107 signs you're old school

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107 signs you're old school

Postby mxfireman » Thu Sep 03, 2009 9:36 am

Stole this from VitalMx. Funny stuff and it brought back memories.

Borrowed from the Can-am website at yahoo. Thought it was great.

1. You remember when they invented whoops.
2. You remember when the water-truck was a wooden cask hauled behind two musk oxen. Yes, oxen, dammit.
3. You've been thwacked by the surgical neoprene strand of a rubber-band start.
4. You well know the difference between a Combat Wombat, a Pursang and a Cappra.
5. You begged your dad to "forward-mount" your Elsinore's rear shocks.
6. Then you begged more for him to "lay 'em down".
7. You're familiar with Skunk Works and their whole get-up.
8. You badly desired a DG radial head for your RM-125.
9. You knew 'em as Pentons - before they were Katoomers.
10. You recall Team Tamm and L.O.P.
11. You idolized Marty Smith.
12. You knew Micky Dymond rode a Husky pretty damn well.
13. You were stunned when you heard Gerrit Wolsink became a dentist.
14. You never missed ABC's Wide World Of Sports in case they featured the USGP at Carlsbad.
15. You remember when hot-dogs were the only "health-food" available at the track
16. You dreamt of manhandling a Maico 501
17. You remember Jones goggles and Carrera's, too.
18. Ake Jonnson and Jack Van Velthoven are household names to you.
19. You've pulled serious dirt out of your nose two days after a National.
20. You've camped at both Mount Morris and Unadilla and lived to tell of it.
21. You wished you'd never bought those Scott plastic boots. But you did.
22. You've owned a duckbill visor or two.
23. You've worn football pads in a motocross race.
24. You've worn race-gloves with pieces of tires attached to the fingers.
25. You remember when box-vans were "factory".
26. You're making stupid-money selling your old motocross stuff as "vintage" on ****.
27. You used to think Heikki Mikkola was the baddest dude on the planet. In fact, part of you thinks he still is.
28. You've pulled the lights and blinkers off an enduro bike to race motocross.
29. You recall seeing Jim Gianatsis' name over every dirt-bike photo in the '70's.
30. Mr. Know-It-All both entertained you and pissed you off.
31. And you know who Lovely Louella is and where Chicken Licks Raceway isn't.
32. You once asked your dad if you could get a Bel-Ray tattoo.
33. Your mom ironed on a Champion spark-plug patch to your jean-jacket.
34. You've written letters to companies begging for stickers.
35. You were there when tear-offs were invented.
36. You fondly recall the Wrangler Dash For Cash in Supercross races.
37. You owned at least one "Do It In The Dirt" shirt.
38. You tear up while recalling the sound of the start of a 500 National.
39. You blasted your Zeppelin on 8-tracks on the way to the races.
40. In later years, you rode home listening to the Eagles on these revolutionary cassettes.
41. You witnessed a Supercross in Pittsburgh.
42. You saved up forever for that DG water-cooled head and front-plate radiator deal from DG.
43. You're familiar with the "Flying W", WFO and the GYDBT, amongst other terms.
44. You've purchased both Bassani and Hooker pipes for your Yamaha DT-250.
45. You installed a white fender-extender on your '76 YZ-125. Just because.
46. You used to think it nutty to pay a buck-twenny- five for race-gas.
47. You recall MXA magazine having a ROY (Rider Of The Year) that was awarded a truck.
48. You're familiar with front-falling gates, too.
49. And flag starts. Uh huh.
50. Some tracks even had traffic-light starts ! Whaaaaa ?
51. You recall the van craze and its link to mx.
52. Rex Staten always kind of scared you a bit.
53. You still think of Mike LaRocco as " that fast kid from Indiana."
54. You've ridden a bike or two up and into a pick-up truck bed.
55. You've also wadded it up performing this stunt.
56. You've raced the Open-Class. On a real Open-bike.
