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DeCoster in the woods CMX.jpg

During practice at the 1975 TransAMA at St. Peters I hiked back behind the fences to a turn in the trees at the far side of the track.  There were no other spectators around as I watched from a few feet back and in the woods as riders came by.  DeCoster is in perfect form and concentrating on the turn as he sets up for a big downhill flight into the valley.

Weinert Stackable and child CMX.jpg

Jim Weinert and Steve Stackable chat in the pits after the '75 TransAMA.  Weinert's kid is there too.

Relax CMX.jpg

It was a sunny but cool day at the Herman National in 1977.  Gary Semics finds time to take a cat nap by relaxing right on the grass in the pits before practice. 

Trophy CMX.jpg

Bob Hannah rode his Yamaha mini to the trophy presentation at Agency in 1977.  I wonder how easy it was to ride carrying that trophy and what ever happened to all the young Hannah fans who were just kids at the time of this photo?

After the end small CMX.jpg

I visited the pits for as long as I could after my first TransAMA in '75.  I had a long drive back to Kansas City but I stopped to take a picture of the nearly empty track at St. Peters as I started toward the parking lot beyond the hill in the distance.  It is kind of of surprising to see all the trash thousands of race fans leave behind.

Leaky CMX.jpg

By 1977 I was beginning to learn Bob Hannah was not like most of the other riders of his era.  Here he is during a riders meeting.  I don't know the whole story behind "Leaky Larry" on the folding directors chair but he was doing his own thing emptying out his boots during the meeting.  Yamaha Team Manager Ken Clark seemed to be suspicious of why I was taking pictures of this scene. I heard from Ken Clark himself regarding this picture: "Hi Randy, I have solved the mystery! After much thought about this I remembered that I had a mechanic that was a boyhood friend of Keith McCartys named Larry, I called Keith and confirmed my recollection, "Leaky Larry" aka Larry Carpenter, Died young of a Heart attack after resigning from the team because he did not want to travel that much, Now I can sleep at night as this was keeping me awake thinking about it. Ken Clark."

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