QUOTE (Mark Eaton @ Feb 3 2006, 02:56 AM)
There was an ABA track (still is) in York, PA where I raced for a few years 83-84 and Joe Swords raced there too. I transitioned into freestyle in 84 but Joe stuck with it & continued to rip at least til the late 80's maybe early 90's.
I am new to the boards and have not previous posted, but this page certainly caught my attention. I raced against Joe a few times in some "trophy dashes" at my local track, but we never shared the same gate 'in class' cause he was a year older than me. Yeah, Joe absolutely dominated anyone and everyone that lined up beside him at B-N-B. (from what I recall, his dad owned [still owns?] the York track, Bumps-N-Berms). I only raced at B-N-B a few times due to them having a similar race schedule as my local track.
My local track was in Dillsburg, PA, (called the Greater Harrisburg Area BMX or just Dillsburg to the locals) just a few miles from Joe's home track in York. I raced mostly from '84 to '86, but I did run a few races in '87 as well. I raced a few different bikes over the years, as did most everyone on this site, but my last two seasons were on a Profile Champ Pro and/or a pink Hollywood f/f with a full compliment of Hutch goodies. Unfortunately, both soldiers are long gone now... I sold the Profile in the early 90's and the Hollywood was stolen while I was at a local mall in 1987. A$$holes... 20+ years later and i still get upset when i think about it!!!
That is also the reason I came across this page... I am looking at getting back into the collector side of things, and will definitely ride them too, but I wanted to see what's out there and how much $$ it'll take to recreate my last and stolen racer. Yeah, I almost choked when I started seeing the costs associated with such a venture. Oh well, I gotta start somewhere. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif
Sorry for digging out a page from years past, but I'm glad I finally found some racers that may have shared a few gates with me in south-central PA in the mid-80's. Some of the fast guys that I can remember from that era and area:
1) Mark Keller
2) Joe Swords
3) Rich Stetz
4) Tad Fleshman
5) Craig Kelly
6) Scott Blumanstock (sp?)
7) Todd Wyant
8) I can still see their faces, but cannot remember the names of all the fast ones. Sorry guys!
Oh, yeah... GREAT SITE! There is such a wealth of knowledge, superb bikes and good people in here!