BMX racing pioneer, Eric Rupe shares brief comments from his first time on the road during the 1978 NBA National tour. Featuring tons of BMX race photos from the 78-79 NBA tours from across the U.S. Hope these images bring back some great memories to those first-decade (OS) bicycle motocross racers... So sit back, turn up the volume, and enjoy a few minutes of America's finest homegrown classic BMX battles of yesteryear!
In june 1986 my dad and I visited the 'European Challenge Cup', a major BMX race here in Holland. It was at an amusement park called 'Ponypark Slagharen'. Nearby the track, Ron Wilkerson [Haro] and Martin Apparijo [GT] did some freestyle demo's. There were also a few riders from France.
Vintage "Old School" BMX of Northern California. Old 8mm movies that either I, or my mother took of me in the late 70's and early 80's in Northern California. I grew up in San Jose, Ca. and started racing there at Hamman Park.
NBA Supernationals Saddleback Park 1979. Old school bmx at its craziest. Saddleback Park was a wild track. The Pro class had their own starting gate at the top of a cliff. For those too young to remember Saddleback, it was a wonderland for offroad motorcycle riders. The 700-acre park was located about ten miles east of Disneyland and included two motocross tracks, a BMX track, a dirt track, multiple hill climbs (including the famous Matterhorn), a trials area and miles of trails. It was open every day of the week and held races on Saturday and Sunday.
1987 AFA Masters Finals @ The Velodrome which was held on November 21, 22 1987.ESPN Televised this and it may have been their first attempt in bring the Sport of Freestyle BMX to TV and the masses. It mainly focuses on a few of our Favorite Pros (R.L., Dennis, Martin, Wilkerson, Blyther Dominquez, Hofmann, ) on both Flatland and Ramp, but was heavily sponsored by "Murray" and Rich Sigur is highlighted many times.