Your favorite SX/MX "I was there" experience

7/15/2022 3:11am
Herlings almost lapping the entire field. Braking bumps didn’t seem to be there for him that day, it was pretty mind blowing
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Vet57
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7/15/2022 3:22am
I was there when "this message board wasn't lame".
7/15/2022 3:25am Edited Date/Time 7/15/2022 11:54am
Sharky McFarlane holeshotting and leading the Broadford 500 GP in 2000. Atmosphere was awesome, bikes were awesome. Townley on the Phase Suzuki 125! The week in...
Sharky McFarlane holeshotting and leading the Broadford 500 GP in 2000.

Atmosphere was awesome, bikes were awesome. Townley on the Phase Suzuki 125!

The week in Melbourne….Bar 20….. take me back!!!

Certainly a special day, although I difficulty following all the great Aussie riders.
I must have walked a hundred miles around the track that day looking for the perfect vantage point..
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7/15/2022 3:51am
DoctorJD wrote:
1990 Atlanta Supercross. I don't think the fans sat down the entire main, I know I didn't. Greatest SX race of all time IMO.
I was there. To much to actually watch. Action everywhere. It was a awesome start to a moto road trip with 4 teenagers from Ontario on the way to Florida. Those were the days!!
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7/15/2022 4:38am
Graybeard wrote:
I was there when Rick "Super Hunky" Sieman came up with this crazy Idea to show off the new Maico frame, and taped a baby bottle...
I was there when Rick "Super Hunky" Sieman came up with this crazy Idea to show off the new Maico frame, and taped a baby bottle with gas and a line to the carb, then turned Magoo loose to hit a few jumps while we shot the pics for Dirt Bike Magazine. After we were done with the test and photos, I got to take it home and race it for a few weeks, too! Good times!

Magoofan wrote:
...and I personally thank you for my avatar! One of the coolest MX shots of all time. Refresh my memory....I believe that was taken at Indian...
...and I personally thank you for my avatar! One of the coolest MX shots of all time.

Refresh my memory....I believe that was taken at Indian Dunes. (the background sure looks like it)

Yeah, it was the International track. If you look at the cover of that month's magazine, Danny was on it, too. He hit the big jump out of the second turn from the side and pivoted the bike 180 in the air right off the top, like it was a bicycle, and somehow turned it, pointed it down and landed it. Very slow speed (for him) but amazing bike skills. He wasn't just crazy!
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7/15/2022 4:49am
1987 MXdN at Unadilla. I've been at other races that were epic but that day stands above for me. It had crazy weather, it had controversy...
1987 MXdN at Unadilla. I've been at other races that were epic but that day stands above for me. It had crazy weather, it had controversy (Hannah getting the spot that Diamond deserved) and it had drama. Most know the story of that race but to put it in a nutshell old man Hannah was selected to ride a 125 in the waning days of his career and he hadn't ridden one in years. Wardy was a solid pick on the 500 and RJ was the worlds best rider but there was still doubt about him performing in the rain. Long story short Bob rode great and won the 125 class in the second moto after having difficulties in the first moto, Wardy did Wardy and put in a stellar ride on the big bore, and of course RJ rode like a rabid (bad) dog and whipped everybody's ass in some of the worst slop I've ever seen. It was magic!



neysbo wrote:
yes. this for me as well. I was 22 years old and my brother and I made the trip. It was unreal. Next is Pala this...
yes. this for me as well. I was 22 years old and my brother and I made the trip. It was unreal.

Next is Pala this year as I watched in person Chase win whose family is close friends for many years.
bd wrote:
Damn, I am fan of Eli but pulling for Chase (I bleed HRC red). I might go to Pala too...
I am planning to make it for Pala 2 , my son lives in SoCal and will be trying to qualify. Well as long as they both stay healthy either Eli or Chase should win the title.
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7/15/2022 4:57am
Redbud 07’ getting to see Carmichael spank Stew while on his retirement tour. RC’s 2nd Moto last-lap whip over the leap was absolutely disgusting, it’s burned...
Redbud 07’ getting to see Carmichael spank Stew while on his retirement tour. RC’s 2nd Moto last-lap whip over the leap was absolutely disgusting, it’s burned in my brain.
This?


