DEBBI TAMIETTI’S GIANT REM GLEN HELEN PHOTO GALLERY
Glen Helen sits at 2000 feet above sea level. The mountains in the background are between 7000 to 10,500 feet ASL. No matter how high Bryan Friday (43), David Cincotta (861), Craig Davis (811) or Pete Murray (25) fly, they are going to be specks against that back drop.
At most racetracks it is hard to scrape up one or two riders over 60’s years old. At REM this Saturday there were 27 riders that old—and five over 70. David Eropkin (811), Bob Rutten (83) and Mike Monaghan (orange helmet) were the three fastest.
Brian Medeiros’ pineapple hat allows him to represent Hawaii while on the mainland chasing an AMA Pro career.
From Sweden to the USA via Chile. Rickard Hansson, son of former Swedish star Peter Hansson, has been away from home for awhile. He was in Chile at the ISDE before coming to SoCal.
Zach Taylor (left) and dad Rich Taylor (right) are one of the many father/son combos led by former AMA Pro riders tutoring their sons during the formative part of their racing careers. Except Rich ha to mentor both Zach and Richard. Listen to dad!
Jon Ortner drives from Santa Barbara every weekend to race at REM. It is a 300-mile round trip. This weekend, when Jon got to Glen Helen’s front gate, the lady at the ticket booth said that his engine sounded bad. It turned out that Jon had let the oil run a little low. How low? He had to add a gallon of oil. The smiling guy under his arm is the Gene Boere. He sold Jon the van six months ago.
There are always feel good stories at the races and one of them this weekend was the return of Doug Redding (484). Doug had to quit racing when he was disagnosed with cancer, but he’s back on the track.