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Ohio & Michigan Riders

RufRedBaron

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12/25/2008 7:17 PM

What about some of the great riders from Ohio and Michigan (to name a few of the top of my head)...

Jeff Spreeman (American Competition)
Paul Walker (RPM and Husky)
Billy Paxton (ERG?)
Denny Bentley (Honda and Suzuki)
Bigelow Brothers, Kirk, Kip, Kris, Kreg - Team Dynamic)
Jeff and Louis Snider (Power Rider/RPM)
Frank Lamp (RPM)
Jim Lowe (RPM and Husky)
Jamie Bruce (E.C. Birt?)

These guys were all fast at tracks like Delta Ohio, Dirt Rider Park in Holland Ohio and all over Michagan.

Any pictures, whereabouts??

Also, anyone got pictures of #532 who rode an unsponsored RPM Suzuki RM125 in 1980 and 1981 in Ohio/Michigan?? This guy was slow, but had lots of fun racing and hanging out with the fast guys. Once got lapped twice at Delta by Frank Lamp who slowed each time and yelled over what was wrong that he was going so slow!!!

I have some pictures from those days and may post some if there is any interest.

Thanks.

Matt
#532

andymoto

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12/25/2008 7:34 PM

Post 'em. There's always interest.

WSR

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12/26/2008 3:34 AM

Tom Carson is from Ohio, and as fast as anyone.


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JimmyD123

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12/26/2008 7:44 AM

Jeff Spreeman (American Competition) - no longer rides and is a welder in Adrian, MI
Paul Walker (RPM and Husky) - is an E/R doctor
Billy Paxton (ERG?) - was racing cars, currently unknown what he is doing (it was PDQ, not ERG)
Denny Bentley (Honda and Suzuki) unknown, but quite a jerk
Bigelow Brothers, Kirk, Kip, Kris, Kreg - Team Dynamic) Kip is still racing
Jeff and Louis Snider (Power Rider/RPM) RPM = Ripping People off for Money
Frank Lamp (RPM) had cancer, not sure if he beat it
Jim Lowe (RPM and Husky) unknown
Jamie Bruce (E.C. Birt?) was an engineer at Chrsyler

Here is a couple of guys who you might remember from my hometown who were top 125A riders in the early 80's and often raced in Delta, OH, Nels Larson & John Wojtala
Also, remember the Hinkle brothers, Alan King & Shane Hruska?
- Jimmy D

EbarDP48

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12/26/2008 8:45 AM

JimmyD123 wrote: Jeff Spreeman (American Competition) - no longer rides and is a welder in Adrian, MI
Paul Walker (RPM and Husky) - is an E/R doctor
Billy Paxton (ERG?) - was racing cars, currently unknown what he is doing (it was PDQ, not ERG)
Denny Bentley (Honda and Suzuki) unknown, but quite a jerk
Bigelow Brothers, Kirk, Kip, Kris, Kreg - Team Dynamic) Kip is still racing
Jeff and Louis Snider (Power Rider/RPM) RPM = Ripping People off for Money
Frank Lamp (RPM) had cancer, not sure if he beat it
Jim Lowe (RPM and Husky) unknown
Jamie Bruce (E.C. Birt?) was an engineer at Chrsyler

Here is a couple of guys who you might remember from my hometown who were top 125A riders in the early 80's and often raced in Delta, OH, Nels Larson & John Wojtala
Also, remember the Hinkle brothers, Alan King & Shane Hruska?
- Jimmy D

Robert Mehl Ais a buddy of mine and was originally from Michigan. He held a pro license during the 70s. Mostly raced Yamaha's, Husky's and Kawasaki's.
Today we accasionally race and ride dual sport and adventure rides.
Any old friends of his out there?
Bert

EbarDP48

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12/26/2008 8:46 AM

RufRedBaron

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12/26/2008 10:46 AM

Thanks for the update on some of the riders. I remember the Hinkle's, Alan King and John Wojtala.

Based on an obituary I just saw on the internet today regarding the passing in November of a "Motocross Mom", Mrs. Frank Lamp, it listed a son, Frank Lamp Jr., as also deceased. Sad to hear.

Thanks.

overdrive09

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12/26/2008 11:53 AM

Chuck Reed.
Dale Spangler
Mark Musselman
Fred Andrews
Josh Steele
Hayden Richards
James Eickle
Jeromy Buehl
Mike Blair
Greg Rand
Manul Arnold
Junior Jackson?
Tommy Collier
Mike Bias
A few late 80's district 11 A class riders

croom mx

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12/26/2008 12:08 PM
Edited Date/Time: 12/26/2008 12:15 PM

I once rode with a rider named Mark Corbett on a Kawasaki, dude was really fast I think he was from Michigan? I think the year was 1981. Does anyone remember this rider?

Law 131

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12/26/2008 2:11 PM

Anyone remember Scott Lester. His National number was 88 in 1978.

I used to travel with him and pit together in 78 and 79.

He was from Ashtabula.

Pierce Law
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1977-1979
Suzuki RM 250/400
New York

PitRacer

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12/27/2008 3:00 PM

I know Scott Lester. His kid Scotty was racing for several years, think he's in college now and out of the sport at the moment. Nice family, they still live up that way.

DAVE PARKER

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12/29/2008 5:46 AM
Edited Date/Time: 12/29/2008 5:46 AM

Mark Corbett was from wisconsin.Very fast guy and i think he ended career on M-STAR'S.

Mosher

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12/29/2008 9:35 AM



The guy on the outside (59) use to go pretty fast back in the day.

overdrive09

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12/29/2008 3:28 PM

Mosher wrote:

The guy on the outside (59) use to go pretty fast back in the day.

