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Old 02-02-2008, 11:43 PM   #1
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Schawantz sighting

With all the other stuff going on I forgot to ask if anyone else saw Kevin Schwantz in the pits this afternoon? He was in the white pick-up with the Suzuki dirt bike in back. A living legend at MSRH, wow. Should be around for the races tomorrow I think, be sure to look for him in the pits.
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Old 02-02-2008, 11:53 PM   #2
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dang, wish i could go.... :(
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Old 02-02-2008, 11:54 PM   #3
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I saw it when me and Tim were leaving.


I'm still a little new to this. What's the hype about him?
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Old 02-02-2008, 11:57 PM   #4
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One of the G.O.A.T.s........... google him.
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Old 02-02-2008, 11:58 PM   #5
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Schwantz

if youve ever seen a lucky strike paint job or jacket...he is the reason.
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Grand Prix World Champion Kevin Schwantz raced only one way — he raced to win. When he made his move for a pass the world held its breath. Schwantz showed levels of desire, determination and raw courage that ‘s never been equaled. His heart-stopping style and charismatic personality won him legions of loyal fans worldwide. By the time he was done, Schwantz amassed 25 Grand Prix wins, 21 lap records, 29 pole positions and the 1993 World Championship. When he made his tearful retirement the world wept with him and the FIM felt the loss to the sport was so significant that they retired his signature competition number 34. It’s the first time in the history of the sport that a rider had been so honored. Throughout his professional career, Schwantz always rode a Suzuki and never settled for second place.




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Old 02-03-2008, 12:10 AM   #7
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I heard a story that one time when a reporter asked him about how tough was the GP track he raced on that day was and Schwantz said "man I grew racing (can't remember which track) in Texas so this easy!

...pretty cool!
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Baddest mawfawkin' 'merican GP racer, EVAR! Sure, Rainey had more championships, and Lawson had more wins, but Schwantz, was the most fun to watch. Win it or bin it! Yeee haw! Hometown hero from right here in Houston too.


I dont' get star struck very often, but I did at TWS (Texas World Speedway) in 2k6. All I could manage to say was a quick.. "HI KEVIN" like a total dork. But he responded with 'hey, how's it going man'. I was like this the rest of the weekend

I've still got my Schwantz shirt from the '93 USGP.
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Baddest mawfawkin' 'merican GP racer, EVAR! Sure, Rainey had more championships, and Lawson had more wins, but Schwantz, was the most fun to watch. Win it or bin it! Yeee haw! Hometown hero from right here in Houston too.


I dont' get star struck very often, but I did at TWS (Texas World Speedway) in 2k6. All I could manage to say was a quick.. "HI KEVIN" like a total dork. But he responded with 'hey, how's it going man'. I was like this the rest of the weekend

I've still got my Schwantz shirt from the '93 USGP.
I met King Kenny at Laguna in 05. Same thing. Everyone was crowded around the riders gate and he just strolls right through and nobody looks twice. I see him come out of crowd, all I could muster was a kind of tarded..."Would you please sign my heemmit?" I was so stoked I forgot it wasn't my helmet. (You are welcome Pierson Calahan.)
I'd sport that shirt out there tomorrow and get a pic with him or get him to sign it. Priceless indeed.
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I met King Kenny at Laguna in 05. Same thing. Everyone was crowded around the riders gate and he just strolls right through and nobody looks twice. I see him come out of crowd, all I could muster was a kind of tarded..."Would you please sign my heemmit?" I was so stoked I forgot it wasn't my helmet. (You are welcome Pierson Calahan.)




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Baddest mawfawkin' 'merican GP racer, EVAR! Sure, Rainey had more championships, and Lawson had more wins, but Schwantz, was the most fun to watch. Win it or bin it! Yeee haw! Hometown hero from right here in Houston too.


I dont' get star struck very often, but I did at TWS (Texas World Speedway) in 2k6. All I could manage to say was a quick.. "HI KEVIN" like a total dork. But he responded with 'hey, how's it going man'. I was like this the rest of the weekend

I've still got my Schwantz shirt from the '93 USGP.

I don't even know you but I can so relate to that ......
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I met King Kenny at Laguna in 05. Same thing. Everyone was crowded around the riders gate and he just strolls right through and nobody looks twice. I see him come out of crowd, all I could muster was a kind of tarded..."Would you please sign my heemmit?" I was so stoked I forgot it wasn't my helmet. (You are welcome Pierson Calahan.)
I'd sport that shirt out there tomorrow and get a pic with him or get him to sign it. Priceless indeed.

You did well,
to this day I've found King Kenny to be the most awe inspiring racer I've come into contact with.
First met him in '82 I think it was at the TransAtlantic races, he was on the Marlboro V4 500, we qued up to get into his hospitality for about an hour and a half and when we got in we couldn't say sh#t, I mean nothing !!
It was like being in the presence of or something !!
He must have thought WTF ??
Held my program out which he signed for me.
Asked if we were enjoying getting our butts kicked and we just nodded like lame brains.
Got out of there and we were whooping and shouting like 10 ten year olds.

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when i first started racing, schwantz was my inspiration. i had pets named after him, 4 different versions of his helmet, including the very first RX7 series helmet with his signature "kevin" on the back instead of the 34. it was only sold from the hong kong factory. man i wish i could make it out there to get him to sign my helmet....DAMNIT!

you can't consider yourself of a fan of motoGP until you watch the 93 and 94 seasons with Schwantz and Mick Doohan battling it out...absolutely FANTASTIC racing.
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I saw him at the bike show a couple years ago talkin to an old friend so i walked up and said hey. A few minutes later I saw him again at the Suzuki display.
A different friend was with me so I called over to Kevin and said "Hey dude stop followin' me around" he said "Sorry man I just wanted your autograph".
The look on my buddy's face was priceless.
Kevin is a really nice guy, not at all like a big time famous motorcycle celeb racer.
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I understand he had a long history with Hurst Yamaha. My buddy worked over there for a while and said there was a bunch of old Schwant race stuff in the attic...like his first YSR racebike. Darrell Hurst just sold the business to another Yamaha shop in town, and moved out all the old stuff to who knows where.
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someone give him a motohouston.com t-shirt!

ask him and maybe he'll come visit us!!! after all this is his home town and bikes are his life. MH is right up his alley!
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I understand he had a long history with Hurst Yamaha. My buddy worked over there for a while and said there was a bunch of old Schwant race stuff in the attic...like his first YSR racebike. Darrell Hurst just sold the business to another Yamaha shop in town, and moved out all the old stuff to who knows where.
I know on his web site he talks about trying to keep up with Revon Craig of golden triangle Yamaha.
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he races with porsche club of america (PCA) all the time at the track days. half the people dont even know who he is out there. nice guy. can drive his off
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