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~ BACK IN TIME - 2001 & 2002 - DAVID GRIMES - LISA PETROS - BLANE SAELER ~

~ BRIAN SHUCKHART ~


~ BIG SNOW BRINGS OUT NIEBEL'S MUD BABIES ~


FEBRUARY 2, GROUNDHOG DAY AND MX PICTURES. No they don't go together and we have 6 more weeks of winter. So I needed a fix of MX. The past few weeks I have been playing around with some old photos and it's been a lot of fun. There are lots more but thought that I had better get some race pictures up of this past year that I was unable to do at the time. So looking back at the many moto's of some races I started with the July race at High Point and the +25 & Collegeboy class. WOW, you guys look great. You all but jumped off my screen. Yes, I miss you guys!!! So it's a start and I even put some in the album with the somewhat headless rider but again you all look so good! Head or no head... So this is a start... hope that you enjoy them as much as I have getting them ready for you.

~ JULY 5, 09 HIGH POINT +25 & COLLEGE BOY GALLERY ~
~ APRIL 26, 09 STEEL CITY, 65'S & 85'S GALLERY - YES A SPRING RACE ~
http://www.pbase.com/MXLens


~ FEBRUARY 1, 2010 ~
Check out Kristin's blog for a awesome looking PAMX Banner/Picture.... T. J. Phillips you are looking great!

~ JANUARY 31, 2010 ~
Received this Trivia E-mail this morning, the information seemed very familiar but the 80 "ish" pictures really thru me off..... (not) but thought I would share these very interesting pictures. You're looking good there Ray..... smile thanks Ray for sharing!

This just in (February 26) form Jack Machuta:
hey arlene, i think too many marlboros burned rays brain cells, the track in new castle pa. was called hickory hills it was run by a suzuki dealer in newcastle .the track was closed due to it being built on the old city garbage dump the e.p.a. found pcbs in the dirt. jack machuta

Not sure about it all but it sounds like along time ago for sure!


e-mail........................ Trivia Guess Who?...................
YEAR: EITHER END OF 1981 OR BEGINNING OF 1982 (POSSIBLY FIRST RACE OF CAREER)
TRACK: HARBOR WOODS, NEW CASTLE, PA
BIKE: 1978 RM 125
CLASS: 125 C, #715
AGE: 20
CIGARETTES: MARLBORO
BEER: BACK THEN WAS IRON CITY

~ RAY NIEBEL, 1982 HARBORWOODS ~









pictures from and of Ray Nibel.



~ January 24, 2010 ~
This past week I received a very nice e-mail from Connie Preston. Connie was the wife of Rob Preston of Camelback Raceway in West Virginia. Connie was telling me that Rob past away back in 2005. In that same year Connie and Rob had a devestating fire that hit their home. Many memories of the track were lost in that fire. Rob Preston was always wanting the best that he could provide for his riders. He worked thru too much rain and then not enought rain and water, but the race went on. If I remember right we had two D5 State Championship races down at Camelback. One was a wash out and the other was a good day. Always unpredictable down there. The following pictures are from the 2003 State Championship race. Connie Preston now lives in Florida, if you would like her address, please send me an e-mail.

~ THANK YOU ROB PRESTON FOR YOUR LOVE OF THE SPORT AND ITS RIDERS ~

~ ROB PRESTON ~


~ ROB PRESTON ~


~ ROB PRESTON WITH A & B CLASSES ~


~ CAMELBACK RACEWAY, WV ~


~ CAMELBACK RACEWAY WV, PITS ~


~ January 18, 2010 ~
Blane Saeler #44 is a talented MX rider and he also has some great artist abilities as well. Check out some of these graphic designed stickers that he made for his class at school. Very nice designs. They look like all A's to me. Thanks for sharing Blane and keep up the good work. (That #98 looks great smile


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We are so fortunate in this sport that we love. We have some of the best MX tracks around. We have Promoters that are trying to keep up with changing needs. And of course some of the best amateur racers around. Then there is the best thing of all.... ALL OF YOU... What an amazing group of friends that we all share each week thru out the year. There is a little bit of everything mixed into this group, but there isn't a bad apple in the bunch. Today I received a beautiful card from a beautiful lady. This lady most all of you riders see many times during your moto's out on the track. She is ready to make sure that if you go down she will be there to protect you as best as she can. She handles a yellow flag with style and concern. This lady is Lisa Petros. She is talented in many things, and those talents bring out the love that this lady has within. She is remarkable. Give her a wave sometime if the moment is right, she truly loves what she does. Thank you Lisa for all of your kindness, we love you!
(this is a photo of some very special things on my buffet & window - the awesome plaque that Lisa made for us, cobult blue old glass, PAMX 09, 08 Awards, my Mothers Christmas Cactus, Aaron's stain glass rainbow)



