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SPOKE WRENCH

SPOKE WRENCH
Mark Simpson

As the creator of MotoHubNW, it is my responsibility to ensure that the Hub is doing it’s job properly. The Hub is the center and the foundation of the wheel. The spokes are the connection to the rim and tire, where the rubber meets the dirt. So this blog, SPOKE WRENCH, is where I get to share stories and memories, make you laugh, and hopefully make you think. It’s where I get to true the rim and make sure all is right in the MotoHubNW world. Like our motto says, “Bringing Order To The World Of Off-Road Racing”. That’s the path we’re on. Hope to see you out there!

What’s Old Is New

What’s new pussycat? You might have to be over fifty to get that reference to a movie theme song from 1965. However, I heard it on a commercial for kitty litter the other day. Funny how old things become new as a whole new generation moans “whoa oh whoa...

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NW Challenge 2019

All photos in this video, and hundreds more are at https://motohubnw.photoreflect.com

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Heroes: ROGER DECOSTER

My earliest childhood memories are from the early ’60s. My exposure to sports at the time was very minimal. I do remember flat track and speedway races. My heroes were men like Robert Vaughn, Chuck Connors, and Robert Conrad. But these were fictional heroes, as my hero worship didn’t...

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TNMX at PIR – 53rd Anniversary

WHY THEY DO IT I’m not a very good golfer. Maybe I could be if I really tried hard. But then again, probably not. I can generally hit it straight and am pretty good around the green. I do find that the more I DON’T play, the better I...

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Heroes: KENNY ZAHRT

If you grew up racing motocross in Lo Cal or No Cal in the 70’s, or were partial to the Spanish MX brands with their right side-shifting and left-side kick starters, you were probably a fan of the skinny kid with style for miles. I took this photo at...

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For Old Geezers Like Me

As we get older our mind starts to change. It becomes less sharp. It gets a little harder to focus. Just like your body, it becomes tired easily. And we all know that memory loss is one of the primary ravages of time. However, I am discovering another way...

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The Inaugural CLASS X MX Race

All you motocross racers out there, I have a question for you. If you were going to start your own motocross race series what would you do and how would you do it? Anyone who has spent a significant amount of time racing has probably thought about it at...

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Hangover Scramble 2019

The Jones Creek Trails Riders Association conducted another successful Hangover Scramble at Washougal MX Park on New Year’s Day. Check out our video below and click here to see almost 400 images from the event. Hi-resolution digital downloads are only $2.50 and affordable prints are also offered. Photos are...

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Flashback Friday – Washougal MX National 2013

July 21st, 2013 would mark an important footnote in the career of Pacific Northwest native Ryan Villopoto. It would be his first time to win the overall at Washougal, a track he knows well, in his home state of Washington. He would battle with Ryan Dungey throughout the day...

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Vintage Motocross @ Riverdale

Pacific Northwest Vintage MX Series, Final Round September 29th, 2018 Riverdale Raceway How do you define success? That’s a big question. A lot can ride on the answer. Success can provide fame and fortune, and the lack thereof anonymity and poverty. Most people will start with the numbers. That’s...

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The Top 10 American Motocrossers of All Time

Hey everybody, it’s another Top 10 List! Just what the world was asking for, I know. Another good excuse for an argument between moto-buddies. But hey, this one’s pretty good. At least in my opinion. This is my list of the Top 10 American Motocross Racers of All Time....

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HEROES: KENT HOWERTON

I always hated the Dallas Cowboys. I was born in San Jose, CA, so of course I was a 49er fan. I was a 49er fan way before they were any good. Which was a LONG time. Before Montana came along it was a long string of failures, with...

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PNW Vintage MX – Round 6 @ Eugene MX Park

— Lawrence Wernik — —Reporting LIVE on my experience at Round 6 of the PNW Vintage MX Series at Eugene Motocross Park— This is only the third vintage race I have ever entered. For all three races a good friend of mine has put me on one of his...

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The Definitive Guide to “Vintage Motocross”

Welcome back, my friends, to the show that never ends… Much about what is defined as Vintage Motocross is about drawing a line in the sand. No, not a line for a rubber band starting gate, but a line to determine what IS and what ISN’T Vintage Motocross. This...

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PNW Vintage MX – Northwest Challenge 2018

VINTAGE MX @ WASHOUGAL August 18th-19th, 2018 Where can you find more smoke than at a Portland, Oregon cannabis festival? Where will you hear more missed shifts than at a 60’s Volkswagen Beetle parade? Where can you distinctly smell the assorted brands of two-stroke pre-mix oils wafting by you...

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HEROES: JIMMY WEINERT

Like Tony Distefano, one of his primary rivals, Mitchell Nelson Weinert was the son of a motorcycle dealer and started racing from a young age. Also like Distefano, he got his start on a CZ before signing with a Japanese brand. Early in his career he split time his...

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Marty Smith – Hangtown 1976

I took these two photos at Hangtown in 1976. If you know your moto history this was a pivotal moment in the lives of two legends. Marty Smith was all but crowned 125 National Champion before the season even started in 1976. He was the James Dean of American...

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HEROES: TONY DISTEFANO

I was never a fan of the CZ. I can’t dent that they were very fast. But they just seemed poorly made and the transmissions were crap. Plus, who could ride a bike made by “commies”? Also, being a native Californian, I trusted no one east of the Mason/Dixon...

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Jan Babenderede Charity Race video

Some sights and sounds from the recent charity race at Pacific Raceways to support a great fellow racer and brother…

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Hangover Scramble 2017

“Not enough tear-offs in the world” The 2017 Hangover Scramble at Washougal MX Park was an event to remember for all time. No words to describe the carnage, pain, and misery. And to think I was going to sign-up and ride, before I came to my senses and went...

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