Jones did not leave motorcycling after his Motorcycle Hall of Fame career. In fact, we caught up with Gary, now 54 years old, at this weekend’s WORCS race at Washougal, where he was watching his sons, Greg (19) and Justin (13), compete.
Racer X: Gary, what are you doing now?
Gary Jones: I actually work for myself. I work out of my workshop and build bikes for people who need bikes built, and I keep my sons’ bikes running. I build motocross and off-road bikes. Dirt bikes, in general.
Yes, for a long time. They’re downsizing, though.
Do you still follow the sport closely?
Yes, I watch it all the time. I still go to a lot of the races. I ride a lot of the vintage races, and I still do autograph signings and a lot of stuff for Yamaha.
What kind of bike do you ride nowadays?
I have two WRs and a YZ450F.
What do you think of James Stewart?
[Laughs] I don’t know, I never met him! But I do know that everybody has to jump up to his scale of riding and training, just as they did with Ricky.
The same place I’ve lived for the past 20 years, in Norco California.
Nice talking to you, Gary, and good luck to your sons.
Hey, thank you.