VOL. 50 ISSUE 9 MARCH 5, 2013
I���d like to think that no matter our differences, together we made a formidable
team. If I was the face of Cycle News,
Henny was a good portion of its legs. And
I���m not sure anyone has ever done it better. I know they���ve never done it longer.
Making Cycle News a better publication,
a better website, was always our collective goal ��� even though we oftentimes
disagreed on how to obtain that goal.
Henny was here to start fires. I was the
one back in the office on a Monday ready
to put them out. Sometimes it only took
a small extinguisher. Other times it was
the biggest fire hose I could procure. I
agreed with 80 percent of what he wrote.
The other 20 percent I let slide because
the first 80 percent was so good. And I
know he made a difference.
One of my journalism professors once
told me that if the people you were covering liked you, you probably weren���t doing
your job. Henny did his job. And he didn���t
give a crap about who liked him or who
didn���t. My skin has always been a little
thinner than his.
While Henny didn���t have a wife and
children, he cared about mine. If I had an
important birthday, an anniversary��� hell,
a little league game that at the time mattered to me, he was there to make sure
I was here. Oftentimes he sucked it up
and did the races alone just so I could do
what he knew was more important to me.
In the last few years when my job here
changed somewhat, Henny did the majority of the races alone.
But never Daytona. I was always there
for that one. We were always there for
that one. And I will be there next week. I
really wish that when I walk into the room
on Wednesday night at the Hampton Inn
I���d find him there. Transcribing. As always.
40 Years Ago
March 13, 1973
We tested what we said was the only 250
MX Grand Prix bike you could buy ��� the
$1200, 218-pound Montesa Vehkonen
Replica��� Pierre Karsmaker continued to
dominate the Florida Winter MX Series, this
time at Ft. Pierce��� Roger DeCoster got
the 1973 International MX season started
with a win in Belgium��� Daytona was just around the corner
and we previewed the weekend.
30 Years Ago
March 16 1983
A photo of the CB650 Nighthawk was
featured on the cover 30 years ago to accompany our riding impression of the new
Honda street machine��� One of the wettest
and muddiest in Supercross history took
place in Georgia���s Fulton County Stadium
where Suzuki���s Mark Barnett rode off with
the soupy win over Bob Hannah and Broc
Glover��� Pat Brown won the National Hare
Scrambles in Hollister, California��� Mike Melton won the
Sandlapper National Enduro in South Carolina.
20 Years Ago
March 10, 1993
Mike Kiedrowski got on the front page 20
years ago after winning the AMA National
MX opener in Gainesville, Florida. Jeremy
McGrath won the 125 class��� We also
featured a photo from the Daytona Endurance Race on the cover��� Joey Hopkins
captured his first National Enduro win at the
Cherokee in Georgia.
10 Years Ago
March 5, 2003
We traveled to Australia and Philip Island to
ride the newest GSX-R 1000 from Suzuki���
We also journeyed to Spain to ride Suzuki���s
SV1000S��� Ricky Carmichael and Brock
Sellards took top honors at the Atlanta
Supercross��� Nick Pearson won the
Quicksilver National Enduro in California.