Brad Lackey was one of the pioneering motocross racers of the 1970s and ‘80s. In 1972, Lackey won the AMA 500cc National Motocross Championship for Kawasaki. After winning the championship, Kawasaki wanted Lackey to stay in the United States to wear the number-one plate and defend his title. But Lackey was determined to chase his dream of a world championship, so he went to Europe to race in the GPs in 1973.
With little support from Kawasaki in 1973, Lackey had a tough first season in Europe. In 1974 Lackey signed with Husqvarna and steadily earned better results in the GPs during his three years with the Swedish company. That first year, he was part of the U.S. Motocross des Nations team that shocked the Europeans by finishing second in the international competition. That result told the world that after less than a decade in motocross, the United States was becoming a powerhouse in the sport.
In 1982, after a decade of trying, Lackey became the first American to win the 500cc World Championship. Soon after, Brad would retire and leave a legacy as one of America’s top motorcycle racers of all time. Today Lackey still races occasionally for fun in vintage events and partnered with his lifelong best friend and wife – Lori, runs an apparel company.
The weekend will start off Friday night, October 31st at 6:00PM at the California Theatre in San Bernardino when the always entertaining Bob “Hurricane” Hannah emcees the Monsters of Motocross event with the film premier of Brad’s 1982 GP Season and LOST footage from One Chance to Win. Expect a room full of champions from the past and lots of laughs! For more information, go to www.monstersofmotocross.com.
At Glen Helen on Sunday a special display will be presented by The Early Years of MX Museum featuring photos, posters, memorabilia, and machines that Lackey rode during his career. At 12:30PM, Lackey will be presented the Motocross Lifetime Achievement Award with compelling stories by his friends and competitors. Lackey and a cast of VIP’s will be available for autographs following the presentation.
For more information, please contact The Early Yearsof Motocross Museum at 714-921-9137. For directions to Glen Helen and more info on the event, please check out www.GlenHelen.com.