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…

Remembering John “Alabama Flash” Walker’s 1920 Speed Record of 115.79 Miles Per Hour

Wacky Explorer, a fascinating and fun website created by Samuel McCall, posted a story about John Eugene Walker, a motorcycle racer who survived a brutal childhood to become a nationally celebrated motorcycle racer and went on to set a motorcycle land-speed record. You can read the story here. If you enjoy the story on the Alabama Flash, you will love The Speed Kings book by Don Emde. John Eugene Walker, who went by Gene, is number 18, on the far left.

Time Capsule Husqvarna 250WR Opened After 54 Years – UPDATED

UPDATED JUNE 30: OUT OF THE CRATE AND THEN RESTORED The opened-time-capsule Husky is still a cool find, but turns out I oversold it. The current owner believed the bike was a 1968 250WR that was removed from the crate and never started. Looking at the condition of the bike, I agreed.  After speaking to vintage bike expert, John Pavich, (you’ve seen him on Jimmy Mac On Two Wheel’s Mecum Auction story) the story behind the bike began to unravel. In a very diplomatic way, John said, “Maybe it hasn’t…

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…

Riding Utah’s Backcountry Discovery Route, Part II

Lance Sallis, of Central Texas Restorations, and I rode the top half of Utah’s Backcountry Discovery Route (and then some) last year and before we were done, committed to riding the bottom half as soon as the snow melted in 2021. Our enthusiasm got the better of us and we jumped the gun. The snow falling on our base camp in Park City, Utah, the day before our departure should have been taken as a warning, but we departed Deer Valley ready for a challenge. It turns out the Utah…

Headed Down That Long And Lonely Highway

Jimmy Mac On Two Wheels, the internet’s best kept secret, is loaded up and headed out for a month-long tour supporting our latest stories. We will be appearing nightly at the finest Speedway gas stations in California, Arizona, Texas and New Mexico. We will also be appearing at select Subway restaurants. Keep checking back here for times, dates and locations. If you are not lucky enough to catch one of our live performances (we are not down with streaming), we feel for you. We’ve posted a few photos to give…

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,…