Here are some during the race.





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7/15/2022 5:03am
I was there for Brandon's first race
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REED deciding to rename the Camelback jump at Millville into the "Chadapult". We were sitting on the spectator hill by the finish line jump and all...
REED deciding to rename the Camelback jump at Millville into the "Chadapult". We were sitting on the spectator hill by the finish line jump and all we saw was Reed eject off his bike right at the lip. I immediately thought, "there's no way he doesn't have a broken femur. Then he GOT UP and rode his ass off. Watching all the mechanics towels fly once he came around was amazing.
Log Hopper wrote:
I was standing next to the fence on the hill above the jump holding my son. I was yelling, "Oh shit!" I was certain I just...
I was standing next to the fence on the hill above the jump holding my son. I was yelling, "Oh shit!" I was certain I just watched someone die. Fun fact: You can see us in the RacerX picture of the incident.

That one kind of makes me sick so my favorite moment was the last race at the Metrodome where Dungey and Villopoto were going at it. It was so loud in there! The cheers followed the racers like the wave. I couldn't talk for a week.
YES also my favorite supercross race from the Metrodome. I've never heard a Supercross race THAT LOUD in my life.
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Redbud 07’ getting to see Carmichael spank Stew while on his retirement tour. RC’s 2nd Moto last-lap whip over the leap was absolutely disgusting, it’s burned...
Redbud 07’ getting to see Carmichael spank Stew while on his retirement tour. RC’s 2nd Moto last-lap whip over the leap was absolutely disgusting, it’s burned in my brain.
Thor34103 wrote:
This? [img]https://p.vitalmx.com/photos/forums/2022/07/15/559693/s1200_9DB113CD_5950_46ED_B808_41F430DA8429.jpg[/img] Here are some during the race. [img]https://p.vitalmx.com/photos/forums/2022/07/15/559695/s1200_860A1FA5_E040_40C7_853A_E1388A0F1F7E.jpg[/img] [img]https://p.vitalmx.com/photos/forums/2022/07/15/559694/s1200_4AD06A58_7F29_4A6D_B4FA_0055C67856A3.jpg[/img] [img]https://p.vitalmx.com/photos/forums/2022/07/15/559696/s1200_B95D4630_3721_4C41_BA75_8C54D593D65C.jpg[/img]
This?


Here are some during the race.





Maybe my second favorite race day of all time and for sure my favorite at Red Bud. RV and Townley were stupid fast that day as well. Actually James didn't get "spanked" and was possibly a couple laps away from taking the overall when he caught his front brake lever and handlebar on the inside embankment going through a deep rutted turn down in the valley on the south side. RC and Bubba had a duel that day that I will never forget. Here's moto 2. Check out the moment James has at 26:14 and then when he relinquishes the lead at 35:51.
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7/15/2022 5:48am
mxb2 wrote:
And i will add my southwick trip. When de reuver came over. 2008.
I was at that one and I still remember Bubba having the most awful looking Fox gear that day lol
7/15/2022 5:50am
Redbud 07’ getting to see Carmichael spank Stew while on his retirement tour. RC’s 2nd Moto last-lap whip over the leap was absolutely disgusting, it’s burned...
Redbud 07’ getting to see Carmichael spank Stew while on his retirement tour. RC’s 2nd Moto last-lap whip over the leap was absolutely disgusting, it’s burned in my brain.
Thor34103 wrote:
This? [img]https://p.vitalmx.com/photos/forums/2022/07/15/559693/s1200_9DB113CD_5950_46ED_B808_41F430DA8429.jpg[/img] Here are some during the race. [img]https://p.vitalmx.com/photos/forums/2022/07/15/559695/s1200_860A1FA5_E040_40C7_853A_E1388A0F1F7E.jpg[/img] [img]https://p.vitalmx.com/photos/forums/2022/07/15/559694/s1200_4AD06A58_7F29_4A6D_B4FA_0055C67856A3.jpg[/img] [img]https://p.vitalmx.com/photos/forums/2022/07/15/559696/s1200_B95D4630_3721_4C41_BA75_8C54D593D65C.jpg[/img]
This?


Here are some during the race.





