THE WEEKLY FEED: THE EMERGENCE OF MARTY SMITH

A HISTORY LESSON: MARTY SMITH

Marty Smith was the iconic motocross star, he looked like a cross between a surfer and a body builder. His racing style was electric, he being a charger out of the gate and his timing in the motocross world was perfect as he was the consummate 125 racer, and the class gained national status just as he was blossoming. Marty was a high schooler and won the 1973 Hangtown race and this segued into a Factory Honda ride in 1974. His number was 522 and he took it to the first ever 125 National Championship. The Honda team was legendary, their equipment at the top of the technological world. Marty won the 1975 National Championship and looked unstoppable in 1976, except for the emergence of one Bob Hannah. These two would be arch rivals for years.

SUPERCROSS IS HERE!

Supercross is here! These tickets are on my wall and if you gaze at the bottom one it’s from the first Supercross event ever- the 1976 L.A. Coliseum . It pitted the Europeans vs the Americans!

 

SOCIAL DISTORTION

mikewebb99A bit of 2 stk. history, my pre production ‘95 Suzuki RMX250

 

 

 

 

One of most classic Holies ever! Gary Jones ripping a big one.

 

 

PRODUCTS BACK THEN: Face gear

 

 

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WOLF: BACK IN THE DAY

This is a poster that was made for me when I raced the 1994 GNCC series. It was signing stock, actually quite embarrassing but Dave Coombs told me that I was going to sit with the pro riders and sign autographs prior to each round. I was working for Dirt Rider at the time and the year prior I had raced a Randy Hawkins Replica RMX250 at the final National Hare Scrambles round in Indiana, and that’s where the photo came from. The Indiana HS was muddy and tough, though I managed to win my class and the GNCC series was one of the toughest jobs I had ever taken on. In the end I did OK, had big fun with racing the series and will always remember the time I got to spend with Dave and Rita Coombs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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