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General Discussion / Re: The future of OzVMX
« on: February 08, 2015, 10:06:42 AM »
There was a time when this forum was the strongest, most active VMX forum on the whole internet. I was on here almost from the start and absolutely enjoyed contributing. By nature I love a good old shit stir and must admit that at times I contributed a bit of mischief to the place which prompted some fun and frivolity but on the other side of the coin prompted awful exchanges which in retrospect I'm not proud of. There were/are posters on here that annoyed me and I reacted to their rubbish in my own way which also caused me becoming a sort of Snidely Whiplash character and had my own group of haters and contributing in quite a few leaving the forum. At first I wore it as a badge of honour but one morning when reading back on some o fmy old posts I realised that I'd been as big a wanker as the posters I was acting against and became deeply embarrassed by some of my behaviour. From that very moment I vowed to stay away from potential trouble and leave the shitfights to others.

All went well for a few years until a discussion started about Evolution Rules. It grew, and grew and became nastier and nastier and a new generation of forum wanker emerged from that one seemingly simple post. I saw a side of people whom I'd respected and liked and it pissed me off. I made my point early in the piece and decided to pull away from the forum and catch up with other things that I'd been neglecting in my life.

Then, after almost a year of self imposed absense I signed on to have a look at what was happening and I found that those same old antagonists were still attacking MA, the Evo rules and making personal attacks on a guy who has done more for our sport as an official, racer and mentor than all of his keyboard antagonists combined. I was saddened to see that these people had reduced this forum and our sport to a nasty antagonistic venom filled soap box for their cause. The good stuff was still there but this rubbish, and it is rubbish, dominated. Once again I walked away, returning only briefly last week to contribute to another rule shitfight about pre 65 rules. I later slapped myself in the chops for that bit of personal idiocy!

Graeme has been a veritible pillar of rock during all of the shit that's gone on here. I've known for a long time that he's been well over it and I wouldn't blame him if he did shut up shop. He's had a fu*king gutful. It's time that a few of you did what I did and take a good long look at yourselves and ask if you've really done anything good for the forum or the sport or have you just created more disharmony and angst while destroying the reputations of people who don't deserve it. I've become a bit disillusioned and disappointed in the sport that I had a big hand in actually starting. I've got to that teeter-totter decision in my life where I could and probably should sell up and move back to my other love of drag racing. Where this forum once was a great meeting place for lovers of old bikes, it's now driving us away..........Get rid of the rulebook preachers and those wanting the sport to fit into their vision and this will be a better place.

Competition / Re: CVMX & PCVMX
« on: February 01, 2015, 02:27:10 PM »
"1991 was the first so this year is the 24th anniversary and recognition of Firko and Co should stem from that my opinion"
Col, I don't want any recognition. Seriously.

Competition / Re: CVMX & PCVMX
« on: January 29, 2015, 10:14:24 PM »
The other American rider was Mike Middleton who brought along his immaculate A65 BSA Metisse. I think he won pre 65. A weel later Mike blew up the Metisse at Nepean dirt track. Both Mike and Marsh are retired from racing now but Marsh is still racing his Model A Roadster on the Bonneville Salt Flats. Marsh had one leg and Dave's correct, he had a race leg and a walking leg. Unfortunately he left his race leg back in Sydney which mean't that he had to use his walking leg for racing which had too much movement. It slowed him down a lot but didn't dull his enthusiasm. Many of us Aussies have stayed at his and wife Mary Janes farm in Fresno, California. Yamaico Pete raced Marsh's 650 Triumph Hindall at Sandhill Ranch and beat the stars of the era including Rick Doughty on his 750 Trumpy Metisse. Eddie Phipps and Pete have both raced Marsh's 800cc TT600, I just cruised the streets of Fresno in his hot rods and Harleys. I hope to drop in and see him later this year, perhaps at Bonneville.  I got his usual one month late Christmas card  last week. I've forgotten how to put up pictures, otherwise I'd put some up of his Bonneville racer and Harley choppers.

