I had a recent conversation with some friends and relatives about our early days of riding and racing dirt bikes, how we did land rush dead engine starts across open desert to a smoke bomb, and courses were marked with lime and an occasional ribbon. There were some youngsters about, listening to our stories, and they looked at us a bit strangely, like we were from another planet, when we were talking about some of the bikes we rode "back in the day". They knew the big 6, (Yamaha, Suzuki, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM and Husqvarna) When we were talking about some of the bikes that were around back when, they were in disbelief at how many different bikes were around then. So I thought I'd ask, how many dirt bikes did you get to ride "back in the day"? My personal stable of bikes were 1968 Yamaha DT90, (1st bike) 1972 Yamaha DT250, 1973 Yamaha MX250, (my desert racing bike) 1975 Yamaha YZ250, (the flexi) 1978 Yamaha YZ250, (my MX bike) and 1979 Yamaha IT250. Some of my friends and relatives dirt bikes I had the pleasure (and sometimes regret) being able to throw a leg over were: Hodaka Combat Wombat, Bultaco 125 Lobito, Bultaco 250 Sherpa T and S, Bultaco 250 Pursang, Montessa 250, Ossa 250, Maico 501, Honda 125 Elsinore, Sachs 125, Penton 125, CZ 125 and 250, and of course the very 1st bike I ever rode and crashed through our neighbors fence, 1965 Vespa 90 step through. I was hoping to see a fair turnout of vintage bikes at the Mint, but entries are looking a little slim.