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Episode 22-9 Gary Nixon

Eleven years ago we lost one of the most celebrated of American Racers.  Gary Nixon is a name some will remember, others will revere. Here is a chance to remember Gary in his own words on the next episode of MotoStarr Video Podcasts.

This Episode features that last interview done with this two-time AMA Grand National Champion.

 

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Episode 22-8 Roger Decoster

A conversation with the only five-time 500cc World Motocross Champion. Roger DeCoster is arguably the most influential motocross racer ever. His record as a racer and a team manager speaks for itself. There is no doubt why the motocross sport/industry calls him “THE MAN”.

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Episode 22-7 Molyneux/Beauman

The mystique of motorcycle sidecar racing from the Isle Man with 17 time winner Dave Molyneux and the man who is now the “godfather” of 3 Wheelin’, Chris Beauman. An aspect of motorcycle racing that dances to the beat of its own drum. Strap yourself in to learn about sidecar racing on the world’s most dangerous road circuit.

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Episode 22-6 Don Emde

March the 12th, 2022 will be the 50th Anniversary of Don Emde’s victory in the 200 miler at Daytona and in doing so he and his father, who won it in 1948, became the only father and son winners. In my video podcast with Don he talks about his victory, the story of his family’s motorcycle history and comments about some of the greats that Don has raced against.

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Episode 22-5 Ian Kerr

This one is different. Enjoy! A London, England Motorcycle Cop who after 30 years service was decorated by the Queen(!) for his services to the motorcycle community, and taught a number of Grand Prix stars how to ride safely on the streets.

Ian Kerr is one Brit who has led a broad spectrum of motorcycle life. It was quite common in his era to hear a motorcycle cop say after he had stopped a motorcyclist for speeding, “Who do you think you are, Barry Sheene?”

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Episode 22-4 Scot Harden

One of the World’s Great Off-Road racers, and one of the true Iron Men of American motorcycle racing, shares some scary stories about racing in Baja, Tunisia, Morocco and some other exotic places from his 40+ year successful racing career.

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Episode 22-3 Broc Glover

An ICON of American Motocross, Six-time AMA National Champion with 45 victories, 5 Trans-USA victories, winner of a US Grand Prix, AMA Hall of Famer and an active supporter of motocross today and a passionate and active fund raiser for Cystic Fibrosis research.

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Episode 22-2 David Bailey

SuperCross Champion (1983), 250cc Outdoor Motocross Champion, Wrangler Super Series Champion (1983) 500cc Outdoor Motocross Champion (1984 & 1986). 30 AMA National Victories but perhaps he most impressive of all HAWAII IRON MAN WORLD CHAMPION.

 

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Episode 22-1 Erin Sills

She holds 45 National and International World Land Speed records. Twice she has made the Guiness World Record Book. She was AMA Female Athlete of the Year and is co-chair of Women Riders Now.One might say she is one “driven” woman, driven to go faster and faster! 

 

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Episode 21-35 Dennis Noyes

This is about how a guy from Hoopeston USA, became a Spanish motorcycle racer and Spanish language journalist and TV commentator. It is also about how Dennis Noyes arrived at the beginning of the transition from Motorcycle Grand Prix racing to MotoGP and was influential in how the structure of what we now know as MotoGP was established. Dennis was also involved on why MotoGP ran at Laguna Seca and later Indianapolis. Being fluent in Spanish gives Dennis a very unique perspective on international racing today.

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Episode 21-34 Dave Roper

Dave has ridden the cream of the crop of classic racers, formerly ridden by the icons of that era, Giacomo Agostini, Mike Hailwood, Renzo Pasolini, Phil Read and on and on.  Dave, who is now 73 years old, has raced continuously since 1972, and has given no sign he will stop anytime soon. He is also the first American to win an Isle of Man TT riding a G50 Matchless in 1984.  He has ridden the 37 ¾ mile road circuit many times on machines like the Benelli 350cc four, that many of us would pay a lot for that experience. Dave Roper’s life is anything but ordinary.

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Episode 21-33 Kevin Cameron

Not all of my video podcasts are about racers. Some are about the people who make it possible for the racers to do what they do, and then, as this one did, they go on to be the interpreter of the technology for the rest of us.  Like the SAGE of CYCLE WORLD, arguably the most technically literate writer in the motorcycle industry today.

