This from Gary DeForest via the Cousin Weedy Yahoo group

Bike Transport.

headin to Diamond Don’s National in Texas.
San Diego to Diamond Dons and back.

I leave San Diego, La Mesa, April 13th at 2pm and get to Diamond Don’s, Jefferson Texas by Thursday the 15th and set up camp at DD’s.  I stay till Sunday night the 18th and I’m back in San Diego by Tuesday nite the 20th of April. I have room for 2 maybe 3 more bikes at this time.

$250 for bike round trip, $175 one way.
Bike and rider round trip $500.

31 foot class C motorhome, V-10, queen bed and side bunks, DVD, VCR. 25 to 30 hour drive straight thru rotating veteran drivers, stops for gas, fast food only for the most part with bikes on trailer. You can rent a teepee or pitch a tent at DD’s.  We camp with Marty Tripes.

contact gary at deforest192@yahoo.com or call Gary at   619 300 7717.

2421650022_7512a92144_mReceived word today that Richie Vallandingham of Missouri passed away yesterday due to heart failure. Richie was out riding at a local track with his son.

I met Richie face-to-face on several occasions and chatted with him frequently via vintage racing message boards. He was one of those rare people that you just know right away is a really good guy and you like him.

Richie had a history of heart problems, but he insisted on living life to the fullest. He was an example for all of us, and I will miss him. My condolences to his son Garret and wife Teresa. Godspeed Richie.

mccook-racing-header54pxThe latest issue of McCookRacing.com is out, with two really good interviews. Headlining the issue is an interview with former AHRMA PR Director Alice Sexton. Alice ran for AHRMA Trustee this past December, on a platform of radical change in an organization that is staid and, many would say, stuck in a past that is long gone.

Based on the official platform letter Alice published in Vintage Views and the comments in this interview Alice is a real fireball. There are probably a lot of people in AHRMA who don’t like her, but the lady looks like someone I’d want on my team. Well worth reading if you care at all about what happens within AHRMA.

The second is an interview with Rick Doughty of Vintage Iron fame. Doughty has also been a key part of forming the USVMX movement.

This is a long interview, with some rambling stuff at the front that might throw off some readers. Once you get past that bit Doughty gets into how he started Vintage Iron, how he got involved with AHRMA, what he’s doing now, and how things look to him in the future.

One comment Doughty makes is that the Vintage movement is really strong worldwide, but the stagnant US economy makes all motorsports look weak right now. I know that’s true. And it looks to me that the Euro VMX scene is just killing it with a high level of participation, support, craft industry, etc. No doubt, this is the kind of activity that has convinced Doughty and others the time is right to move out from under the AHRMA banner, despite a general economic malaise. It’s pretty interesting stuff.

usvmx_logo-th5Rick Doughty, of Vintage Iron fame has announced the new, national VMX series — the U.S. Vintage Motocross Series.

This has been in the works for a while. It’s the first vintage national MX series (to my knowledge) not promoted by the American Historic Motorcycle Racing Association (AHRMA). The off-road portion of AHRMA in general, and the MX group in particular, has suffered quite a few issues over the past couple of years. Many of the local and regional clubs upon which AHRMA was based began to chafe under the organization’s rules, politics, and restrictions.

Even my own Southeast region group defected and went off on their own in 2007 after months of internal discussion and debate. A couple of others across the nation did the same thing — establishing their own series and point structures. Add this to the existing base of non-AHRMA groups and you have a fairly large collection of riders who wanted to a national series outside of the AHRMA umbrella. At least, that’s how it seems to me.

I have mixed feelings about this. The sport of Vintage MX has grown and matured and it’s a natural consequence of growth that people will have differing desires and objectives. In this sense, the USVMX series is a sign that the sport is growing and the market is evolving to serve it.

Competition also serves to send a message to incumbent players that things may need to change. If there is enough momentum to support this new series, AHRMA will be forced to re-examine it’s policies and procedures in light of dwindling membership and attendance at their own races.

Make no mistake — it’s far from assured that USVMX will survive. There is always risk when a startup takes on the challenge of a well-established competitor. And that’s where I’m concerned. While VMX has grown, it’s not clear that it’s grown enough to support two national series. With the economic slow down it’s possible that one or the other will not survive.

If USVMX ultimately survives the consequences for a financially strapped AHRMA could be serious. The organization is already in severe financial trouble after a lengthy and controversial law suit. I don’t know what percentage of the AHRMA membership is just in it for VMX, but I suspect it’s not inconsequential. I would hate to see AHRMA seriously damaged.

I wish Rick and the entire USVMX team well. In the end, the market will win. What economist Joseph Schumpeter termed “creative destruction” will ultimately reshape the VMX landscape to what the market wants. It may be a bumpy ride, and we may not end up where we thought. But that’s the way it is these days.

pursang250-smA 32-year-old Spanish automotive designer and a partner plan to relaunch the historic Bultaco motorcycle brand with the release of a modern 450cc motocross bike with retro-modern styling taken from the beautiful 1970’s-era Pursangs.

Jim Palau-Ribes and partner Roger Gubert have been working on the project for seven years and hope to build a prototype 450cc bike this year. They have formed a company named Pursang Motors for the venture. Whether the two can actually pull this off or not is open to question, but it would certainly be nice to see them succeed. Found via Motocross Action Magazine.

The 2008 Vintage Dirt Bike Survey on the AMA is now closed. We exceeded our goal of 150 respondents last week. We have taken the survey offline and are now analyzing the results.

Prize winners will be notified shortly and results will be posted as soon as possible. It may be a couple of weeks, as sorting and organizing all the answers into a meaningful picture is a bit of a challenge. But I can tell you already it will be interesting, and there are some surprises (at least for me.)Stand by for more…

Motocross MX1 is publishing a short series of articles on the History of World Motocross Championship. Part 1 of the series is up now. Parts 2-4 will be published in the next few weeks.

If they are as poor as Part 1 there isn’t much point in reading them. Not much history here — there are about 5 2-sentence paragraphs to cover the period from 1957-1972. Bummer.

Let’s hear it for Steve “Souper” Clark and the Sportsman-class 125 project code-named Lester! Owned by the infamous Giles Nelson and the subject of ongoing and endless modifications and improvements by “Dr. G” Larry Garcia and “CZ Guy” Lee Holth, this little beauty throws some dirt at the 2007 Chehalis Classic. Nice work, guys! Now let’s see some more.