2021 Mt. Rushmore - Best Mechanics Of All Time?

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3/4/2021 12:39 PM
Edited Date/Time: 3/4/2021 12:42 PM

What is your Mount Rushmore of MX/SX race mechanics? Who are the best all-time in your eyes?

I'd say:

1. Goose
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2. Skip

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3. Carlos

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4. Williamson (Has a perfect season to his name and back to back to back to back 4x SX titles.)

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I think it's only fair to take their rider's wins and titles into account. Some of you old heads will have to chime in on the best wrenches from the 70s & 80s that some of us are unfamiliar with.




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3/4/2021 1:12 PM

What about guys who had to drive the box van, weld the frame, convince their rider they could win, make the hotel reservations and order the spare parts.

Brian Lunniss.
Ozzy.

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3/4/2021 1:14 PM

Matthes just took his shirt off

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3/4/2021 1:27 PM

Goose when he got Dungey's bike to the starting line at Southwick.

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3/4/2021 1:32 PM

Lee McCollum????

Jeez tough crowd

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Now a member of the Orange brigade

3/4/2021 1:35 PM

Berlutti

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3/4/2021 1:39 PM
Edited Date/Time: 3/4/2021 1:40 PM

Chad Watts?

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3/4/2021 2:03 PM
Edited Date/Time: 3/4/2021 5:33 PM

Cliff White
Jim Felt
Eric Crippa
Bill Buchka
Am I forgetting anybody?

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3/4/2021 2:05 PM

What ever happened to Rookie?

Goose and Skip have to be at the top.

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Alright Lunger, Let's Do It

3/4/2021 2:12 PM

Johnny Ringo wrote:

What ever happened to Rookie?

Goose and Skip have to be at the top.

I think he is with Factory Connection now....

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3/4/2021 2:12 PM

Goose is #1.. There is no argument there.

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3/4/2021 2:13 PM

Johnny Ringo wrote:

What ever happened to Rookie?

Goose and Skip have to be at the top.

Yes, what happened to Rookie? Someone ask Matthes, I bet he knows.

Goose, JBone, and my Dad on Rushmore

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3/4/2021 2:13 PM

Harry Klemm

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3/4/2021 2:14 PM

Rick Ash
Dave Arnold
Keith Macarty

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3/4/2021 2:17 PM

moto101 wrote:

What about guys who had to drive the box van, weld the frame, convince their rider they could win, make the hotel reservations ...more

Interesting thought.

Privateer mechanics definitely have it harder off and face more adversity throughout the season and they have greater overall responsibilities.

Factory mechanics fly in and out of the race, get to rebuild the bikes each race with whatever new parts they need, don't have to touch engine or suspension internals, don't have to change tires, only have to look after the primary race bike, and they probably don't even build their own wheels. They have a suspension guy, engine guy, software/electrical guy, tire guy, and team manager all in their corner to take that stress off them. Yes these guys are all great mechanics, but to some extent they are just a product of their factory environments that give them the resources needed to do their jobs well.

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3/4/2021 2:53 PM

Goose
Rookie
Skip
Ozzy
J-Bone
Carlos

Honorable Mention grin

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"Sorry Goose, but it's time to buzz the tower."

3/4/2021 3:02 PM

Bevo!
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3/4/2021 3:25 PM

Way to many great mechanics to name or sadly even remember.

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3/4/2021 4:51 PM

Grips and graphics, bro.

On a serious note, it's really hard to judge this. Goose and Skip are always acclaimed because they won a lot of races, but not many of us are privy to what goes on behind the scenes, which is probably where most of what makes a good mechanic comes out.

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3/4/2021 5:04 PM

Number one with out a single doubt would be Jon R, that one shouldn’t even be discussed.

The rest in no certain order would be:

Jim Felt
Dave Arnold
Brian Lunnis
Rick Ash.

All these guys could port cylinders, build pipes, mill heads, weld frames, and tune suspension.

Just because a guy like Goose gets lucky and gets to wrench for RC because no one else is available after RC fires a guy, doesn’t mean he is a great mechanic.

Today’s mechanics don’t have to do as much, because there is a suspension and motor guy. I don’t want to call them parts changers like some do, because obviously they understand the bike and how it works and can work on it, they just aren’t as in depth as the guys use to.

Not to many are like Kyle Defoe, he can build your motor and setup your suspension, he is doing wonders helping McAdoo set up his bike.

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3/4/2021 5:11 PM

Surely Mitch Payton get a mention here.

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3/4/2021 6:05 PM

-MAVERICK- wrote:

Goose
Rookie
Skip
Ozzy
J-Bone
Carlos

Honorable Mention grin

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Compression looks off a little

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3/4/2021 7:06 PM
Edited Date/Time: 3/4/2021 7:06 PM

JT is gunna lose it when someone says Windham’s mechanic.

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