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Discussion in 'Tejas and the Gulf States' started by Mister D, Oct 18, 2010.
Don't forget the annual ABFAR event at Long Pool/TAT Shak on November 24th.
Any riders going to the Falling Leaf Rally in Missouri ?
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I can't believe It's been 25 years since I joined the AMA. I only joined to ride a blackjack enduro. Now I'm a charter life member.
Congrats on the milestone, I have been a AMA member since 1961..... yep I am an old fart.<LOL>
"Any riders going to the Falling Leaf Rally in Missouri ?"
I think I'll get there Thursday this year; Pelican Hill (of course).
What you ride “on2wheels52”?
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How was the Falling Leaf Rally?
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800 mile weekend, all crooked roads. Hung out with the Kansas City crew. Thought there would be a bigger turnout, think around 400 attended. Not many there at noon Thursday.
They kept rolling in though.
OUT OF TOWN Rider in Fort Smith needs help.
Hey, just got a call from a group of folks riding through from Austin, TX. Seems one has a broken Valve stem on a Kwski 1000 (17" wheel). I told him closest K dealer to me is Freedom on Futrall but all are closed today. They went by Harley of Ft. Smith but did not get any help. They are looking for some help or a spare valve stem to fit. I sent a message to Joe Nuclear but if you have his number, call him. He might could help.
If anyone is in Ft. Smith can help a fellow biker with a valve stem or trailer/pick-up a bike they'd appreciate it.
Thanks. It's a fellow biker just calling for help from the BMW Anonymous book. PM me and I'll give you his number.
Was that event Bear Creek at Kirby?
Probably. It's been more than 25 years. I let my membership lapse a few years when money was tight.
Most people from back then remember my yellow VW van with KX250 inside. Had to remove the forks and wheel to get it in there. Hare scrambles was more my thing. Never did well at an enduro.
Maybe you remember me from breaking my arm in '97 at bear creek. I was in shock and looking at numbers 40 minutes behind mine. Chose to ride out myself. Plate and 19 screws still in my arm. Drove my stick shift truck home and went to the hospital.
Don't really remember, but I was one of the ones that put that race on from 1988 until 1999. I quit the enduro after the snowstorm of 2000 brought down all of the trees and didn't have enough help to clear the trails. I am starting to clear and get some of the old trails open again that the ATV's didn't destroy and were to lazy to clear.
I haven't been back to bear creek since the broken arm in '97.
Four wheel crap has ruined all the riding around here. It's all gravel roads for me now.
QUOTE="lotecredneck, post: 33447789, member: 49672"]Was that event Bear Creek at Kirby?
I rode that event and several others in the 80's, fun trails. Also rode the Natl HS which was a little wet. I think that was 91 or 92.
I think it was '91, we also did the one at Lake Nimrod the following year.... It was wet as well!
Yep. I rode the last Nimrod, what year was that.
The last Lake Nimrod National was on January 30, 1994, Super Bowl Sunday. It took a lot of effort for me to give up watching my beloved Cowboys beat up on the Bills and go play in the deep cold water/mud. The C of E raised the lake level after the course had been marked. I remember seeing arrows on trees in the lake wondering what had I gotten myself into. I believe Randy Hawkins won it... I got hopelessly lost after trying to find my way around a bog. Summers lapped me twice within ten minutes... I knew he was fast, but not THAT fast. I was way off course. This was also the first race in the third and still functioning version of the Arkansas Hare Scramble Series.
That race turned out to be a mudfest! There was a huge rain system that come through the week of the event and flooded all of that area as well as the COE holding back water and not letting it out of the lake. Randy Hawkins did in fact win the event. I lost all respect for the AMA after this event due to them wanting me to change the penalties assessed and re-score the race. At the rider meeting that morning, I told the riders that all bikes were to be fueled with a dead engine and anyone caught doing otherwise would be disqualified! The area was small and the large number of riders made for massive amounts of gas jugs and all it would've taken was to have fuel spill over from a dry break or overfilling with a standard jug onto a plug cap that was bad and the results would be catastrophic! There were several that ignored that warning and was disqualified... They complained to the AMA and they wanted me to change the penalty. After going back and forth with Roger Ansel of the AMA I finally sent the scores to them and told them to score it however they wanted, but I wouldn't change the original scores. They made the changes and I refused to put on another AMA National Event. All the AMA was interested in was caving to the factory teams and squandering our membership money fighting helmet laws instead of trying to keep riding areas open, but that's a discussion for another time....
So, don't beat around the bush... what do you think of the AMA? I don't disagree with everything you said and being a dirt bike rider, I feel like the proverbial red-headed step child at times and more often than not, am not on the same side they take on many issues. Still, there needs to be a governing body, of some sort. At least being a charter lifer, I don't have to buy memberships anymore to run their races. They already have my money.
I'm sure the COE had a representative there watching everything. They probably aren't fond of gas spills or safety concerns at their facilities. Seems like I heard they had an ISDE Qualifier later that year and I heard both of those events were the final nail in the coffin for riding at Nimrod.
If memory serves me correctly, that was held on a rather narrow strip of land bordered by the lake and the highway. We basically ran out (west?) 4 or so miles, then doubled back, hence why I kept hunting for an optimum point to cross a creek and ended up on the other side of the loop. Found my way to the highway and just slabbed it back to the pits. Wasn't it ADR that put it on?? Seems like I remember them being the ones doing it. If you were scoring it, I feel your pain. I was the scoring chair for the AHSCS for many years and know how frustrating that job can be!! That was a heck of a way to start a new series off. Needless to say, I didn't earn any points that day on my XR250R... heck, it didn't have enough omph to cross those mud holes so spent most of my day pulling it out of the mud. Had a buddy that videoed the race but every time someone would endo, crash or get hopefully stuck, he'd point the camera at the ground and laugh. Never saw any of the antics!
Lots of nice terrain around Russellville, always enjoyed events in that area. Wish they still had the Fall Color Tour D/S in New Blaine.