MARKS THE SPOT
IIf the smell of burning two-stroke oil brings a smile to your face and floods your mind with fond memo- ries, we are kindred spirits.
I was excited when Scott Wallenberg, my friend
and publisher of this magazine, invited me to this year’s
Racer X Inter-Am. He invited me last year but I couldn’t
go. I was happy to have a second chance.
This was the seventh annual edition of the popular
event, which Wallenberg and his pal Tim Kennedy origi-
nally thought up as a way to have a
vintage race in their hometown. They
teamed up with the Owyhee Motorcy-
cle Club to hold the race on the winter
track of its beautiful, 80-acre riding
area in the Boise Foothills, just north
of town. And because it’s the first
race of the Pacific Northwest Vintage Motocross series,
it attracts the most avid vintage racers in the Northwest.
Wallenberg was a factory Monark rider in the early
’70s and Kennedy has been a vintage racer since at
least ’ 95, I know from experience. That’s when I met
him in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, at the bottom of
a U-shaped ditch I suddenly found myself in during the
first lap of practice. Kennedy helped get me, my fractured wrist, and the loaner ’ 74 Honda CR250 Elsinore
I’d been riding back to the pits.
For this year’s Boise Inter-Am, Wallenberg arranged
a very sweet 1977 Husqvarna 125CR for me to ride,
courtesy of Terry Williams and Curt Mastrude and their
team at Boise Vintage Cycle. With the help of DeCal
Works, they even mounted my old local racing number
on it: #32.
My buddy Bill Kasson, the now-retired former owner
of Kasson Yamaha in Austin, Texas, joined me on the
trip. Our first stop Friday evening was Boise Vintage
Cycle, where we joined Wallenberg and this year’s special guests Lars Larsson, Mark Blackwell, David Bailey,
Scott Cox, and John Gregory.
We met the affable Larsson in the parking lot. He and
I talked about our mutual friend the late Richard Sanders
and his shops, Cycle Shack and Iron Horse Motorcycle
Supply in Houston. Larsson had set them up as some of
the first Husqvarna dealers and Torsten Hallman distributors in the country. I started working at Cycle Shack
when I was 14, and Sanders hired me to work in the
parts department—my first job outside my family.
Mark Blackwell and I have been horse-show buddies since 2001 (I must have been 15 when we first
met). We see each other several times a year at reining
events, where we compete in the same class. The idea
of riding in the same class as Mark doesn’t seem right
to me, even on a horse.
(From left) The author
raced on a 1977 Husqvarna
125CR; Owhyee Motocross
and Boise make a beautiful
background for racing.
OWHYHEE MOTOCROSS APRIL 5 & 6, 2014
STORY BY LYLE LOVETT
PHOTOS BY LYLE LOVETT
AND STEVE COX