Vintage Motorcross race zooms into Marion County for 20th year
MARION COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - They say people slow down with age, well, that’s not exactly true with several hundred competitors in Marion County this weekend. Diamond Don’s Vintage Motocross is back and some of the riders are in their eighties, and they haven’t slowed down a bit.
It’s the twentieth year for the vintage motocross race, but the competitors are a lot older than that, like Chuck Matheny from Florida who has:
“Been racing since I was 25 or so and I’m now 80. I was National Champion in 13 and 15,” Matheny said.
And why does he keep doing it?
“It beats chasing women. Can’t catch them either,” Matheny said.
Well, he probably couldn’t catch Sherri Parker who says she’s riding a bike given to her by a guy named Easy Jim from Missouri.
“This year I’m running the national races for AHRMA to try to win a championship for Jim. He’s 84 now,” Parker said.
In the eighty years old’s division in the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association, they ride one at a time so there’s less chance for injury.
“I can’t golf anymore. I can’t do all the other stuff. This? Anyone can put their leg over a bike and ride it,” Matheny said.
“They can’t give it up,” Parker said.
Neither has she, but she’s only been riding a couple years. Trey Jorski says riding is now more to keep in shape and have fun since they don’t:
“Compete like we did when there was a lot of money on the line,” Jorski said.
“He is lying. He’s here to win. When that gate drops the gray hair disappears, teeth are showing. He looks like a pit bull on a mission,” said fellow competitor Trampas Parker.
That’s Trampas Parker who’s been around the track a few times as dual Motocross World Champion. And also, the biggest reason Chuck wouldn’t catch Sherri: Trampas and Sherri are married. After years of being around motocross she finally decided to roll with it.
“I have a little bit of knowledge. I just have to put it in action,” Parker said.
She learned a lot about racing from her husband and can probably pick up a tip or two from some of those 80-year-old teenagers.
Diamond Don’s Vintage Motocross runs through Sunday.
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