Gavin Trippe, the father of the Carlsbad USGP passes...

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7/3/2018 7:54 AM

Gang,

Woke up to a sad text this morning that our dear friend Gavin Trippe lost his life yesterday in an auto accident. Most of you hear know and the newbies will soon know that Gavin was the man who brought the Carlsbad USGP to life and motocross to TV on ABC's Wide World of Sports from the early 70's to 1986.

We can all thank Gavin for his contributions to the motorcycle industry and motocross in particular. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. Race In Peace Mr. Trippe.


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7/3/2018 8:59 AM

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7/3/2018 9:21 AM

Gavin snr. was such a gracious down to earth man but with great vision in promoting the USGP at carlsbad. Inventing Superbikers that morphed into Supermoto and also instrumental in getting the US vs Europe Match Road races that were big news back in the day!

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7/3/2018 9:24 AM

Godspeed Mr. Trippe

The Carlsbad GP had about as much impact on my generation as "On Any Sunday" when it comes to motorcycles (and that is saying a lot.).

MXA Carlsbad Memories

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7/3/2018 11:05 AM

As a supermoto rider, an MX rider, and a fan , this is a sad day. I owe this man a 15 year career that has seen me line up with guys that you could only dream of.

RIP Mr Supermoto.

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7/3/2018 11:09 AM

Wow, sad to hear. In my program from the 76 USGP his picture and comments are the first page behind the cover.

RIP Gavin Trippe. Thanks for promoting all those wonderful USGPs at Carlsbad

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7/3/2018 12:33 PM


Very sad.

Rest easy Mr. Trippe and thank you for your contributions to the sport I love.
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7/3/2018 7:06 PM

TankSlapper wrote:

Godspeed Mr. Trippe

The Carlsbad GP had about as much impact on my generation as "On Any Sunday" when it comes to motorcycles (and that is saying a lot.).

MXA Carlsbad Memories

I agree, watching On Any Sunday when it opened and Carlsbad on Wide World of Sports were two of the pillars of the promotion of the sport for me growing up, and the world.

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7/3/2018 9:59 PM

Sad to hear of his passing.
Gavin was a great guy full of amazing stories.
Unlimited passion for motorcycle racing.

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7/4/2018 4:51 PM

Just watch the 80 usgp a couple days ago, R.I.P. Gavin

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4/11/2020 11:04 AM

Here's a report on the 1966 MXGP season and the 1966 Motocross des Nations by Gavin.

From Cycle World, November 1966
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From Cycle World, December 1966
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“Adhering to 1970’s Standards of Political Correctness”

4/11/2020 1:18 PM

Years ago I wrote to Gavin Trippe, first an email and then a real letter. I had heard that he had the rights to all the USMX GP Carlsbad footage from the ABC Wide World of Sports shows. I had also heard that Gavin had given VHS tapes with all the footage to various friends over the years. In my communications to Gavin I proposed the idea that all the footage be placed on a DVD compilation along with any extra footage that did not make the WWoS shows. I never got a reply from Gavin, to my email or letter. Too bad.

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“Adhering to 1970’s Standards of Political Correctness”

4/11/2020 1:49 PM

Gavin never owned the rights to the shows. All owned by ABC/Disney. We had to pay ABC Disney 5 figures to get rights for 1980 and 1977 races and quality masters for our Marty Moates movie..no outtakes exist from what I know.

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4/11/2020 3:24 PM
Edited Date/Time: 4/11/2020 3:25 PM

There is no doubt the impact of both On Any Sunday and those Carlsbad GPs for myself and my moto buds. I was excited and proud to introduce both to any that wanted to know more about our "crazy daredevil sport".
Gavon Trippe and Wide World of Sports brought it all into our living room and it was soo cool!
I would love to have see that clip again of my hero's in slow mo dancing down the Carlsbad freeway with CCR and Fogerty singing and screaming "come on and ride the wind, we're going up around the bend...Yeah!!" Such a cooltl intro to explain what it is that had turned on so many young Americans to this European motorsport.

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4/11/2020 5:36 PM

MX-Files wrote:

Gang,

Woke up to a sad text this morning that our dear friend Gavin Trippe lost his life yesterday in an auto accident. Most of you hear know and the newbies will soon know that Gavin was the man who brought the Carlsbad USGP to life and motocross to TV on ABC's Wide World of Sports from the early 70's to 1986.

We can all thank Gavin for his contributions to the motorcycle industry and motocross in particular. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. Race In Peace Mr. Trippe.


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Damn sorry to hear that Todd.... Sheeit.
RIP Gavin

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4/12/2020 12:09 AM

MX-Files wrote:

Gavin never owned the rights to the shows. All owned by ABC/Disney. We had to pay ABC Disney 5 figures to get rights for 1980 and 1977 races and quality masters for our Marty Moates movie..no outtakes exist from what I know.

Well it's a shame all those Carlsbad USMX GP races on Wide World of Sports can't be put out on DVD or Blueray. There is a lot of history there.

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“Adhering to 1970’s Standards of Political Correctness”

4/12/2020 8:01 PM

MX-Files wrote:

Gavin never owned the rights to the shows. All owned by ABC/Disney. We had to pay ABC Disney 5 figures to get rights for 1980 and 1977 races and quality masters for our Marty Moates movie..no outtakes exist from what I know.

Reese95w wrote:

Well it's a shame all those Carlsbad USMX GP races on Wide World of Sports can't be put out on DVD or Blueray. There is a lot of history there.

Greedy f'n Criminals!
Set 'em free!!

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