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This past week I was able to do a great interview with Flat Track Rider Shane Livingston. Shane was one if the first guys to introduce himself to me when I first started shooting pictures at SDR. I love taking pictures of Shane, he is always fast and fun to watch. Each week I try to keep track of where he is running and what bike he is on. Shane’s bikes are always clean and tough looking. I hope you enjoy this interview.

Name: Shane Livingston
Home town: Harpursville NY
Occupation: Sales for Pacemaker Millar

When did you start your racing career and where?
My first race ever was a Mud and Snow Scramble at SDR in what an eye opener!

What is your favorite surface to race on and track?
I like big tracks and prefer clay surface.

Who did you, or even still do look up to in your sport and why?
I always liked the old time greats like Springer and Parker and Graham. The bikes have changed a bunch in the last five years but I know those guys would still be winning if they raced in this era.

What is your most memorable moment so far in flat track racing?
Probably my wins as a Pro Sport (Pro Singles now). Back in the day we rode 250cc two strokes and 600cc singles at tracks all over and one was televised in Harrington Delaware, I finished second and Dave Despain did the interview. I didn’t realize who he was until ten years later when looking at old race pictures.

During your racing career what has been your biggest disappointment. Is there a race that got away from you or a championship that you have always wanted to get but just haven’t been able to reach?
I’ve had a few races slip away that I should have won, but overall I’m happy that I’ve made a lot of good friends and still get to race as a hobby. I wish I had more chances to ride the XR750 I had and try to put it into a main event. I got my expert points and then blew out my knee.

Who have you enjoyed racing against? and what rider do you wish you could have raced with that isn’t racing any more?
I have had a lot of good battles with guys like Clark, Estelle and Richtmeyer over the years but would really like to race with Aaron Creamer a few more times.

What are your goals for the 2014 season?
Heading to Daytona in a few days to get away from the cold and going to run all SDR races and then pick and choose what is neat. I have to give Medina TT another shot and the Dagastino cup has a few 2nd place finishes that need to be vindicated.

What is one piece of advice you would give a young or new rider as they enter this great sport?
Believe in your ability and make sure to keep it fun. It’s ok to fall as long as you know why and get back up again.

Do you ever plan on riding a new style bike or will you stay on the vintage bikes? What vintage bikes? Are you calling my Rotax’s vintage?
lol I have DTX bikes, just prefer the framers. They all have strong points but I like building the bikes and then testing theories to see what works. A lot easier to change geometry on a framer than a DTX.

Please mention your sponsors or people that have helped you throughout your racing season.
My dad and family have been the biggest supporters over the years, still get a lot of help from friends like the whole Brewer family and Binghamton Honda, and the last few years I have been lucky enough to team up with Arty Stapleton at ACS Racing and win a bunch of vintage races on his 750 Triumphs.

Where can people follow your on social media, or a website that they can follow you though out your season?
I try to keep my facebook page up to date with my results and post pictures of my latest builds and what direction I’m heading.
Check out more images of Shane at
John Zachary Photography

I’ll see you at the races!