THE WEEKLY FEED: GODSPEED MARTY, PROPER SOCIAL MANNERS, RIDE YOUR DIRT BIKE!

MISSING MARTY SMITH

We lost a great one in Marty Smith. He was a hero, he appeared to be too perfect to be true and he was a huge catalyst in the growth of motocross. The reality was Marty Smith was a humble champion, a god fearing man and hugely passionate about his family.  Here’s a quick look at some highlights from his racing career.

 

Marty and Roger DeCoster at the 1976 Trans-AMA at Saddleback.

 

Marty was a JT icon and loved by John and Rita Gregory.

 

These two would always be in the center of the racing ‘hot zone’. Hannah and Smith duking it out Supercross style.

 

The L.A. Coliseum’s Super Bowl of Motocross: Bob Hannah, Marty Smith, Marty Tripes, Jimmy Ellis, Tony D and Kent Howerton. Photo Mark Kiel.

 

Team Honda 1976- Marty Smith, Pierre Karsmakers, Rich Eierstedt and Tommy Croft.

 

Marty won the highly valued MXA Rider of the Year in 1978

 

Todd Huffman’s Motocross Files with Marty Smith

 

 

 

SOCIAL DISTANCING

Who can’t remember JS7 getting flat on the Factory Yoshimura Suzuki?

 

Mr. Burleson was a gnarly boy and this was 12 years AFTER he retired!

 

 

Before Jeff Russell was the GNCC boss and his son Kailub Russell dominated that world, Jeff won a National Enduro title in 1991.

 

 

The life of a Factory Motocross racer Heikki Mikkola back in the day.

 

 

Love this shot of Carl Cranke who is wearing a Dirt Bike Magazine jersey!

 

VIDEO JUKEBOX

 

 

 

 

 

 

GEAR BAG

fastway.zone

 

LITTLE BROTHER BACK IN THE DAY

Brother Tip on the 1986 Yamaha IT200. I took the shot and we were up in Gorman, California having fun.

 

WOLF: BACK IN THE DAY

The Best in the Desert Mesquite Grand Prix, 1991. I was race testing a new Yamaha WR250 in an event that always kicked my caboose. Mesquite was always incredibly rough, the blow sand hack was brutal and my arms pumped so bad my lips hurt. I had just returned from racing the Czecho ISDE and was still nursing a shoulder that kept wanting to pop out of the socket after I tore it up at the John Zink ISDE Qualifier earlier in the year.

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