They Blew Up the Bomb!
The Checkers 1957 Hare & Hound was a National event that started at California City. All the riders were lined up, tank cards marked, banner up and all waiting for someone to drop it, but nobody was near the banner??? Then I realized they were going to blow up the banner -- BOOM!!! it went!
Got a good start and done a big time get off and lost my goggles; also I'm way back and came up on Bob Sangrem who was hurt. Stopped to help, but he waved me on did get his goggles though. At first gas check I' in 2nd place!! 4/5 miles out I caught Buck and passed him to now be leading-- zero dust, clear sailing, get it on, but the rear wheel keeps trying to pass the front??? Damn a flat tire. I'm done. Buck soon goes by and wins the event. I had to cut the tire off with my pocket knife to get in. I have a pic that someone took of me along the road sans a rear tire.
The trophy at the finish was a turtle with Checkers on its back. There is a book on Triumph mc history in it is a pic of Buck at the finish on his bike holding the turtle, this was a TOUGH one for me to loose as I really wanted to be AMA NATIONAL H/H CHAMPION.
So now you know the rest of the story. It was a good year for me though. I did get #1 plate for District 37 which is an honor as at that time there was only one #1 awarded...-- Charlie Hockie #1 (1957)