Jack Stites

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  1. Huzband

    Huzband Team Dirt

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    I just got word that Jack passed away Monday from cancer. I never met him, but knew well of him. A long time trials enthusiast & one hell of a rider, both in & out of sections. He had a big impact on the Florida Trials Association, & thus has it's highest award named after him. Here's a photo of Alex receiving said award. My condolences to his family & friends.

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  2. Bronco638

    Bronco638 Nobody Home

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    First trials instructional video I ever watched. Godspeed Jack.
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  3. Brewtus

    Brewtus Buffoonery, Inc.

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    +1. :waysad
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  4. FASTRacing

    FASTRacing Pant Antler

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    Jack, Graham Foster and Woody Dame from the Tryals Shop in Lutz
    got me started in trials.

    I will never forget his kindness and patience toward a noob like me.
    May God give him eternal rest and the family the strength to bear the great pain.
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  5. oldtrialer

    oldtrialer Trials since 74

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    I remember stopping somewhere in Tennessee to practice with him on the way home from the Alabama national to PA. He was a great rider and wonderful person. He will be missed.
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  6. flyinfuzz

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    I met Jack at the TMI/Trials Shop in Cookeville ,Tn . Chuck West had convinced TN Tech to let him teach trials as a PE course . Jack was one of the guys trying to teach go fast college students to go slow. Always has a smile and great sense of humor . He was around when Team Crash and Burn started spreading bike parts across the Southeast . I remember when a salesman was pushing unbendable Wassell Bars and unbreakable levers to Jack . He just smiled, took his free samples and gave them to us . Told the salesman to come and get what was left in about a week . Ride Smooth , Jack
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  7. dean-o

    dean-o Dabs often

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    Jack...
    What a man
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  8. UstaKood

    UstaKood Been here awhile

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    R.I.P.
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  9. LowPSI

    LowPSI Been here awhile

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    Jack was a great guy, a gentle soul and a fierce competitor. Proud to have known him.
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  10. rokhopr

    rokhopr 2015 Beta 250 Factory

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    I never met him but do recall his picture in the Bernie Schreiber \ Len Weed Observed Trials book...

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    Here is his Pro Record according to NATC Past National Champs page, finishing as high as second in 1982 behind Bernie.

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  11. Hurtalot

    Hurtalot n00b

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    Jack was the most gifted and humble guy I've ever met. He and I put on a trials school back in the late 70's for the Nashoba Valley Riders, all enduro guys. Jack was answering questions at the end and someone asked if he ever rode an enduro. All he said was yeah, I borrowed George Peck's backup bike and rode the B class (George was New England enduro champ at the time). Jack was leaving it at that but of course they asked how he did. Jack matter of factly said - I won. That got their attention. He was a tremendous rock drummer too. He'll be missed...
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  12. flyinfuzz

    flyinfuzz 2 Quarts low

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    Team crash and burn's second STRA event in I believe 1979 managed to take around 100 points off of Jack and he won :yikes
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  13. flyinfuzz

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    Team crash and burn's second STRA event in I believe 1979 managed to take around 100 points off of Jack and he won :yikes:p3rry
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  14. Hurtalot

    Hurtalot n00b

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    Jack was a pioneer too. He was largely responsible for early Stadium trials events so popular in Europe. He commentated for them and the TV series Kick Start. Pretty much everyone in the UK watched Kick Start back in the day.
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  15. dean-o

    dean-o Dabs often

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    Rugged event it was.
    It was an honor to get to share trials with Jack.
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  16. Toolpen

    Toolpen Been here awhile

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    It's been some years since I have looked at Len Weed's book (mine was borrowed and never returned) but I remember this photo well. I'm so sorry to hear about Jack's passing as I would follow his results and never forgot his name. It's very touching to read the comments posted about him . . .
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