In 1972, Gary Turner, a professional drag racer and experienced welder, started out making a BMX bike out of chrome-moly tubing for his son Craig to race at the BMX tracks. Craig's bike gets noticed and Gary starts to supply the frames to other kids and building his reputation one frame at a time. Gary Turner BMX was born.
Name: Timmy Williams Hometown: Keyport, NJ Started riding BMX in: Early ‘70s. Raced from 1982-1985, sponsored by bike shop in South Jersey called Beacon. Number of bikes in the collection: Now, 30 completes. Once had over 45. I LOVE the odd/ rare BMX frames and parts, so that’s why my collection is different than some others.
Where does your love for BMX bikes come from? Timmy Williams: When I was a kid, growing up in Egg Harbor Township, NJ, they built a BMX track a half mile from my house (It’s still there). I would ride by there on my bike to check it out and soon I asked for
Name: Jeff Utterback Started riding in: 1969-1970 after seeing On Any Sunday with my friend Mike Brinkley. His father raced scrambles. We put motorcycle handle bars on our bikes around that time. Went to my first race in 1973 at BUMS. Started racing regularly in 1974.
Teams represented: Vans Bike and Key in Long Beach Ca. Dan Gurney, Yamaha (Raced a Moto Bike for a few weeks waiting for our Race inc. frames), FMF, Scot Enterprises, SE Racing, GJS So Cal. Almost rode for R&R (after Dan Gurney) and Race Inc.(after SE Racing). Bill asked me and offered to pay me a little something. Never went past the first meeting.)
What was the first bike you used to ride Bicycle Motocross at BUMS? Jeff Utterback: Schwinn Jr. StingRay
In 1973, what were people using at the first few races you entered? Jeff Utterback: Modified Schwinns for the most part. My Dad met Marvin Church Sr. and started modifying my frames with his as inspiration. The first he did was a Schwinn girls frame with more ground clearance and a straight top tube.
You've seen the BMX bike development firsthand. What kind of full suspension bikes did you get to ride?
Name: Òscar Pallarès (aka Òscar Quatredosdos) Hometown: Alella (Barcelona, Spain) Started riding BMX in: 1985 Number of bikes in the collection: Around 50
Do you remember the moment that you decided to start collecting BMX memorabilia? Òscar Pallarès: It was in 2010. I decided I wanted to find a Monty 109, which had been my first BMX bike back in 1985. Montys were made in Barcelona and, at that moment, were the most competitive
Name: Jim Fisher Hometown: Gaines, MI... Denver area now. Started riding BMX in: '79 Number of bikes in the collection: 20 plus
Is your focus on BMX bikes from the period you raced in mainly? Jim Fisher: Mainly '79-'84, I have to say I’m more a collector today than I was a racer back then. I just had and rode a few of these bikes when I was a kid/teen in small town MI. We didn’t have a track but we had a couple sweet bike shops and lots of places to ride like maniacs and we did. I dreamed of moving to California getting a Toyota 4x4 and racing with the pros back then.
Did you manage to get the bikes that you really wanted when you raced? Jim Fisher: I was blessed to have some nice bikes... I followed BMX thru the magazines and got to know the guys at the local bike shops so I built up a few really nice bikes back then.
Name: Sean Ewing Hometown: Costa Mesa, CA, USA. Started riding BMX in: Early '70s Number of bikes in the collection: 21 complete at the moment .. .. at one point had close to 40, but now it's mainly SE Racing
You never know when you find something good at a swapmeet. What's the latest score you had while strolling from booth to booth? Sean Ewing: The bike is a piece of junk, but it has rusty CW handlebars on it.
How much would you offer for the bike at a swapmeet? Sean Ewing: I have bought a few bikes just for one part.. I got a junkie bike for $40 but it had 1st gen
We've asked Mel Stoutsenberger to pick his favourite photos from back in the day and give us the Who, Where, When, What, and Why. Mel documented BMX first hand. Here's photo number Five.
Who: Bruce Bufkin from Canoga Park, California. Bruce and I became friends in 1968 because of our shared interest in motocross. We didn't have motorcycles yet but we had our Schwinn Stingrays which we rode as much as we could in the empty fields and trails around our neighborhood. His older Brother used to help us work on our bikes, gave us tips, customizing and making them better suited for riding in the dirt.
Where: Indian Dunes Motorcycle Park, mini-bike track, Valencia, California.
Name: Brian Britt AKA: SmokinEndo Hometown: Stratford, NJ, USA Started riding BMX in: 1985 Number of bikes in the collection: Today around 12 and maybe 10 or so frame sets. At the height of it all close to 50.
Next to BMX products, what else are you collecting? Brian Britt: My Goodness where do I start? I guess with Hot Wheels... Collecting Hots kinda laid out the foundation for everything I collect. I do vinyl but sold off the bulk of it. Vintage toys like Joe’s,