57. You remember the Harley-Davidson MX team.
58. You could never afford those FOX-Shox. But you desired them, badly.
59. You remember Bob Hannah's Open-Bike fan-club at Unadilla.
60. You remember an AMA National in St. Pete, Florida.
61. You thought the Husky chrome tanks were extremely sexy.
62. You were pretty sure the Hodaka transmissions were made of plastic.
63. You always knew that, by the'90's, Supercross would be live on TV on Saturday nights.
64. You used to bring your girlfriend and her dog to the races. That didn't last.
65. You recall Cycle News East & West versions. "We don't care how the hell they do it in California" - that was the East version's battlecry. Odd times, indeed.
66. You knew Can-Am's had rotary valves and no head gaskets.
67. You knew Ricky's boss had worked in the sport pretty seriously prior to getting into big-rig management.
68. You not only owned a 175, you actually raced the 175 class!
69. You still have your JOFA mouthpiece.
70. You called your pants "leathers" - even if they weren't.
71. You always wore a kidney-belt. You just did.
72. You've seen a Maico 490 Sand Spider shred the knobs off.
73. You know who "Super Hunky" is.
74. You're familiar with terms like "Full-Floater", "Unitrak", "Monoshock" and groovy.
75. You remember the DATSUN USGP Of Motocross
76. Debruzer was some kind of handlebar pad endorsed by "De-MAN", right?
77. Tommy Benolkin's name rings a bell with you.
78. You actually attended the Kansas City Supercross.
79. You were there when Darrell Schultz won Daytona on his Chris Haines prepped CR250.
80. You knew Steve Wise was a motorcycling Mr. Do-It-All.
81. You loved watching Jimmy Ellis at the Atlanta Supercross By Wrangler on his Honda.
82. You liked those Dunlop K190's, you really did.
83. For many years it was only Metzelers for you though.
84. You did give Trelleborg's a brief try.
85. And Hi-Point's Red-Dot tires. (Hannah endorsed !)
86. You were at that 1982 Loretta Lynn's by Kawasaki. 25 classes total.
87. You've actually left a motocross race in a Ford Pinto towing a 3 rail Holsclaw trailer, by golly.
88. You've heard of both Bauers: Willi and Steve.
89. You had subscriptions to Modern Cycle & Popular Cycling.
90. You've heard the term "Maico-Breako" a time or two.
91. You would have given your left buttock for a pair of those "hi-zoot" Simons Upside-Down forks!
92. You've seen white KTM's with red-frames.
93. You actually owned a bike-cover for your machine at one point. No, really, you did.
94. You always wanted to put a 44mm Mikuni carburetor on something. Anything.
95. You knew Josh Hansen's dad raced a bit.
96. You bought a roost-boost bottle for your bike. Supposedly it straightened out the powerband or something.
97. You worked that Impact-driver like nobody's business. No Phillips-stripping for you, my brother.
98. The name Torsten Hallman was familiar to you, just like you knew well the Gunnar-Gasser throttle. Hell, everybody did.
99. You've broke more than one chain in a day. And you always carried extra master-links. You had to.
100. You knew, that if you only had five-bucks to get home on, you could get four burgers from Mickey-D's and five gallons of gas for your Econoline van. True.
101. Back then, a rhythm-section was a drummer and a bass player.
102. You wore your socks out and over your boots and your shoulder-pads under your shirt.
103. You thought Tortelli and Pastrana were things you found at an Italian deli.
104. Your buddy wore an "I'm with stupid" shirt.
105. You had, sporadically, one sleazy girlfriend that would wear that "Slave" T-shirt. That chick was fun.
106. You were introduced to Danny Laporte yet were too tongue-tied and mesmerized to speak.
107. You hazily recall there being a small bridge that the riders had to negotiate in the '70's at Unadilla
I can tell by your middle finger, that you're warming up to me.
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Re: 107 signs you're old school

