Tag Archives: motorcycle

Flat Out

This is from 1969—49 years ago. Back when I lived in Austin there was a lot of motorcycle activity going on. Near Manor, Texas, a horse race track named Manor Downs doubled as a flat track venue. One of the … Continue reading

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1972 Austin Aqua Festival

They started having sports car races during the annual Austin Aqua Festival about 1963. I went there in 1964, and by 1968 we convinced the organization to include motorcycle races, as well. In the summer of 1972, just before we … Continue reading

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Talladega 1970

We went there in May. I was supposed to take some photos for Cycle News, but we made a family vacation out of it. It was the first time anybody had been to Alabama. Here’s how the course looks today. … Continue reading

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Bonneville Salt Flats

Seven years ago I was out in Salt Lake City on a contract, and I realized that Speed Week at Bonneville Salt Flats was coming up. The course is only a hundred or so miles west on Interstate 80, so … Continue reading

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Evel Knievel at Green Valley

As promised in a previous post, here are some photos from 1973. This was the do-or-die shot I mentioned before. Cycle News asked me to cover the event and get some shots. I knew the big shot would be the jump, … Continue reading

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Bob Gill at Green Valley

I dread assignments like this. Actually, this was not an assigned shoot, but the following year I did one when Evel Knievel came to do an exhibition jump, which was supposed to be the warm-up for his famous Snake River … Continue reading

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Motorcycle Drags

This was May 1972 at Green Valley Raceway near Fort Worth. I’m usually not into drag races. They are all or nothing in just a few seconds. Lots of sound and fury, then the fun is over until the next … Continue reading

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Definition of DNF

DNF is short for Did Not Finish. There are various reasons a rider may not finish a race: He can lose interest and stop for coffee. Course officials can object to something he has done and remove him from the … Continue reading

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Flat Out at the Dome

I remember a time there wasn’t an Astrodome. It was the first of its kind domed stadium when it opened in 1965. It was just right for indoor motorcycle racing, and the first national championship even was held in 1968. … Continue reading

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Early Motocross

Motocross racing involves a lot of motorcycle dynamics. I was just now looking at a collection of shots from 40 years ago, and I picked out a few that show some action:

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