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                                                                                                   CASS CITY CHRONICLE-THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4,1980
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  Bicycle motocross    Fast and
  fast growing sport for kids
       By Mike Eliasohn             jumps, hills and turns, the      lightweight in price. The        sport is five. Until the last
                                    difference being that in                                                                                   love it. That's really the
                                                                     cheapest BMX bike runs           few years, riders stopped                situation."
     J.R. Newell's bicycle is       BMX, the course is much          about $150 and wouldn't be       participating by their late
  worth $400.                                                                                                                                     In his first year of compe-
                                    shorter and leg power is         very competitive. The most       teens, when they got too                 tition, J.R. has done very
     J.R. Newell is seven years     used instead of engine pow-     expensive cost several hun-      large for their small bikes.
  old.                              er.
                                                                                                                                               well. It. takes five wins in the
                                                                    dred dollars.                        That problem has been                 novice class in his age group
     The Owosso youngster is          In both, special machines        That's not the kind of        solved by the invention of
  one of an increasing number                                                                                                                 to move up to the expert
                                    are used. The BMX ma-           bread most kids carry            cruiser bikes, which use                 class and he has already
 of participants in a sport        chines, with the exception of    around in their jeans, so by     26-inch wheels and are
 called bicycle motocross --       the cruiser class for older                                                                                accomplished that.
                                                                    necessity, BMX is a family       somewhat akin to the old                    JEFF                 FOSIIAG,
 BMX for short.                    riders, use 20-inch wheels.      sport, even if not all mem-      "balloon tire bombers" that
    The bikes do not have          The bicycles usually use                                                                                   16, of Monroe, has also done
                                                                    bers of the family partici-      were the standard kids' bike             very well in his first full year
 motors. The "moto" part of        wide knobby tires, have one     pate directly.                   .before the advent of 10-
 the name comes from the                                                                                                                      of competition, collecting
                                   speed, and are light but            Girls can race, either       speeds and 20-inch banana                 nine trophies in 11 races.
 motorcycle sport of moto-         strong, normally 25 pounds      against each other or in the     seat bikes.
 cross, after which BMX is                                                                                                                       A lot of his friends were
                                   or less.                        regular classes with the             With the cruisers, even
 patterned.                           Because of the extensive                                                                                involved in the sport, which
                                                                   boys, but BMX remains a          parents can get into the                  got him interested, so he
    In both, the riders race       use of lightweight com-         largely male-sport.              action.
 over a short dirt course with                                                                                                                bought a used bike, raced
                                   ponents, the bikes are not         The minimum age for the           J.R. NKWEU, - J.R.                   once last year, liked it and
                                                                                                   sounds classier than Jeff -               decided to get involved
                                                                                                   was one of several hundred                heavily this year.
                                                                                                   riders competing on a recent                  His parent's gave him a
                                                                                                   week end at the Great Lakes               $120 frame for Christmas
                                                                                                   National BMX event on a                   and he has been doing
                                                                                                   track near Lansing.                       various odd jobs ( a n d get-
                                                                                                       It was possibly ihe largest           ting advances on his allow-
                                                                                                  and certainly the most pres-               ance) to earn money for                THEY'RE OFF - A starting gate that drops down
                                                                                                  tigious BMX event ever held                components, which he con-
                                                                                                  in Michigan and attracted                 stantly upgrades. He figures          ensures an equal start for all racers. A maximum of eight
                                                                                                  p a r t i c i p a n t s from as far       he now has between $400 and           riders race per heat, which consists of one lap of the track.
                                                                                                  away as California. (The                  $500 invested in his 21-pound
                                                                                                  Golden Slate is where BMX                 machine.
                                                                                                  originated about 10 years                     After Jeff got involved,
                                                                                                  ago.)                                     brother Robert, 11, got inter-
                                                                                                     According to J.R.'s father.            ested, and after that their
                                                                                                  Bob, an ex-motorcycle rac-                parents, so now the entire
                                                                                                 er, getting involved in the                family goes to races almost
                                                                                                 sport was a joint decision.                every week end.
                                                                                                 They went to a few races last                 So far they have been to
                                                                                                 year, liked what they saw                 such places as Detroit,
                                                                                                 and "both decided to try i t . "          Woodhaven, Birch Run,
                                                                                                     The father has invested               Petoskey and E l k h a r t . Ind.
                                                                                                 about SOOUso far, and figures             "We've been to every one,"
                                                                                                 the m i n i m u m to gel started          said their father. Walter,
                                                                                                 would b e a b o u l half ( h a t . ( I n  who exhibited as much en-
                                                                                                addition to the bike, there is             thusiasm for the sport as did
                                                                                                also the cost of protective                his two sons.
                                                                                                clothing and safety h e l m e t . )
