QUOTE (dreamerproject @ Jul 3 2010, 10:31 AM)
When I started racing around '79, my dad let me build a backyard track. 2 great things about it: 1. I had a cool place to ride and 2. NO MOWING!!!! My yard was small, the turns were tight, it wasnt exactly a "speedy" track and each straight only had 1 jump but I can remember how much fun it was to build and ride...especially summer nights with the porch light lighting up the yard. We'd have occasional informal races even. (and boy was my gate ghetto...even for back then, LOL)
When I quit racing, the track grew over but dad left the jumps and berms in place. When I would go visit my parents after I grew up, I'd always have to take a peek in the back yard to look at it.
My mom sold the house six months after my dad died in '98. Last week while serving warrants, I ended up in my old neighborhood. I drove by and there was a lady outside working in the yard of my old house. I stopped and talked to her for a second, told her it was my childhood home and asked if I could peek in the back yard for a second. The yard had obviously been redone but I could see where two of the jumps remained. (now just weather worn earthen/grass humps)
Building in your yard as a kid. Informal races. Anyone else have good memories like that????
My little brother got us started in BMX racing in the 70's. The first thing he did was build a big backyard track. Him and his buds just got shovels and went at it. they piled up dirt right next to where they dug it. We had a really big yard right in the middle of Sweeny, Texas so the track meandered over a pretty big area. Heaven only knows what my Dads water bill looked like!
It was amazing how many of the kids would come over and ride the track all day and half the night. It was a non stop BMX happening! Some kids even brought their sleeping bags and small tents. We grilled nearly every night. There were KUWAHARAS everywhere.
I didn't realize then what a special time and place we were all in. If I had I would have appreciated it a lot more.
Not bashing the Nationals scene but it was really astonishing how much fun we had before we didn't know what we didn't know. Your backyard and the local track was the center of the universe.