~ DAVID GRIMES SR. SEEN AT WEST GREENE VS BETH CENTER WRESTLING ~
As many of you know when MX season comes to a close, High School wrestling gets started. I have been involved with wrestling at this level for nearly 16 years. My Aaron did not wrestle, he prefered Baseball. But my older daughter Jennifer was apart of the cheering support for the team so Mom went off to support her. Well after a few matches and wondering what it was all about, I was hooked. From the first match up thru Regionals and then the Big Dance in Hershey we have been attending. Kristin then became apart of the Grappleretts in her Middle School years taking pictures, that brought me in as Sponsor. Of course that meant many hours at the concession stand, and many matches and the wonderful connection that we get following our boys. PIAA States in Hershey is the ultimate 3 days of wrestling. For many years Kristin and I would attend both AA & AAA secessions. We followed many local wrestlers thru this event. We became very familiar with names like Lorson, Stoneking, Holland that we later got to know thru motocross. Kristin became a sorce of information on many of these wrestlers thru out her High School and College years. So as the snow falls I find myself back in the gym at West Greene taking tickets for our Athletic Director and getting to sit up front and take pictures. Last night a very familiar face came to my table, I knew who he was just could not place him. He also felt that same feeling. He told me that he was the bus driver of the Beth Center team, and I told him he could go right in. The man went to the concession stand for coffee and returned to my table saying my name. He said I'm David Grimes. WOW..... I knew that face, but it just didn't fit standing in my West Greene Gym. Had a great visit with Dave while selling tickets. But that was just the beginning of Dave's big night. As the Varsity match started the 50/50 ticket number was taken. I think it was around $116.00, well Dave Grimes was the very lucky winner. WOW again. Congrats Dave. It was a good night for the WG wrestling team and a better one for me seeing a very nice face from my biggest love, MX. Hope to see you soon David Grimes Sr. & Jr. Have a great winter.

~ I will try and get some new things posted on here soon. I have been doing some albums from the past and I have a few more to get up. ~ 1/12/10

~ This time of year it seems that most of us have a need to look at past memories. Resent memories or ones a few years back. I know that I have many pictures of recent events like this past years racing, Loretta Lynns and Mini O's to do. But I just had the need to reach back to racing years gone by. My picture taking at that time was a 35 mm Minolta with a reasonably good zoom lens. I was addicted to taking the 125/250 A/B classes. That's were I knew the riders. Many of those riders Aaron raced with. It took me a few years to start branching off with the 85's, +25, Vets etc. So you will not find to many of those classes in the years 2001 thru 2003. I have been playing around with a few albums on my Facebook - Lantzermx98.com. I thought I would put that album of 2002 on my pBase page. April, May & June 2002. So here is a short slideshow of some of the pictures. Riders like, Broc Hepler, Danny McAdoo, Matt Ritchey, Chad Sanner, Chad Boyd, Ryan Coleman, Ken & Kevin Hoge, Ryan Holiday, Billy Ursic, Gavin Graysck, Alan Bonamo, Bo Bowman, Bobby Shuckhart, Brandon Bradley.... just to name a few.


~ 2001 PHOTO ALBUM - BEAVER VALLEY ~
Beaver Valley was always an interesting stop. Lots of different memories come to me. I remember 1 State Championship race were it was snowing most of the day. Snow, sleet and terribly cold. Lots of fires going to help keep the riders warm or they just stayed in any warm vehicle that they could fine. (2000) Changes were made over the years but it was still a hard place to get inot and to get out, and we were just in a pick-up. The track never seemed to change. The look out building came down and something new was made at staging. The concession stand always had great food and the ladies in the trailer were mostly friendly. Now the guy at staging and the gate well he ran a pretty tight ship. No questions answered, things were the way they were, right Dee? The multiflora bush served as the fence line near a pretty heafty jump. It was one that the rider would not want to miss. Many did meet the dirt there. The sun was always in the riders eyes during the 2nd motos. That with the dust at that time of day was a dangerous one. I remember the day that Stevie Roman took a terrible fall and left with I believe 2 broken legs. That was just awful. My Aaron didn't mind Beaver Valley, he had many a fall, espically after you crossed over and thru that section. That area was just a hard place for him. But those were some good times and of course great riders and families. I have put an album together of the 2001 State Championship race held at Beaver Valley. No snow that day, the weather was good. I did have some trouble with some of the names. (I can't find my 2001 Stats book) Also Ryan Gould and Shane Durham both had #10 and I just had trouble with those two boys. I hope that you enjoy your walk back thru Beaver Valley.

~ 2001 HIGH POINT STATE CHAMPIONSHIP ~
~ 2001 WESTMORELAND STATE CHAMPIONSHIP ~
~ 2001 BEAVER VALLEY ALBUM - STATE CHAMPIONSHIP ~
~ 2002 PHOTO ALBUM ~
http://www.pbase.com/MXLens

~ KRISTIN'S GRAPHICALLY REDESIGNED PICTURES ~
http://www.pbase.com/krismx98

~ pBase SITE FOR PAST RACES AND THEIR GALLERIES
~ PLEASURE VALLEY, HIGH POINT, STEEL CITY, ROARING KNOB, R & D, FIELD OF DREAMS, LORETTA LYNNS, MAPLE SHADE ~
http://www.pbase.com/MXLens

Lantzermx98@windstream.com - Arlene

ALWAYS IN MEMORY OF AARON #98 - ARLENE

PLEASE DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE!

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In Loving Memory of Aaron W. Lantzer, 1980-2001