125 USGP

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3/24/2020 2:11 PM

Does anyone have any photos or videos from the 125 USGP’s?

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3/25/2020 9:21 AM

1976 Smith and Hannah Photo

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3/25/2020 5:56 PM

I have a bunch ,I'll need to find them and try to post. Some really cool pit shots, some of the parade lap (wearing no helmets !!!) A candid Rahier pic with his mechanic, the FMF team, The Fox team,the super cool white Euro YZ's . Might take me a day or two, but since we are in "lockdown" I may find them quicker. Are you looking for something in particular ?

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3/26/2020 1:04 PM

Not sure what years you’re interested in...but I’m into Cagiva’s.

Here’s a shot of Danny Turners at Mid Ohio in 1980 and Massimo Contini’s works bike at the 1987 Steel City 125 USGP (Ross Maeda photo). Shame the 125 class never came to the US more than a few years.

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3/26/2020 5:50 PM

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3/27/2020 6:26 AM

Awesome pics guys - keep’em coming!! Steel City USGP was the only one I was able to attend - looking for those pics during all of this downtime.

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3/27/2020 4:32 PM
Edited Date/Time: 3/27/2020 4:33 PM


A few weeks ago, a nice guy from Ohio came by my shop to take a look at my O'mara ME125. He was at this race and told a story of his girlfriend after the final moto saying that she could get Johnny's jersey. She disappeared into the cab of the box van with JO's mechanic, and what do you know? She came out with a muddy jersey!

He actually brought the jersey and gave it to me to go with the bike. Here's where the story gets interesting... I figured that the jersey that I have was one that Johnny wore that day. Maybe practice, or either moto. I just watched all five of the videos posted above, and I noticed that at the end of video 5, Johnny's mechanic is running back to the pits and guess what he's wearing? A Johnny O Mugen number 101 jersey. Now I'm not sure if I have a race jersey, or that one. Either way, it's great story.


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3/27/2020 5:03 PM

TBteam,

How many Mugen bikes do you have in there?? Damn, between you and Joe Newman you guys have some great bikes!

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3/27/2020 5:26 PM

PK97 wrote:

TBteam,

How many Mugen bikes do you have in there?? Damn, between you and Joe Newman you guys have some great bikes!

Funny, that bike came from Joe. I have an air cooled 1980, The Johnny O bike, two 1983 Mugen 125's and a 1986 Mugen 125. One of my 83's is up any Watts Perfections getting completely buffed out as we speak. It's almost been year!

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3/27/2020 7:15 PM

1977 USGP

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RIP Danny "Magoo" Chandler 1959-2010

3/27/2020 9:28 PM

1978

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RIP Danny "Magoo" Chandler 1959-2010

3/28/2020 1:09 AM

TG130 Thank you for posting ALL of that
Good work fella

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3/28/2020 10:51 AM

Thanks to all for posting - keep’em coming!!

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3/29/2020 7:12 AM

I was at every USGP and Trans-AM/USA at Mid Ohio.... Photo
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3/29/2020 7:32 AM
Edited Date/Time: 3/29/2020 7:35 AM

We would get there Friday afternoon, park at the far South East of the track (in the area of the big jump where later the big doubles were added.

This area was filled with vans with their speakers on their roofs cranking out the popular albums of the era
People cooking on campfires, the thump of XR75's running about, it was a great party.

Pit bike riding/racing went on ALL night, there was a hill by the pits where everyone gathered with each rider trying to out do the other..fire was later added to the jump.

There was this one drunk guy who was being a complete jerk, so when he went to the potra potty some people stuck a stick in the door lock and proceeded to roll this cat down the hill...needless to say when the door swung open at the bottom of the hill he was covered in TP and all kinds of fluids......

The mechanics also had their own pit race.

One year it rained and the van guys decided to have a mud O cross.....funny seeing vans center punching each other...the ground was littered with fiberglass flares and spoilers.

The one thing about Mid Ohio is that there was always something going on at any given time of the day/night.

Oh yea we also had this little thing called the Smith Hannah battle...
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3/29/2020 8:59 AM

I spent the weekend with the Villopoto's friends and family at Dan's memorial race last Labor day. Pat Richter was the fastest to come out of our neck of the woods and it was great getting the opportunity to share old stories and catching up with Ryan's uncle.
Pat should have won that day in 77, he was consistently faster throughout that day, practice, early, mid and late motos. Still top American ment a lot back then.
It still boggles my mind how important that class was in the world and locally....and then "poof!!" with the stroke of a fucking pen.

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3/29/2020 3:47 PM

Looks like my detective work paid off. The jersey I have was worn by Johnny's mechanic at the 1980 USGP. Certainly backs up the story of the young lady who was willing to "visit" said mechanic in the cab of the box van after the last moto!


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3/31/2020 10:37 AM

Have a program from the 1973 Zoar Valley USGP (Springville, NY) but did not attend. Interesting the names that did participate though. Will have to go find that now....

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3/31/2020 1:08 PM

Hannah 1979


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4/1/2020 8:03 PM

CDswinehart wrote:

Have a program from the 1973 Zoar Valley USGP (Springville, NY) but did not attend. Interesting the names that did participate though. Will have to go find that now....

I was there as a 14 year old. I’d give anything to see that program!

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4/2/2020 11:01 AM

Well TB, I'd better go dig it up then....

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4/2/2020 7:41 PM

Where was the USGP track locared at Mid Ohio? I went to vintage days once. Doesn't seem like a premium location for a GP mx track . Great place to race pit bikes in a circle though

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4/3/2020 2:16 AM

Two different places and locations.

Yellow = current sports car course.
Black = USGP long gone the the music theater and lake are still there

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