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Old 11-24-2012, 01:31 PM   #91
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Originally Posted by Davis53 View Post
I bought a lot of parts from Grand Prix Cycles, and maybe you. I recall Ian gave me a new frame for my PUCH 125. I did not even buy it from them. It was a good shop to deal with.
Well Davis53...If you bought parts from Grand Prix Cycles in 1972-5, you bought some from me at least a couple times. They let me work any hours I could make. I generally had early morning classes and one late afternoon class. So I worked a few hours in the middle of the day and came back for the evening hours. I worked every weekend both days except for race season. I got Sundays off to do that.

Here is an image of my shop jersey (which I still have), but I never wore it with the Fox pants. The pants I had then were some sort of JC Whitney leather things with race stripes down the sides. Red white blue as I recall. . I wore High Point Boots, though. The best boots money could buy. Somehow I lost them after life took over...

Here is an image of the helmet I wore taken recently too:


We had an occasional staff member who raced a Puch 125 for Ian. He was a teenage 6 footer about 140lbs with curley brown hair and glasses. I've been trying to think of his name for decades. Is that you?

We had some other interesting youngsters hanging around there and racing with us on weekends. These young guys went on to invent great sporting products. Keith Bontrager of mountain bike fame comes to mind first, and a kid by the name of Simons, who invented the inverted fork (although it was air charged as I recall).

Anyways, Grand Prix Cycles was at the heart of the emerging Northern California motocross scene; Sand Hill, Hang Town, Dixon Landing, Sears Point, Baylands, Watsonvile Fairgrounds.

I know you know those places...

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