In 1990 Alden Olmsted's life changed forever when he dropped out of college to start his own BMX bicycle company, Homestead Bicycles. After finding a shop in Tennessee to fabricate bikes to his design specs and using all the money he had to order 50 frames, Alden set out to promote his fledgling brand.
Created by Andy Ruffell, Holeshot BMX & Skate ran from 1984 to 1987 & featured Mat Hoffman, Christian Hosoi, Gator Rogowski, Dino DeLuca, Jeff Grosso, Jason Jesse, Mark Gonzales, Steve Alba, Brian Blyther, Josh White, Jason Ellis, Rich Sigur, Ron Wilkerson, Woody Itson, Dizz Hicks, Ceppie Maes and UK Stars Neil Ruffell RIP, Craig Campbell, Carlo Griggs, Lee Reynolds and many more.
"During the ‘80s, Eddie Fiola rose to fame as a pro and was well known for winning the title of King Of The Skatepark from 1982 through 1986. Fiola’s name became synonymous with his longtime sponsor GT bicycles, and after leaving the brand in 1987, Fiola made due performing live shows for Vans.
The ScreenSport Professional BMX Championship took place in 1985 and featured the UK's top pro riders like Andy Ruffell, Tim March, Geth Shooter, Tony Slater, Jamie Vince, Mark 'Sid' Salsbury, Mark White and Alan Woods. Two USA riders also joined the series World Champion Anthony Sewell RIP and Nelson Channady NBA Champ. It was broadcast all over Europe and took UK Pro racing to a new level.
BMX The Video was released by Thorn EMI in 1983 and starred Andy Ruffell. The video sold over 1m copies around the world and was filmed in Johannesburg South Africa. The video was shot on 35mm and features some great old school racing and freestyle footage and some great music. When Andy Ruffell toured South Africa to promote the video launch, over 100,000 people turned out over 25 shows in Joburg, Durban, and Cape Town.
Kelloggs BMX Track Wars was a hugely popular TV show that ran for two seasons in 1984 & 1985. The Freestyle competition featured the best in the world including; Eddie Fiola, Neil Ruffell, Mike Dominguez, Brian Blyther & Craig Campbell.