First race you ever attended or raced

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7/30/2020 7:35 AM

First one for me was in about 1976 my dad took us up to the Brown City track north of Detroit. As a 6-year-old I was completely enthralled by all the cool yellow bikes and the helmets and gear. As I recall the turnout was huge and the sights and sounds hooked me for life. Starting in around 1979 we attended the Silverdome supercross yearly. Finally around 1982 we first attended Red Bud. Saw Magoo crash over and over but he would get up and pick people off every time and get to toward the front. I wish I still had the little signed photographs all the big name riders had.

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7/30/2020 7:50 AM

1986 Houston SX. I was 5 years old and haven't gone a since that I didn't think about dirt bikes in some capacity.

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7/30/2020 7:53 AM

Early 70's. Went to Escape Country for a bmx race (Schwinn sting rays laughing ). saw my first "Live" Motocross race.
Me: "I want to do that"
Dad: "No way, murdercycles are dangerous"

25 years later entered my first race at Carlsbad. Been hooked ever since.

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7/30/2020 7:53 AM

First race attended was 1987 "supercross" in Atlanta at the Omni. The track was tiny and only a couple big name riders showed up including Ross Rollerball Pederson who I think won. Field was mostly Suzukis and Yamahas. No Kawasakis the whole night.

Next race was the 1990 Atlanta Supercross, which many say was the best supercross of all time due to the number of top name riders who took lead at one time or another during the race. It was nutso, the crowd was standing the entire main. Also cold as fuck!!!

My first race was around the same time at Hillbilly Hills MX in Macon GA, I raced a 1985 KX125 and finished 13th overall in the C class out of 45 riders. They had to start some riders behind the first row there were so many racing that class.

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7/30/2020 7:54 AM

First race I ever raced was in Montana at 5 years old on my old Yamaha PW50...back in like...86? Won it.

First pro race I ever attended was the Seattle Supercross at the Kingdome back in 88 on my birthday in February, got a picture with RJ. Best day ever.

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7/30/2020 7:54 AM

1981 Seattle Supercross in the Kingdome, what started it all for me. I started racing the amateur races in the Kingdome in 1986 (crashed a lot).

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7/30/2020 7:56 AM

I was 8 years old, MXDN Unadilla 1987. Good times.

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7/30/2020 8:03 AM

1987 Miami SX in the Orange Bowl.

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7/30/2020 8:05 AM

Broome-Tioga 1994 @ 4yrs old, hooked ever since. Thanks for taking me Pop. smile

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7/30/2020 8:06 AM

1978, Shiloh Motocross track in Central Texas. I'd been riding a practice track on the side of the Temple Dam and felt ready to race so we went to the Shiloh Moto Park. it was a "beginner track." The rubber band start whacked me up side the head first moto.

I finished second in Mini Sr. and felt like I was Bob Hannah because of the sexy big trophy I received. Got smoked the next week at the Austin Night Track, but got in the groove later that year and raced for years.

Won't ever forget that first 30 second card turning sideways!!

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7/30/2020 8:11 AM

First attended was 1985 High Point. I got a new KX60 for Christmas that year and my first race was 1986 at Pyramid Valley in Lost Creek, WV.

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7/30/2020 8:16 AM

I saw Johnny O'Mara win the 1985 San Diego Supercross, and one week later I took 11th overall in the 80cc Beginner class at Barona Oaks. smile

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7/30/2020 8:24 AM

Dad took my brother and me to the '82 Hangtown national and I saw BOB HANNAH!

My first race was at Sandhill Ranch in April(I think) '83 and I got 9th of 13 in the 60cc class

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7/30/2020 8:29 AM

Well, looks like I'm the old guy so far. I guess it was 1972, I took my Suzuki TM250 to Oklahoma City and raced or tried to race night time Motocross at 59th and Douglas track. I sucked at my first race.

Dust was so bad they had to water the track for practice like a mud hole. They had a strightaway jump and all I remember was landing in this giant mud hole. Many did face plants in the mud. Some got hurt and hauled off in an Ambulance.

It was stil fun and I went back quite a few times and raced at that track but I never liked it. Something about that track I did not like. I even went back a year or two later with quite a bit more experience and solid modifined CZ and I still did not like that track and could never get around it like I could at Big Red other others tracks in Oklahoma.

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7/30/2020 8:32 AM

I'm a 76'r too. 14 yr old on a Falta Replica. Got the holeshot.

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7/30/2020 9:03 AM
Edited Date/Time: 7/30/2020 10:55 AM

First we went to Claudostines Park a couple times with an MR 50. Then we went to the “Superbowl of Motocross” at the LA Coliseum in about 1974. About 2-3 years later I watched my brother's 1st race on an XR 75 at Escape Country/Racing World. That XR was my first hand-me-down bike until I got a 78 YZ 80 and the rest is history....well, history in my family at least!

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7/30/2020 9:06 AM

First race attended - 1979 Oakland Supercross (the infamous Weinert paddle tire). I was 11.

