It wasn’t until a week or so before we left for the USA that we found out that there was a BMX Hall Of Fame banquet taking place in San Diego on Thursday, a day after we arrived in the same city. If I remember correctly, these Hall Of Fame dinners usually took place around the ABA Grands in Oklahoma but moved to San Diego last year. This actually goes well with the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup that kicked off the next day in nearby Chula Vista giving the OS racers that came to the banquet a chance to check out the race in the same trip.
As we all know, American BMX in its special form (20 inch bikes etc.) started in the late 1960‘s and early 1970's because of youngster imitating motorsport moto-cross stars. Early '70 ‘s BMX became an organized sport in the USA (check the History of BMX ). As a matter of fact, although not known as BMX (Bicycle Moto-X), in Holland BX (Bicycle Cross) got off the ground in the mid 1950's and also because of youngsters imitating the at the time, motorsport moto-cross stars from Holland and Belgium.
Pioneer BMX Racer - Tim Judge TJ was one of the top stars on the East Coast in the mid 1970s. His fame expanded exponentially after winning the 1981 Jag World Champion title and getting picked up by the legendary Hutch BMX Factory Team. At Hutch, he added a 1983 IBMXF Cruiser World Title to his list of accomplishments. Tim`s BMX experience played a pivotal role in his post-BMX career, when he became an internationally-known racer and mechanic in the Jet Watercraft (JetSki) industry.
BMX Racer - Steve Veltman The first rider to win the ABA National Number One Amateur and Cruiser titles in the same year (1982), Steve Veltman also stacked up two Jag World Championship Age Group titles, and two IBMXF world age group titles in his amateur career, and was an Elite Cruiser