What started in 1987 as a street jam was continued at the Sugar Hills trails with the focus on riding dirt. In fact we did three street jams in Aarle-Rixtel before moving to De Valkendijk where the dirt spot has seen annual action for over 32 years now. Is the FATJAM the longest running annual BMX jam in the world? This past Saturday 3 September called for another one. The process remains the same; pick a date, make a flyer, tell people about the jam, and wait and see who turns up.
For the 2022 edition we added a 40-years EK Beek & Donk reunion. The Milky Way Open European Championships happened 40 years ago on our local BMX track in Beek & Donk a few miles from Aarle-Rixtel. If you wanted to talk oldskool BMX, the FATJAM was the place. Gerrit and Mieke Does, and Pieter Does made it to the jam early and first international visitor in 1982 Thomas Fritscher (GER) found his way back to Aarle-Rixtel as well. Former BMX photographer Christ Verhoeven and his son Gert showed up and contributed to the old stories as did Ans Vereijken, Tiny van Brug, André Duijmelink, Jan, Leo and Diny Leenders, Richard Waldt and Johan de Leeuw. Names who probably don't mean much to current BMX riders but were there when BMX was shaped. With 1982 EK Beek & Donk buttons and Milky Ways on the table the old stories came back instantly.
Add Frits van der Linden on the BBQ and a JBL producing songs and you'll get the idea where things were going with some cool Bavaria's being opened from time to time....
Results C1: 1° Trofeo Forn Verona, Italy 04 September 2022
1 Cédric BUTTI 23 SUI 100.00 UCI Ranking points
2 Michele TOMIZIOLI 24 ITA 86.00
3 Renaud BLANC 31 SUI 74.00
4 Giacomo FANTONI 31 ITA 64.00
5 Tommaso GIUSTACCHINI 27 ITA 55.00
6 Matteo GRAZIAN 26 ITA 47.00
7 Stefan HEIL 23 GER 40.00
8 Martti SCIORTINO 24 ITA 34.00
1 Albert GROPPO 17 ITA 25.00
2 Filib STEINER 18 SUI 22.00
3 Louis KASPER 18 SUI 19.00
4 Kip STAUFFACHER 18 SUI 16.00
5 Seal NÜNLIST 17 SUI 14.00
Name: Tomáš Tohol
Hometown: Namestovo, Slovakia
Sponsors: Redbull Slovakia, Junkride, Trajekt Shop, Dead Fame
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Spot to ride: My concrete local skatepark in Namestovo
Brett Silva has been on a tear ever since 2020's "On A Tear", and we’re excited to finally show you the proof with OFF THE RAILS. Brett's been stacking for close to two years and filmed all over Southern California, Albuquerque, and his hometown of Austin, Texas. Enjoy!
Denmark always had an active BMX scene, especially for a small country. However, never before a full-length BMX DVD has been released. A group of BMX enthusiasts from the small city of Aalborg decided to change this released "Stop Thinking". The main man behind the lense, Lasse Christensen, took two years to film his friends and the result speaks for itself. Mange tak!
Enjoy this extras edit from the Vans Waffle Cup which went down July 31, 2022 in Huntington Beach, CA during the Vans US Open of Surfing.
Matt Pingel was a big contributor of FAT and to show our love to him we gave him the cover of number 27. You must have heard of Jerry Galley too. He's on page 2 shredding the ramp in Dennis' backyard. We got a free STD foundation sticker on page 4. Six pages of BMX news and another freesticker (Big Boy).
Thomas and Moni Stellwag get an interview. Greg Higgins contributed some art. Wow, another sticker: Mutation.
We did a report on some SoCal trails: Honda Hills, Mission Trails, 6th Street, Hoover and Dover. RAD-LAME. Did you make it on the list?
Backyard Jam 1993: Tom Lunch, Keith Treanor, Aju, Steve Geall, Grotbags, Congo, Grace and the Maddog. The mag interviews were with Brad McDonald (sitting in his "office"), a flatlanding Mark Losey, seatless Hal Brindley and going backwards James Hudson.
The Lord (Dave Voelker) gets an interview on page 45. Nico Does gets the Bizznizz interview that starts on page 50.
I went to China for some demos. Crazy but good times. Read the report.
Dakota Roche takes us through the brand new Vans Waffle Cup course in Huntington Beach, CA during the Vans US Open of Surfing.
Ronnie Farmer on the cover, yeehaaw. While in San Diego we rode Mission Trails on a daily basis with the Dirt Brothers. Ronnie Farmer was one of them. He was born in East SD and the Dirtbrothers house was on the edge of that shady area. We have not heard from Ronnie in a while an really hope he is doing well. He sure knew how to stretch them no-footed cancans. Internet sites did not bring the news back in the day, FAT-'zine did. The Believe it, or Not!? section is huge, full of news.
We traveled to Phoenix for a Bicycle Stunt contest in our 1970 Buick Estate Wagon which had a 454 engine and was hella fast. We made it over there too.
Ronnie Farmer gets a full on interview in FAT-'zine. Maybe the only interview he has ever had. Read it.
We were doing Magazine reviews in issue 26 with Matt Pingel (BMX Freestyle magazine-Germany), Mark Noble (RIDE BMX magazine) and Vincent "Le Chien" Ranchoux of Tracks BMX Power mag (France).
Todd Lyons scored an interview which starts on page 43. We went to an NBL national in Las Vegas with the S&M crew. Jean Paul Rogers was selling RIDE BMX magazines for some extra income at the race.
Mongoose provided the free sticker and I also went to England and checked in with a contest at the
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