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Episode 21-32 Wayne Gardner

The Wollongong Kid and the 1987 World Champion Wayne Gardner, a wild man with wild stories about an era of riding the “unrideables”, but if anyone could do it, the star of the movie “WAYNE”, could. Wayne also now has a son who has followed in his footsteps by winning his own World Championship.

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Episode 21-31 Max Oxley

The envy of many racing enthusiasts, MAT OXLEY truly has lived, breathed and written about motorcycle Grand Prix racing for over 40 years. Mat also is one prolific author having written the “tome” about Valentino Rossi and a highly recommended book about the theft of two-stroke technology that changed the world of racing.

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Episode 21-30 Dave Aldana

Come and meet a true American Racing Legend and one of the most fascinating of America’s Motorcycle Racing Legends. This is “Dem Bones” in his own words.

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Episode 21-29 Reg Pridmore

Not only was he the first AMA Superbike Champ, and the second, and the third, but he also raced sidecars on the most dangerous or road race circuits, the Isle of Man!  He took all of his racing experience and created the most successful or high speed riding schools in America.

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Episode 21-28 Ben Bostrom

Daytona 200 winner, and seven-time World Superbike race winner, Ben, with his Hollywood good looks has been at the forefront of motorcycle racing for most of his adult life. He has also won a Gold Medal in the inaugural X Games Supermoto Competition and won the 2003 AMA Supermoto Championship. On a different front, Ben was part of the bicycle Race Across America, with teammates Davie Mirra, Micky Dymond and Dave Zabriskie.

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Episode 21-27 Dick Mann

If you don’t know who this Mann is, likely you have not followed motorcycle racing in America during the last 50+ years. Not only was he the Mann of his time, but for many racers he was the Mann of all time. This is one of only a few video interviews ever conducted with Dick Mann. He indeed is a Mann to remember, and even more so now that Dick has passed on.

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Episode 21-26 Nick Harris

Now enjoy a chat with one of the best-informed sources of information about the last 28 years of MotoGP and Grands Prix racing. Valentino Rossi calls Nick “The Unmistakable voice of MotoGP and now Nick is the author of the book “NEVER SAY NEVER” his inside story of the Motorcycle World Championships.

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Episode 21-24 Graeme Crosby

Perhaps New Zealand’s most popular motorcycle racer, this Larrikin Biker took Daytona by storm TWICE, once the 100 mile Superbike Race and then the Daytona 200 miler. But that was only a smidgen of the success that Graeme Crosby was to achieve on the World stage of racing before retiring back to New Zealand to write his autobiography and to restore Kawasaki Z1’s – one of his favorite bikes, and to develop his sense of humor!

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Episode 21-23 Niall Mackenzie

Go put on your kilt, pour a dram of your favorite single malt and settle in for a conversation with one of Scotland’s great motorcycle Grand Prix competitors – Niall Mackenzie. One thing I like about producing these video podcasts is that I get to introduce many people to great racing icons like Niall, and talk about past masters who don’t get talked about as much as we get older.

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Episode 21-22 Terry Vance

The most popular and most successful motorcycle drag racer of his era, if not of all time, who turned his racing accomplishments into one of the great businesses in the motorcycle aftermarket. The story of Terry Vance is one that fits into the AMA Hall of Fame as well as it does the Forbes Magazine list of successes.

A true American Legend who became a major influencer in several aspects of the motorcycle sport and business.

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Episode 21-21 Debbie Evans

One of the most amazing and unique people in the motorcycle community, Champion Observed Trials rider and pre-eminent Hollywood Stunt Performer – Debbie Evans is one of the most amazing and unique people in the motorcycle community, A Hollywood Stunt Performer – working on over 200 movies and TV shows during her long career – Debbie Evans has proven the go-to woman for car and motorcycle stunts and she still finds time to compete in the occasional observed trials event.

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Episode 21-20 Elspeth Beard

The amazing journey of a young woman who was seeking a grander purpose in her life that resulted in her becoming the first British woman to ride around the world, at a time (1982) when young women were not supposed to venture out alone in many countries of the world. Her book, Lone Rider, is a worthy read. This is the Elspeth Beard story.

