Guy Cooper still has the bike he used to win the 1990 125 National
Championship. Photos by Brooke Lawson
Two Suzuki RMX250s from the ISDE are also on display in
Baseball has Cooperstown, and most other mainstream sports have their own halls of fame, but, in general,
motocross history is left to private parties and random
chance. The AMA Heritage Museum aside, the most significant bikes in American motocross history have been
either lost to the crusher or belong to private collections,
and very few of them are open to the public.
Some riders, however, make an effort to at least preserve their own personal contributions to the sport.
Stillwater, Oklahoma, actually has its own Cooperstown
right on the property of Oklahoma’s own Guy Cooper.
Last month Ron Lawson’s extended family of cousins and
in-laws (also Oklahoma natives) were treated to a tour of
Guy’s collection of racing memorabilia. How did they score
such a privilege? They called and asked.
Guy has a huge collection of old motorcycles, many of
which were his father’s from back in the days when he was
the local Indian dealer. The centerpiece of it all is the bike
BACK IN THE DAY The Cooperstown of motocross
Guy used to win the 1990 125 National Championship. It
appears to be a 1991 model, but the frame under it all is
from the 1990 production model, which he preferred at the
time. The whole championship came down to the last race
of the season at Unadilla, where he was up against Mike
Kiedrowski. He won that race, and the final points standings were Cooper, 518; Kiedrowski, 517.
He still has a number of his Honda and Suzuki motocross bikes, including the 1989 CR250R he used to finish
third in the Supercross series, plus two ISDE bikes. He got
a gold medal for the U.S. Trophy Team in 1994 when the
ISDE was only a couple of hours from his home. He got
another gold medal in 1996 in Finland when he was on a
Guy is still heavily involved with racing, both on the
national and local levels. For more on Cooper’s museum,
go to www.dirtbikemagazine.com and search “Two-Stroke