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Kazman
I'm looking for all the Rockville BMX heads and Howard County racers from this era. Some of the names that come to mind and in no particular order are:

Jay Metzler, Mike Wheeler, Scooby, Spike Jonze, Anthony Brice, Danny Nash, Greg Raiford, Tom Weston, Bruce Bagley, Billy Fitzhugh, and Chris Boudreaux.

In particular I raced in the same class against Raiford, Fitzhugh and Weston.
nitrotwang
I raced out there around that time 16X, Fitzhugh was a few years younger but I remember him (Zeronine)..he race against Robby Wilkerson, Joey Queen, Billy Locke.. Bruce Bagley is out here on the West Coast...
Justin Shepard
I raced those tracks occaisionally. I raced Billy Locke, Eric PErson, Rocky Rice, and a bunch of other MD guys.
Justin
ptrhahn
Yup, I remember all those guys... raced at Howard once, got most of my shtuff from R-ville BMX.
us_boss
Eric and Tony Spears?? my brother and i use to race at rockville around that time,I miss them old days
nigelnyc
I am from NY but I raced the Maryland State Championship at Howard County in 1985. I won 16I...It was cool they gave away Hutch plates with a #1 on it. I still have it. I was winning the national in 1986 when I fell all by myself on the four pack in the second to last straight while leading by a straightaway! I made up for it by winning the second day of the national.
Kazman
Robby Wilkerson, yeah he was in my class as well and in two of the photos I've got here wearing a Ritchie Bike jersey. Can't forget Neil Allen while I'm at it.

Nigel, I checked your myspace and don't remember your face but from the dates you mentioned we must've been out at Secaucus together at some point. My two bikes were a Cyclecraft cruiser and an SE Assassin.
Thumperpilot
I still talk with Billy, Neal, and Kenny Allen. Kenny ran those tracks back in the day. I raced in MD. a few years later than this post '93-'95. My wife worked at NSA and we were stationed there for a couple of years. I hung out with Gordy Tyler, Billy Chandler, Andy Goglia, Brian Green, Brian Gagnon, Steve Wible, and I'm sure I'm forgettting a few others. I was a Columbia local. I raced Bensalem, York, Columbia most of the time. I have a couple MD-01 District #1 stashed in my number plate bin. heheheheheheh.......
Thumperpilot
What about Rayner Mathews???
Kazman
I remember Rayner Matthews from back in the day and Gordy Tyler was someone I met upon my return to the sport in the 90's.

I came down to Columbia a few times to race (cruiser class) and have some video of a national race at Bensalem I believe.
Thumperpilot
What years?? I was born in '67. Maybe we raced each other.

Shannon Gillette

[ January 21, 2007, 12:14 PM: Message edited by: Thumperpilot ]
Kazman
I was born '69 (Kasim Saul) and if memory serves we did race each other once or twice at nationals in the Pa area but I'm not sure if you were at Columbia when I came down. Might be easier if I describe myself since I don't remember any other tall black guys on a mid school Cyclecraft cruiser besides me.

I need to find a VCR and pop the tape in. Gonna try and post some of these old school pics in a few hours.
Kazman


If this worked. Top photo from left to right is #16 Pete Whogulmuth, #6 Greg Raiford, #59 Me, #775 Unknown but not a local Howard County Rider, #1 Robby Wilkerson, #2 Brian Weston. There are two other riders back there but I don't remember their names.

Bottom photo is Brian Weston leading me and an honest to goodness Bandito rider. Remember those bikes?
Kazman



Top photo is Greg Raiford and Brian Weston over the tabletop followed by Robby Wilkerson and myself.

Bottom photo is an unknown rider who rode a Vector, the name "Adam" comes to mind but could be wrong. In the background after the finish is me sitting on my GT and that's Neal Allen with his shirt off walking by.
Mr Trickstar
I raced Rayner at the howard count Nationals and dude is so so fast.
DRAGULA
Dogan Gunnesver and I made it to Howard indoor a few times. It was kinda far for us. MMM wood jumps and no traction gotta love it
shadynate
QUOTE (Kazman @ Jan 20 2007, 03:57 PM) *
I'm looking for all the Rockville BMX heads and Howard County racers from this era. Some of the names that come to mind and in no particular order are:

Jay Metzler, Mike Wheeler, Scooby, Spike Jonze, Anthony Brice, Danny Nash, Greg Raiford, Tom Weston, Bruce Bagley, Billy Fitzhugh, and Chris Boudreaux.

In particular I raced in the same class against Raiford, Fitzhugh and Weston.


