Our buddy BP is good for the economy. He shoehorned enough green into his last vintage rebuild to purchase
two new YZs—if it were 1981. His steed, a fully restored
1981 YZ465, was prepped solely for his annual pilgrimage to Day in the Dirt. In the end, the machine kicked BP’s
caboose, being fiery under acceleration and volatile in
combustion, detonating unless it was fed a steady diet of
$10-a-gallon race fuel. So, BP punted the 465 and went in
search of his real love, a ’ 79 YZ400.
BP’s quest for perfection continues
Donning his open-faced helmet, vintage Fox gear and
a machine purchased solely to race Day in the Dirt, Mr.
Palmer steered clear of the Coors truck for two months
and actually trained. It was his best DITD finish yet.