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SO MANY AWESOME 70' & 80's BMX RACERS

#1 Johnny Johnson Posted 06 June 2011 - 08:31 AM

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For me, my favorite part of the 2011 BMX Society Reunion and Show
There were so many great BMX racers from the 70's and 80's
I'll list them first, then post pics soon

Eddy King (Wheels N' Things, Torker, Diamond Back)
Mike King (Wheels N' Things, Torker, Dirt Slinger, Huffy, Haro)
Doug Davis (Wheels N' Things, Torker, Red Line, Diamond Back)
Mike Aguliera (Torker, Team Aggie)
Jason Jensen (JMC, Torker, Jag)
Doug Olson (Torker)

Scot Breithaupt (Dan Gurney, FMF, SE)
Tommy Brackens (Pedal Shop, Jag, Powerlite, GT, Brackens)
Craig Bark (Robinson, GT, Torker)
Clint Miller (JMC, DG, Torker, Kuwahara, GHP)
Jeff Kosmala (Mongoose, Red Line)
Jeff Bottema (Webco, DG, Raleigh, Team Murray)
Toby Henderson (DG, Raleigh, Hutch)

Mike Horton (Anaheim Bike Center, GT, Diamond Back, Murray)
John Copeland (Diamond Back, Raleigh)
Mike Miranda (CW, Hutch)
Tracy Thomas (Tartan Bikes, RRS)
Ken Battle (Tartan Bikes)

Tosh Muraviov (TW Racing, CW, Skyway)
Korry Neal (SE, TW Racing, Kuwahara, JMC)
Charlie Brackens (Powerlite)
Harold "Magoo" McGruther (Torker)

Misty Dong (Green Machine, Patterson, Raleigh)
Tracer Finn (CW)
Bryan Dorsey (Temple City Bike Shop, Tartan Bikes, Fre Agent, Jag, Echo Helmets)
Phil Maxwell (Jag)
Bob Smith (Beaver's, Scorpion)
Jim Garrett (Addiks)

Kevin Hull (GT, Brackens)
Danny Milwee Powerlite, Haro)
Darwin Griffin (Mongoose, Blue Max, White Bear)
Steve Blackey (The Bicycle Source)
Robert "Gomez" Cardoza (Saber, Kuwahara)
Javier Colombo (SE)

Robert Cook (Cook Brothers Racing)
Mel Stoutsenberger (Rick's Bike Shop)
Adam Cox (JMC)
Tim Ebbert (BMX Plus)
Tim Testa (co- Free Agent, Main Bikes)
Dale Perez (Sidehack)

Joe Chalakee
Da G Ryd
Wayne Syas
Tim Ickes,
Jeff (Shinglehead) Venekamp
Jeff Jt Tollefson

Michael "Planet X" Gamstetter
3rd Gear
Steve Brothers,
Greyboy,
Truly Odd
Rich Rivera

DAN Goins
Mike Rush
Rick Gaytan
Doug Williams

-Freestylers who used to race-
Bob Haro,
Mike Buff
Eddie Fiola
Martin Aparijo
Rich Sigur

Anyone else I missed who used to race back in the 70's and 80's
that was at Bellflower for the BMX Society Reunion and Bike Show?

#2 Freshour Posted 06 June 2011 - 01:07 PM

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dayum thats some heavy hitters

#3 3rdgear Posted 06 June 2011 - 01:08 PM

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Taurus

#4 rappensuncle Posted 06 June 2011 - 01:41 PM

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Jeff Bottema was there, JJ. I haven't seen him since the late 70's.

I also had the pleasure of meeting Steve Feinstein who raced all the classic tracks of the 70's; Yarnell, Randall Ranch and Lemon Tree. And he had an old photo album with him - a lot of great shots!

#5 moosegoose nick Posted 06 June 2011 - 01:53 PM

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Jeff Bottema was there, JJ. I haven't seen him since the late 70's.

I also had the pleasure of meeting Steve Feinstein who raced all the classic tracks of the 70's; Yarnell, Randall Ranch and Lemon Tree. And he had an old photo album with him - a lot of great shots!


rappensuncle, did you get an email address for him? I would love seeing what pics he has of Lemon Tree.

