A walk back in time
A walk back in time
Hi everyone, from the late 80s through the mid 90s I was a contributing photographer for Hi-Torque Publications (MXA and Dirt Bike magazine). The photos that you see here were never published and have been stored as 35mm slides for the last 15-20 years. A month or so ago, I finally got around to purchasing a quality scanner and the journey began, going through these images has been a revelation, as I haven’t looked at any of them since I put them away and had only seen them as tiny little 35mm slides. Scanning them, then seeing the images on a computer screen has been like seeing them for the first time, they stir up lots of great memories, and bring back a great era for motocross, lots of bright color, big characters and of course, some true legends of the sport.I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I have-Mike Sweeney
Sweeney- “Here’s a shot of Wardy launching up the gigantic uphill double at Budd’s, 1990. Story behind the photo, I remember walking the track before practice and looking at this big old kicker set up at the bottom of a pretty steep uphill and thinking, holy shit, I can’t wait to see them hit this. There was a fairly tight right hand corner before it and the run up was real short.
A little while later practice started and the 125 guys started rolling around the track, after a while a couple of guys tried to pin it around the outside of the corner and made a run at it, they pretty much slammed into the face of the hill, a good bit short of the top, after that they all started rolling it, trying to carry speed into the uphill.
A while later the 500s got out, I distinctly remember standing at the top of the hill looking down and seeing Wardy coming around, he went into the corner hot, upshifted, fanned the clutch and RRRrrrrruuuuhhht launched up the hill.
My freaking jaw dropped. Wardy hung in the air for a second, tapped the rear brake, set her down and roosted away. The landing was actually pretty soft when they hit the mark.
Soon everyone was going around and all of the top guys were doing it. Definitely one of the highest jumps I’ve ever seen, possibly one of the highest launches in AMA motocross history. The shot of Wardy from the side gives a great view of the altitude they would get, the spot of sun at the bottom of the frame was ground level.
That’s it for this week, hope everyone enjoys!