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IN THE DIRT - KETCH-N-UP Malcolm Smith, J.N. Roberts 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 to shame. Even some old moto guys like Roger DeCoster and Gunnar Lind‑ strom dropped in for some of the epic bench racing. DIRT ILLustrated \\\\\\ Vol. 1 + Issue 4 + Page 22 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, www.MalcolmSmithMotorsports‑ Racing For Life (http://www. 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