At a reported 6-foot- 8, Rob “Moto Fro” Brown is hard
to miss. Or is it something else? Nonetheless, he wriggled
his lanky frame around well enough to claim second in the
Average Joes class, just three seconds behind class winner
Brian “Barnsey” Barnes.
“President for Life” Jerry Bernardo (left) and “Low-end”
Luke McNeil (right, a four-time ISDE silver medalist) glance
back, while Tommy Norton recreates the stance he took after
winning the Blackwater 100 in 1991 to become the only man
to overall that infamous event on a 125.
The price of admission included a pig roast as well.
Coincidentally, Mark “The Pig Guy” also entered the fun race,
finishing fourth in Old and Slow.
made them impossible to miss in magazine photos.
As time marched on, though, so did Bernardo. He spent
a few years in California and then took an even longer step
west, moving to Australia in 2009.
Half a world away and with other commitments demand-
ing his time, the club went a bit dormant until Tom Leacu
reached out to Bernardo from Massachusetts to see about
resurrecting it via a new line of T-shirts and stickers. While
sales didn’t exactly skyrocket (not that they were ever
expected to), they helped fuel renewed interest in the club
“With that, it kind of ran side by side with a lot of guys
riding [again, and] John Day from the J-Day off-road series
has brought off-road racing in New England off life support
as far as I’m concerned. No knock on NETRA, but they’re
a bunch of old guys, and they don’t use social media [and
other promotional tools].