Blackheart Racing at Isle of Man 2013

Blackheart Racing
is a father-son motorcycle roadracing team in Los Angeles, CA, Jim and Russ Granger.

In 2013, we were invited by the government of the Isle of Man in the UK to race our purpose built Honda RC30 in the inaugural Classic TT race taking place during the Manx Grand Prix in August; This will be the first RC30 race bike to set rubber to ground since the glory days of the TT in the mid 90s, and we are honored to have such an opportunity to be the among the very few to represent the United States for this event.

Jim Granger, bike builder and painter, has dreamed of attending the Isle of Man since he was a boy in the '50s, hearing stories of his grandfather, James Earl, who raced stunt planes in the '20s, including the Blackheart Hanriot fighter pictured below.

Jim's passion for roadracing spread to his son, Russ Granger, who has been started racing dirt bikes with his mother, Dee, in the '80s and began roadracing with dad in 2007. In 2011, Russ captured three class championships with WSMC and one national championship with AHRMA.

While the main expense of getting a bike to the island has been arranged, the humongous expenses of flights, ferries, gas, lodging, and food loom heavily over the shoestring budget that we have to work with. $5000 is the bare minimum just to get to the island, race, eat and have a bed to sleep during a frigid English summer.

Anything you can offer will help!

Below are some basic donation levels, and various things we can offer in return for your generosity! Each level is named after one of the trips' expenses, but feel free to donate any amount and ask us for what you want in return.

Commemorative t-shirts will be available for all levels above $50 as well as embroidered patches. Design is not yet finalized, but here's a draft of what we're going for. Shirts will be high quality cotton and available in men's and women's styles, in black, naturally. We will print and ship most likely in September, but possibly before we leave.

As sponsors continue to donate items to our fundraiser, we'll add them to the list. When multiple items are added to a tier, the first to donate will have first pick of the items! Stay tuned!
  • stacey heaver 
    • $50 
    • 94 mos
  • Gregg Rand 
    • $50 
    • 94 mos
  • Steven Houck 
    • $25 
    • 94 mos
  • West Coast Cylinder Heads 
    • $500 (Offline)
    • 94 mos
  • Mike Blankenship 
    • $500 (Offline)
    • 94 mos
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Russ Granger 
Los Angeles, CA
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