Photo: Cindy Good
On the line
NEWS.......MXworksbike.com and Motorbooks International have
signed a deal for a coffee table book featuring 20 of the bikes
in this collection. The book will be hardback and very high
quality. Each bike will get about 10 pages with loads of new
photos, archival action photos, detailed info and comments from
the riders who rode these fabulous bikes. The book will be
released in the spring of 2009.
NEWS.......MXworksbike.com has been in talks with the AMA and
AHRMA for a Trans AMA reunion for 2009. The event will be at the
Mid Ohio Vintage Days in July. The details are not finalized yet
but the idea is to bring over at least 6 Europeans from the
early 70's and a host of Americans (by invitation only) and have
them do a parade lap or two around the motocross track wearing
their original gear and riding their original works bikes from
this collection. There are also plans of a roast style dinner,
autograph session and a Q&A session. This will be a once
in a lifetime experience to see these legends of motocross from
a bygone era on their original championship bikes. I don't
believe anything like this has been done before and it is long
over due. Details will be announced as they develop.
My good friend
Hakan Andersson and his wife came over from Sweden for a 10 day
vacation and we had a fantastic time. Hakan is one of the nicest
guys you will ever meet and has a lot of really cool stories
from traveling and racing the grand-prix's. He brought over some
of his personal photo albums from his days on the GP circuit and
was kind enough to let me scan what turned out to be over 500
photos. There are some really good ones that have never been
seen before and some are from behind the iron curtain. The world
was a different place back then and those shots really show how
tough it was to travel in those communist countries. I will post
some of them in the photo vault as soon as time permits. Hakan
is also very keen on visiting the states again in 2009 for the
Trans AMA reunion. We got his 1973 World Championship bike out
to make sure everything was ok for the event and after starting
it up, hearing the open chamber, smelling the Castrol R and
watching Hakan destroy my lawn.......talk about Déjà Vu!!! I am sure the Trans AMA reunion
is going to be a spectacular event.
Click to see a few
photos of Hakan Andersson on his 1973 250 World Championship
bike Hakan rides again!!!
October 17, 2008
Photo: Hakan Andersson
Hakan Andersson and Tony D.
1974 Trans AMA at Honda Hills Ohio. Hakan will be wearing that
exact same jersey in 2009!!!
Photo: Hakan Andersson archive
Hakan Andersson and Jim Pomeroy at the
1973 Swedish GP.