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IN THE DIRT - KETCH-N-UP
Charity ride and
Edison Dye Tribute
A google of ganderers gathered to gawk at the greats gathering at the Baja 50th An-
niversary celebration. Some of the attendees gawking in this pic are moto filmster
Todd Huffman (center) and Beer taster extraordinaire, all around man-about-town,
Robin Hartfiel. Cheers, Mates.
Baja 50th Anniversary Gathering
Long-time Honda guy Charlie
Keller put together a reunion to
commemorate the 50th Anniver‑
sary of Dave Ekins and Bill Rob‑
ertson’s ride from the border to La
Paz which ultimately lead to the
Baja 1000 race.
Tom White did emcee duties
interviewing Ekins and Chuck Mill‑
er, Johnny Campbell and others.
There were some great bikes on
display, including Chris Blais’ 2005
Dakar Rally Bike, Danny Hamel’s
KX500 (last time a bike other
than a Honda won the Baja 1000
in the past 19 years!), a 125-mph
Triumph desert sled from back
in the day, a Honda CL, just like
the ones Ekins & Robertson rode,
some of Tom White’s Husky’s,
another old Husky brought out by
former USGP/Carlsbad promoter
and now Mecum Motorcycle Auc‑
tion impresario Gavin Trippe and
the list goes on.
Ox’s desert truck and an old
Baja Boot buggy were there, but
maybe most impressive was the
display of patches and finisher
pins from Ron Bishop who raced
every single Baja 1000 on his mo‑
torcycle for 40 years! Sort of puts
Johnny Campbell’s 11 Baja wins
Even some old moto guys like
Roger DeCoster and Gunnar Lind‑
strom dropped in for some of the
epic bench racing.
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Want to do something good for
the sport, and your soul, and still
have a lot of fun? How about join‑
ing motorcycling legends Malcolm
Smith, JN Roberts and 13-time
Baja 1000 champ, Larry Roeseler,
for the dual sport ride of a life‑
time, this coming Sept. 13-16?
This celebrity event celebrat‑
ing the extraordinary life of Edison
Dye, the father of American Mo‑
tocross at JN’s 1,400 acre ranch,
located near Helena, Montana.
Limited to the first 30 riders,
the proceeds go to a worthy cause,
Racing For Life (http://www.
racingforlife.org) has organized
this epic event to raise $30,000
to support El Oasis Orphanage,
located in Valle de Trinidad, Baja
California. For more info on this four-day
dual-sport event go to Resmarket,
Inc. at www.resmarket.com