Hey guys, my name's Jim Dever. Here's a couple pics of me back in 1985 (13x) I believe...maybe 1984. The first one is from Reading...not sure what race that was..but most likely a State Qualifier.
Second one is the NBL PA State Championship in McConnelsburg...1st place. Got the #2 plate in PA that year and 2nd place at the Johnstown State Championshp race in 1985 with #3 plate overall for the year.
My first race ever was as a 9 year old beginner at the indoor track in Valley Forge. I remember that wooden gate/start hill and first jump seemed enourmous at that age. I raced NBL and ABA for Suburban Schwinn bike shop from 9 till I was 14 all over SE PA and South Jersey. We had a pretty decent little team with Scott Hartman, Jeremy Cattarat, Henderson Cho and others. The tracks I raced most were: Bensalem, Phoenixville, Reading, Flemington, Howell, Vineland, Deptford, Clayton, Egg Harbor. I was at that War of the Stars in Phoenixville too and we were sitting right next to that killer drop off before the tabletop in the first straight. Talk about action...there were some unbelievable crashes at that race. I was at the North Park War of Stars when the lightening bolt hit the gate and blew that dude off his bike. I'll never forget the screams from all the little girls at the track when the thunder hit..it was like a bomb went off. Won a Simpson helmet one year for 3rd place at the Ironman Classic in 1983.
I was probably at the King Manor indoor track near King of Prussia 3 or 4 times a week for races and practice the winter it was in existence. My dad actually announced races up there too.
This site brings back some real good memories from maybe one of the best times of my life. Nice to see how much those days meant to so many people....it was truly a unique experience. It would be cool to catch up with some guys I know from back then.