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Episode 21-19 Miguel Duhamel

Miguel Duhamel is one of those rare people who has a very successful father as a benchmark for which to set his goals, and beyond that, he himself rose to a pinnacle of success and fame, some of which has not been equaled today and may never be exceeded. He has won the Daytona 200 5 times, was the AMA’s most dominant racer of the 1990’s and 2000’s with 86 AMA road race wins, AMA Superbike Champion in 1995 he won five AMA Supersport titles, two Formula Extreme titles and a World Endurance Championship. His is only the start of his story for the rest, in his own words, watch this podcast.

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Episode 21-18 Bubba Shobert

Bubba Shobert – A Three-time Grand National Flat track Champion with 25 mile wins in a six year career, the Stroh Miles Championship, Pro Athlete of the year twice, AMA Superbike Champion, and inspired so much confidence in Honda that they offered him a Grand Prix ride in 1989, with the expectations that he had what it would take to become a world Champion. Unfortunately, following this third race, there was a horrendous accident at Laguna Seca, on the cool down lap that almost cost him his life.

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Episode 21-17 Sammy Miller

This week on the MotoStarr Video podcast I get to visit with a true Legend who was not only 3rd in the World Road Racing Championship but truly an icon of observed trials with 11 consecutive British Championships, Two European Championships, in an era when there was no World Trials Championships and, won of over 1400 observed trials events. Now at 86 years old he is patron of his own museum and still practices trials every day. This is Sammy Miller.

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Episode 21-16 Jay Leno

THE WINDOW ON THE WORLD OF MOTORCYCLING.  In reality this guest need no introduction for most motor-heads, whether a motorcycle fan or a car aficionado. His car and motorcycle collection is legend and his knowledge is both global and significant – which he shares with us in this MotoStarr Episode.

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Episode 21-15 Ben Spies

This MotoStarr video podcast provides a great insight into America’s Three-time AMA Superbike Champion (2006-7-8), and the 2009 World Superbike Champion, Ben Spies. There is much to learn about this Texan, and he has, as he did throughout racing career, not only left nothing on the table, but in many respects, gave it his all. A great Texan, a Great American and a terrific guest for MotoStarr.

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Episode 21-14 Kenny Roberts Jr.

Episode 14 of the MotoStarr Video podcasts is with a man who has lived with the name of a motorcycle racing legend all of his life. He followed in his father’s footsteps by also winning a 500cc World MotoGP Championship, making them the only father and son to ever have won a motorcycle World Title and the only pair to have won any major motorsports World Championships while both are still alive. This is Kenny Roberts Jr.

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Episode 21-13 Doug Toland

One of the best kept secrets in American Motorcycling is the World Endurance Championship that my guest for Episode 13 won in 1993. He was the first American to do so and he did it at a time when so few American’s knew that there was a World Endurance series.  In many respects for my guest, that might have been be the pinnacle of his racing success after learning his craft on the race tracks of America, but his career in motorcycling continued with American Honda and an opportunity to  pass along his expertise to a new and different audience. Through his tenure with Honda, his successful racing career, and his time in the media with Cycle World, Doug Toland was able to live his dream, and occasionally wear a tie!

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Episode 21-12 Scott Russell

Scott Russell, perhaps equally known as “Mr. Daytona”, is the quintessential American Racer. His competitive and intuitive approach to racing and his successes are legend; World Superbike Champion, Suzuka 8 hour winner, AMA Superbike Champion, AMA Supersport Champion, where he won every one of his races in his winning year and a record 23 victories in that class, and likely what he will forever be remembered for, 5 Daytona 200 victories, hence his moniker. Of course he may also be remembered for his amazing helmet design.

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Episode 21-11 Flyin' Fred Merkel

Episode Eleven of the MotoStarr Video Podcasts featuring Flying’ Fred Merkel. Three-time AMA Superbike Champion, Two-time World Superbike Champion and a personality that extended way beyond the racetrack, only describes the beginning of the person that is Stockton California born Fred Merkel.

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Episode 21-10 John Kocinski

Three-time American 250cc Road Race Champions and a Two-Time FIM World Champion John Kocinski revisits key elements of his most extraordinary career, that at age 47, is still active.

