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Any old boys still here ?
« on: October 20, 2023, 09:46:51 AM »
When this forum started , there were lots of riders on here that have ridden around 75-85 . Things have gone very quiet. Anyone still around and active?
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Re: Any old boys still here ?
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2023, 09:48:31 AM »
When did the forum start?
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« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2023, 10:07:12 AM »
Some of us old boys are still around and remember the days when we raced twinshocks and Chairs. some of us have slowed down and joined other clubs such as VERI
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« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2023, 06:44:13 PM »
still here
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« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2023, 06:24:14 PM »
I was racing a YZ80D in 1977
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« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2023, 01:58:16 AM »
Still here. Still racing the '73 CCM.
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« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2023, 10:51:23 PM »
me i still throw a leg over my ol dr400 and ts185A bombed out racer i saved from going out the dump yrs ago but im waiting on the old half mile long track speedway to open up as i loved buzzing around it when young and would like another crack at it on a it175/dt175c framed tracker i'll build up just for it

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« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2023, 03:59:04 PM »
The forum started mid 2007  . By the end of that year there were about 350 members and we all knew each other or have heard of each other from racing .The only one I still know personally is Hoony, I believe. Not many left .
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« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2023, 05:01:48 PM »
yes Walter we raced together a few times in 1983 i swung for Bernard on his WASP Norton 850 a few times in that year and then Grant Dargue on an ex Ian Smith WASP Yamaha 880 twin, i then i raced solo for a few years returning in 1987 to Ride on the KTM540 with Dukey swinging for me but i think you were in Europe then, that was why i got the gig with Dukey. i then started racing Dirt Track and then 5 seasons of Speedway on a Weslake 500 Solo.

I spoke to Dukey a few weeks back he is slowly restoring that VMC/KTM 540.
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« Reply #9 on: November 17, 2023, 10:31:45 AM »
I first came here in 2010, when I retired from serious roadracing, but still have connections with a few from my motocross days, from 1974 to 1986.
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« Reply #10 on: November 17, 2023, 02:53:15 PM »
yes Walter we raced together a few times in 1983 i swung for Bernard on his WASP Norton 850 a few times in that year and then Grant Dargue on an ex Ian Smith WASP Yamaha 880 twin, i then i raced solo for a few years returning in 1987 to Ride on the KTM540 with Dukey swinging for me but i think you were in Europe then, that was why i got the gig with Dukey. i then started racing Dirt Track and then 5 seasons of Speedway on a Weslake 500 Solo.

I spoke to Dukey a few weeks back he is slowly restoring that VMC/KTM 540.

Yes Hooney 86,87,88 and 89 I raced in europe. Two years on the KTM540 and then on the Jumbo (820 twin watercooled ) I havent seen or heard from Ian smith since 85 . Is he still around?
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« Reply #11 on: November 20, 2023, 07:51:44 AM »

Yes Hooney 86,87,88 and 89 I raced in europe. Two years on the KTM540 and then on the Jumbo (820 twin watercooled ) I havent seen or heard from Ian smith since 85 . Is he still around?

Ian Smith was racing speedway sidecars with Craig Fordham swinging when i was racing Speedway solo so that was 1988-1994 era. not sure what he is doing now.
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« Reply #12 on: November 23, 2023, 08:48:43 PM »
Yes still look but dont post use to do lots of photo but no one every looked .

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« Reply #13 on: November 25, 2023, 12:34:12 PM »
Yes still look but dont post use to do lots of photo but no one every looked .

Ozvmx started my Graeme Mc  on July 2007

yes i always looked at your pics.

 from memory the original forum started before 2007, it got hacked by some Turkish clowns and Graeme had to start again and we all had to sign up again.
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1985 Honda CR500RF "Big Red"
1986 Honda CR250RG
2005 KTM 300EXC "The GruntMeister" ( I love that engine)

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Re: Any old boys still here ?
« Reply #14 on: November 25, 2023, 10:26:54 PM »
Going via the Internet Archive Wayback machine you can see some topics dated from sept 12 2005. I think i found the site not long after.