Friday, August 4, 2017
WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS
1982 was an amazing year for Americans in global motorcycle racing and the cover of the January 12, 1983 issue of Cycle News certainly illustrated that epic season. In the back row of the cover shot, (from left and all in white) Johnny O’Mara, David Bailey, Danny “Magoo” Chandler and Jim Gibson backed up American success at the 1981 Trophee and Motocross des Nations by winning the ’82 versions of the Olympics of Motocross in Germany and Switzerland, respectively. In the front row (also from left), after over a decade of trying, California’s Brad Lackey (in yellow) won America’s first FIM 500cc Motocross World Championship. In the center, Bruce Penhall won the FIM Speedway World Championship, while to the right, Danny LaPorte, in his first full season in Grand Prix motocross, won the 250cc World Championship. Interestingly, all seven men were born in California.