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The famous flat track and road racer dies after a long and fruitful life and career.

Motorcycling has lost another true legend. Race icon and friend to the sport Gene Romero died on Sunday, May 12, in Fullerton, California, only a week away from his 72nd birthday. Though Romero’s race career only spanned 16 years, he remained closely tied to the community for decades after hanging his leathers up.




Here is 2015 Grand Marshall Gene Romero with John Tucker's Rob North built Triumph like the one he raced.



The West Coast-native was a dominant force in 1960s and ‘70s racing, both in the dirt and on the tarmac. Before retiring from professional competition in 1981, the rider amassed some 12 AMA National wins, a Grand National Championship title in 1970, and a Daytona 200 win in 1975 (though he also finished runner-up in ’69 and ’70). While Romero’s competition success was well-known, he’s probably best remembered for being one of the riders who starred in 1971’s documentary On Any Sunday, a film that influenced what seems like an entire generation of two-wheel enthusiasts.

Romero was a special breed of racer that’s almost entirely extinct today, possessing the skills to race at the professional level in both flat track and road racing. His talent led to him being well-liked both on and off the racetrack, so much so that the same year he won his GNC title, he was also received the "AMA Most Popular Rider of the Year" Award.

In addition to his in-the-saddle contribution to the sport, Romero, an AMA Hall of Fame member, is also credited with being one of the very first in the motorcycle racing scene to attract sponsorship from outside the moto industry. In 1970, Romero’s main sponsor was none other than Evel Knievel, marking the only time the world-famous stunt-rider acted as a racer’s primary backer. Romero also managed Honda’s Grand National dirt track racing program from 1982 to 1985.

Ride in peace Gene Romero, you will be remembered and missed by many.

Source: AMA Motorcycle Hall Of Fame 



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British 1st  Place, Richard Phillips, 1964 BSA Lightning Rocket.


British 2nd Place, Vincent Schardt, 1950 BSA D1 Bantam GPO

American 1st Place, Mike Madden, 1940 Crocker

American 2nd Place, Jim Gerpheide, 1941 Indian Scout

European 1st, Vincent Schardt, 1956 Moto Guzzi Olimpia

European 2nd, Ken Davis, 1961 Ducati Bronco

Japanese 1st, Donny Moore, 1982 Yamaha XSR 750

Japanese 2nd, John Lundberg, 1967 Honda CL77-305 Scrambler

Unrestored 1st, Albert Catalani, 1976 BMW R90S

Unrestored 2nd, Gary Holtz, 1971 Husqvarna 400 Cross

Pre-War 1st, Mike Barber, 1917 Clevland

Pre-War 2nd, Tom Weiss, 1943 BMW R75 with Sidecar

Competition 1st, Mike Middleton, 1969 Montessa 360 Cappra

Competition, 2nd Mike Middleton, 1965 Rickman Metisse (BSA)

Cafe Racer 1st, Daniel Mendonca, 1974 Honda CB550

Cafe Racer 2nd David Kaplan, 1973 Yamaha RD350

Handbuilt 1st, Dickie Sharp, 1965 Triumph Bobber

Scooter/Minibike 1st, 1978 Tomos

Scooter/MiniBike 2nd, David Tiger, 1977 Peugeot MV

President's Award, Dickie Sharp, 1966 Triumph Street Tracker