Racing legend and current Honda Power
Equipment Director Warren Reid always
circles the Pacific Northwest events.
Warren is all smiles until the gate drops.
A last no-show this year was Lyle Lovett. The Dallas Nyblod-restored Yamaha is rumored to return for Washougal, September
16th. (Right) Don’t show up to a vintage event without a personal check behind your driver’s license—you just never know….
BACK IN THE DAY
Fast-forward some 44 years and I had been restoring
a few old Huskys and started thinking about how cool it
would be to bring the old Husqvarna band back together for the 10th annual Boise Inter-AM vintage motocross
event. I made four phone calls. The first one was to
Terry Williams of Boise Vintage Cycles asking if I could
put some of his bikes where my mouth was. The second was to Kevin Hines, the next to Mike “The Snake”
Melton and then the cold call to Terry Cunningham,
whom I had never really talked to. I told them all, “I will
get you gear head to toe, and I will get you bikes. Are
you in?” Everyone said, “I’m in,” on the first phone call.
Terry and Mike did not disappoint. They are proof
that riders who win championships have a game plan,
and the word “fluke” is not in their vocabulary. They
look closely at every detail, and you can tell these guys
still have that racing sixth sense to this day. Prior to
the event, even though the winner didn’t even get a
cheeseburger, these guys sweated out a serious atti-
tude about racing again. We went out to a ride spot in
Emmett called Little Gem, and you could feel the excitement
build and see that there was not very much rust on these
guys. We traded off Husqvarnas from ’73s through ’83s on a
few bumpy tracks and rolling hills. It really felt like the beach
scene from On Any Sunday, as three new/old friends were
united by the love of twisting a throttle. We even gave Mike
the nickname “Puddles,” as he could not seem to avoid them,
splashing Terry and me time after time.
The race days were amazing. Terry won five out of six
motos on a 1983 500 Automatic and my 1974 420 Husky
Monster. Mike was always a spot or two behind him, and
I was rolling around three or so riders back from Snake—
although vintage racing isn’t really about your results; it’s
about the grand experience of friendship, racing and respecting years gone by.
For those who have asked, “Where was Kevin Hines?” The
most fit human on the planet needed to have a heart procedure. It was scary news, but he is doing well now and looking forward to the Pacific Northwest Washougal round this
September. Maybe I can get them all back together again.