1972 was perhaps the seminal year for grand prix motocross. Factory involvement was higher than ever, rules were less restrictive and the number of former and future champions competing resulted in ferocious competition. Exotics materials were commonly used, factory built “specials” were almost a requirement and ultra-light weight bikes had become the norm.
About 1971 the Trans AMA circuit visited MidOhio and I went as a spectator. I had seen big time motocross before and, like most teenagers, was smitten by the Europeans. It was Arne Kring who captivated me that weekend at MidOhio with his shoulder pads, red leathers, blue Husqvarna jersey, unsilenced exhaust pipe and Bell helmet avec Carerra goggles and Jofa mouth guard.
Chris MacAllister is a world renowned car collector/racer with such cars as Niki Lauda’s 1976 F1 Ferrari, Jim Clark’s 1967 F1 Lotus and many others.
Chris’s heart and roots go back to the early days of motocross in the US where he like most of us ate, slept and breathed motocross.