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AZ. SoCal results BMX news '76,'77,'78, boxes of results found !
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post Oct 23 2011, 11:01 PM
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Metrocenter....aahhhh ya, cruising, babes,beer,brawls......many memorable "wasted" weekends........wouldn't trade it for a thing!

As I go through these boxes, I have to say, for only having 10% of the rider base as Cal., AZ put out some damn good talent!

Image (1) 1976 "Kawasaki Grand Nationals" at the one and only Saddleback Park. We all got are butts handed to us big time.....but never again! My sister still has that Kawasaki plate with the image of Dave Clinton for winning. Does Reilly still have Clintons bike?

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Image (2) NBA Mongoose Grand Nationals at Devonshire Downs. We started bringing home the awards with that one couple months later.

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Image (3) Mongoose Nationals.....Me following John crews....I think #70 is Denny Davidow. No style points for me back then. Check out the oversize helmet...goggles, and....wait for it.....................pant legs tucked into the tube socks....now that's rockin it OLD SCHOOL!

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Image (4) John Donaldson ahead of "Tinker"

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Image (5) Arizona cup for Tom Catchings.....Dude, It took me awhile to find you in "first"....LOL

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Hey, I know their are alot of me.....that's what the parents saved, ya know. I'm taking requests, there is a LOT of stuff here.





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post Oct 24 2011, 09:30 AM
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Pretty cool. Appreciate it. I never saved anything. Good memories. Yea usually I was behind Tony Bell:)
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post Oct 24 2011, 10:36 AM
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I'll be in town for Thanksgiving was thinking of hittin Black Mountain for Wen. practice. Gotta check to see if they will still have it the night before TG. They did before.

Any of ya old farts up for a few laps?..........................or a few beers? (IMG:style_emoticons/default/drinks.gif)
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post Oct 24 2011, 02:13 PM
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Just teasin ya Tom, everybody knows you were fast ! Laps....hmmmmmmm, Well, the reason I stopped BMX was that I nearly lost my left leg racing motocross at Beeline dragway under the lights 4 days before the whole Patterson team was coming to pick me up in AZ. and heading out for a summer tour. So.......hell ya!.................just need alot of those beers first !
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post Oct 24 2011, 03:06 PM
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Was your wreak at the 2nd burm at the end of the front straight? I remember two guys locking handlebars just before the entry and going through the fence. Some little girl who was sitting on the end of a tail gate got the worst of that one. I used race at Beeline. Remember the night it rained mud?





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post Oct 24 2011, 06:09 PM
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No, there was a left hand drop-turn into the "bowl" in the middle of the track. They just watered it and I didn't know. Threw it Left with the leg out and.......both ends went out under me. I was "flying" an inch off the ground and when I landed at the bottom my upper leg was trapped under the bars and the lower half came straight up. My toes(well boot toe) actually hit me in the shoulder. .....No more BMX :-(
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post Oct 24 2011, 09:16 PM
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So an mx crash finished your bmx racing. I think Brent Patterson also got hurt racing mx. He ended up coming back to bmx if i remember correctly. Too bad you missed the summer tour.
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Yeah, that would've been an awesome summer. It was bittersweet watching all those guys that I knew becoming "superstars". But, things happen for a reason I guess. I 've been wildly blessed in my business and personal life. In almost every business challenge I can relate it to something I learned Racing BMX, publishing the AZ. BMX news, or being part of the creation of the A.B.A.. I've actually been thinking about setting up some kind of award (scholarship or something) If the A.B.A. would have it. I don't know where that might fit in with them. I'll tell you what though, I don't think "rubberized" tracks are BMX!!! maybe I can set-up an "old school" award for the top rider whose tires actually slide on DIRT.............whaddya think
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post Oct 25 2011, 09:35 AM
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QUOTE (toothtwister @ Oct 24 2011, 07:09 PM) *
No, there was a left hand drop-turn into the "bowl" in the middle of the track. They just watered it and I didn't know. Threw it Left with the leg out and.......both ends went out under me. I was "flying" an inch off the ground and when I landed at the bottom my upper leg was trapped under the bars and the lower half came straight up. My toes(well boot toe) actually hit me in the shoulder. .....No more BMX :-(



Ah yes the bowl. One night a guys throttle stuck (or he freaked) and he launched his bike right outta there into the annoucers stand/snack bar. The older guys used to call the top of that drop "the slippery nipple" Now 30+ years later I understand why

"toothtwister" I'd guess you doing something associated with dentistry?
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post Oct 25 2011, 11:07 AM
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Yes, I'm a Dentist.

I started Kidz Connextion Dental Centers about 9 years ago and it has been a remarkable adventure. We help low income children from all over Arizona and have been very successful doing what most Dentists won't touch with a 10 foot pole! When I started, I got alot of "funny" looks because most Dentists want to do the "glamour" work....cosmetic stuff etc. When the economy was great......I was an anomaly and had a difficult time getting other Dentists on board. Now that the economy sucks, we are looking solid as a rock and now have 7 Dentists working at 3 locations with plans to expand nationally in the next couple of years. Anyway, I've never stopped competing and have always credited some of the success to my BMX experience and have reached a point where I would like to "pay it back" to my roots if you will. Any suggestions ?

Lee

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