First Race whistling
Fall 1985 - 17 years old. Wanted to start racing motocross, so I went to the Wednesday night races at Fremont Raceway in California. Just as a spectator to check it out first. Well, unbeknownst to me moto had the night off, but the drag strip was open. So, I signed up my parents Datsun 200SX, "dialed it in" at 18 seconds and made a number of runs / side by side races. The head-start "bracket style" they gave me was hilarious.


First MX Race
Few weeks after my Drag Strip debut laughing , went to Santa Clara PAL track on a Friday night. Went 10-1 in 250 Beg. and even trophied. Definitely set the hook! Loved it.

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7/30/2020 9:17 AM
Edited Date/Time: 7/30/2020 9:18 AM

Southwick national in the 90s (did my own local racing before this). Dr. Dubach was RIPPING. I was there to see Dowd, Henry and Emig. Being a young New Englander I didn't even know who Dubach was and remember being super impressed.

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7/30/2020 9:17 AM
Edited Date/Time: 7/30/2020 9:18 AM

2003 at 290 MX I did an 80 beginner race. Finished 8th in the first moto and then it poured in between motos. In the mud fest 2nd moto I pulled a 3rd for 4th overall.

First pro race was Houston SX 2002. Crazy race looking back now, wish I remembered it. The only thing I remember from that night is the huge line to get in. I must not have been hooked into moto quite yet.

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7/30/2020 10:01 AM

1974 or 1975 Austin Day track on a 1972 SL70. Made the mistake of starting on the end and the rubber band start smacked my helmet so hard it was turned sideways. Bucky Houston lapped me 2 times on his XR75.

I remember sitting on the hill during the riders meeting, Howerton, Mosier, Jody, all the fast guys were there.

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7/30/2020 10:31 AM

It was probably in 1970 or around there. I went to Claude Osteen MC park to watch a friend ride his Green Streak 100 around and there was a race going on.

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The older I get, the faster I was.

7/30/2020 1:37 PM

Cambridge MN
Local amateur race 1990
I was in love at first sight..
I had already been riding and watching on TV before that though

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7/30/2020 1:42 PM

1971 Trans AMA Carnegie Cycle Park Livermore Ca. Mom and Dad asked what I wanted for my birthday and I said
"I want to see a motocross race" on the way home about two miles from the house we got t-boned by a drunk driver totaled the family station wagon. No one hurt. Was a very memorable birthday for an 11 year old.
Four years later at that race Decosters front end broke off his Suzuki,spectacular crash.

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7/30/2020 2:24 PM

This thread made me think how much I disliked 59th and Douglas Motocross. I never got along with that track.

Also reminded me of how scared I was when I pulled up to the starting line. Then when they started to stretch that rubber tubing I really got scared. I guess I was 16, 17 years old in 1972.

needless to say I didn't get the hole shot!!!!

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7/30/2020 2:38 PM

I was here.... 8 years old was the beging of the love affair

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7/30/2020 2:53 PM

str8line wrote:

First one for me was in about 1976 my dad took us up to the Brown City track north of Detroit. As a 6-year-old I was completely enthralled by all the cool yellow bikes and the helmets and gear. As I recall the turnout was huge and the sights and sounds hooked me for life. Starting in around 1979 we attended the Silverdome supercross yearly. Finally around 1982 we first attended Red Bud. Saw Magoo crash over and over but he would get up and pick people off every time and get to toward the front. I wish I still had the little signed photographs all the big name riders had.

1974 Carlsbad Gran Prix!! Remember standing on the top of the downhill section and watching Heikki Mikkola Roger Decoster Brad Lacky wheel to wheel Most Exciting Race Ever witnessed!!

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7/30/2020 4:41 PM

Lawton Motocross Park in Oklahoma (1980) . My first race was on a 1980 YZ50.

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7/30/2020 5:28 PM

1971, I was on a Honda SL70. It was tough to find a mini race back then. Donnelson, Iowa.

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7/30/2020 6:03 PM

Spectator was Canyon Raceway in Phoenix, fall of 1980.

My only memory was how fast the winning 80 expert rider was, just incredible to watch. He seemed faster than the big bike pros. I did not know who anyone was (I was just a kid), but I recall thinking it was odd he had his "first" name on the back of his jersey. That Blake guy was fast....
It wasn't until about a year later when I started going more regularly that I realized who it was- Troy Blake (RIP).

My first race (80 beginner) was 1982 at Deer Valley Cycle Park, in practice Bryan Bruner passed me going so fast it scared the shit of me. My race ended in the first turn of 1st moto, guy in front of me crashes. I didn't crash but put my foot down to not fall and another rider ran over my ankle and caused a slight fracture.

Next race was 2 months later at Canyon, first turn of 1st moto I had a good start but this little tiny asshole on a CR80 came inside of me and took my front wheel out. It was Jimmy Button's first race on an 80 (he was still racing the 60cc class too). I think he was 9 or 10 at the time. So my first 2 races did not go well from the start...

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7/30/2020 7:17 PM

Glen Helen in 98 I believe. Leaving the parking area got pretty wild for a 10 year old

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