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Jeff Grafton

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9/13/2011 7:20 AM
Edited Date/Time: 9/13/2011 7:20 AM

I heard Fro talking about him last night on the Pulp show but I've never heard of him. Was he an up and coming rider back in the early 90's? What happened to him?

robkinuk

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9/13/2011 7:40 AM

Jeff was a young rider from El Cajon area on 80cc Yamaha, who used to practice/train with Broc Glover & the El Cajon riders.
Remember him on a video "Motocross Glover Style" I distributed in Europe through my company SVE (Stadium Video Europe)

He lost his life, not sure if it was a racing incident and all the riders ran JG logo's on there gear.
I'm sure someone in SCal or Sondy can recall the full facts. His dad was also a major sponsor of some teams.

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DownSouth

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9/13/2011 7:44 AM

He was Broc Glovers neighbor and a fast minicycle rider. He turned pro but passed away shortly after, I do not recall how. A lot of the pros of the time ran a "JG" logo on their helmets after he passed.

He was part of Glovers instructional riding video back then, Broc would explain things and Jeff would demonstrate. He looked like a mini Broc on his YZ 80 decked out in JT gear.

Interstellar Overdrive

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9/13/2011 8:11 AM

He died in an automobile accident, I believe. IIRC, he was thrown from the vehicle and died.

enginedr

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9/13/2011 8:21 AM

jeff went to valhalla high school would have been class of 89' or 90'... was an awesome kid , rode with broc everyday and had the badest bikes ever ,was going to be a factory rider for sure. i was at the scene when he passed , very tragic and sudden. miss you JG , still have tears.

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kkertzman

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9/13/2011 8:25 AM

Interstellar Overdrive wrote: He died in an automobile accident, I believe. IIRC, he was thrown from the vehicle and died.

Jeff was a great friend of mine and all around cool dude! He lost his life in a car accident at the colorado river. He was a superfast mini rider and raced 125cc west coast supercross. A funny story occurred when he had an r&d racing "80 cc" suzuki that would pull 125's up the hill at mammoth. Pretty sure that thing was a 105cc haha! Man, I miss that guy! R.I.P. Jeff!

MXD

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9/13/2011 8:27 AM

The way Emig was telling the story, it sounded like it was moto related. I got the impression that he was out riding with Antunez and something happened.

Sondy132001

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9/13/2011 9:03 AM

MXD wrote: The way Emig was telling the story, it sounded like it was moto related. I got the impression that he was out riding with Antunez and something happened.

nope driving in a car either at the River or on the way, Jeff was a mini RJ/Broc Glover, he was part of the Cajon Zone crew ! RIP JG.

S

dirthead1

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9/13/2011 10:11 AM

My younger friends raced with Jeff as young teenagers. He was cool to hang out with at Barona and fun to watch riding the back country tracks of East County.

He was seriously groomed for Pro racing by Broc. I remember when he passed.

MXD

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9/13/2011 10:15 AM

How long ago did it happen? Was he a young kid?

Sondy132001

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9/13/2011 10:19 AM
Edited Date/Time: 9/13/2011 10:19 AM

MXD wrote: How long ago did it happen? Was he a young kid?

I want to say in his late teens ?? it was so long ago, 80's, I am guessing 18 or 19 ?? we could drink at 18 then at the river (AZ) !

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9/13/2011 10:39 AM

I don't remember his exact age when he passed but he was probably in his early 20's

He was at the river, riding passenger in a truck that drifted off the road and rolled. He went out of the window and was crushed by the truck.

He would've turned 40 this past Sunday, 9/11.

Jeff was a good buddy of mine on and off the track and left with a list of strange coincidences:

born 9/11 - my 3y/o daughter now shares his bday
passed 3/30 - my dad's bday
when my grandfather passed a couple years after Jeff, he was randomly placed directly above Jeff's crypt at EC Mortuary in SD out of 10's, maybe 100's of thousands of burial sites
there's a few other coincidental business dealings between our respective dads and a few other strange things but suffice to say, I'll never forget my buddy or his birthday.

wb173

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9/13/2011 10:45 AM

The funeral was either in 1990 or '91. I lived in SoCal from '89 to '91 is the only reason I remember. I had the opportunity to race against Jeff. Always kinda looked up to him because of that Glover video and the cool JT gear.

Very emotional service. I remember Glover's Eulogy and it being very emotional. Glover ended by telling of a story of he and Jeff somewhere and the song "Silent Lucidity" by Queensryche was playing. Jeff stated he like the song and Glover ended with that song playing. Everytime I hear it I think of Jeff Grafton.

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9/13/2011 11:23 AM

From the 1987 JT catalog.

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