Postby The Wab » Fri Sep 04, 2009 9:01 pm

Haha. Number 106 is funny. We were staying at a hotel in Seattle for the supercross in 1982 where all the pros were staying. Mark Barnett gets on the elevator that me and my dad were already on. All I could do was keep taping my dad's leg and nothing was coming out of my mouth. My dad kept saying "what, what". It was like I was hit by lightning. So cool. :!
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Re: 107 signs you're old school

Postby AirMail » Mon Sep 14, 2009 10:24 pm

Great post Mx-fireman!

I am gonna take a few minutes and relay some of my memory association with some of the corresponding numbers! This is coming straight from my depleting memory bank so here goes.

#3. probably not the best one to start with but I was at Hannegan Speedway when Mrs. Geier lost her eye in the late 70's as the result of the band getting caught in a bike. They outfitted her with a glass one and she was back the following season lap scoring! :!

8. I think the only DG stuff i saw in Canada belonged to Mike Eyre and Len Saunders! When I went to my first World Mini at Racing World in 78 was completely enamored with Harry Klemms set-up. the bike of #57 Chris Heisser especially! oh ya Ward, Larson, Lechien, just to name a few on minicycles that year as well.

10. Team Tamm showed up at the Calgary supercross in 83' I remember team manager Bob Tamm and rider Zoli Meszaros.

16. I always respected Maico riders as a kid thinking that if I had to get on a big bike off my YZ-80 that contraption would be my last choice! of course not including my dads AJS! Kudos to my Maico idols Magoo, Stan Currington, Larry Mckenzie, Rick Sheren, and Danny Kerr!

28. As far as taking lights of an enduro bike to race mx I am pretty sure that's what my dad had to do to my 1972 Yamaha 60 to enable me to race in my first race at the Lafarge track in Kamloops!

33. The Champion spark plug patch was a mandatory sew on to any mx apparel. As a sponsor they would outline in a letter where it was to be affixed!

36. As far as the Wrangler Supercrosses go I still have all my old programs! Anybody remember Gene Hackman's son the motocrosser?

41. As far as witnessing a Supercross at Three Rivers in Pittsburgh you probably did it with an umbrella or got wet!

48. front falling starting gates! I am getting a Hernia just thinking about what the one at Saddleback would weigh! if you seen it you know what I'm talking about.

51. The Van Craze, anyone remember Chas N' Dave?

52 Rex Staten was probably one of the most misunderstood personalities in mx! was a very relaxed individual and his look did not match his demeanor! I think he liked it that way though.

57. The Harley Davidson team. I have a great photo that my dad took of Hannah Decoster and one of those AMF Harley's railing a berm at Puyallup Trans USA in 77'

70. 1977 was the year I moved out of the Leather Age into the Nylon age of pants!

71. You have me confused with this one! everyone still wears kidney belts don't they?

77. Tommy Benolkin? Never could figure out why Kawasaki made him a factory rider in 81' mind you they had a huge team back then! I remember getting the press kits from the Supercrosses with all the info and the big glossy 8X10 photos! Those were the good old days!!!!!

87. If you drove a Ford Pinto you needed to pull a trailer wether you were hauling a bike or not! those were the BOOM mobiles! X-plode on impact.

89. Never had a subscription to Modern Cycle or Popular Cycling they were kind of like MXP Magazine, they just showed up!

92. If you have seen white KTM's with red frames you are truly a flower child!

97. Wish I still had my old impact driver every time I strip something with my cheap Cambodian Tire screwdrivers!

100. 5 bucks for gas and burgers! shit I am satisfied to make enough in my money class for a Happy Meal.

102. Socks on the outside of boots? As well my Johnny O'Mara boot savers and JT rainsuit!

106. Danny LaPorte? I remember thinking man is he ever old! LoL :lol: :lol:

108. O.K. my 108 would be paying tribute to a couple of riders that I idolized when I was young. The first was a Washington State rider who was on the verge of factory stardom when cut down in 1981 by a career ending injury. Pat Jacobsen your riding and persona on and off the bike was some of the best in it's time.

Rick Burgett I know where your at and what your up to, cool. You were the guy that showed me that Pro MX-rs of your era got to where they were through hard work and good people skills! You worked your tail off to earn every bit of skill you had on the motorcycle and got to a place many only dream of as a result! You gave me jerseys goggles gloves etc. whenever we got home from a big race my fondest memories were not of that events winners but that of how you put yourself on a level playing field with your biggest fan! I will never forget that night in Seattle you took that # 22 jersey with the handlebar hole in the chest of your back and gave it to me! I have 4 Burgett jerseys in my collection this first one aquired in 76'

I have probably lost most everyone by now! but I guess this thread is probably as good as any place to do it! Once again thanks Fireman!

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Re: 107 signs you're old school

Postby dals3 » Tue Sep 15, 2009 5:31 pm

fireman - that IS a great post. I won't go into detail right now, but yeah, that does bring back a lot of very cool memories for me growing up.

airmail - thanks for taking the time to go into detail. Very cool insight into some of the points on the list. :!

Fun stuff, guys.
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Re: 107 signs you're old school

Postby justpinit » Tue Sep 15, 2009 5:37 pm

54 & 55......don't need to go into any details. OUCH #-o #-o
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Re: 107 signs you're old school

Postby AirMail » Sun Oct 10, 2010 6:24 pm

Reference to #12, Chuck Sun travelled the continent in his van living on PB & J and earned his Honda ride on a Husky!

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