I used to see Scooby on the regs up until about 10 years ago. From what I understand, he moved out to LA to work in the film industry. Guys like Spike, Jeff Tremaine, Terrance Stukey, Glen Grazianio and Mark Mendellis (sp) lived in my neighborhood and really got me into the sport.
shadynate
Kazman- I belive I have a picture of you, Donnie Wolford and myself racing Columbia in maybe '91. I will have to dig it up when I get back to my parents' house for the holidays.

What's up Shannon? I always ended up district #2.

A brief update on some of the names mentioned above. The last time I saw Rayner, he showed up to ride Ritchie's back yard in maybe '99 and really leaned out. He had stopped training and dropped like 50+ pounds. Andy still lives in Maryland, owns a bike shop, and rides trails and MTB regularly.
bmxcowboy
How awesome to see this. I was a Columbia BMX local during the early '90s. Loved shopping at R-ville BMX. Great shop, great people. I remember some of the names mentioned above. Especially Gordy Tyler. I remember doing starts with him before the races. He would always throw out the comment of "whoever beats me to the middle of the first turn (after the triple step) would get a steak dinner". Of course, I never picked up that dinner. Slim could fly over the triple step and stay so low. I miss that track. Damn shopping center took it over, I believe. There were also some younger brothers - Baumgartners, who were fast!
Thumperpilot
Nate?? You mean "Boss" Nate?? Nate Shear I think it was?

I have a bunch of pix from about '92 through '95 when I lived in MD. I raced both twenty and Cruiser class and did very well on both. But I was mainly a cruiser specialist.

I raced Gordy Tyler, Shawn Moore, Billy Chandler, Andy Goglia, Mike Layfield, Craig Worley, Phil Downell, Jeff Allen, Steve Wible, Brian Green, "Boss" Nate, Robert, Wanless, and a ton of other people that I can't think of their names. I raced week in and week out at Columbia, York, and Bensalem. Good times for sure!

Shannon Gillette
Gary Mason WWR
It's great to hear some of these names from bitd . I raced in M.D often back then , I'll scan some of my M.D photos and post them here . Some of the tracks I remember are 75-80 Monrovia , It had a go-cart and drag strip next to it . There was a indoor track that had only one turn , I think it was a air plane hanger . Was there a track called bumps and berms, or was that in P.a ? Justin are you going to come out and play in the 41 X or cruiser class's ? Have you raced your car here in Daytona at the SCCA races ? I used to be a volunteer mechanic for a a/s class racer . Now he's racing in the GT class . His name is Brian Coulier, He set the Sebring track record in A/S in a camaro . Later hope to see you at a track soon .
Walter Holda
Can I expand the dates a bit? I raced from 79 through 82 in MD, VA, PA, NJ. Does anyone else remember both Rockville tracks? The earlier one was on E. Gude Drive behind the Wheel-A-While. I also raced at Columbia, Millersville, Cockeysville, Overlea-Fullerton (which the Fitzhough's started), Ocean City, and Monrovia.

I raced for Jay the last few months that I raced before giving it up after the Sabre Nationals in Millersville, so I knew most of the guys at R-Ville BMX and when to elm school for a year or so with Scooby. Oh and you forgot to mention Tinker.


I'm also happy to say that after a 25 year layoff I got back into racing with my 5yo twin boys this summer and had a blast! I'm having a blast as moto-filler for the 40-44 cruiser class. Shout out to the Hagerstown BMX crew!

Let' see some more of those old school MD pics guys!


Rgds,
Kazman
Wow. Cockeysville. That was actually my first ever track as my parents lived in Baltimore at the time. Once we moved to Bethesda my tracks were Rockville, Millersville (remember having that flip hub so you could run the 45-14 gear), Columbia and Howard County. There were some Virginia tracks whose names escape me. I think they were NBL though and at that time I raced mostly ABA.

Mark Mendelis and I both went to Walt Whitman and he was a year ahead of me. I don't think he ever came back into BMX. How could I forget Tinker..sorry man. Remember Anthony Brice, Danny Nash? Billy Fitzhough was also in my class most of the year, don't have any pictures of him though.
Brian B
I know it's a bit west of you guys but here's a pic from Jeff Kerr's Freeway BMX in Frostburg, MD from I believe 1984. Western Maryland was a huge Thruster area. Scott Stumbaugh and Tom Grim representing..
Gary Mason WWR
Do you guys remember the big VanMoss brothers (TORKER) from M.D, or Rob Miles (SCHWINN) I think from V.a . Did any of you M.D guys go to the Iron Man in N.J this year ?
number6
Greg here... I found this site when I Googled my name. I live in Michigan now, not involved with BMX but have raced my mountain bike a couple of times. I sold my old bike on ebay this year. Thanks for the pics!
hotrod49
QUOTE (Gary Mason WWR @ Dec 5 2007, 10:45 PM) *
Do you guys remember the big VanMoss brothers (TORKER) from M.D, or Rob Miles (SCHWINN) I think from V.a . Did any of you M.D guys go to the Iron Man in N.J this year ?


