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Born to Race I was born to be a dirt bike racer. The fact that it occurred, to the level it did, was because I was incredibly lucky to have been born in the late 1950’s in Southern California. California is where the world’s wander- lusts have longed to be since the mid 1900’s and where thou- sands of GI’s with the same spirit settled after WWII. Southern California was the perfect place for adventurous types and the sons of the sons of the pioneers. There was open land everywhere and a free and outdoorsy spirit like no other place, especially with a popula- tion this large. They got mar- ried, had kids and started riding motorcycles in the 1950’s. Myself and millions more, are the product of this like- minded and like-timed group. Though we don’t have a name that appears in academia, we were all part of a unique culture that created a world movement of professional thrill seeking athletes that continues today. I don’t compete or ride mo- torcycles too much anymore. When I do race I am competi- Jon R and I at Daytona SX, 1978. A bit uncomfortable as this was the first time my dad, Bud Reid, met my step-dad / mechanic, Jon R. DIRT ILLustrated \\\\\\ Vol. 1 + Issue 2 + Page 54