A DECADE of DIAMOND
Holeshot Magazine, BERM Texas Motocross Chronicles & TXMotocross.com was on hand for Diamond Don's 10th Annual Vintage National held in Jefferson, Texas. Donnie Hansen headlined the event as Diamond Don's legend for the weekend. The race is a who's-who of former World Champions, National Champions, Local Bad-Aces, and extremely fast motocross racers from yesteryear. However, don't let that fool you.. some of these guys still haul ace faster than most current racers on modern bikes. The weekend kicked off with Cross-Country and Trials racing on Friday. Saturday would host the Vintage MX races and one of the largest BBQ & Crawfish Boils this side of LA. Sunday would hold the Post-Vintage MX races with a huge Wind-down party after the awards ceremony. The wind-down party is as big as it gets... Drinks, Bands, FIREWORKS, and as much food as one could ever come across!
Lone Star VINTAGE Racing at it's best!
Your host... Diamond Don puts on one of the funnest events one could ever go to. The man knows how to throw a MOTO-PARTY. And as it is known throughout the world..."It's Good to be Diamond Don".
Diamond Don has been a staple in Texas motocross since the very early 1970's. Here is the old H&H Music MX Racing Team ad that ran in 1972/1973. Diamond Don is the man in the bottom left hand corner just above the H&H. Tranquility...side by side mid-air dicing.
It's only fitting... a Vintage National in Texas has to have a Wyman "Father of Texas Motocross" Priddy plug. And Kirk Spencer's hat does just that! That's Wyman Priddy in the photo!
Another nod of respect to Texas moto history - Lord Hance's tribute to the "Voice of Texas Motocross" Lynn Nickerson. This was painted by the one and only Jeff Long of Image 1.
National Champion, All-Time Fan Favorite, one of the baddest racers to ever line a gate... Guy "Air-Time" Cooper was in the house. Cooper was unstoppable at Diamonds.
Diamond Don's is as scenic as it gets.
A view of the river & RR tracks that both flow along Diamond Don's beautiful property.
Jockeying for position.
The white haze around the gate and dog-house... you got it, 2-Stroke-PREMIX is alive and well at a Vintage race.
Poor old boys on the gate...haha!
The Riverport National has plenty of elevation on hand.
Texas Super-Legend, Trampas Parker. The #891 stands for '89 and '91 WORLD MOTOCROSS CHAMPION.
Trampas Parker was plagued with a bogging bike this entire moto!
Cooper would have no issues and easily won the class.
Translated, this name ='s SPEED!!!!!
Your event co-announcer, Roy Jenkins also has a couple of books that he has published. Look Roy up and grab a copy of "Dirt Bike Ike"