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David Melson

Picturing the Past 190: Cycles roar

Posted Monday, August 19, 2013, at 12:00 PM
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  • I remember when Clyde and David had hill climbs and races at the old City Dump on Saturday nights.I do not remember any races at Halls Mill.

    -- Posted by kings11 on Mon, Aug 19, 2013, at 2:48 PM
  • This track was located in El Bethel across from the Baptist church. A Mr. Lewis built the track. I can't remember who owned the track, but one of the Pugh boys was the flagman (?). My dad and myself went to several Sunday evening races. I have been told that a blue Falcon used to make some hot laps when the motorcycles weren't racing.

    -- Posted by theharts on Mon, Aug 19, 2013, at 7:37 PM
  • theharta have it right. I covered many of these races. A lot of riders came up from Alabama to race in them.

    -- Posted by bomelson on Wed, Aug 21, 2013, at 4:05 PM
  • David Rees used to race a Bultaco 250 and indeed his dad sold BMW's, and Moto Guzzi's (and later Hondas). His shop used to be (before moving to Murf'boro Hwy.) right across the street from Madison St School, and in the 4th grade we all looked out the lunchroom window to see which "bikes" he had out on the sidewalk for display. Imagine being able to see both a motorcycle shop and a Dodge/Chrysler/Plymouth dealer (in the era of the Super Bird, Hemi Cuda and Daytona Charger) all while looking out the lunchroom window....4th graders in heaven. Now they just Google Images on their "smart phones".

    -- Posted by Otis 1976 on Fri, Aug 23, 2013, at 12:21 PM
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