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Racer-X - High-School MX

Rupert X

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11/22/2010 11:05 AM

I've been waiting for that story to be told since the days of President Hodaka and the

invasion of the DG Radial heads.

Loved it. I remember being in high-school in Amherst, Massachusetts and promptly

assembling a group of burnouts and bad-boys that all rode dirt-bikes or MX'd - and

formed an MX Club at my stupid school - pretending that we could be as cool as the

kids in SoCal. DC, Nick McCabe and crew - great job. Really dug it.

I remember suggesting to school authorities that we should be competing as a school -

they told me to shut up and that Pineapple-Upside-Down Cake was on the menu in the

cafeteria. I hustled off with my 35cents to feed. Yep, school lunch was 35 cents, young uns....

mxb2

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11/22/2010 11:11 AM

Were you riding a Hodaka dirt squirt! LOL

mxnick

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11/22/2010 11:33 AM

Now that is some praise from people in very high places...

Thanks Rupe!

GuyB

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11/22/2010 12:16 PM

I had a blast doing high school motocross back in the day.

I especially liked that we had motocross P.E. at the same time our football team was doing their practices. They had the military look going on. Full buzz cuts and precision drills. We had long hair, boxers hanging out from our gym shorts, and were using exercises from Rolf Tibblin's book.

I'm pretty sure it drove our football coaches crazy.

Rupert X

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11/22/2010 1:08 PM

GuyB wrote: I had a blast doing high school motocross back in the day.

I especially liked that we had motocross P.E. at the same time our football team was doing their practices. They had the military look going on. Full buzz cuts and precision drills. We had long hair, boxers hanging out from our gym shorts, and were using exercises from Rolf Tibblin's book.

I'm pretty sure it drove our football coaches crazy.



What happens if you screw off in class - do you hafta do 35 minute moto's after

school ?

Uuuh - did you guys have cheerleaders ? - He inquired with a Beavis-level of creepiness

nadeauracing229

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11/22/2010 1:10 PM

You guys had motocross in high school?

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Rupert X

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11/22/2010 1:27 PM

nadeauracing229 wrote: You guys had motocross in high school?



Not me - I went to hs in Massachusetts - plus I;m way younger than those dudes.

GuyB and some of the ol' pharts had high-school motocross - article in latest

Racer-X.

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11/22/2010 1:33 PM

socal was loaded with high school motocross teams. letterman's jackets, the whole deal. we raced at ocir, then friday nights at corona raceway and later saturday mornings at saddleback park. our school even gave permission to build a full on track in an empty field next to the school and have full weekend of races.... no way will that ever happen again these days, unfortunately.... this pic was taken for the year book haha...fak, i'm old

TriRacer27

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11/22/2010 1:36 PM

Couldn't do that now a days. No one who rides motocross goes to high school anymore.
Highschool motocross! HA

mxb2

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11/22/2010 1:36 PM

Got any pics of the MX cheerleaders LOL!

MOTOXSTATION

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11/22/2010 1:38 PM

I had the same dreams at my Catholic High School...as if it was possible. The Archdiocese of Phila. had plenty of land behind the school and we already had a track, pit and woods. It didn't happen but we sure had a good time ditching the cops as we buzzed across the soccer field and through the convents back into the woods! Ahh, the good old days.

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11/22/2010 1:41 PM

MOTOXSTATION wrote: I had the same dreams at my Catholic High School...as if it was possible. The Archdiocese of Phila. had plenty of land behind the school and we already had a track, pit and woods. It didn't happen but we sure had a good time ditching the cops as we buzzed across the soccer field and through the convents back into the woods! Ahh, the good old days.

If you want to re live your youth go to baltimore and ride with the 12 o clock boys LOL!

Bauer

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11/22/2010 1:44 PM

Yeah, Rup, Nick did a great job of telling the story. John Gallagher called me last night to ask me if I'd seen the story...someone had called him and told him about it but he had not yet seen it. Those were some really good times, for sure!

MOTOXSTATION

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11/22/2010 1:45 PM

mxb2 wrote: If you want to re live your youth go to baltimore and ride with the 12 o clock boys LOL!

No thanks, I hear street riding can be dangerous.

smrscott

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11/22/2010 2:35 PM

Yea we had a Team and raced at Corona in '83. I got my photo in the yearbook for being on the motocross team. We raced all sorts of other schools, Cerritos, Upland and so on. Our school got in late and only did it for a few years

GuyB

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11/22/2010 4:20 PM
Edited Date/Time: 11/22/2010 4:21 PM

At our school (North High) we didn't do the letter jacket thing...more of a windbreaker style. Oh, and no cheerleaders.