That track looks like the original mid ohio? Although I maybe mistaken, used to be allot of fun to ride and had all the big name races back in the day.

croom mx

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12/29/2008 3:35 PM

Cant read who 59 is?

Original 44

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12/29/2008 5:22 PM

Number 59 was Tod Perkins. In 1978 he tied with a injured Mark Barnett for Ninth place in the 125 class.

Original 44

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12/29/2008 5:22 PM
Edited Date/Time: 12/29/2008 5:44 PM

Dave Hand and Harold Robison were fast riders from district 12. By the way, Fred Andrews and Dale Spangler were also from district 12.

Law 131

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1/1/2009 7:55 AM

I remember Perkins and Dave Hand. Didn't know them well but they were pretty quick.

The Bigelow Bros. would run with us in Florida in the winter, too.

Pierce Law
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New York

overdrive09

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1/1/2009 3:36 PM

Law 131 wrote: I remember Perkins and Dave Hand. Didn't know them well but they were pretty quick.

The Bigelow Bros. would run with us in Florida in the winter, too.

Dave Hand was very quick.

speedmadness

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2/17/2009 3:14 PM

I've just completed a website to honor the Michigan Mafia and I am looking for writers, photos and anything historical to add to the site. I am currently working on an in depth article on Mike Hartwig.

The site is michiganmafiahalloffame.com

If anybody would like to contribute or if you have suggestions to the site please contact me.

Jim

Check out the michiganmafiahalloffame.com

500 Mike

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2/17/2009 5:44 PM

Original 44 wrote: Number 59 was Tod Perkins. In 1978 he tied with a injured Mark Barnett for Ninth place in the 125 class.

I used to work for Tod Perkins' Father when I started in the oilfield in 1979. I hadn't thought of them in years.

evomx244

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2/17/2009 6:19 PM

80's district 11 A class riders
Brett Rader
Phil "Flipper" Alderton
Troy Graham
Scott Paul
Greg Maddux
Randy Bryant
Steve Gifford
Todd Poling
Mark Weaver
Brain Wilson "the beach boy"
Hal Combs
J.T. Kurtz
Tom Bellamy

openro

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2/18/2009 2:37 PM
Edited Date/Time: 2/18/2009 2:42 PM

Ok here goes my memory working overtime. Michigan District 14 fast guys the late 70's.



Dave Hollis

Steve Horvath

Rusty Hibbs

Shane Hruska

Barry Mayo

Eddie Warren

Matt Horrocks

Synclair?

Lenerd Cheza

Danny Lenard

Danny Carlton

Dave Bowman


Mosher

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2/18/2009 4:01 PM
Edited Date/Time: 2/18/2009 4:03 PM

evomx244 wrote: 80's district 11 A class riders
Brett Rader
Phil "Flipper" Alderton
Troy Graham
Scott Paul
Greg Maddux
Randy Bryant
Steve Gifford
Todd Poling
Mark Weaver
Brain Wilson "the beach boy"
Hal Combs
J.T. Kurtz
Tom Bellamy

Kip Bookman

Mike Bias

Tommy Watts

Forsythe brother

Don Conkle

Mike Lones

Tim Shepherd



Jeff Nida

Tim Dohm

Troy Graham was out at Briarcliff the last few practices of 08 teaching his son how to ride.

BobbyM

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2/18/2009 4:38 PM

darren rhoten was from ohio..no
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"Just wait til SX hits the eastern part of the series...JS7 will dominate"

evomx244

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2/19/2009 6:46 PM

I thought about Brad and Eddie Forsythe and Don Conkle after I made the first list. I totally forgot about Kip Bookman. I just remembered Troy Smith, Mark Weaver and Scott Watkins

Larry

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2/19/2009 7:11 PM
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Best rider ever to come out of Michigan.



Larry Friday

Montesa38

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2/19/2009 9:14 PM

Im not from Michigan, but bought a bike in 2002 from a guy who rode under the same tent as Mark Hinkle for Montesa...1977-79.....the story of the Hinkle family was one of the most unbelievable Ive ever heard...perhaps you Michiganders remember him.....Mark was 1980 AMA Racing athlete of the year....he was joined by RC,Tim Ferry and James Stewart, among others...must of been really good, before he fell off the map.....

CD

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8/24/2009 9:15 AM


Evomx244- Searching some old posts found this with some familar names but you left out the fastest, Ted and Joe Fischer. How about Scott McPherson from Indy? We must have racer together at one point, I used to work with the Fishers and went to school with Bellamy. Did some road trips with the Forsythe's and had a Husky from Flipper in 79. Still see him REM from time to time. How about you, what years did you race?

mitchell184

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8/28/2009 8:17 AM

More fast guys from Ohio:

Jerry Sales, Jon Leak, Harold Robison (already listed), Rick Buttle, Tim Brodie, Phil Hawkins (minis).

I remember racing against Billy Paxton in the mini class a couple times. I had a lightly modded XR75, which I thought was fast. But his bike threw roost 15 feet in the air...had to be a 115cc Powroll engine, or somesuch. And he rode the heck out of it. Had a race with Carson at Honda Hills one night in the 100 class in '76. I led for three laps and then he disappeared. Very fast.

BTW, my new vintage magazine - Moto Retro Illustrated - is out and available now. We've got a ton of old school motocross coverage in issue one, and reviews have been tremendous. Hope some of you will take a look. motoretroillustrated.com

Thanks! Anyone going to OIR on the 20th?

Mitch

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Moto Retro Illustrated
mcretro@cox.net


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