Your Collection: Extinct Events

April 6, 2009 4:02am

  • Superbowl of Motocross
  • World Mini GP
  • The first Superman?
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I was thumbing through some of my old MXAs and ran across a few extinct dinosaurs and a seemingly unintentional precursor to the FMX movement.
Long-gone races:  
Arrowhead SX – This was a pretty short-lived venue (‘80-‘83) and I'm not sure how it got dubbed the "Superbowl of Motocross" after 10 years of that race being run in the L.A. Coliseum. Check out the race track at the bottom – a far cry from today's versions (especially that long, 5th gear, 70 mph start straight... yikes!)
World Mini GP – I forgot they held this out at legendary Saddleback in the early days.  If you check out the 2009 flyer for this race it still has basically the same look.  I lived to read about who would win the Yamaha Race of Champions and be crowned the undisputed best mini rider in the world.  Man, I wish they would bring that race back.
The first Superman?
Could the Icon himself have been the early pioneer of the movement that spawned insane aerial feats, extreme showmanship and Metal Mullisha?  If so, probably not what he intended.  Actually, DB's stunt would probably be more aptly titled the "Superman Soprano" in about 1 second.

Dream bike:

  • DG YZ80
Growing up racing minis (mostly YZ80s) in the 70s, I loved everything DG (who didn't?) and this was my ultimate dream bike.  It still looks trick... some 30 years later.  Any serious mini racer back then would have killed to have one of these.

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