Name: Ely Thomas Hometown: Dirty Mitten (Michigan) Started riding BMX in: Started around 12 years old Number of bikes in the collection: 25
Do you remember the moment that you decided to start collecting BMX memorabilia? Ely D. Thomas: Well started collecting old fat tire and Stingrays I would find at Yard sales and would walk past the BMX for some reason. Then one day that changed and I started with the BMX about 15-20 years ago.
Results Super National #1, Saturday 6 March 2021. Pro Open: 1 ALEC BOB, PLANO, TX 2 JOSEPH LETO, LINDENWOOD UNIVERSITY, MYAKKA CITY, FL 3 JONATHAN SUAREZ, ALPHA FACTORY, CORAL SPRINGS, FL 4 TYLER (KLUMP DOG) KLUMPER, HEMP FUSION SD COMPONENT, TARPON SPRINGS, FL 5 AUSTIN (FREAKY FAST) MCKAN, WILLARD, MO 6 SHEALEN RENO, ARLINGTON, TX
We've asked Mel Stoutsenberger to pick his favourite photos from back in the day and give us the Who, Where, When, What, and Why. Mel documented BMX first hand. His photos tell stories.
Who: My long time friend and fellow bike mechanic, John George. Little did I know when I shot this photo that John would land the NBA National #1 position later in the year. John worked as a mechanic for Canoga Cycle Center and raced for their team exclusively. He raced NBA sanctioned events almost every weekend of the year as well as many week nights. He was fast, hard to beat and had piles of style. Whether he was on a long gnarly downhill course like Malibu Country Club or a Friday night flat track bash at the Van Nuys Teen Center, John always held his own.
Kyle Walker started working on this video part early last summer. Due to unfortunate circumstances it was cut short. Kyle already had issues with his leg from a previous compound fracture in El Centro, California.
The Daily Grind boys were fed up with the midwest winter and decided to send it down to Houston, Texas in the middle of February. I love trips during this time of year because the boys are hyped just to see dry pavement, so the sessions always pop off.
Name: Jesus Pozo (Chino) Hometown: San Diego California Started riding BMX in: '87/'88 Number of bikes in the collection: 25 plus 20 frame sets
Do you remember the moment that you decided to start collecting BMX memorabilia? Chino Jesus: Good question, I’ve kept some of the GT/Dyno pit bikes I had since jr high. I bought a GT pit frame around 2014 and met a good friend that would help spark the BMX bug. Once I saw his collection, mainly RL20 II (7) and Haro Master bashguards (4), I was hooked.
What is your fascination about bashguard bikes? Chino Jesus: An older guy in the neighborhood had a chrome Haro Master bashguard. He worked at a local bike shop and had all the top of the line parts. He would sell my friends and I his left over parts and we would have cool upgrades. That bike always stood out to me. Probably an '89 Master. That’s why when I met my buddy Gabriel and saw his collection, I told him to sell me one of the bashguard bikes.