Since the advent of parenthood, my nearly limitless free time available to
document all sorts of inconsequential things has evolved into barely
enough time to wipe before I flush. So the race reports that my loyal
readers have enjoyed for years are on indefinite hiatus. However, if you
are new to this page and want to enjoy a few highlights, here are my
So read these, or read all 213. It's up to you. Enjoy!
I've been competing in off-road motorcycle events since 1994, when I
began my racing "career" at a Hare Scramble near Decatur, Illinois. I
had dreamed of competing for many years, but I didn't have an
opportunity until after I graduated from college and could support myself
and afford to buy a racing dirt bike. Most of the younger racers get help
from their parents in buying and maintaining their motorcycles and
traveling to the races. That kind of help wasn't available for me, so the
dream was just that, a dream, until the Fall of 1993, when I bought a
brand new 1994 Suzuki RMX250.
During the first few years I raced, I was pretty much a "recreational"
racer, doing 6-8 races a year. In Illinois, the races tend to be held where
the hills are, which were often several hours from where I lived. The race
schedule increased in 1999, my first full year in St. Louis. With more
racing venues closer to home, I found it easier to get excited about going
to the races. I spent about 6 years as a regular in the Missouri Hare
Scrambles Championship, a very competitive, well organized and well
attended off-road series. In 2002 I won the Open B class and eventually
worked my way into the A Sportsman class. Now that I'm back in Illinois,
I mostly race the Vet A class in a handful of various regional series in
Illinois and Indiana.
In 1999 I began documenting my (mis)adventures in racing to give
others a perspective on what the average guy sees at a hare scramble or
|March 14 Cuba, Illinois
March 21 Belleville, Illinois
April 4 Steelville, Missouri
May 2 Fosterburg, Illinois
|Adventures in Racing