This is amazingRe: Old off-road pics-new photos from 1962
Here's some pictures I got from Billy Roberson of his dad and crew from a Baja run in 1962.
In the pictures are Dave Elkins(rider), Bill Roberston Jr(rider),Billy Robertson Sr(Billy's grandfather), Walt Fulton from m/c magazine and Mike McCormick.
Check out Billys grandfather fueling the bikes under the wing of the plane smokin' cig.
These guys were tough riding those old Hondas what must felt like 10k miles.
I was going to change the fork oil and soften up the rear shock 2 clicks on my WR this weekend before went riding because I think it will make it handle better for the 2 hours I'm on it....now maybe I'll only change it 1 click in honor of these guys.
Quote from Billy-
My father was my co driver at the 92 1000 25th running to La Paz .
He was my co dog to El Arco.
Steve Holliday took it to La Paz. from El Arco
We finished 2nd CL 1
Simon & Simon 1st
Holliday & Robertson 2nd
Walker Evans 3rd
That was my dads last race
Have I posted my Super-8 of the 1973 Baja 1000 in this thread? Maybe, but for anyone who hasn't seen it, a few minutes of the racers passing by, east of Ojos Negros just beyond where the blacktop ended then (I was 16 filming this. Period music added):
That was a great event. Jack was the best at assaulting a mound of dirt at unrealistic angles and speeds. I remember talking to Bill Mears and wife at WS as we watched from behind the fence. It was so cool that they watched the race along side of us mortals. They were so approachable. I remember your dad, Wells and Nelson innovating class 8.Willow Springs short course race. Start of the race..second jump. Jack Flannery got crossed up over jump...came across entire track and T-boned the door panel of Dads Truck taking him out of the race.
The bad part was, a ride in the right seat was auctioned off for charity but that accident ended their ride in about 45 seconds.
I think this was probably one of Jack’s coolest crashes .That was a great event. Jack was the best at assaulting a mound of dirt at unrealistic angles and speeds. I remember talking to Bill Mears and wife at WS as we watched from behind the fence. It was so cool that they watched the race along side of us mortals. They were so approachable. I remember your dad, Wells and Nelson innovating class 8.
In said event, I wanna say that Rick was in the red Honcho, while Roger was in the Nissan that Savage twisted the f out the rules to build in a successful campaign to beat Manny's Stroppe ranger.
About Flannery, Jack was a brute. I loved watching him overdrive that old f-150 trying to beat Walker at Riverside in the mid 80's.
How many of you remember him in '84 or '85 launching off of that jump just before making the left onto Thompson's Ridge? That was at least a 100 foot launch going as fast as the truck would go leading up to the mound. Landed it, but later broke, putting on one helluva show before pulling out. I still have it on 8mm film somewhere.
Even Walker never tried that feat.
Flannery and Le Duc were instrumental in tying together midwest short course with SCORE short course.
They definitely made Wisconsin proud.
Sorry to get off topic. Just wanted to share those memories.