Jody is one of the true pioneers of American motocross. Originally a road racer back in the 1960’s in Texas, he began his moto career by switching to motocross racing to enable him to race on a weekly basis. There just were not enough road races to satisfy his racing needs! He soon discovered he could compete more economically by using his skills as a writer and rider, creating motocross machine evaluations and test reports.
In the early 70s, he was a regular at Cycle News, now earning a living as one of the original “test riders.” In 1976, he went to work at Motocross Action Magazine, and has been there now for over 42 years! In addition to his tenure as probably the longest moto journalist still active, Jody serves as a track designer for Glen Helen Raceway, moto consultant for many industry entities, and a mentor to countless motocross racers over the years.
Jody will be honored during day two, November 4th, of the 34th annual Dubya World Vet MX Vet Championships with a ceremony beginning around noon. Many of Jody’s contemporaries will be interviewed as well as an Early Years of Motocross/Glen Helen produced video highlighting Jody’s exemplary career. The ceremony will be held in the Glen Helen Museum, so plan on getting there early for the best seats!
After the presentation, there will be an autograph signing session featuring Jody, Lars Larsson, Chuck Sun, Gary Jones, Doug Dubach, and others from past Edison Dye recipients and Hall of Fame members.
A special, limited edition collectable poster signifying Jody’s achievement will be given to the first 100 fans in the autograph line! This all happens at the 34th Annual Dubya World Vet Motocross Championships at Glen Helen Raceway, November 3rd and 4th! For more information on the Dubya World Vet event, visit glenhelen.com. Congratulations, Jody, for being the next member of the Glen Helen Walk of Fame, and the 2018 recipient of the Edison Dye Motocross Lifetime Achievement Award!