Good Time MX Park outside San Antonio...

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9/8/2018 6:44 AM

owned by Kent Howerton in the mid-80s until ???. I raced there all the time as a kid and watched Ricky Johnson when they had their only National there one year.

Does anybody have old photos of the place? Feeling nostalgic and wanted to see if I could find any old pictures of the course and whatnot to see if my memory is as accurate as I like to tell people it is. :-)

Thanks in advance.

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9/8/2018 9:16 AM

I will do some digging around for pictures at my parents house next time I'm there. Raced there and rode a ton of night practices around late eighties I believe. I was just on 80's back then but boy a couple of the jumps seemed so huge at the time lol

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9/8/2018 9:29 AM

okieonayamaha wrote:

I will do some digging around for pictures at my parents house next time I'm there. Raced there and rode a ton of night ...more

right on! I was on 60s/80s at that time, so we probably bumped into each other. That's why I want to see the photos - I just KNOW that the reality of the track is absolutely NOTHING like how I remember it. Even the finish line tabletop...in my head it was so massive....but I am scared to think that it was probably 20'. LOL

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9/8/2018 10:43 AM

It was in Natalia TX, I never heard that Kent owned it? We raced a Scramble at his property on the river once. Danny Storbeck ruled that track in the day. I was there for the national, and have some VHSC tapes somewhere and some stills. Used to ride there a few comebacks ago..

http://www.texasoffroad.net/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/454968/1

Good Times MX Park - 250MX

June 5, 1988

Good Times MX Park
San Antonio, TX



Overall


Rider


Hometown


Moto 1


Moto 2


Machine


1
Rick Johnson
El Cajon, CA 1 1
Honda

2
Jeff Ward
Mission Viejo, CA 2 2
Kawasaki

3
Ron Lechien
El Cajon, CA 4 4
Kawasaki

4
Broc Glover
El Cajon, CA 6 3
Yamaha

5
Jeff Stanton
Sherwood, MI 3 6
Yamaha

6
Micky Dymond
Yorba Linda, CA 8 5
Yamaha

7
Johnny O'Mara
Van Nuys, CA 5 8
Suzuki

8
Jeff Leisk
Upland, CA 7 9
Honda

9
Mike Fisher
Santee, CA 10 7
Kawasaki

10
Doug Dubach
Costa Mesa, CA 9 13
Yamaha

11
Kent Howerton
San Antonio, TX 13 10
Honda

12
Dennis Hawthorne
Lewisville, TX 12 12
Kawasaki

13
Ray Sommo
Capistrano Beach, CA 15 11
Suzuki

14
Fred Andrews
North Canton, OH 11 15
Suzuki

15
Clay Hoenshell
Oklahoma City, OK 14 14
Suzuki

16
Robert Naughton
Phoenix, AZ 17 16
Suzuki

17
Terry Tinney
Northridge, CA 19 17
Suzuki

18
James Kapitan
Colts Neck, NJ 18 18
Honda

19
Brian Manley
Placentia, CA 16 0
Suzuki

20
Andrew Bradshaw
San Antonio, TX 20 19
Honda

21
Dag Boyesen
Kempton, PA 21 20
Kawasaki

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9/8/2018 11:00 AM

yeah, Howerton owned it and remembered Storbeck going through a lot.

I'd love to see anything that you have in the way of images/videos...

my dad was a flagger for the National and I remember him coming in (about to die of dehydration/heat) and he said "Son, after watching those guys up close, you will NEVER be a pro motorcycle rider." - LOL

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9/8/2018 11:12 AM
Edited Date/Time: 9/8/2018 11:13 AM

88 was the year Texas boy Jason Langford led about 20 minutes of the 1st moto in the 125 class.

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9/10/2018 4:47 AM

Is this the track where they let brock bye?

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9/10/2018 7:43 AM
Edited Date/Time: 9/10/2018 7:44 AM

That was my track back in the late eighties, that finish line double lol. Seemed so big as a kid.

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9/10/2018 8:06 AM

Did some vintage racing there back in the early to mid 90's. Yes, they were Good Times. Also raced at Howerton's track along the river once. Can't remember exactly where that one was but I remember struggling like a mofo on those uphills on my 74 CR125.

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9/10/2018 2:06 PM

CozMan wrote:

yeah, Howerton owned it and remembered Storbeck going through a lot.