Competition / Re: CVMX & PCVMX
« on: January 29, 2015, 11:13:27 AM »
The 91 Nats at Dargle was fully paid for and promoted by me with a little on day help from Penrith club but the club refused to put any money into it, thinking it would be a flop. I got a boutique brewery "Brewers" on board to sponsor the advertising and supply the beer for the post race celebrations, Geoff Eldridge at ADB supplied the trophies and program layout but I paid the printing costs for posters and programs. Rick Doughty came out from the USA, paid for I think by GE. MA refused to ratify the event as a legitimate Aussie title, mainly because we weren't using the accepted class systems. There was some very lengthy and heated back room negotiations to try and get ratification but they wouldn't budge. We still went ahead with the meeting but rather than call it the Australian Vintage Motocross Championships, we called it the Vintage Motocross Nationals, or Nats for short. Despite the Naysayers and pissing rain on the Saturday, the meeting attracted well over 100 entries from all over Australia, the USA and NZ and was a rousing success.

For 1992 Brian Clarke and Bendigo club took the batten and in the year leading up to it he and his club submitted the age group and bike era classes that MA had previously disagreed with and got them approved and applied for and got the date at Ravenswood at Easter '92. That meeting was a huge success with two racers from the USA and two from NZ as well as 150+ entries.......and the rest is history. I agree with any attempts to celebrate the history of this great event.

General Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday Firko
« on: January 26, 2015, 10:18:51 PM »
There'a a good chance Tim. The plan is to take my new 750 and 360 Yamaha dirt trackers.

Vintage Track / Re: Gillman classic is on again !!!!!!
« on: January 24, 2015, 10:15:10 PM »
October 2012?

Competition / Re: 2015 Classic MX Championship Busselton WA
« on: January 24, 2015, 10:12:44 PM »
I'd like to bring my pre 65 tackle over but if all fails I may just come over and do a magazine thing. I've never been to WA.

Competition / Re: 2015 Classic MX Championship Busselton WA
« on: January 24, 2015, 10:04:15 PM »
We were starting to organise a container for last year for SA and the NSW punters started all enthiusiastic "Count me in" yada yada yada.....When it came to the crunch everyone put their heads in the sand and it was down to two owners of four bikes all up with only one rider after my guy pulled the plug. If someone decides to organise a container I'll be a starter with my two pre 65 250's to help make up numbers in that class. Tap me on the shoulder when it's organised.

General Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday Firko
« on: January 24, 2015, 09:57:32 PM »
It's obvious you haven't seen me in my little black party frock Wal and Mick. I've been told that black suits my soul.

General Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday Firko
« on: January 24, 2015, 03:54:09 PM »
Thanks Gentlemen......I don't come on here much these days so I would have missed your welcome birthday greetings if nor for Iain infoming me on Facebook. I had a shit 2014 but all's on the comeback so you'll hopefully see me back at the races in 2015. I'll be that chubby old bloke with the equally chubby and even older bikes parked as far away from anyone wanting to argue the rulebook that the available real estate will allow. I'm so over that stuff I can't find the words to express it and if it wasn't for the group of great mates I have within this sport managing to spark my enthusiasm again,  I'd have been going drag racing.

General Discussion / Re: IKON shocks
« on: December 31, 2014, 11:30:52 PM »
Icon is run by the Brethren religious cult.

General Discussion / Re: User names
« on: November 24, 2014, 11:10:47 AM »
Firko is pretty self evident

eBay Finds / Re: maico project
« on: October 26, 2014, 02:29:46 PM »
I've been away from the forum for months so I thought I'd have a little look this arvo. I get a little touch of the warm fuzzies seeing that some things never change. The only thing that changes is the brand of bike and the reason for its sale. Dave can do whatever he wants with his bikes, the sky isn't going to fall in because he sold another keeper.

General Discussion / Re: Firko
« on: May 26, 2014, 12:51:19 PM »
Thanks everyone. She was a great old mum and I'm a better person for being her son. The letters , emails and facebook response to her passing has been an inspiration and has helped more that you'd think...............Thank you all so much. I'll come back on here when life comes back to normal.

General Discussion / Re: Classic Dirt - Believe the Hype
« on: May 08, 2014, 10:16:31 PM »
I'm looking forward to CD10 and having a skid on the grass track. I might throw in my little 360 flat tracker along with the usual tackle.

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