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Episode 21-9 Wayne Rainey

America was once the force that was driving much of World Grand Prix motorcycle racing. From Kenny Roberts, Freddie Spencer and Eddie Lawson, Americans won ten World Titles and the American dominance was being carried further with Wayne Rainey with his three world titles until the catastrophic accident at Misano, Italy in 1993. There have been many that, following such a cataclysmic episode in their lives, have simply disappeared into oblivion. Not Wayne Rainey. In spite of him being paralyzed from the chest down from that accident, Wayne has been an amazing inspiration to motorcycle riders everywhere and now some 27 years later, is the head of MotoAmerica an organization that he started to encourage and inspire American road racers to improve their game and head to Europe to take on the world.

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Episode 21-8 Kenny Roberts

Many in the world of motorcycling would say that this man needs no introduction and they would be right. In my opinion, he has done more single-handedly to advance the sport than anyone else. He is a two-time American Grand National Champion, a three-time 500cc Road Racing World Champion, a four-time World Champion as a team owner, and the father of another World Champion. He instigated a safer and more equitable World Grand Prix stage for riders. His company designed and raced two Grand Prix racers…and the list of his achievements on and off the race track continues. They Dont Call Him The King for Nothing!

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Episode 21-7 Eddie Lawson

This man has won four and that made him the most successful American racer in the sport.  Along the way he also won 31 Grands Prix, Two American Superbike Championships, Two, AMA 250cc Grand Prix series Championships, two Daytona 200 races and the prestigious Suzuka 8 hour race. After ten years at the top of his game, he retired from motorcycle GP racing but that as not the end of his racing career, or of all the things that his does now to fill his life. There is a lot more to Eddie Lawson than meets the eye.

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Episode 21-6 Kevin Schwantz

From a career that spans experience in observed trials, motocross to the ultimate prize, a 500cc World Road Racing Championship, Kevin Schwantz has a plethora of motorcycle stories. Kevin has won 25 Grands Prix, second of all Americans, and he was the last of the long list from the “Glory Days” of American domination of World Grand Prix racing. Following some of the most intense on-track battles and personal racing rivalry had kept the attention of enthusiasts from around the world, Kevin now is one of the best loved of Gran Prix Champions. Now Kevin shares some of his favorite stories on MotoStarr.

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Episode 21-5 Bruce Penhall

One of the most unique careers in motorsports, that transposed into a career as a successful television actor, would described Bruce Penhall, but only partially. Bruce is the only person that has won back-to-back World Championships in two entirely different motorsports. His very successful racing career as a Two-time World Speedway Champion and later a 5-time World off-shore Powerboat Champion (two of them back-to-back!) would be more than enough for most competitors, but not Bruce. He turned his celebrity and good looks into a starring role in the television series “CHiPS”.  Now he is a very successful businessman who has never lost touch with his Speedway racing beginnings.

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Episode 21-4 Greg Hancock

Greg Hancock started racing speedway in the small “bull ring” race tracks of southern California as a teenager.  Thirty years later, he had won 4 World Championships, 8 American Speedway Championships and competed in over 200 Speedway Grands Prix in very country that holds Professional Speedway International Grands Prix.  In doing so he became the most successful American Speedway racer ever, and one of the top competitors in the world ever to compete in Speedway at that level. Now retired, Greg talks with Peter Starr about his amazing career.

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Episode 21-3 Brad Lackey

In 1982 Brad Lackey became the first American to win a Motocross World Championship and is still the only American to have won a 500cc World Motocross Title. This year of success was the end result of his eleven years of competing on the world stage. His dedication and tenacity through those eleven years shows the kind of commitment needed at that time for any American to compete and succeed against the best in the world. Now Brad shares some of his favorite stories on MotoStarr.

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Episode 21-2 Steve Baker

Steve Baker was the first American ever to win a Road Racing World Championship.  He did it in 1977 in what turned out to be a mega year for Steve when in addition to his World Championship, he also finished second in the coveted 500cc World Championship, and won the Daytona 200, The Imola (Italy) 200 and major races in Spain, England, Austria and Belgium amongst his victories in this Cinderella year. Peter Starr has known Steve since he filmed him winning the Race of the Year in England in 1976 and now Steve shares his stories about his Championship year and more.

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Episode 21-1 Freddie Spencer

Freddie Spencer, the phenom from Shreveport Louisiana, became the youngest 500cc MotoGP World Champion in 1983 for the first of his three world titles.  In 1985 he became the only person ever to win a 250cc and a 500cc World Championship in the same year. Now Freddie talks with Peter Starr about his amazing career and his new book “FEEL”.