Number Cruncher: #84Wednesday, December 6, 2006 | 11:14 AM
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Welcome to the Shift Number Cruncher! This week’s number rocks—literally. Having grown up living and racing in the ‘80s, I have a strong attachment to its lore. Ah the ‘80s… Ronald Reagan, the 49ers, and Diamond Dave, as in David Lee Roth, who fronted the band Van Halen in a decade of decadence. One of their lasting pieces was the album appropriately titled 1984. Might as well jump!
While on the subject of music, ‘84 was also the birthday of Canadian rocker, Avril Lavigne. And heck, while on the subject of Canada, Michael Willard, the 2005 Canadian MX2 East champion, earned AMA National Number 84 for 2007 in just a couple of motos—he spent most of his summer trying to defend his MX2 East Region MX Championship.
’84 was an amazing year. The first motorcycle I ever shifted gears on was a 1984 KX60. ‘84 was the last year the KX60 came with an air-cooled powerplant. It was also an astonishing year in the professional ranks. Imagine the reality of SIX different winners, as there were in the 1984 Supercross Series! Please enjoy the best of what we could dig up of number 84.
However, the Wrangler sponsorship said that whoever was the GNC #1 would wear their blue plate with yellow #1, all year long, regardless of his class. And when Honda moved David to the 500cc class so Ron Lechien could ride the 250 class, BOTH Bailey and Glover wore #1 on the same starting gate! This picture, by the way, hangs above DC’s desk. It was taken by the incomparable Paul Buckley, who had David sign it, and then he gave it to DC for a wedding present—DC likes his MX history for sure!
A young Junior Jackson at Loretta Lynn's photo: Racer X Archives
Today Junior has turned his attention to his private modification business and his duties as team manager for his factory Suzuki backed Junior Jackson Racing team. Junior was the mechanic/trainer for the 2006 National Arenacross Champion Chad Johnson and the dynamic duo are currently in the running for a successful title defense in 2007.
A young Junior Jackson at Loretta Lynn's
photo: Racer X Archives
Barry Carsten pulled a huge holeshot at Budds Creek last year! photo: Steve Bruhn
Barry Carsten pulled a huge holeshot at Budds Creek last year!
photo: Steve Bruhn
Two of my childhood nemeses would eventually go on to earn #84 in AMA Pro competition. 1999 AMA Pro number 84 was “Bad” Brad Woolsey. He and I traded paint on the track from the 60cc class all the way into our brief careers in the Mike Kidd Arenacross series. Always a great guy, Brad went on to become a Team Green regional manager and has been named as a member of AMA Congress for the Texas region.
Brian Stone, younger brother of Doug Stone, was a super smooth and super nice guy from Kansas City that would run the eight-four in several rounds of the 2001 Supercross series. Brian recently became a homeowner and a husband and now sells real estate in the greater Kansas City area.
1984 also marked the year California Governor “Ah-Nald” Schwarzenegger and Terminator hit the big screens.
Also, check out these Loretta Lynn’s statistics form 1984:
- Jimmy Button winning the 85cc 7-11 title over Damon Bradshaw.
- Jeff Dement won the 51cc 4-8 title
- Shaun Kalos won the 85c 12-13 and the 125 schoolboy classes
- Bader Manneh won the 125 A Stock class
- Trampas Parker won the 125 B Modifed class
- Willie Surratt was the 250 B stock champion
- Eddie Warren won the 125 A Modified division
In closing, if you have anything to add on these guys or have some more number 84s that you know of, be sure to email me at [email protected] and we will try to throw your contribution into the Number Cruncher Redux.
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