The Trailblazers Motorcycle Club Banquet Under The Big Top

After a delay of over a year (due to a pesky virus), the 76th Trailblazers Banquet took place on Saturday August 28th under the big top tent of the Phoenix Club in Anaheim, California. The Trailblazers Motorcycle Club is 40 years old and their banquet/Trailblazers Hall of Fame induction attracts motorcycle racing legends (active and retired), motorcycle industry dignitaries (active and retired) and racing fans (always active). The event is overwhelming for me because so many long-time friends attend, it is impossible to say hello to everyone. It would not…

$25,000 Minibike Will Blow Your Mind And My Budget

I don’t know why it should, but it really bugs me that there are riders out there who can drop $25,000 on a minibike! A toy. A product with no practical purpose but having a good time. And it is not just one or two riders. There are enough of these riders to keep Droog Moto in business.  I guess if $25,000 was like $2,500 to me, I’d buy one. But the last time I spent $25,000 on something it was to replace our sceptic tank and it didn’t feel…

Prolific Action Sports Photographer, John Ker, In Recovery Mode

Hall of Fame member (both Mountain Bike and BMX) and all-round great guy, John Ker, is in the hospital following hip-replacement surgery (following a cycling get off). John’s recovery has not gone smoothly and he is in a lot of pain. Rehab is going at a snail’s pace. John can use some encouragement so take the time to drop him a get-well email. His email address is johnk@hi-torque.com. I know he would love hearing for friends, old and new.

Hopetown Reunion 2021: Racing Out Of Lockdown

The 2021 Hopetown Reunion took place Sunday June 27th under clear skies and hot temperatures at Simi Valley’s beautiful Hummingbird Nest Ranch. The turnout, both in number of spectators and bikes on display, was down from previous years, but that was to be expected. Many people are still getting used to the idea of social gatherings after a year of lockdowns. While their concerns are understandable, they missed out on a great gathering of motorcycles and motorcycle racers. Best in show: I’ll get it out of the way right now.…

Riding The Sur Ron X Bike Electric-Powered Motorcycle

My buddy Mark, owner of Reign motorcycle apparel, has been after me to come out and try one of his Sur Ron electric-powered motorcycles for a year. The stars aligned today and we headed up to the Hungry Valley off-highway vehicular (OHV) recreation area.  The ranger would normally collect the outrageous entry fee of $5 but Mark has a season pass so we were ready to cruise on in after she checked our spark arrestors. That threw her for a loop. You’re not going to find a spark arrester (or…

The Passing Of Another Friend And Thoughts On Mortality – Updated

Mike Bell’s shop-sponsored Husky broke during a Carlsbad CMC Pro moto and he was pushing it off the track. A long-haired, 250 Junior got behind him and helped push the bike back to the pits. Mike was appreciative, said thanks to the guy and flashed his famous smile. I was around 21 years old so Mike would have been 17. I never imagined that we’d be friends the rest of our lives. In hindsight, it is not surprising. Almost all of my long-time friendships started out on a motocross track.…

The Most Amazing Moto

The Hannah/Howerton slugfests. The Johnson/Bailey Anaheim Supercross. The bar-in-the-face Weinert/DiStefano berm battle. The Jimmy Mac/Monty Roy 3-Foot-Trophy Day 250 Junior Race. I’ve witnessed hundreds of exciting races, but if you ask me to name my favorite all-time battle, I have no hesitation in answering. It was Rex Staten versus Mike Hartwig at a CMC Carlsbad race in 1974. MEMORY IS NOT RELIABLE I know my memory is questionable and unless you’ve got a photogenic memory (like Jody Weisel), your memory may not be totally accurate either. That’s why before I…

Dave Miller Benefit Face Masks Back In Stock – UPDATED

UPDATE AUGUST 4, 2020: So many people have continued to request the Scott Face Mask that Curt Evans (the artist behind the project) agreed to produce another batch. Here is Curt’s message and how you can get a few masks… Wow! Thanks so much for your interest in the Scott Face Mask and helping out Dave Miller’s family. We appreciate your patience. We didn’t think the response would be so great after our initial run of over 400 masks allowed us to donate over $3,500 to help his family! (Unfortunately,…

40-Year-Old Team Suzuki Images Saved

While I was working at Suzuki in 1979, a few motocross team mechanics asked if I would shoot photos of them with their riders’ bikes on the grass in front of the Suzuki pagoda in Santa fe Springs. When the slides came back from the lab, they were pitch black. I had totally screwed up the exposure. I was tempted to throw them away but for some reason, I held on to them. The slides popped up again recently so I sent them to my pal Pat Carrigan. If there…

Dave Miller Face Mask Sales Generate $3,550 For The Miller Family

It started out as a fun idea to create a COVID-19 face mask that looked like the iconic Scott Face Mask worn by racers before full-face helmets were widely used by motocross racers. Long-time friend and cartoonist Curt Evans came up with the artwork and coordinated a limited-production run. That’s when we realized there were plenty of old-time motocrossers who wanted one too. We decided to make another batch to raise money for the family of Dave Miller (pictured about in a photo shot by Curt), who passed away recently…