#6 Johnny Johnson Posted 06 June 2011 - 02:11 PM

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That's right! Big Fire (I think that's his nickname)
Steve Feinstein was there. I spoke to him for a few min
too.I saw those Lemmon Tree Mall race pics in that
photo album he brought a few months ago to The Bicycle
Source grand opening. That whole album is sooooooooo
70's cool.

I would've liked to have said hi to Jeff Bottema.

Rod "Bronco" Beckering (SE Racing) was there.

Wonder who else was there?

#7 S.Brothers Posted 06 June 2011 - 03:02 PM

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I edited world champion Javier Colombo into the list, JJ. I'll think of others.

It was cool to meet Bottema!

#8 Johnny Johnson Posted 06 June 2011 - 04:04 PM

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Former UCI BMX Elite World Chmapion Javier Columbo (SE) from Argentina.
Funny I forgot to mention him. He was the first rider I saw when I arrived
at Bellflower. He now races Vet Pro and lives in Huntington Beach. So fast!

#9 Johnny Johnson Posted 06 June 2011 - 06:38 PM

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06 2011 Bellfower Misty Dong.JPG
Long time Patterson factory team rider Misty Dong (Bakersfield)
brought her original, ultra trick, super clean, survivor Patterson.
JMC forks, JMC Darrell Young bars that were cut too short and
extended with broom stick (a very old school customizing trick),
custom drilled out mini Pro Neck, Fox decal (Patterson Factory
Team were the very first BMX team contracted to use Fox uniforms)
Some aluminum road headset. ODI grips, Dia Compe 890 calipers,
Mathauser finned brake pads, Original Sedis flat plate 3/32 chain,
Araya Turbo lite 1.5 rims and tires, and VERY VERY VERY RARE
180mm Campagnolo Strada cranks with euro bottom bracket.
Plus, a Bicycle Motocross Action edition (not a decal, logo silk
screened onto the panel) Haro lightning bolt plate with 1st edition
Haro numbers. Plus.... 51 tooth/ 19 tooth gear ratio!!!

#10 Johnny Johnson Posted 06 June 2011 - 07:03 PM

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07 2011 Bellflower Tracy Thomas Ken Battle.JPG
Tracy Thomas on the left was one of the worlds fastest amateurs in the early 80's. Sponsored by Tartan Bikes, factory Jag, and factory RRS. Had one of the VERY first RRS 24" cruiser frames. Battled the toughest amatuers in BMX like Richie Anderson, Gary Ellis, and Pete Loncarevich.

Ken Battle on the right was a SUPER FAST older amateur mainly sponsored by Tartan Bikes. Favored to win the 80' NBA Grand National, Race of Champions but was beaten by a very new BMX star Tommy Brackens who had been picked up by Jag a few months earlier.Ken was known for running super low, high rpm gear ratio's like 39/ 16 to 41/ 16 at races where everyone else wasruning 44/ 16

#11 Johnny Johnson Posted 06 June 2011 - 07:24 PM

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09 2011 Bellflower Doug Davis Mike Horton.JPG
Doug Davis (left) was the 1983 ABA National #1 Amateur & NBL National #1 14 Ex and
one of San Diego's all time greatest amatuer BMX racers. Sponsored by Wheels N' Thing, Torker, then finally Diamond Back. He straight up owned his age class nationally for years. In one of the most stacked classes in BMX racing, for years, Davis battled Kyle Fleming, Gary Renteria, Carl Butler, Craig Bark, Peter Casano, Darwin Griffin, Billy Griggs, and Mike King.

On the right, Mike Horton was a great amatuer BMX racer. He along with his sister Lisa were on legendary bike shop team Anaheim Bike Center which became the very first GT Factory Team (which they were both on). Horton was one of the original four riders to be on the very first Diamond Back Factory Team in Spring 1980. Later Mike joined Murray's factory team and raced all over the World with teammates Anthony Sewell, Jeff Ruminer, Jeff Bottema, and Scott Clark. Always in the top 2 riders in his class for years.

