Castle UK PHOTO
just south of Bath
American Privateers head to Farleigh Castle UK
the full story
Once you've been around a scene for thirty years
you get to know everybody, you've seen everything, you've raced
all the tracks - and you start looking further afield to see
what other people are doing. And that's what Northwest rider
Dave Eppig found himself doing on a on quiet Thursday evening
last summer. He was reading about Suzuki factory rider Scott
Burnworth who had been to the famous English Scrambles meet
at Farleigh Castle.
he was sharing this with his old pal NW motocross star Leon
Capps. So the two of them got to talking, first daydreaming,
and then scheming for real. How can we get to England? Pretty
soon their good friend former Yamaha Support Rider Jim Anderson
said I want to go~! Let's go together~! Jim is known
around these parts to be fearless, unconcerned and staggeringly
fast. Wow, they said- ya know we almost have enough
people for a team to enter the Vet Motocross des Nations
Hmmm. Who else can we get? The answer: Former 125 &
250 CMC Champion Grayson Hart.
The Pacific Northwest has always been a hotbed of vintage motocross,
and like anyone, we're proud of it. But we want to see what
the rest of the world is doing. And for years we've heard about
this race in England. We know the big vintage mx stars are coming,
and one can expect many to jostle for a chance to be seen with
the big names, and much drinking of Guinness. But this team
is not going just to party. It is focused on only one
thing. If the best of the best, worldwide is going to meet and
see who's who, then in good conscience someone ought to issue
a weather advisory. There's a storm coming.
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So now what? The work begins. This isn't like driving down to
Woodland. Getting to England with multiple race motorcycles
requires some real planning - heavy lifting, and the struggle
to get there. To get an FIM license each of the four had to
get physicals. The physical includes a stress test.
stress test for Vintage Motocross is much the same as the regular
one. You have to run on a treadmill. But there is one extra
element: you watch a live newsfeed of fools wandering idly through
a garage sale where you can see a bolt-together Husky and a
74 YZ250. Hand written note: $200 for both. You run faster and
faster, but you can't quite get there before
they are purchased for a song
by some undeserving nitwit~!
(much gnashing of teeth) This is wildly maddening for anyone
of course, and the doctors can see how stressed out you are
at the end of it
through a vintage wiring harness running
over to a TRS-80.
but what about the logistics? For an Northwest rider, going
racing at, say Woodland - is easy. You pack up and drive down
that day. Getting you and your bikes to Crooked River in Oregon
is not easy; you start the day before, but you do it. Diamond
Don's in Texas is hard- that takes about 3 days to get there.
So you can imagine that getting you and your bikes to England-
it is a royal bitch. Easy to dream about - awful in real life.
Calling on brothers everywhere to help the boys get there.
event is September 14-15 2013.
have designed a new Team
USA shirt, (see inset) from which ALL
PROCEEDS (i.e. 100%) help
the team get to Farleigh Castle to represent the Pacific Northwest.
is available though the Team, not through me Siege
west country is the part of England where Stonehenge is. They
say that Stonehenge may have been a temple for sun worship,
which Team USA NW won't need to use, of course: we grew up racing
untold cloudy rainswept Northwest days. The treacherous clay
of Washougal hasn't stopped these racers, what can the West
Country do to top that? We shall see.
is actually flying paralel to the fence
photographing a blonde model on Bill Grubin's Tyran
400 I got a few emails suggesting that it in fact was
not a Tyran- and in fact that there had never been any
such bike. So with the sleuth work of reknowned Australian
Journalist MARK FIRKIN, here is one of the stranger
stories in our sports history. Itıs a tale of shady
characters, dubious engineering and less than honest
marketing that when combined make the basis for a great
whole SPRITE STORY
1975 Models are
one year you never hear anyone buying. One big reason is that
at the bottom of the pile in the VDR/H&T Evolution Class
structure. AHRMA has divided the post vintage era into three
eras, which helps a great deal. The Historic Class covers 1974.5
to 1977, there or thereabouts. But 1975 bikes are still at the
bottom of the pile.
An MX250B for example has little hope against a 77 YZ250D, and
as a result these bikes almost never are seen on the track.
So after agonizing over the possible ways to define a class
it was decided that the class would be above all other things
bikes which were hopeless be being outclassed in Evo, and illegal
Details here: TRANS
tests, racer reports, etc.