CN III CARRUTHERS SAYS
BY PAUL CARRUTHERS
THE GOOD OL' DAYS
ou've been warned: Those of you who have
exaggerated a tad about your racing accomplishments in the Pro class at Indian
Dunes in 1978 might want to start back-tracking
now. That's because you may just have to prove it
to your friends and family in the coming days with
the release this week of our Cycle News Archives.
That's right. Over 2300 back issues of America's Motorcycle Weekly have been digitized and
are now available for the world to see. Which may
mean someone just might call bulls#!@ on your
claims from '78. It also means that those of you
who didn't fib might be able to use the Archives to
Could there be a better pick-up line at the bar
than this one? "Hey, did you know I used to be
a Pro motocrosser?" At that point, you whip out
your smart phone, pull up issue 26 from 1998
and there you are – with the holeshot. Tell me…
who can argue your greatness at that point?
Rounds of cocktails abound and you are the
toast of the town.
But let's not get carried away.
After all, there are plenty of other reasons to be
thrilled that we've finally completed the tedious task
of scanning every page of every issue beyond your
ego if your name is somewhere to be found in these
hallowed pages. How about just the simple fact that
the pages comprise the complete history of motorcycling in this country (and really the world) from the
mid-1960s until present day? And you can read them
all. Without getting ink on your fingers.
Want to look up some obscure fact about a particular race, a test ride on a motorcycle from your
past? It's all here. For motorcycle enthusiasts, the
Cycle News Archives are Google Gone Mad. And,
yes, they are completely searchable.
Want to know how Jeff Emig did in the World
Minis in Las Vegas in 1987. Just type in Jeff Emig
and every reference to Emig will show up. Magic.
I've been helping fill these pages since 1985,
but I am still excited to go back and start poking
around. But it should come with a warning: It's addictive, so be careful. A few of us started looking at
back issues last week and an hour flew by before
we knew it.
And this doesn't come as a surprise to me. After
all, I've seen the visitors come through the Cycle
News offices – from Long Beach to Costa Mesa to
our current location in Irvine. I've seen them spot
the bound volumes from afar, watch them pull just
"one" out to see just "one thing." And then I look
out there a few hours later and see them pouring
over issue after issue.
I'm sure there will end up being meetings for
such abusive behavior. "Hello, I'm Dave and I'm a
Cycle News Archiveaholic."