Chris Economaki, who would become the Dean of American motorsports journalists, interviews Ronnie Rall after a flat track race sometime in the 1960s. Many people think that motorcycle racing on TV was something that didn’t come along until recently, but the truth is motorcycle racing has been a part of TV since its inception. ABC’s Wide World of Sports used to regularly cover four or five motorcycle races per year and not all of them were nationals. Sometimes the race simply needed to be relatively close to New York City and on an open weekend when ABC needed something to shoot and, just like that, your race was televised nationally on Wide World of Sports back during a time when most cities only had three or four television stations.
Former AMA/Prostar president Keith Kizer gives us an insightful look into the life of the late motorcycle drag racing star Bo O’Brochta here.
It’s time for the outdoor nationals to kick off this weekend at Hangtown. Click here for an excellent race and season preview.
You’ve no doubt heard of the Bubba Scrub, but I bet you didn’t know about the Tysor Scrub. This is how Greg Tysor scrubbed in his tires before a race back in the day. This photo was shot at Little Talladega in 1987. I’m not just impressed by the ingenuity Greg and his buddies showed in the tire prep department, but check out Tysor’s guns!