I'd love to see anything that you have in the way of ...more

Howerton did not own it. A guy named Jim Savoy owned it. I grew up racing at that track.

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9/10/2018 2:53 PM
Edited Date/Time: 9/10/2018 2:54 PM

ktmdan wrote:

Is this the track where they let brock bye?

No, that was Cyclerama, and yes I was there that day. There was a super steep dropoff into a creek about 30 ft. that only a very few would fly halfway down, most rolled it with their ass sucking the seat cover and dragging the brakes. Tim Hart was sending it. What a day that was, and the night before with a bunch of racers and fans partying on the Riverwalk and jammed into one hotel room.

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9/10/2018 4:18 PM
Edited Date/Time: 9/10/2018 8:24 PM

Drove past the exit for Goodtimes a year ago or so and decided to go check it out. Appears to be some sort of a horse farm now, but most of the track is still there, including the little scoring/flagging stand after the finish line jump, the lights, same front gate and the building the bathrooms were in. Lots of good memories there.

Pretty sure Kent never owned it. The place he owned was on the San Antonio river just west of I37, inside 1604.

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9/10/2018 8:18 PM

I've posted this photo a few times previously that I took of Danny Storbeck in San Antonio, but seemed relevant to the thread.. I think the previous one was cropped so here is the full photo with more of the track locale.. Photo

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9/11/2018 8:19 AM

Moto Mofo wrote:

Drove past the exit for Goodtimes a year ago or so and decided to go check it out. Appears to be some sort of a horse farm ...more

Yeah, I rode at Kent's place a few times. He lived in Elmendorf on the outskirts of San Antonio. I think some folks are confusing what he owned. Kent was part owner of VP Racing fuels.

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9/11/2018 11:43 AM

Here’s a pic I took of the gate, apparently it was about two years ago. Photo

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9/11/2018 11:47 AM

KYFHO699 wrote:

Yeah, I rode at Kent's place a few times. He lived in Elmendorf on the outskirts of San Antonio. I think some folks are ...more

Yes, with Steve Burns. Steve is also the guy who was convinced to open Cycle Ranch, where he’d originally planned on building a house. Ironically, Cycle Ranch opening seemed to be the final nails in the coffin for Goodtimes. The place was pretty run down by that point, and Cycle Ranch was probably the second best track in the entire state of Texas (behind Whitney, of course), so obviously everyone just started going to CR instead.

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9/11/2018 11:51 AM

Moto Mofo wrote:

Here’s a pic I took of the gate, apparently it was about two years ago. Photo

see you've already messed me up. As a 10 year old kid, this is NOTHING like how I remember the gate to Good Times LOL.

keep 'em coming....

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9/11/2018 9:12 PM

Moto Mofo wrote:

Drove past the exit for Goodtimes a year ago or so and decided to go check it out. Appears to be some sort of a horse farm ...more

KYFHO699 wrote:

Yeah, I rode at Kent's place a few times. He lived in Elmendorf on the outskirts of San Antonio. I think some folks are ...more

Moto Mofo wrote:

Yes, with Steve Burns. Steve is also the guy who was convinced to open Cycle Ranch, where he’d originally planned on building ...more

God I miss Lake Whitney!

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9/15/2018 9:55 PM

KYFHO699 wrote:

Yeah, I rode at Kent's place a few times. He lived in Elmendorf on the outskirts of San Antonio. I think some folks are ...more

Moto Mofo wrote:

Yes, with Steve Burns. Steve is also the guy who was convinced to open Cycle Ranch, where he’d originally planned on building ...more

KYFHO699 wrote:

God I miss Lake Whitney!

Me too, what a track. That hill..

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9/16/2018 12:21 AM

VetMX.com wrote:

Me too, what a track. That hill..

I loved that long high speed right hand sweeper.

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9/16/2018 12:22 AM

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5/2/2021 7:40 PM

Googled Good Times MX after watching the 2021 SX finals and they mentioned Rick Johnson; this thread popped up. I raced the ‘88 Texas Series on my ‘87 CR500 and got a first place. Kinda helped that I was the only 500 there - lol. They had watered the track all week long and it came a downpour the day before. On top of that, they disc’ed the track before the races and the whole track was a foot deep sandy/mud pit. Wished I had a paddle tire because it was next to impossible to get enough speed to get on top of the mud.
Came back later that year to watch the National and was highly impressed watching the pros. Rick Johnson was just another level rider.

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