Dirt Bike History 101

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by kittycactus, Jan 21, 2008.

  1. OldTimeBiker

    OldTimeBiker Been here awhile

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    No...In the BSA MX Team photo from the 70 or 71 Trans AMA series held in the Fall at the time, 4 of the riders pictured were from the UK. In addition to Jeff Smith there was John Banks, Dave Nichol and I can't remember the other. The 2 Americans were Chuck (Feets) Minert and David Aldana. David earned his living in Grand National dirt track and road racing. MX was a sideline.
    In the photo with the 3 flat trackers what you have are the top three in points from the 1970 Grand National racing season together in 1971. In 1971 and ONLY 1971 the AMA experimented with giving numbers indicating where you finished in the prior season. That system was VERY unpopular and in '72 they went back to the traditional system.
    The 3 riders pictured are David Aldana, Jim Rice (both BSA riders) and Gene Romero on his Triumph. In 1972 Jim Rice went back to #24, Gene Romero went back to his #3 and David was given #13. Neither Romero or Rice ever rode the Trans AMA MX series.
  2. GalacticGS

    GalacticGS 1200 GS Rider

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    An old Shamrocks H&H Poster from 1960...

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    Entry fee was a shopping $3...
  3. JohnE65c

    JohnE65c Adventurer

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    No credit cards back then. Jack says mailing your check is good enough:clap.
  4. MotoMike

    MotoMike Washed Up Desert Racer

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    I think the first desert race I ever rode (1977) was something like $7 to enter. I was 16 years old and took the headlight off of my DT1 that I used to ride to school and work. I went with two other guys, both were 16, using one of their dad's truck. We all had notes from our parents saying it was OK for us to race.

    We drove from the San Fernando Valley to Lucerne Valley, probably 150 miles, three 16 yr old kids with no parents, no cell phones, and somehow we survived. Fuckin kids these days....
  5. cameron uk

    cameron uk n00b

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    Keith Hickman was the 3rd member of the BSA Works team
  6. JeffS77

    JeffS77 cheap bastard

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    if there was a "like" button I would have clicked it :clap
  7. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    High tech, that didn't catch on.
  8. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    I bet it caught on brush and rocks though.

    I remember those. Also Diff=brake that tied the two brakes together to operate as one.

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  9. dan-c

    dan-c Back

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    Don't know why those never caught on. Everyone back then knew using a front brake would get you killed.
  10. smauss

    smauss Adventurer

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    You rode at Turtle Park? How about Byron? Fun times.......
  11. ata

    ata expat in the jungle

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    quite similar to this one
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    still runnig fine:beer
  12. Thumpermeister

    Thumpermeister roost maker

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    Jeff Smith at the end of the BSA era in 1971.

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  13. roadholder

    roadholder Long timer

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    Great Beezer pic! :thumb
  14. Thumpermeister

    Thumpermeister roost maker

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    A couple more I came across.

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  15. Thumpermeister

    Thumpermeister roost maker

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  16. KansasBob

    KansasBob Been here awhile

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    Man, I miss this thread. :cry
    Somehow classic cars have managed to thrive, but the dirt bikes seem to be touch and go. It makes me wonder........... when my kids are my age, will any of them care about what we experienced. :hmmmmm It was amazing!
  17. Rango

    Rango Phaneropter

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    Really, no MX near you? :cry

    Sad, makes me wonder too. Lots of pc's animosity against mx, to the effect it has been banished to the extremities of the village.
    Still retains a large following and is held twice a year in my proximity.
    Guess, tough people are hard nuts to crack.
    As a paramedic back then, witnessed rider with a broken leg fight us off, hop on the bike and finish the heat before giving in. :lol3
  18. roadholder

    roadholder Long timer

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    Going back a few years!

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  19. Strong Bad

    Strong Bad n00balicious

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    Back in September we were talking about the passing of Steve Hurd. This week I've come across across a couple of pics of Steve's wife, Jackie, when she was the monkey on a hack at the 1970 Elsinore Grand Prix. The rider is Woody Carruth:

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    I've posted these also over in Hacks and in the desert sleds thread, but I believe they belong here too.

    I'm getting ready to restore the rig:

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  20. c.herman126

    c.herman126 Been here awhile

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    :clap Very cool Strong Bad!