MOTORCYCHO #31 HOT OFF THE PRESS

The new issue of Motorcycho just hit the newsstands (if there are any newsstands left standing) and cool motorcycle shops. The new issue is 46 pages of pure sickle bliss brought to the reader in full technicolor. Yours truly even has a feature, “In Praise of Ovals” about a visit to the Dan Rouit Flat Track Museum. You can also buy it directly from the source by sending an email to motorcychomag@gmail.com. Don’t be surprised if the conniving publisher tries to up sell you on a bunch of back issues,…

CORSA MOTOCLASSICA RETURNS TO WILLOW SPRINGS APRIL 21-23

UPDATE: April 11, 2017 – Sorry, but I won’t be making it out to this event. It falls on the same weekend as the Steve Tilford Memorial event. It has been a number of years since I’ve made it out to the Corsa Motoclassica vintage motorcycle road race at Willow Springs Raceway in Rosamond, California, but I hope to make up for that on this year’s April 21-23 race weekend.  The event is sanctioned by AHRMA (American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association) and runs over three days.  My advice is to…

MEETING TEAM MOTO XXX

It has been 20 years since I sat down with Erik Sandin, Jordan Burns and Kurt Haller for a story on the Team Moto XXX’s owners that appeared in Motocross Journal’s December 1997 issue.  I don’t remember all the interviews I’ve done over the years, but I remember that one. Why? Erik, Jordan and Kurt were total originals; outsiders who approached professional motocross from a fresh and irreverent direction. They raised the money for the team from video sales and had a great attitude towards racing and their riders. “I…

FAST GUY CUTS COURSE AND WE HAVE PROOF

Jimmy Mac On Two Wheels has obtained screen capture images from a video shot at the 1971 Elsinore Grand Prix that shows celebrated off-road champion, Malcolm Smith, clearly cutting the course. He circumvents a mud bog to gain positions and maintain a higher average speed for the lap. The film’s narrator identifies Mr. Smith and comments that the racer is “swerving off the course through a hole in the barbwire fence.” The footage shows Malcolm negotiating a grass field next to a mud bog at a high rate of speed,…

DAN ROUIT’S FLAT TRACK MUSEUM – THE DREAM CONTINUES

December 5, 2016 – Dan Rouit, who passed away on November 16, 2016 at the age of 57, was the founder, owner and curator of the Dan Rouit Flat Track Museum in Clovis, California.  Dan, who was confined to a wheelchair after being paralyzed in a freak climbing accident, had been a flat track racer in his youth and believed the sport deserved a dedicated museum filled with flat trackers, memorabilia, posters, programs, trophies, plaques, leathers, helmets and pictures.  Together with his wife Kathy, they made their dream come true.…

CHUCK “FEETS” MINERT: A LIFE LIVED TO THE FULLEST

September 28, 2016 – Upon hearing the news of Chuck Minert‘s passing, I tried my best not to feel sad or shed a tear. Chuck would not approve. He is the last guy who would want friends choked up or moping around because of what? He died? Get over it, already. Clean that air filter, top off the fuel, wipe the goggles and line up for moto 2. Chuck hated attention even in his later years when most retired racers crave to bask in the spotlight one more time. Keith…