This past weekend I got invited to the 2nd Annual Team Safari Cycles BMX Reunion. This time it was combined with Team Eki. For those of you who don't know, there were five entities supporting the early days of BMX in Hawaii including McCully Bicycle, The Bike Shop and The Great Outdoors. Safari Cycles and Eki Cyclery are on that list. BMX was huge in Hawaii back in the late-70's and early-80's and these are just a handful of the people involved.
Now I never personally rode for any of these teams. In fact, all of my BMX racing was when I lived in Southern California. The closest I got to a sponsorship from any of these shops was a Profile sticker pack from Jimmy T. With that being said, it was an honor to be invited to hang out with these cats and swap stories. It's amazing the wealth of talent that came out of these islands and the hurt that some of these guys put on the mainland riders.
To think we went from this . . .
to this . . .
Imagine what will happen with Hawaii riding a National caliber track.
Riders ready, watch the lights!