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Chicago BMX, If you raced Itasca, Elk Grove, Lombard, Funway, etc, come on in!
MikeCarruth
post Feb 2 2008, 12:44 PM
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Since joining VBMX, I have been looking forward to participating in a thread devoted to Old School Chicago BMX. Well, I just picked up a new scanner, with which to scan up a lot of my old photos and memorabilia, so I figured I'd go ahead and start one meself.

Please post your images, team affiliations, favorite rivalries, etc, etc.

Goodies to follow (as soon as I can get this scanner to work with Mac OS 10.5).

Looking forward to seeing a lot of the old faces!

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post Feb 2 2008, 02:10 PM
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Itasca manual starting gate, circa 1980 or 81. Note Mike "Advanced Trickery" Pierce on starter duty. To the far left, in the background, you can see the Advanced Trickery bus.

(IMG:http://www.fiodan.com/vintage/itasca_gate.jpg)

Fast forward a few years and we have Bill Morici leading Mike Hibner at the Odium (probably 1983).

(IMG:http://www.fiodan.com/vintage/bill_morici_odium.jpg)

BMX Underwriters takes Team Trophy in Naperville, 1983 (Left to right: Tony Falbo, Bill Schneider, Mike Carruth, Jerry Dunphy, Stu (forgot last name...sorry). Photo by Tristan Cavato)
(IMG:http://www.fiodan.com/vintage/bu_team_naperville.jpg)

Yours truly at the neighborhood track in Elmwood Park aboard my first OM<BR>
(IMG:http://www.fiodan.com/vintage/mike_at_epbmx.jpg)

Not racing related, but thought I'd toss in a couple from the BMXA show at Sundance in 1981 or 82
(IMG:http://www.fiodan.com/vintage/bmxa_sundance_rl.jpg)

(IMG:http://www.fiodan.com/vintage/bmxa_sundance_buff.jpg)



More to come...

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post Feb 2 2008, 02:45 PM
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The hyperfast Denny Owens (RIP) at the Springfield ABA nationals in 1982 (nice NBL patch, there D.O.).
(IMG:http://www.fiodan.com/vintage/denny_owens.jpg)

Owner and Team Manager of Advanced Trickery, Mike Pierce
(IMG:http://www.fiodan.com/vintage/mike_pierce.jpg)

Cruiser Class at Itasca in 1982 that's me (B-52, borrowed from Mongoose's Brett Allen, I believe), on an OM dressed up to look like a then-nonexistent, Redline 26" Cruiser.
(IMG:http://www.fiodan.com/vintage/itasca_cruisers.jpg)

More cruisers, this time, first turn action at Elk Grove. Rob Kelley did a wonderful job of escorting me off the berm.
(IMG:http://www.fiodan.com/vintage/elk_grove_first_turn.jpg)

Kevin Morici moonlighting for BMX Underwriters on our test of one of the Scorpion bikes. Location Elmwood Park "Bike Track."
(IMG:http://www.fiodan.com/vintage/kevin_morici.jpg)

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post Feb 2 2008, 02:47 PM
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Great Pics!

Denny Owens RIP? I must have missed that. What happened?
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post Feb 2 2008, 03:02 PM
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QUOTE (Mark Conley @ Feb 2 2008, 08:47 PM) *
Great Pics!

Denny Owens RIP? I must have missed that. What happened?



I heard he was killed in some kind of accident. I believe it was also posted here. Any other news or sightings, please post.
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post Feb 2 2008, 03:24 PM
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Tristan Cavato tearin up the MOTOrola trails in Franklin Park
(IMG:http://www.fiodan.com/vintage/cavato_MOTOrola.jpg)
(IMG:http://www.fiodan.com/vintage/cavato_MOTOrola2.jpg)

Another shot from Naperville. I like this shot because of the Green and Blue Zeronine pants, and because of that Mongoose Two-Four (check out how raked out that head tube is).
(IMG:http://www.fiodan.com/vintage/carruth_naperville.jpg)

The latter-day Itasca gate was great, once you got used to it. It weighed a ton, and took forever to drop...but minor slingshotting and other gate antics were rarely called. Here's me, in the middle (9) putting that theory to the test.
(IMG:http://www.fiodan.com/vintage/itasca_gate2.jpg)

Here's another gate shot, this time from the 1981 NBL National at Itasca. This was the first race I ever covered for a magazine (Super BMX). The photos turned out like dog doo-doo (wish we had Photoshop back then).
(IMG:http://www.fiodan.com/vintage/itasca_national_gate.jpg)



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My mom with Donny Atherton at the Schaumburg Schwinn "Meet the Team" event after the Itasca National
(IMG:http://www.fiodan.com/vintage/donny_and_mom.jpg)

Russ Creech screeches in to the first turn at the 1982 Itasca national
(IMG:http://www.fiodan.com/vintage/russ_creech.jpg)

Los Tres Amigos: Me, Bill Morici and Kevin Morici in the hotel room at the 1980 Jag World Championships (I think it was 80...check the shirt. Anyone?). My wife just asked if I had a deflated basketball on my head. Obviously she is not hip to the SE fashion vibe, circa 81 (wish I had a "wing thing" to taunt her with).
(IMG:http://www.fiodan.com/vintage/mike_bill_kevin.jpg)

Randy on the rocks. Randy Tischmann finds out that the grip tape on his "Trigon" is not all that.
(IMG:http://www.fiodan.com/vintage/randy_tisch01.jpg)

Not long after the above photo was taken, I headed West to join BMX Plus! as Associate Editor. Here is one of my first check stubs. I would have done it for free (and practically did, as you can see).
(IMG:http://www.fiodan.com/vintage/hitorque_low_wage.jpg)

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Not long after the above photo was taken, I headed West to join BMX Plus! as Associate Editor. Here is one of my first check stubs. I would have done it for free (and practically did, as you can see).
(IMG:http://www.fiodan.com/vintage/hitorque_low_wage.jpg) [/quote]



Does anyone know who FICA is ?, and why am I paying that fool my money too,

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Oh and by the way Mike Great pics,,,
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post Feb 2 2008, 05:40 PM
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Those are some great pictures Mike. My sister told me to tell you hello. The pictures you posted bring back so many memories to all of us. I wasn't a local at any of the tracks but sure raced them enough at nationals throughout the years.

Hope you are doing well!
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