How is it so many (seemingly) ex-Floridians ended up in the mid-upper South; y'all two in Tennessee, John Choate in Carolina, myself in Virginia? Actually, I guess I can answer that last part.
Back in the day when I was racing......
SCIENCE, I'm just glad to have found a "home" for them. They've just been sitting around under-appreciated for all these decades, not that the photos are anything great, but the riders and the moment recorded were. I feel like I've relocated some long-lost friends here, even if we've never met. We all share a common bond- unshakeable, irreplacable, priceless memories.
SCIENCE wrote: This thread keeps getting better! JLineTC , I think that the guy leading Wise in your first pic is Anthony Mascirelli (sp). Law131 can probably confirm for us. Thank you for sharing these pics. Absolute gems. Can't wait for the 500 class!
AMA Pro 131
Suzuki RM 250/400
AMA Pro 131
Suzuki RM 250/400
Thanks for confirming Pierce. I remember those jerseys and Tony running that number as '78 was the first year I started going to the D3 races. My Dad always commented on how fast he (Rice and guys like you) were so fast and how the heck would Me and my brother ever get to that level! Lol. Fred did have his VPE in Kutztown, Pa that offered suspension/engine work. Lots of D6 and D7 riders used him. He also worked for Boyesen and raced regularly up to about 5-6 years ago, and I think he won a couple Loretta's titles. He would do well in the 30A class when he was mid 40's. Same old Fred. Sounds like he may be closed bummer.
Law 131 wrote: SCIENCE,
182 is Tony Masciarelli riding for (his family business) Conkin Cycle Center. Look close and you'll see the "Conklin" on his jersey.
Tony, Fred Vertucci and I were down for the warm up and the Winter AMA that year. Tony rode the 125s, Fred and I rode the 250s out of VPE (Vertucci Power Equipment)
In 79 I rode the 500s.
That Sunshine track was a blast. Nice deep sand. I remember it was a scorcher that day.
Those old photos are very cool. We took almost no photos during my race career or i'd post 'em.
Thanks for taking the time to post them, guys.
Edit: Just realized that was the National final (not the Winter AMA final). I wasn't at that one.
That's funny. I too, used to back that old F600 up in the mornings. No brakes, just a concrete block buried in the sand to stop you. That is, if she even fired up. Your leg would get sore pumping the gas pedal because the accelerator pump was so weak. It was like a scene out of Mad Max.
torq5252 wrote: I remember that Cahill's truck well. Used to see it at Dade City and the national and winter series events in the 80's. Then from 92-94 I worked there and had to move it out of the way every morning. Thing made a hell of a gate....
Golden Gate SX. That lasted about 6-8 weeks if I recall. We showed up one night, and were told there would be no races that night ,or any other. I seem to recall one of the promoters running off with the money to keep it going.
BVS40FL wrote: District 8 completely fell apart midway through the 1982 season. I remember agroup of parents/officials tried to get their own organization off the ground called FMC (florida motocross club). Their home track was at Bithlo and I hadn't been there yet.
The people who were in charge and were going to jump ship, changed the schedule so the District 8 raced at Bithlo too. I was leading the points in the 250 B class and was already dreaming of accepting my 6 foot tall trophy at he banquet after all the hard work and time spent traveling all year and NOT missing a single race.(the secret to winning a championship back then). When it all was over the then last official act of the reigning District 8 pres , I think his name was Dub Murphee, was to walk through pits at Bithlo and hand me my 1 foot tall ,single column trophy . Apparently all the $$$ was gone and there was no banquet ,no huge trophies, no pomp and circumstance, NOTHING. what a let down. We raced the last race at St.Pete, Chicken Farm, and Orlando Sports Stadium that year too. They all shut down. I raced the 1983 Winter Am and the Golden Gate Speedway Supercross series, and the last night of the series was the championship race for my 250 class and I won that 6 foot trophy. I retired on the way home that night. I said to my grandfather as we drove back that all the tracks have closed , and there's no way I'll be able to top this giant trophy. Let's quit. And we did. He died a couple years ago at 94 and still talked of those days from 20 years before when we were chasing points all over the state. Sorry to drag on so long but I get VERY nostalgic when anyone reminds me of those days. OH, and we saw you guys on top of the Cahills truck too !
In your first picture, I am almost certain that is Steve Martin with the silver helmet in the Yamaha jersey, just above and behind Wise's head.
JineTC wrote: I think I isolated myself to some degree from the "demise" of District 8 by going off-road with FTR, then eventually NORBA. I recall that Cahill's truck, and do think it would make a great obstacle.
Here's some Sunshine Speedway images, 1978 125/500 Series Finale:
Early in the first 125cc moto. Steve Wise led by I-can't-recall-who; Marty Moates at far right in the image.
Wise trying to avoid a face full. If memory is serving me correctly that's Mike Guerra behind Steve.
Glover leading Reinholt.
Glover, JT'd from head to toe.
...and Jeff Ward; still diminutive, but growing in stature in more ways than one.
Brian Myerscough, Steve Wise.
Golden Gate? Forgot about that one. Going back a little further in time, how about Golden Eagles MC and their scrambles track off of west Linebaugh? Or when Dade City was a scrambles course, much closer to a TT track than SX, years before Yoho? I can't recall if they actually called it Confederate Raceways or not, but I believe they did.
project racer wrote: Golden Gate SX. That lasted about 6-8 weeks if I recall. We showed up one night, and were told there would be no races that night ,or any other. I seem to recall one of the promoters running off with the money to keep it going.
Never got a trophy, and I believe I was leading the 125B points at the time of the last, almost race.
Remember the night the security guard showed up stagger assed drunk? Dude could not even walk, and got in his car to leave. Thankfully ,someone got his keys away from him.
I think that was the night that they called it quits.
We used to sell Cam2 race gas there for Don of Riverview Racing for the moto guys. Had a good free gas deal going just for taking a 55 gallon drum with a hand pump and peddling a few gallons here and there.
oldschoolmxr203, you specify Saturday night- do I recall they normally ran on Friday nights? I never did race there, just played pit crew a few times. My most vivid memory at Golden Eagles is a buddy telling someone who was picking on someone younger and smaller to pick on someone their own size, and getting a black eye as a result. At least the bully cooperated.
oldschoolmxr203 wrote: I have a couple of trophys from Dade City , from the 70s, and they say confederate raceway on them,,also have a couple from Golden Eagles, in Tampa, i remember going there one yr,77 or 78,, was a sat night race, , and Arthur North, had this customized van, (not sure what kind), and had a tiny battery powered tv , with football on lol