Here is one I dug up from the archive. Many of you know that last weekend the famous Desert 100 took place in Odessa Washington. The race has a long history, going way back to the early 70’s when it was held in Mattawa Wash, and known by the same name.
The 2014 race was won by Ricky Russell, followed by Bobby Prochnau and Jon Seehorn. Here is a photo of Jon Seehorn from his Facebook, sorry not sure who the photo credit is.
Also racing again this year, was my dad, Gordon White. I am not sure, but he may qualify for having raced the biggest range of years for the event. Here he is in 1974 at the finish of the Mattawa 100 on his 175 Can-am. You can just see the famous logo on the finisher t-shirt. Check out the old Cycle News sticker on the van in the background too.
Gordon has the full northwest desert racer ensemble. This is just before the debut of the orange jacket. Coming from logging country he is wearing a Filson cruiser tin jacket. (If anyone knows what that last description means, let’s hear from you) He has a then new set of custom Langlitz leathers from Portland and of course the football face mask. Later the face mask would get a duct tape cover to keep the rocks out.
The note on the photo says he finished 3rd in the 175cc class that day forty years ago.