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Celebrating 47 Years of BMX

Seven years ago Scot Breithaupt “The OM of BMX” was recognised by the County of Los Angeles for organising the first ever BMX race, which was held at BUMS on November 14, 1970.

We interviewed Scot many years ago and asked specifically about those early days. Here’s an extract from the interview

Part 1: How did BMX begin?

bmxultra.com: Let’s get straight to the point, how did BMX begin?
Scot: I used to race motorcross, when I practiced local kids would come out and imitate my jumps. One day I went home got some of my motorcycle trophies and had the 35 kids there each pitch in a quarter. Broke them down into skill classes; beginner, novice and expert. It was kewl, the next week 150 kids showed up!

bmxultra.com: What were the tracks like to start off with?
Scot:
The original BMX track was BUMS I in Long Beach, CA, 1970. It was narly. It was a trail that I used for practice on my motorcycle. I rode for the Yamaha factory, as a support rider. The  track was about 450 yards long (1350 feet), we ran two laps. It had a 35 foot high drop-away jump, a mud hole and 8 or 9 other jumps.

bmxultra.com: What is BUMS I?
Scot: BUMS I…there was a second BUMS…BUMSII …was in fields that Bums, hobos, lived in. But it also stood for Bicycle United Motocross Society.

BUMSII

bmxultra.com: What was the date for the first race?
Scot: November, 1970

bmxultra.com: Do you have any original flyers from the first meetings or was the interest generated by word of mouth?
Scot: Word of mouth, but I have flyers too.. some where…and first ever schools too.

bmxultra.com: How many people would turn up to the races in those early days?
Scot: At first 100-150 a week, then it grew from there. I built new tracks all over, by 1974 I promoted the Yamaha Bicycle Gold Cup series and had over 1000 riders at each event! We held the finals in the LA Coliseum, about 16,000 spectators were there, probably the biggest event ever to this day…it was HUGE!

The full interview can be found here bmxultra.com/interview/scotb/

How will you celebrate 47 years of BMX?

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