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11/23/2010 6:10 AM

I managed to do get to do FMX when i went to high school 4 years ago! it was pretty sweet. No team tho, it was only me and my trainer Fred Johansson.

Theres a school over here that still does full on high school MX, but its pretty hard to get into

jenericn951

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11/23/2010 8:22 AM
Edited Date/Time: 11/23/2010 8:23 AM

my brother was on the team for palm springs when i was a kid. he is 6 years older than me. we used to go to corona on friday nights for the races there. palm springs high school aslo did a superbowl of motocross on the football field back in the day.



he had a honda 125. i was in the sixth grade. one friday we left palm springs early and went to FMF in harbor city. you would give them your cylinder, head and carb and some money of coarse. in return you get a ported cylinder,rejetted carb,piston,porcupine head and a new FMF pipe. my brother drove from FMF back to corona. me and our friend(who was older than me) put on the FMF parts in the back of the truck as we were going down the 91 back to corona. he broke it in during practice and then blew it up during the races...

Rupert X

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11/23/2010 9:17 AM



" e had a honda 125. i was in the sixth grade. one friday we left palm springs early and went to FMF in harbor city. you would give them your cylinder, head and carb and some money of coarse. in return you get a ported cylinder,rejetted carb,piston,porcupine head and a new FMF pipe. my brother drove from FMF back to corona. me and our friend(who was older than me) put on the FMF parts in the back of the truck as we were going down the 91 back to corona. he broke it in during practice and then blew it up during the races..."


And, that, me buckos, smells more like pure motocross than anything I've ever

had the distinguished pleasure of reading. Salute. ******* LOVE IT.

Cygnus

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11/23/2010 9:24 AM

GuyB wrote: At our school (North High) we didn't do the letter jacket thing...more of a windbreaker style. Oh, and no cheerleaders.

I heard the wind breaker tied around your waist was the in thing back then.

well we ain't the smartest folks in the world...i mean we're fucking dirtbike riders for christ sakes.- BobbyM

jenericn951

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11/23/2010 1:43 PM

Rupert X wrote:

" e had a honda 125. i was in the sixth grade. one friday we left palm springs early and went to FMF in harbor city. you would give them your cylinder, head and carb and some money of coarse. in return you get a ported cylinder,rejetted carb,piston,porcupine head and a new FMF pipe. my brother drove from FMF back to corona. me and our friend(who was older than me) put on the FMF parts in the back of the truck as we were going down the 91 back to corona. he broke it in during practice and then blew it up during the races..."


And, that, me buckos, smells more like pure motocross than anything I've ever

had the distinguished pleasure of reading. Salute. ******* LOVE IT.

thanks rupert x. its was one of my best memories ever. i talked to jody from MXA about doing a story on this subject and he said the info and picks would be to hard to come by. de anza cycle park was my brother and friend"s local hang out. i remember brian myerscough on a yz 80 putting it to everyone in the 125 class. my brother would take me all of the time just for the money. he would tell my mom that i was going at that i needed 30 bucks. then he would us the money to pay for gas and entrance fee's.

Rupert X

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11/23/2010 1:48 PM




* The idea that they would rebuild the bike while traveling in the pick-up with the FMF

shtuff - that's actually the kind of schnizzle that reminds us what a wild, wonderful,

ridiculously sickosaurus hobby / club / habit - we have. Cheers my brother.

goonslurkin316

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11/23/2010 2:47 PM

It's funny that I saw this thread today, because today at my high school two mentionings of motocross were displayed in front of the entire school which was very bizarre. First, Ashley Fiolek was on this national news show called Channel one. It was a story about her and a girl from Iran coming over here to race. On our school news after that, our vice principal said she would be showing a "motocross" movie during our break/reward time(for a fundraiser) at the end of school.The movie was kind of cheesy with all different types of motorcycle riding, but all publicity is good publicity. It was just really weird, but cool at the same time. Shows that our sport is growing forsure. It also kind of took my mind off the fact that I couldn't miss school to go to Mini o's.

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11/28/2010 9:20 PM

I was on a MX race team in 1974 at Kennedy High School in Granada Hills,Ca. We got out of school at noon on Fridays and went to Indian Dunes to race against other schools from the Valley. Joe & Rick Kehoe (Eric's big brothers) were the faster experts on our team. It was a big deal back then with huge turn outs.
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