Here's a VanMoss Torker in the back, Darrin Stout (21) Dennis Gunessever (57).


Darrin Stout (21) , Dennis Gunessever (46) , Robby Miles (1)
mcam
I'm from way down in New Zealand, so I have nothing to contribute to this thread, other than, those are some fantastic photos from back in that era. Man oh man, I have enjoyed looking at those! Makes me remeber my racing days way back then. I can feel that dirt under my tires as I type this. Cool!
mattyjo
hey folks-

stumbled across this while looking for something else. I used to race MD & VA in 82-84. rode support for rockville in my last year. jay and his brother were funny guys.
I remember indoor racing at howard county. me and my buddy john would race cruiser over at howard and then go ride the abandoned skatepark in columbia on our 20's.
lemme look thru the albums and see if i can dig up some photos... nice to run into this crowd!
ptrhahn
Yup,
Alot of those(you) Maryland guys came down and ran with us at Starlit BMX in Annandale, VA as well. I'm pretty sure that last shot w/ Miles & Gunnesever was on the first straight there.

It's weird how much nostalgia these pics conjure up. I did "out to work day" in Jr. High School at Rockville BMX. I remember that the "Mug" root beer button on their soda machine was stocked such that every 4 or 5 times, you'd get a REAL beer.
VAbmxdad
I was a Starlit local, but made it up to race both Rockville & Howard County indoor a few times. Hated the indoor track, but racin' was racin' in the winter time. Those last 2 pics look like Starlit. I hung out with/rode with/raced with the Gunnesevers, Robby Mylls, Mike Meckenberg, Ritchie McCulloch, Scott Loveless, Bill Hermack, etc. No idea what happened to Jay. Spike moved to CA to work for Freestylin', made music videos & commercials, produced Jackass, & married Francis Ford Coppola's daughter. Robby Mylls lives in CA somewhere & his sister Kristine is making records in Nashville.
ptrhahn
Wow, I didn't realize Spike Jonze was THAT Spike Jonze. I remember Adam from the Rockville BMX store.
shadynate
QUOTE (Thumperpilot @ Nov 14 2007, 11:46 PM) *
Nate?? You mean "Boss" Nate?? Nate Shear I think it was?


Thats me! Nate Shearer. Dont know if any of you guys remember Ritchie Matthews of Budda fame and one time POW house resident, but I got word a few years back that he passed away. This was super sad news as he was a friend and a huge part of the BMX scene in the '90s helping neighborhood kids get into racing, having weekly practice sessions at his backyard track, organizing Pros to come out and race locally each week and even helping design and build the '95 (?) nationals track at Columbia. He is definately missed. R.I.P.


Thumperpilot
Yo Nate,

Good to hear from you. I had heard that about Richie a feew years back. I was bummed vto hear the news. He was a good dude with a big heart. R.I.P.
Kazman
QUOTE (number6 @ Dec 15 2007, 08:40 PM) *
Greg here... I found this site when I Googled my name. I live in Michigan now, not involved with BMX but have raced my mountain bike a couple of times. I sold my old bike on ebay this year. Thanks for the pics!



Hey Greg! You're welcome. I sent you a PM but I think I have one or two more photos of you from the Rockville BMX track days. My mom was pretty prolific with the camera.
nigelnyc
QUOTE (Kazman @ Jan 21 2007, 06:21 AM) *
Robby Wilkerson, yeah he was in my class as well and in two of the photos I've got here wearing a Ritchie Bike jersey. Can't forget Neil Allen while I'm at it.

Nigel, I checked your myspace and don't remember your face but from the dates you mentioned we must've been out at Secaucus together at some point. My two bikes were a Cyclecraft cruiser and an SE Assassin.



Kazman,

I raced at secaucus from the opening until about the end of 97', 19-27x. I just came back this year racing at shoreham. I will be at all the local nationals next year with the rest of the shoreham crew.
Kazman
QUOTE (nigelnyc @ Jan 7 2008, 03:41 AM) *
Kazman,

I raced at secaucus from the opening until about the end of 97', 19-27x. I just came back this year racing at shoreham. I will be at all the local nationals next year with the rest of the shoreham crew.