#12 CharleyGnarlyP290 Posted 06 June 2011 - 07:32 PM

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06 2011 Bellfower Misty Dong.JPG
Long time Patterson factory team rider Misty Dong (Bakersfield)
brought her original, ultra trick, super clean, survivor Patterson.
JMC forks, JMC Darrell Young bars that were cut too short and
extended with broom stick (a very old school customizing trick),
custom drilled out mini Pro Neck, Fox decal (Patterson Factory
Team were the very first BMX team contracted to use Fox uniforms)
Some aluminum road headset. ODI grips, Dia Compe 890 calipers,
Mathauser finned brake pads, Original Sedis flat plate 3/32 chain,
Araya Turbo lite 1.5 rims and tires, and VERY VERY VERY RARE
180mm Campagnolo Strada cranks with euro bottom bracket.
Plus, a Bicycle Motocross Action edition (not a decal, logo silk
screened onto the panel) Haro lightning bolt plate with 1st edition
Haro numbers. Plus.... 51 tooth/ 19 tooth gear ratio!!!


I remember Misty from my home town of Bakersfield. I don't remember, though, if she was getting out of racing shortly after I started, or if she was concentrating on the national scene. She was fast though, and that bike is cool, fo sho.

#13 Johnny Johnson Posted 06 June 2011 - 07:32 PM

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22 2011 Bellflower Jason Jensen.JPG
Jason Jensen was THE single most famous young rider in BMX racing from the late 70's to early 80's. Was already considered by most a legend by the age of 11. Won numerous national and World titles. Unbeatable for years. Sposored by JMC, mainly known for being on the Torker Factory Team, and later by Nomura.

#14 Johnny Johnson Posted 06 June 2011 - 07:39 PM

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31 2011 Bellflower Phil Maxwell Bicycle Source.JPG
Phil Maxwell was an excellent amatuer BMX racer in the late 70's. At his peak, he was on the Jag Factory Team and raced all over the World. Mainly battling legends like Torker's Eddy King and GT's Lee Medlin. Phil got quite a few great pics in Bicycle Motocross Action.

#15 TrulyOdd Posted 06 June 2011 - 08:06 PM

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wow, misty's bike is so DOPE!!! Posted Image


JJ, cool to see these pics....i passed a couple of those people all day and had no clue who they were.




#16 Contender Posted 06 June 2011 - 08:40 PM

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This is gonna sound stupid but some name tags at an event would be cool.

Eddy King looks the same, But I remember Jensen as a kid in a helmet.

How about "Jason Jensen" with Torker written underneath on his tag?

Just a thought.

#17 39x16 Posted 07 June 2011 - 01:42 AM

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Doug Davis looks more like a baseball player than most baseball players do.

#18 PlanetX Posted 07 June 2011 - 01:47 AM

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06 2011 Bellfower Misty Dong.JPG
Long time Patterson factory team rider Misty Dong (Bakersfield)
brought her original, ultra trick, super clean, survivor Patterson.
JMC forks, JMC Darrell Young bars that were cut too short and
extended with broom stick (a very old school customizing trick),
custom drilled out mini Pro Neck, Fox decal (Patterson Factory
Team were the very first BMX team contracted to use Fox uniforms)
Some aluminum road headset. ODI grips, Dia Compe 890 calipers,
Mathauser finned brake pads, Original Sedis flat plate 3/32 chain,
Araya Turbo lite 1.5 rims and tires, and VERY VERY VERY RARE
180mm Campagnolo Strada cranks with euro bottom bracket.
Plus, a Bicycle Motocross Action edition (not a decal, logo silk
screened onto the panel) Haro lightning bolt plate with 1st edition
Haro numbers. Plus.... 51 tooth/ 19 tooth gear ratio!!!


That bike was so rad. And those cranks are dreamy. So far, I've had to settle for 175 Campy Stradas and drilled 51T chainring.

Thanks for putting me on that list of greats. I hardly rate, but appreciate the nod.

Good to see you there and at Orange last week.

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#19 DAN Posted 07 June 2011 - 07:13 AM

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I hope we all appreciate the incredible resource known as Johnny Johnson's memory! He's not a bad guy to hang out with either!

#20 phaze1todd Posted 22 July 2011 - 12:25 PM

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22 2011 Bellflower Jason Jensen.JPG
Jason Jensen was THE single most famous young rider in BMX racing from the late 70's to early 80's. Was already considered by most a legend by the age of 11. Won numerous national and World titles. Unbeatable for years. Sposored by JMC, mainly known for being on the Torker Factory Team, and later by Nomura.


Whhoooooooo. . . Zombie Thread!

I know it's over a month dead but I saw Jason's bike and I gotta know if that is the actual "Black-n-Copper" he rode around '81 or a replica?

-Todd


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