SUPERIOR DIRT RIDERS EVENT at KBMX
by Scott A. Sumner
The sport of motocross is a popular one with such big names as Chad Reed and Ryan Dungey making millions of dollars competing in the AMA Supercross series. It was fun for me to attend the local SDR race held just past Kakabeka in August at the KBMX track.
The competition is young in the sport and some have been riding dirt bikes almost their entire life.
Kenny Mandryk has been riding almost all his life and is a regular competitor in the series and beyond.
“ I rode my first dirt bike when I was 3 and love the adrenaline rush, speed and jumps,” said Kenny Mandryk. “ When I was younger coming up I used to crash almost every race but not as often now. My favourite rider was Jeremy McGrath. The sport is hard on the body and you work out each day to keep in shape.”
Kenny has progressed to leasing the KBMX track and teaches young riders coming up. He also races snocross in the winters on the Amsoil ISOC National Series which has shown promise for him.
Anyone who has followed the sport of snocross is familiar with Earl Reimer. Earl has been racing motocross for many seasons as well.
“ I started snocross in 1995 when I was 27 and made a living at it for 10 years. I rode for Ski Doo and Arctic Cat mostly and then 1 year on Polaris. In 2003 I won Pro Open and Pro veteran races at Duluth, which was the biggest win of my career. It is probably somewhat of a record to win both at the same weekend at a national event in the US. I had just turned 30 at that time,” smiles Earl Reimer. “ They changed the age from 30 to 35 for veteran when they did that I turned 40 and it became harder after that. I had won the Pro Vet class for 4 seasons before that but it has been harder to win since then. Since they have changed the age to 30 I have won two races and I used to win most of the races.”
“ I did win a national title when there was a small indoor series that went from the Pontiac Silverdome to the Toronto Sky dome and a few others,” notes Earl Reimer. “ People say it is pretty amazing to do
this sport when you are older and racing a 16 year old but I can’t quit, I’ll get old. In the last years I’ve probably burned about 15 billion calories and would be a fat old man if I wasn’t still doing
Earl Reimer has had the nickname “ Scrap Iron” for much of his race career. “ Tom Rager and Bill Rager were in charge of the race shop when I started there at Ski Doo. At one of the Duluth races I crashed in practice and busted the hood on my sled and the visor on my helmet. Bill was right there and asked if I was ok. I said I better do that jump again or it will bother me. He named me scrap iron because of some wrestler he knew called Scrap Iron. He called me that for three or four years until Greg Creamer who was the announcer at the Nationals heard it. Once he head it got blasted on the loudspeaker every weekend and it became my nick name I guess.” laughs Reimer.
The snocross racing is getting bigger all the time over the years Earl Reimer has been racing. “ The guys are making some pretty good money out there. There is way more money in the pits now with all the
haulers, but about the same amount of spectators about 25 to 30,000 at the races. There is more TV but we don’t get to see it in Canada, “ notes Earl. “ I have a hauler at home but don’t use it because it is
very expensive to run. You need sponsors to do that. You really have to sell your team to sponsors and that was never really my forte. I just rode and if somebody wanted me to ride for them I’d deal with them but I wasn’t the guy to go hunting sponsors. I’m basically a racer.”