Your CollectionFriday, May 23, 2008 | 11:27 AM
This week's collection comes from Jack Martin III:
"Here are a few pictures of a jewel of a motocross bike, a ’71 Rickman Micro Metisse. This bike is now a part of Tom White’s collection and will soon be on display at his The Early Years of Motocross Museum (www.earlyyearsofmx.com).
While looking for parts, I came upon Tom’s The Early Years of Motocross Museum website. While I was amazed by Tom’s incredible collection of motocross iron, I was also touched by the story of Tom and his son, Brad, who suffered a severe brain injury in a motorcycling accident. I thought that Tom might be able to provide some insight for Carl in dealing with Curtis’s injuries and contacted him. Tom was very gracious and provided Carl with advice and encouragement.
Last September, Carl and I went to the Motocross of Nations at Budds Creek. As we were leaving the track after the two most incredible days of racing I had ever witnessed (and I was at Weinert's first Trans-Am win by an American and the "Let Brock Bye" race), we bumped into Tom. Carl and Tom got a chance to meet face to face and I came to realize there was a proper home for the Micro Metisse. These pictures were taken the night I shipped it to Tom in California.
I would really like to write a proper history of the bike for display with it at the museum. I recently learned from the AMA's museum website that the Rickman brothers were commissioned by the BSA distributor for the U.S. to develop the line of two stroke production Metisses (powered by engines from Montesa (250), Zundapp (125) and Hodaka (100) to fill out its motocross line.
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