When and how did you get into BMX?
I have always loved to ride off-road, trails and anything dirt involved from the start (around 5 years old) .We always had jumps and pretended to be on motorcycles. I lived in Ohio until I was 13 or so, and we only had some glimpse of ‘real’ BMX in the small town I lived in. My first BMX bike was a Huffy that I added a "10-speed" seat and motorcycle bars to. I moved to Florida in the late seventies and had kind of forgot about BMX. Had a job at Der Wienerschnitzel when I was 15, rode a 10-speed to and from work. My buddy borrowed it and it got stolen. He settled up with me for $45.00, I think. There was a BMX shop ( Motion Bicycles ) down the street and I bought a used Ashtabula there. Coaster brakes and heavy duty wheels. They had a BMX team, with a small practice track nearby, so I was back in! I officially started racing in February 1980. Been at BMX ever since.
Talk about the Nob Hill trails era in Orlando in the '80s, as well as the huge Florida race scene at the time.
Man, Orlando was definitely the hot spot in the early/mid 80’s. We had the best riders, raddest spots, and our crew’s main objective was to go fast, get rad and make it look good. Jump EVERYTHING and throw some style. We all were into good music ( punk/new wave), partying (a bit) and riding everything—the classic Burdines walls, street, backyard ramps, track—you name it. Nob Hill was an extension of that—we would build it as gnarly as possible, big doubles, some of the first rhythm sections. Dudes would come from all around the state to hang out and run the Saturday night local race, then on Sundays we would shred Nob Hill. We would have weekly races. Three-man gate, have qualifiers, sometimes quarters and always semis. Winner got to run the #1 plate at next week’s local; it was a big deal! One of the highlights of my BMX race career was winning it back to back.