Maybe my second favorite race day of all time and for sure my favorite at Red Bud. RV and Townley were stupid fast that day as...
Maybe my second favorite race day of all time and for sure my favorite at Red Bud. RV and Townley were stupid fast that day as well. Actually James didn't get "spanked" and was possibly a couple laps away from taking the overall when he caught his front brake lever and handlebar on the inside embankment going through a deep rutted turn down in the valley on the south side. RC and Bubba had a duel that day that I will never forget. Here's moto 2. Check out the moment James has at 26:14 and then when he relinquishes the lead at 35:51.
I'm glad you corrected him. James didn't get spanked
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I have to with James Stewart’s 18th bday party at his compound in Haines city. We had become friends from a night out at Applebees, when he invited us we didn’t think much of it but when we walked up there was RC on the back of his truck smashing beers. I spent most my night with him and carried him all around the party (he had just had knee surgery). Him and I both got in trouble with our wives when they caught us in the stripper room with David Banner and lil Flip. Was the best night of my life at that point.
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I've got a few that bring back a lot of memories...good and bad.
The Good:
JoJo Keller flat out beating Kent Howerton (and everyone else) at Southwick in 1980 on the Moto-X-Fox Honda.
Ricky Johnson winning his last National ever at Unadilla in 1990. (500 class)
Bob Hannah's last national ever, Southwick 1989 (3-DNF) He talks about Wardy taking him out on his Motocross Files Interview.
Dungey's Almost No-Start at Southwick 2011. When he shot up the start straight almost a lap down it gave me chills.. Still does. Epic!

The Bad:
I saw Doug launch off Henry Hill in 95. We went to the Honda pits for an update and I was standing next to Art Eckman as he interviewed Jeremy McGrath for Motoworld.
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7/15/2022 7:08am
Kmiller125 wrote:
I have to with James Stewart’s 18th bday party at his compound in Haines city. We had become friends from a night out at Applebees, when...
I have to with James Stewart’s 18th bday party at his compound in Haines city. We had become friends from a night out at Applebees, when he invited us we didn’t think much of it but when we walked up there was RC on the back of his truck smashing beers. I spent most my night with him and carried him all around the party (he had just had knee surgery). Him and I both got in trouble with our wives when they caught us in the stripper room with David Banner and lil Flip. Was the best night of my life at that point.
Okay now that sounds like a bad ass time 😂😂😂👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽
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7/15/2022 7:11am
Brou France 1975 I got to watch Brad Lackey and Jim Pomeroy race on an incredible natural terrain track. Also got to meet and talk with both of them for quite a while, I was 15 and in heaven.
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7/15/2022 7:42am
LaRocco's Indy SX win (03/04?)

Doug Henry's victory lap at Broome when he wrapped it up in '98

Windham's 2nd moto holeshot at Unadilla was probably my favorite pro MX moment to see in person though. The place went insane.

I just missed Fro's moment at St Louis '96...
I was doing an event in the attached expo center, but had to fly home Saturday for a wedding after we had the lighting rig flown. The union stagehands working with me kept bringing me over to watch the track build Thursday & Friday. Emig & Hughes were there early doing testing, and I had a feeling MC was going to have a fight that weekend.
The wedding sucked, and I'm still bummed I missed that race.
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7/15/2022 7:47am
So the top step of my "I was there podium" is the 87 MXdN, second for me is Red Bud 07 and third is a tie between the 1974 Inter-Am at Delta Ohio (first pro race I ever witnessed) and the 1975 Trans Am at Red Bud. At the Inter Am I got my first live glimpse of guys I had only read about in MXA and Dirt Bike. Distefano, Weinert, Tripes, Ellis, Jones and Hartwig were there that day. Mike Hartwig was like a 70's version of Tomac, he went beast mode that day in at least one of the motos. The 75 Trans Am race was my first glimpse of some of the GP stars. It was the one and only time I got to see Roger race. Gerrit Wolsink actually won that day and If I recall Pomeroy and Lackey were among the contingent.

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2011 Atlanta SX. Place was freaking ruckus.

