PHOTO ESSAY FROM THE EARLY DAYS
Mark Kiel was born and bred in SoCal, and he made a name
for himself as one of the top photographers when motocross erupted onto the scene in the mid-’70s.
His family owned Cycle Parts in
Santa Monica, and Mark raced at
Bay Mare, Muntz, Saddleback and
the Dunes, and developed a passion for shooting action. In 1979,
he and friend Steve Stasiefski,
Brad Lackey’s mechanic, traveled
to Europe where he got to shoot
the GPs. Mark dabbled in the
magazine industry as a freelancer,
shooting action for Dirt Rider and
Modern Cycle magazines.
We asked Mark to choose his
top 10 pics, and here they are,
along with his recollection of the
BLAST FROM THE PAST
Mark Kiel’s exceptional pics
The late Gaylon Mosier testing a Maico AW400
for Modern Cycle magazine at Indian Dunes
Shadow Glen circa 1976.