So you're going to give it another go eh? I'm out in So Cal now, I've thought about jumping back in but the tracks are not as convenient as they were back east. Thought about Nationals too but if I'm not fast I really don't want to go. We'll see.
nigelnyc
QUOTE (Kazman @ Jan 8 2008, 04:15 AM) *
So you're going to give it another go eh? I'm out in So Cal now, I've thought about jumping back in but the tracks are not as convenient as they were back east. Thought about Nationals too but if I'm not fast I really don't want to go. We'll see.



When did you race at Secaucus? I live in manhattan but a lot of older riders have come back to racing. Ronnie Gaska just came back this year as well as a few others. Don't think I am going to have a problem getting around to the races. March 8th is the Jack Frost Classic at Egg Harbor!
Kazman
QUOTE (nigelnyc @ Jan 8 2008, 04:13 AM) *
When did you race at Secaucus? I live in manhattan but a lot of older riders have come back to racing. Ronnie Gaska just came back this year as well as a few others. Don't think I am going to have a problem getting around to the races. March 8th is the Jack Frost Classic at Egg Harbor!


I was back in from about late 1994 through 1999 or so if memory serves. I remember there being some attendance problems at Secaucus or an ownership change or something towards the end. I was in cruiser class mostly and didn't jump on the 20" until the later years.

DRAGULA
QUOTE (VAbmxdad @ Dec 18 2007, 07:25 AM) *
I was a Starlit local, but made it up to race both Rockville & Howard County indoor a few times. Hated the indoor track, but racin' was racin' in the winter time. Those last 2 pics look like Starlit. I hung out with/rode with/raced with the Gunnesevers, Robby Mylls, Mike Meckenberg, Ritchie McCulloch, Scott Loveless, Bill Hermack, etc. No idea what happened to Jay. Spike moved to CA to work for Freestylin', made music videos & commercials, produced Jackass, & married Francis Ford Coppola's daughter. Robby Mylls lives in CA somewhere & his sister Kristine is making records in Nashville.


Thats def Starlit. The first pic looks like the last staight. Thats the only way you could see the apartment accross

the street towards Woodson.

The second looks like the front straight going into turn one.


Jeff, do you remember the jump from turn two over to five ?

And jumping over the gate?


Kristine remembers you.
Rebel Rouzer
This pic is from the first straight at Rockville, October 1980 I think. I was 14 and in the lead. I should have probably watched where I was going because I think I crashed in the first turn.Click to view attachment
Walter Holda
I told you that I wanted to extend the dates a bit. Does anyone remember the first Rockville Track? It was on E. Gude Drive off of Norbeck (28) behind the Wheel-A-While and backed up to the Red Gate Golf course. Back of the pic says "September 1979".



This was taken at the same Rockville Track early must have been early 1980. I can't remember when the track moved.

Rebel Rouzer
Wide, sweeping first turn at Rockville, 1980. Jeff Kerr leading me in practice. All I can remember is sitting in the van listening to Rush (Tom Sawyer) and Vapors (Turning Japanese) Cumberland boys represent.Click to view attachment
Kazman
Don't know if anybody has been passed the old Rockville BMX track site but it got razzed well over 10 years ago and is an on/off ramp now for I270.
K-Dog
Man I love this thread.
Lots of names I remember.
My name is Kevin Anderson.
I raced 83-87 Millersville, Howard County ( indoor and out door) and Billy D (75 /80 BMX )
I was good friend with Chuck Ruhel, Kenny and Earl Warren.
My Dad was a track official at Millersville for quite a few years.
VAbmxdad
Yeah, I remember. Start at the top of turn 1, roll in & crank it to jump turn 2 into 5. And gate jumping. Start at the top of the hill & pedal your butt off. LOL! I have a couple pics somewhere of gate jumping. I'll have to scan em & post em.
Walter Holda
Let's see the Pics Jeff! cool.gif
VAbmxdad
Still looking.....
Kazman
Ah yes Millersville. The only reason I had 47 gear and 14 sprocket on the flip hub.
mdmike
QUOTE (shadynate @ Jan 5 2008, 07:09 PM) *
Thats me! Nate Shearer. Dont know if any of you guys remember Ritchie Matthews of Budda fame and one time POW house resident, but I got word a few years back that he passed away. This was super sad news as he was a friend and a huge part of the BMX scene in the '90s helping neighborhood kids get into racing, having weekly practice sessions at his backyard track, organizing Pros to come out and race locally each week and even helping design and build the '95 (?) nationals track at Columbia. He is definately missed. R.I.P.

hey nate, mike layfield here....i just read your thread on ritchie and im crushed. ritchie was a super nice guy and will be missed. the last time i saw him was in 2002 i think. it was in the local walmart in salisbury,md where i live and he told me he had moved to delmar,md and gave me his #. thats the last i ever heard from him........R.I.P. brother.
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