                                                                                                    The Newells - Mrs. New-
                                                                                                ell also goes along -- usually
                                                                                                travel with a group of f a m i -              A F K W I ' K H S O X A I . 1'IUv
                                                                                                lies from Owosso involved in              cautionary notes:
                                                                                                the sport. It's possible to go                BMX racers wear safety
                                                                                                somewhere every week end,                 helmets, protective clothing,
                                                                                               and t h e Xewells have gone                there is safety padding on
                                                                                               as far as K l k h a r t . hid. BMX         the bicycle and the cycles
                                                                                               can be a year-round sport if               are extra strong so that they
                                                                                               one chooses as races are                   won'I break, plus there are
                                                                                               held indoors d u r i n g w i n t e r .     medical personnel at Ihe
   BMX RACERS spend most of their time standing on the                                            As for why families gel                 events in case of injury.
 pedals, as opposed to sitting down.                                                           involved. Bob Newell ex-                      Would-be BMX 'racers,
                                                                                               plained, "The kids really                  alter reading this, should not
                                                                                                                                        try such riding on standard
                                                                                                                                        bicycles. Something could
                                                                                                                                       break, for instance, the
                                                                                                                                       handlebars, resulting in
                                                                                                                                       serious injury to the rider.
                                                                                                                                          Standard bikes can be
                                                                                                                                       strengthened to take the                                         -- The siick track made staying
                                                                                                                                       stress, but Ihe result is an               upright on the banked turns difficult, as this female rider
                                                                                                                                       already heavy bike being
                                                                                                                                       made heavier.
                                                                                                                                                                                  found out. Injuries can happen, one circumstance being
                                                                                                                                          There are many inexpen-                 when a rider goes down in a pack and is run over by others.
                                                                                                                                       sive bikes sold that look like
                                                                                                                                       molocross bikes, but aren't,                             SOd/H'd
                                                                                                                                       as they don't have Ihe                            Arc you a tub person
                                                                                                                                       necessary        strengthened
                                                                                                                                      frame, wheels, handlebars,
                                                                                                                                                                             oi' .1 shown- person'.1 Takini; a
                                                                                                                                                                             s h o w e r uses a b o u t 10 gallons
                                                                                                                                                                             "I w;iter. while ;i bath uses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Professional and Business
                                                                                                                                      etc.. so shouldn't be used for
                                                                                                                                                                             1!H gallons. To save on water
                                                                                                                                      B.MX riding.
                                                                                                                                                                             hills, t a k e showers instead of
                                                                                                                                          The nearest BMX track is
                                                                                                                                      Baja Acres, southwest of
                                                                                                                                                                                  And if you prefer baths,
                                                                                                                                                                            a f t e r bathing let the water
                                                                                                                                         Anyone who would like
                                                                                                                                                                            s t a n d in the t u b until it
                                                                                                                                      more information about the            cools. The heal from the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          DR. W.S. SELBY                             DR. E.PAUL LOCKWOOD
                                                                                                                                      sport can call me al the              tub is sufficient t o warm a                    Optometrist                               Chiropractic Physician
                                                                                                                                      Chronicle in the evening.                                                            Hours: H-'j c.cup! Thurid.iy             Olfice Hours Won Tims Wed Hi
                                                                                                                                                                            small      house  on a                                                                      9-lL'noon and 1 30-d 00pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             M I ; . "oononSjIiiiu.iy
                                                                                                                                                             M.R.E.         summer or fall evening.                                  4624 Hill Si                            S,llun),ly 9- l;',-| rn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Aciuss f'Oin                         Closed All Day JhursJjy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   , ,inj I)                Phone 872-2765 Cass City
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Phone 872-3404                                  tor ^ppointmoni

