Thursday, July 17, 2008

bmx, revisited

i thought i would entertain you with this old photo while i took you down memory lane.

over the last week or so, a fine gentleman that used to be a competitor of mine in bmx racing named mark lopez, has informed me about a dvd that he has been putting together. it seems that his family has a lot of film footage from national races during my hayday of bmx, 1980 to 1985 or so. it seemed like a good idea to put it together and offer it to some of the people who'd like to relive some fond memories. no, his family didn't film me on purpose, but mark and i were in a LOT of the same races over the years, so consequently i'm in there. there is a lot of other stuff in there too, so i'm psyched to buy a couple of them, specifically the 1981 NBL Grand National race, held right here in st. louis. i'll skip the dvd with the '82 grands in pittsburgh because i was watching it from the bleachers. he also has the '83 grands from nashville, and that one is worth having.

and, continuing my cruise down memory lane, my old friend travis paid me a visit today at the store. travis and i met in 1982, i think, at the bmx races. eventually, we both ended up on the same factory race team and traveled quite a bit together. over the years, we have loosely kept in touch, and he even made it to my 40th birthday party. it's always fun to laugh and joke with trav about the old days, and even the new days, as we seem to have some of the exact same experiences. he bought a new pair of wheels for his mountain bike, and he's going to dig out some of his old bmx stuff to sell on ebay after i told him how crazy some of the folks are for the good old days.

it would be nice to find out what a lot of the old guys from the 80's are doing with their lives now. from time to time, i check out vintagebmx.com and bmxactiononline.com and read up a bit. it's always such a mind blowing experience. to think we were all just kids back then, it's just crazy.

10 comments:

Schvonzie said...

HELL YEA!!! I didn't even read the post, i just saw the pic and had to comment. On a side not, guess what picture pops up on my new phone when you call me? Thats right, this one!!

TEAM RAMROD

TK said...

so, you're totally the kid that flipped through your books at school and if they didn't have pictures you missed the assignment....

go, team ramrod, now get me a liter of cola.

Schvonzie said...

Shit son, i didn't even buy books in college, to cheep. Yea, pictures are huge, ask Pooper.

Chris said...

YES!!!

You have inspired me. Check it out!!

kirk r said...

THAT is funny! You are VERY brave!
Did you do your signings at the Plantation?
That is where I raced, ahhh wasted youth!
Thank goodness for file to capture history.

Rich Kisseloff said...

that picture is right from the 1980's vault. gotta love the hair!!!! retro is back in style, you should grow it out like that again and then wear a nice gold chain to add a nice touch.

TK said...

ok, ok, i'm here to amuse you! that's why ya'll keep comin' back!

Anonymous said...

I feel pretty inspired. I am probably going to go home and watch "RAD" tonight.

I wish I had my Auburn still...

Chris said...

Where's the buck chested pic of you and the Torino during the bench press days?That was a bad ass one.

Allen Meeks said...

Wow..Man, those were the days. Love those Vector Bars. All you need is a Uni Seat but I guess those were for the little guys drilling out all the spare metal on there bmx bikes. Too bad the bmx track here in Sikeston is now a tee ball field.