It's been a busy month. Somehow there does not seem to be a slow time. Also in March we've kept the updates coming with the appreciated help from contributors worldwide. Without their help you would be stuck with what's going on in Helmond and Aarle-Rixtel and I can tell you, that's not enough for 3 updates a month!
What did we see at FATBMX in March?
Let's go back, waaaaay back. The 1980 April issue of BMX Plus! takes us to the first NBA race in Soledad Sands, California. The year is 1973 and we've got three riders on this page that made a name for themselves.
First up is #78 John Palfreyman who turns out to be one of the first guys, if not THE first guy to take a BMX bike to an empty swimming pool.
Next up is #63 of former Kawasaki and Shimano factory rider David Clinton
Last but not least riding the apehanger bars is non other than Bob Hannah who became an American motocross legend.
This coming Monday FATBMX will be on tour with the HARO Bikes crew in England for a week. Updates during that time depend on internet access while on the road. Expect a full blown report when we're back though. HARO UK tour 2005 - 29 March - 3 April
After two years it's time to get back to the UK with a posse of HARO riders for another little fun tour. The riders on the HARO tour are the following:
1) Ryan Nyquist (HARO USA)
2) Josh Harrington (Premium USA)
3) Ben Shenker (HARO Europe)
4) Anthony Pill (HARO Europe)
5) Stefan Geisler (HARO Europe)
6) Senad Grosic (HARO support)
7) Ben Hennon (HARO UK)
8) Ben Manuel (HARO UK)
The following BMX videos are nominated for a "2005 Extremey Award":-Please Kill me (S&M)
-Drop the hammer (RIDE)
-Roadfools 13 (Props Visual)
-Cheap Thrills (KinkBMX)
To enter your vote, go to: www.Xtremey.net
Steven Blatter of Swiss BMX Freestyle knows how it goes:I have a nice "sexy" girl on a BMX for you that I took at one of our Felt shows here in Switzerland! When I saw the girl I straitaway captured a pic for your pinup section!
This article was originally run on FATBMX in February of 2003. Why not post it again. A little history brush up never hurts. I had always thought that Bob Haro invented freestyle in 1978. That is until Crow sent me pics from 1975 of John Palfreyman and Thom Lund riding pools on BMX bikes. That's pretty BMX freestyle to me. But there is more to it. Crow had interesting stories and background info on the DogTown movie that Stacey Peralta directed. We interviewed Stacey in an earlier update on FATBMX.com and did not get much BMX
At FATBMX we've followed the BMX scene since the late seventies. Paul and I needed to get our hands on everything that had a BMX picture in it. More people were like that at the time but the difference is that we saved everything in an old box. Make that several boxes! Over the next couple of months we're going to dig in and show you some history. We'll show some pictures and list some quotes out of the magazines that have been collecting dust, some of them for over 25 years......
Caroline "Caro" Moussy wrote the following report about a girls only jam in England. She also wanted you to know that there is a BMX girls jam coming up this summer in Montpellier, France.
UK girlz jam, Thornaby, March 2005
The jam had been announced some time ago on BMinX.com and on WOFBMX.com, so I decided to meet some of the English female riders. In my quest, I took along the very motivated Julie who had travelled all the way from Paris and crashed at mine in Nottingham for the week end.
ISportsTV announces plans for live Audio Webcast of the NBL Spring Break NationalsMarch 22, 2005, Phoenix, Arizona - IsportsTV (ISTV.com)
announced today it will deliver a worldwide, real-time AUDIO broadcast over the Internet for the NBL’s upcoming Easter Classic Event, held in Orlando, FL on March 26th-27th. This is the first-ever live audio broadcast for an NBL event, and isportstv expects thousands of participants from all over the world to log on to the audiocast via their own computers. In addition, isportstv will also provide a similar webcast for the Gator National in Tampa, FL on April 1st-2nd. Racers, families and fans can simply go to the home page of the NBL site and click on the ISTV.com banner during the event to hear all the exciting action LIVE and in real-time. With ISTV’s broadcast there are no delays, no waiting for race results, AND participants get to hear the play by play race action from the beginning of the first moto to the end of the very last main event.