Reigning AMA Grand National Champion Chris Carr got a big surprise after the recently
held AMA Pro Racing Awards Banquet in Las Vegas when his race team owner, Mike
Shattuck of Harley-Davidson of Sacramento, took the Carr family and a few friends to the
Race Rock restaurant for lunch. There in all its splendor, complete with brand new
number one plates, was one of Carr's Harley-Davidson XR750s. The machine was
prominently perched atop the back of the bar that marks the entry into the Race Rock. It
will reside amongst the plethora of motorsports memorabilia that is the restaurant chain's
claim to fame for an indefinite period. According to Shattuck, the induction of the
motorcycle was simply a pat on the back for a job well done during the 1999 race season.
"It was all about the element of surprise," Shattuck said. "It was something that I could
give to a guy who seems to have everything. It was really hard to keep it quiet, especially
with these dirt track guys, who seem to have way too much time on their hands to talk
about stuff. Winning that AMA Grand National Championship was probably one of the
greatest things that ever happened to me in my life, and I want everyone to know it."
Carr, who never appears to excite easily, was seen sporting a rather proud grin after
spotting the motorcycle.
"I thought it was pretty cool," Carr said. "There are a lot of big names associated with the
Race Rock, such as Scotty Parker, Jeff Gordon and Rusty Wallace. To have my bike
placed in such a prominent place in the restaurant is quite an honor. I've really got to give
Kenny Tolbert a lot of credit for building such a beautiful bike for the display. It's
definitely an original piece. We could take that thing down tomorrow, tweak it and go
racing with it. But for right now, I think it's pretty good where it is."
The Race Rock is located at the corner of Freemont Street and Las Vegas Blvd. in downtown Las Vegas.