AHRMA National Champion and Legendary Motocross Icon
John Rice, also known as “John R.” to most of us, has been involved with motorcycles for a very long time. He started racing in the early 1950’s at the age of 21. At that time, motocross didn’t exist. John competed in TT and Hare Scrambles at many well known tracks throughout California.
In the early 70’s, he teamed up with “The Professor” Gary Bailey teaching motocross classes at tracks like Indian Dunes, Bay Mare and Saddleback.
In 1978, John retired from motocross and got into Endurance Horse Racing. Moving up the ranks in this sport for nearly 20 years didn’t keep John away from the need for speed. One day while watching his daughter Tami race at Perris Raceway, he was introduce to vintage motocross racing by Goat Breker and his dad Richard, who were getting ready for the Elsinore GP they were promoting. John quickly got back in touch with the sport, earning the 60+ National # 1 AHRMA plate.
Youngster, Gary Jones #29 makes the move on Long Beach Honda’s #1 John “R” Rice back in the 60’s.
The largest women’s turn-out yet! Eleven women racers attended this years AVDRA Rider Appreciation Day. Karen Warner and Diane McDowell took the Dirt Bike School taught by Tami Rice on Saturday and Diane raced for the first time on Sunday. Her husband has promised to build her her own vintage racer!
This guy is 95 years old and is the oldest Motocross racer in the world! He lives in SoCal and races with AVDRA a few times a year. He competes each year in the Colorado 500 and has also competed in a 24 hour quad race which had an average team age of 70. He is also a multi time national ballroom champion and races shifter karts! Spike Warden races with a Honda CR 250 Elsinor.