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Allen Witherspoon                            Harold T. Donahue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               New l-ncjliindlifi'
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              f<Jt I lifuwlh F und                           M.D.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Nl-.l tquity I urn)                    Physician & Surgeon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               V,llui- I mi.1 F UMGJ
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Ki-yslunir f uncjs                             CLINIC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Phone 872 2321                       4674 Hill Street, Cass City
  CONDITIONS for the Great Lakes bicycle motocross event at the Jack Pine                                                                                                                                            4615 Oak                        Cass City    OlliceB/2-:.'.i;M      fte, H/;V':H I

track north of Lansing were very muddy, which slowed speeds and made                                                                                                                                                                                                  Harris-Hampshire
negotiating banked turns like this one tricky.                                                                                                                                                                       K. I. MacRae, D.O.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Agency, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Osfeopathic Physician
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Complete Insurance Services
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         and Surgeon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         6815 E Cass City Road
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cornel Church and Oak Streets                     Cass City, Michigan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Ollice 872-2880       Res. 872-3365
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Phone 872-2688
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 - ;f=
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Sang H. Park, M.D.                           Salb A. Isterabadl, M.D., FRCS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Obstetrics & Gynecology                           4674 Hill Street
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Cass City.Michigan 48726
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            4672 Hill Street
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Phone 872-2800                        Surgeon, General & Thoracic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ollice Hours by Appointment                    Outpatient Clinic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Hills & Dales Hospital
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       James Ballard, M. D.                              Each Wednesday
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Office at 4530 Weaver Street                         8a.m.-1 p.m.

              Invitations                                                      Napkins                                                                                                                                  Hours: I u 00 am ID ip 00 noon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 V- 00p in 10.1 30p m
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Daily i.'ACiipi Itiursday
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dr. J. Geissinger
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       DO YOU HAVE A

                                     Thank-yon notes                                                                                   OVER THE HILL - Under dry
                                                                                                                                     conditions with faster speeds, these
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    DRINKING PROBLEM?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mon.,Tues.,Thurs., Fri.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     9-12 a.m. and 2-6 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Sat.,9-12 a.m.
                                                                                                                                     racers would have been flying off this                                      Every Friday Evening - 8:00 p.m.                   21 N. Aimer, Caro, Ml.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Across from IGA Store
                                                                                                                                     hill instead of riding over it. BMX                                             Good Shepherd Lutheran Chuich
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Cass City                             Phone Caro 673-4464
                                                                                                                                     racers can get several feet off the
                                  A full line of bridal needs ...                                                                    ground.                                                                              Edward Scollon,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              D.V.M.                              HoonK. Jeung, M.D.

                                                                                                                                     Two area winners                                                                      Veterinarian
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Call for Appointment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          for Small Animals
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    General Surgery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      9 a.m.-5 p.m. Daily
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Saturday-9 to 12 noon1

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                                                                                                                                    at state fair
                                                                                                                                     Two area residents were
                                                                                                                                   winners in competition at
                                                                                                                                                                      bushel basket display of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Phone 872-2935
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         4849 N. Seeger St., Cass City

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Richard A. Hall, D.O.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Office Hours by Appointment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Phone 872-4611
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           4672 Hill St.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cass City, Mich, 48726
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Home 872-3138
                                                                                                                                                                      home grown vegetables in
                                      Phone 8't 2-2010                                                                             the now ended Michigan
                                                                                                                                   Slate Fair in Detroit.
                                                                                                                                                                      open class,
                                                                                                                                                                         Tom Cook of Ubly won
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Osteopathlc Physician
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Harry Crandell, Jr.

                                                                                                                                                                      firsl place for his eleclrical
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       6545 Church Street
                                                                                                                                       .lattice Spit/a of 5711 .Jack- entry in the 15-H) age group
                                                                                                                                    sun Itoad, Cass City, bested in industrial arts competi-                           Cass City, Michigan                       Office 4438 South Seeger St.
                                                                                                                                    Ifi oilier entries for her tion.                                             OMicii 872-4725           Home872-4762                 Phone 872-2255

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