Corriganville was the first track we had. 1981 sounds right.
What's up Brian? Hope you're doing well. As for Corriganville, I tried to pin point the dates and I believe the first race was Sept. 14, 1980. It was ABA for the first year or so, then went NBL. I think it closed early in '83 about the time when Jeff's Freeway BMX opened. Corriganville was pretty rough, but it was 1980 and that was the first time we got to experience BMX and we loved it no matter how bad the track was. If someone told me they would give me 100 million dollars to erase all the early bmx memories from my mind, I'd tell them to keep their money. If I close my eyes and sit in silence I can almost go right back to that time. I hear the generator going and "Another One Bites the Dust" blaring from the loudspeaker. I can see Tammy Ours and Shelley DeHaven helping with sign-ups. I had a crush on both of them. Of course, my love of women always seemed to get in the way of my love for bmx. Still does to this very day, lol.
I'll move on to the Frostburg track, Jeff's Freeway BMX. This track was way more technical than anything any of us hicks in the mountains were used to riding. That pic of Stumbaugh and Grimm is taken on the first jump. That would be the same one I broke my wrist on in '83. BTW, that is such a cool pic Brian, I know I've told you that before, but I love it. I gotta give major props to my good friend Jeff Kerr who started this track and eventually opened Jeff's Total BMX, a shop in Frostburg. He would get an idea in his head and see it all the way through. I wish he would've been sitting with us at our table Brian. You know, Rockford '05? That would have made the whole experience even better. Hell, I wish all of us Cumberland boys could've been there together for that event. Anyways, thanks for the stroll down memory lane, I ride down there a lot. I'm still trying to sharpen my "mediocre" bmx skills yet today. It is a whole different sport than it was back then though. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif