6-Wheeler 40th Reunion
Special 6 Wheeler Weekend Photo Summary
May 30, 2009
Pine Lake in Ashtabula, Ohio - America's Oldest ATV Race
Have you ever wondered why ATVers are such great people? This past weekend I finally figured out the answer. It all starts from the founders of our sport, the enthusiasts who kicked everything off with the 6-wheeled version of the ATV.
Before 3-wheeler races started popping up in Southern California, Ohio had several years of organized and heavily attended 6-wheeler events going on at legendary Pine Lake in Ashtabula, Ohio, making Pine Lake America’s Oldest ATV Race!
Thanks to Bill, Bud, Dave and the rest of the Fischer crew, a 40th reunion event was held at scenic Pine Lake in Ashtabula, Ohio. Yep, it was 40 years ago in 1969 when the Fischer family started holding ATV events on their beautiful 140 acre ATV wonderland.
In the early days of our sport there were over one hundred different 6-wheeled ATV manufacturers, and you thought there were a lot of brands to choose from now days. Some of the biggest, including Attex, Scrambler, Tricart, Rupp, All Sport, Gotcha among others, were built right here in my home state of Ohio, yet another reason why 6-wheeler turnout at Pine Lake was so enormous. I’ve always called Ohio the heart of ATV racing, and here’s further proof.
Like many of you reading this I’ve got some great memories thanks to the Fischers yearly one-of-a-kind event. My first Pine Lake event was in 1982, I thought I was a Pine Lake die hard, but after meeting some of the guys and gals this past weekend that attended events at Pine Lake in the 60’s and 70’s it looks like I missed a lot of incredible events at the lake. ABC’s Wide World of Sports was on hand in 1972, how cool is that? Many Pine Lake regulars took part in the big Ashtabula parade that they used to have. Hundreds of three and six wheelers rode through Ashtabula and reminded spectators to come watch the ATV races the following day. What a site that must have been! Did you know the Good Year Blimp hovered over Pine Lake at a few events in the early 70’s as well? Now that's a big time ATV race!
If you missed this first portion of the 40th year celebration don’t worry there’s more to come. As the Fischers celebrate 40 years of ATV racing a few other special events will take place at Pine Lake this year, the biggest is round four of the Extreme Dirt Track Series on July 24-26. Whether you’re a has-been-rider that hasn’t rode in years, an old school TTer, a cross country specialist or perhaps you’re new to the scene and have only motocrossed your ATV – you really should come be a part of the 40-year celebration at Pine Lake July 24-26. Just some of the planned attractions include a Side x Side harescramble race complete with plenty of interesting obstacles, a show and shine complete with classic old school ATV equipment, trivia contests, a mud bog attraction, the traditional Saturday night pavilion party (which will feature a special 40 year’s of ATV racing presentation), and of course all the fun that goes along with the Pine Lake experience. Those that have attended know what I mean.
Back to this past weekend's 40th 6-wheeler reunion, I’ll sum it up like this….. Without a doubt, it was heavy on memories from the old days, but Pine Lake is a memory-making-machine, and as always the place makes more, some of which I captured below in this photo summary…
Mark your calendars! See ya at the lake in a few months on July 24-26!
No quads on this day.
Mark another rider’s meeting in the books for Bud Fischer.
Howard Gerber of Attex was instrumental in the design, engineering and manufacturing of all Attex six wheelers. His creations have certainly been enjoyed by many people over the years.
Manufactured in Cleveland, Ohio in the late 60’s, Action Age made four wheelers and six wheelers. The six wheelers were called Scramblers while the four wheelers like this one were given the name Gotcha. The Gotcha came with an 8 horse Briggs & Stratt