.Winning
"The satisfaction of having something you made go really fast, and be globally competitive."
Are you happy?
What could make you happier?
"I have to think about this one."
If you could change one thing about motorcycle drag racing, what would it be?
"That the sport is recognized as being Pro as in NHRA."
When driving a car, do you always wear a seatbelt?
1. Yes. 2. No. 3. If yes, really?
"Never." (In most states in the US, it's law.)
Where do you find the most peace in your life?
When do you find the most peace in your life?
"When I need it."
Do you have a full-time occupation?
"Repairing engines and service."
You're a skilled racer…What one factor, what one reason separates you from the fast traffic on smooth public highways?
"I treat every other driver as an idiot. That way I avoid their bad driving and stay alive."
What does 185 mph (plus) feel like on a motorcycle?
"Fast enough to make you give your full and absolute intention!"
What got you started in motorcycle drag racing?
"Checking out my then street bike a Rickman Honda Mettise."
When asleep do you ever dream you're riding a motorcycle?
"I don't that I'm aware of."
When not wearing leathers or racing gear, what's your choice for clothing?
"Something loose and cool."
Name one other sport you believe you could excel at?
"I like ten-pin bowling. That's lots of fun."
If you could make one part of your body stronger, what part would that be?
"My brain…Knowledge is all."
When frustrated, what do you do first?
3. Try to be cool.
"Be cool, of course."
How long does it take to come off an emotional high? Like a winning high?
"As soon as the real world says hello again."
What are preparations for next year?
"Refurbish the bike, and try to tune for five second passes."
What do you plan to do in the off-season?
"Video work on my computer, and decorate some in the house."
"Ask anything you like and you will get a straight answer."
Having met Brain Johnson in real space after asking questions in cyber space, I learned much about his attitude and knowledge. Up close, I confirmed that Brian is a worthy racer. Many other hearty words could describe him, words that would hold him in good steed as well. After the first interview I chose an adjective that seemed fitting for this British ally…We agreed that Brian demonstrates every aspect of that word…