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7/15/2022 8:24am
I was on the fence of the hill at Dilla when Stewart landed on RC’s back. We went nuts, epic.
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7/15/2022 8:33am Edited Date/Time 7/15/2022 8:34am
I was at a lot of the ones already listed but since the thread title says "your favorite" I'll pick one and refrain from making another long list to read through Tongue We were standing 10 feet away when MA800 stood on Tedesco's front wheel at Glen Helen. Not the greatest MX moment we've personally witnessed by a longshot, but that one was the closest to us and made us laugh for years LaughingLaughingLaughing
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This won't resonate with most but since you asked (and since you're from Ohio) - back when I was a young teenager (I'm 52 now), Keith Bowen came down from Michigan and showed up at Malvern Raceway in Ohio. He and Freddy Andrews (had a brief career in MX but much more success in GNCC and had FAR racing for a while) had a battle that, not only will I never forget, but I can say for me, was the best race (pro or amateur) I have ever witnessed.
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7/15/2022 10:41am
jetbull721 wrote:
Reed taking out Stewart in the last lap at the Atlanta SX in 11. The whole crowd was going nuts. Stewart/Carmichael dueling in both motos at...
Reed taking out Stewart in the last lap at the Atlanta SX in 11. The whole crowd was going nuts.

Stewart/Carmichael dueling in both motos at Washougal in 06
Reed taking out Stewart in the last lap at the Atlanta SX in 11. The whole crowd was going nuts.


i believe P committed genocide to some napkins that night
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7/15/2022 11:29am
I was there at the early '70's TransAMA series when I caught DeCoster walking up a hill alone..As we walked and talked I asked him could I have his jersey..He said he couldn't because Suzuki only issued him two for the season...Shocked
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My list is too long and I am too lazy to try to remember.

-Jaroslav Falta Winning the 1974 Super Bowl of Motocross, I ran on the track to get banners, I was 6.
-1975 Trans AMA at Saddleback MX track, sadly it was also the day Jim West passed, my brother and I talked to him for a brief moment that day.
-USGP at Carlsbad, the wet day Danny Magoo Chandler put a whooping on the field, 1982.
-Was at (1983?) Saddleback when Johnny O'Mara and Jeff Ward battled and the infamous "Who took who out" at the bottom of suicide mountain (out of view of most spectators.)
-Working at FMF, we (not me) smuggled the first aluminum frame CR250R from Japan before any of the magazines had the bike for a Dirt Rider story. The stuffed the parts in suitcases and carried the engine and wheels as carry-on luggage.
-I was on the floor and saw Shane Trittler crash, do a front flip and land on the back of Damon Huffman's bike riding double.
-Was on the floor when Brian Deegan ghost rode his bike after winning the 125 main event, I did not get the photo, was on the wrong side and was too in shock what was happening.
-Was at the Gravity Games when Travis Pastrana and Mike Metzger did the first backflips in competition. Before the end of practice, they already looked too easy and almost got boring.
-Flew to Japan for one day to shoot Sebastian Tortelli riding the first Honda CRF450R at a Japanese National. Flew home the next day and put it on the cover of Dirt Rider.
-Was there when a large drone blade hit Brian Deegan’s shoulder during a pre-Gravity games photo shoot and saw the Metal Mulita star screaming in tears before he realized the injury was not as bad as expected.
-Raced Jeremy McGrath in 1987 and beat him one time in the C class at Ascot in one moto. He spanked me the second moto. I never came close to his rear tire ever again-LOL.

This is just a few


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7/15/2022 1:25pm
Big Lenny wrote:
I was there at the early '70's TransAMA series when I caught DeCoster walking up a hill alone..As we walked and talked I asked him could...
I was there at the early '70's TransAMA series when I caught DeCoster walking up a hill alone..As we walked and talked I asked him could I have his jersey..He said he couldn't because Suzuki only issued him two for the season...Shocked
When my son was young we were at a Glen Helen national. It was one of the years they had the giant triple step up to the REM track. A guy came up short and wadded it hard, he and bike cartwheeled and came to a stop right next to my son and I. He was dazed and knocked silly but ok, the bike was all bent up. When he got up to walk away my son goes "Can I have your goggles" ? The guy was like "Huh ? what.... eerr oh hey kid uuuuhh ... yeah sure, here ya go" and he handed him his pink pair of goggles. My son wore them for years. That guy made my kids day and he probably doesn't even remember it Laughing
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Late 80's and 90's Motocross!!!!!!!!!!

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