even into Europe—would become familiar with the hippie
kid astride his #402 Bultaco. Unlike so many other SoCal
locals who struck out on the national circuit seeking fame
and fortune, but amounting to not much more than pack
fodder, Kenny put himself into the record books when he
won the 250cc AMA national at Buchanan, Michigan, in
More than just a motocross racer, Kenny Zahrt was a
true personality. He loved the sport of motocross, and it
loved him right back. On November 14th last year, Kenny
Zahrt suffered a stroke and passed away outside the
motorcycle shop where he spent most of his days. Thanks
for all the great memories, KZ.
He was fast as he was zany—and he was one of us.
Kenny “The Dart” Zahrt was a SoCal original who grew
up in the early days of America’s burgeoning motocross
scene, and after becoming a sensation on the national circuit, he was a regular of the Dirt Bike magazine test crew.
More often than not, we could count on Kenny to jump
higher and further than anyone else would dare. And then,
long before Jeremy McGrath institutionalized his signature
“nac-nac,” Kenny started whipping ancient twin-shock
bikes with one leg dangling off the side. Then no hands.
Eventually, KZ’s talent pushed him away from Indian
Dunes and out onto the National Motocross circuit. And
before long, motocross fans throughout America—and
THE SPORT LOSES AN AMERICAN ORIGINAL AND PIONEER