Saturday, October 5, 2013
This just in from David Bailey: A pic of Rick Johnson, Jeff Ward and DB from Broc Glover's recent charity ride (Broc's son has Cystic Fibrosis) in San Diego.
Have to say, this trio has weathered the past two or three decades pretty well. Each achieved legend status in the sport.
How'd you'd like to put all that motocross talent into a bottle and sell it on eBay? What might it be worth?
In my opinion, beyond a highest bid. Totally priceless.
Amazing individuals. Distinct in personalities, multi-time national champions, building blocks in American motocross.
For those of us who were part of this golden era, we'll never stop telling the stories. These men were truly icons in American motocross.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
How cool is this. Sometimes I delve into my digitized negs and come up with an image that I may not have noted prior. This one is a tad out of focus, but hey, we were shooting with manual focus lenses in those days.
We also had really great floor access at the Supercross races. We could wander pretty much anywhere, with the promoter and AMA warning "please don't get hit."
I liked to use a wide angle lens and get in close on the infield turns.
Here's David Bailey, throwing a bit of body English at a tight right hander. Note the eyes; a consummate pro who is clutching his way out and is already setting up for the next maneuver.
As the years roll past, it's sometimes hard to keep up with the people we care about. David and I have slipped into and out of each other's lives over the past two decades. Just recently, we reconnected and traded several emails. I makes me happy on those occasions, to share a few words and catch up. With David, it doesn't take long for wit or wisdom...or the scoop on almost any topic you can conjure up. The guy is in the know and it's always fun to hear the inside story!
I am grateful that my career intersected the crazy sport of motocross. It still remains a dream come true, a kid from Wisconsin who lived on the national circuit for almost three years. It's surely a miracle and I thank The Lord for giving me such a wonderful blessing.
If you're into endurance sport, motocross, charitable events and old-school bench racing, click through to the latest edition of Competitor Radio. Six-time AMA National MX Champion Broc Glover was on the air and it's an interesting listen:
Most importantly, Broc talks about his fund-raiser motorcycle ride this Saturday (September 14) in the San Diego area. Broc's son has Cystic Fibrosis, so the legendary racer has coordinated an annual event to raise awareness and funding for research.
Broc also talks about old battles with David Bailey, about Jim Felt and his early days in bicycles and about the state of motocross...then and now.
It's a enjoyable piece. Hope you enjoy it.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
I was spending a bit of time this evening, living in yesteryear and perusing my photo archive. Nothing better than stepping back into time to see the faces and races I grew to admire while a Cycle News East motojournalist from 1979-1982.
Can anyone help me identify the "baby" on Bob Hannah's shoulders? I have to qualify this individual as an infant, since he would now be a 33-34 year old!
I loved the personality side of the sport. To this day, I believe this is what many fans want to access. It was my job to bring motocross to fans and in that came stories and images I treasure to this day.
Friday, April 26, 2013
It's been a long time in coming, but I was finally able to publish the First Edition of "American Motocross in Photos: 1979-1982."
Some of you may know that I was a motojournalist at Cycle News East during those years.
The project at first seemed overwhelming. I have 12,000 digitized images; where would I start?
Also, how would I be able to write complete and informative captions for each of the photos I chose?
One day, it hit me: It's not about what I have to say, but rather that the photos speak for themselves. I went into one of my digital albums, chose a select group of vertical format images, and went to work.
The book includes acknowledgement, a historical introduction, and what most readers want most: "American Motocross" includes numerous images - many never before seen or published.
There's plenty of behind-the-scenes content; I took pride in developing the personality side of the sport for my readers.
You can check out the book on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CIUQPYK. Also, my Amazon author page is at http://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Mueller/e/B00BS01K6Y.
I hope you enjoy the material. Working at Cycle News was one of the best jobs I ever encountered. Now, I have a chance to relive that excitement by bringing the sites and details of that great era back into your lives.