Haven't seen many Barda Bee's around lately.
Please give your family our thoughts from northern california. I knew your dad, he was a great guy. Another bit of Barda trivia, Art's son Kevin is a world class triathelete who trained Kuris Roberts the season he won the Daytona Supersport race, Kevin is a heck of a rider as well as a great guy.
just too many stories
tell...but I'll give you a couple. I met Art at Santa Fe Speedway in
about 1959. He took pity on the Calif. kid who didn't have a clue, and
gave me some good pointers on how to get around that place. I even
stayed at his house for a few weeks, and when he came out to the "left
coast" he stayed at my place. He and I have remained friends all of
these years. I saw him at Springfield last year. I was taking some
t-shirts out to our rental car. I heard his voice and laugh, and knew
right away who it was. We talked for a while, and when I asked him how
he'd been doing he said "Other than the fact that I'm about to
die...I'm great". That was the outlook that he always had.
Thanks for the memories. As I get older these stories mean more and more to me.
A little bump from the rear, GO ART GO!
Do you have any
idea how hard it is to
find good moonshine in Calif?
Well...we've been working on it, and it got to me last night in a large pickle jar. A service is supposed to be held for Art tomorrow in Billings, MT. For those of you who knew this special dude, join us tomorrow night at 7PM Pacific Time. At my favorite pub we will be shutting down the jukebox and I'm pouring shots to toast my buddy. Say a little private prayer for Art and his family. Somehow...even good moonshine doesn't seem good enough.
GOD SPEED #96
Wish I could
share in the celebration
Digger, have a great time.
oh man...does my head ever
hurt. JG...thanks for all the help. We
gave Art a great send-off last night. I say great...but none of my
friends that were there are answering their phones today. They must all
feel as bad as I do. I got a great phone call from his family last
night, but was in no shape to return the call. To all of you who raised
a glass last night in memory of #96...THANKS. That main event at the
big dirt-track up above is getting bigger all the time.
The time trials are getting underway shortly...but the main event is gonna' have to wait for a few more of us to get in the grandstand.
News Jan 29, 2007
Former AMA Grand National dirt tracker Art Barda died on January 23 in Billings, Montana, from complications of prostate cancer.
Barda had a long career in motorcycling, racing professional dirt track from the late 1950s until the mid 70s - racing with his national number 96 on his BSAs, Velocettes and Triumphs.
Barda also became the Yamaha race team manager in the early 1970s, and helped usher in a then-rookie racer named Kenny Roberts. Barda continued to be involved in the sport, working as the professional dirt track manager for the AMA, and later with Kawasaki, Honda and Montesa. His riding talents also led him to some film work, including the B-movie classic, Deathsport.
Later in his life, Barda continued to enjoy racing vintage motorcycles and he had signed up to race a restored Indian at this year’s event in March.
Barda is survived by a daughter, Marcy Tatarka and granddaughter Jessica Tatarka; son Damon Barda and grandson Evan Barda; son Kevin Barda; and daughters Teri Cora and Kathie Favero, grandchildren Lonni, Shawn, Jordan, Blake and twin grandaughters.
Funeral services for Barda are scheduled for February 1 at the Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary in Billings.
remembrance celebration is planned for
Daytona Beach, during the first week of March. For more information,
contact Marcy Tatarka at firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations in
Barda’s name can be made to the charity of your choice or to the Big
Sky Hospice, P.O. Box 35033, Billings, MT.
BILLINGS- Art Barda raced his final lap Monday, Jan. 23, 2007 at Saint Vincent Healthcare, from complications of prostate cancer.
Art was born December 5, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois to Arthur and Marie Barda. He began a long career in motorcycling, racing professional dirt track from the late 1950’s until the mid 70’s. Art competed at the top national level for over ten years, holding long-standing speed records at his home track in Santa Fe Speedway, in Hinsdale, Ill. and at Bonneville Salt Flats. His BSA, Velocette, and Triumph motorcycles were always recognizable with the number 96 plate.
Art became the Yamaha Race team manager in the early 1970’s, and helped usher in a then-rookie racer Kenny Roberts. Art continued to be involved in the field, working as the dirt track manager for the American Motorcyclist Association, and later worked with the Kawasaki, Honda, and Montesa Motorcycle companies. His riding talents led him to some film and television work, including the B-movie classic, Deathsport.
Later in his life Art continued to enjoy racing vintage motorcycles; his annual visits to Daytona Beach were an event he cherished, as it reunited him with lifelong friends and racers. His optimism was evident, as he had signed up to race his restored Indian motorcycle at Daytona again this spring.
Art is survived by daughter Marcy (Dan) Tatarka of Billings and granddaughter Jessica Tatarka; son Damon (Mary) Barda and grandson Evan Barda; and son Kevin (Marie) Barda; and daughters Teri Cora and Kathie Ferraro.
Cremation has taken place. Funeral services will be held the 1st of February at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary in Billings. A reception will follow at the Yellowstone Art Museum, 401 N. 27th Street, Billings.
A remembrance celebration is planned in Daytona Beach, FL, March 6th during the dirt track banquet & bike week. Contact Marcy Tatarka at email@example.com for further information.
in Art Barda’s name may be made to the charity of your choice or the
Big Sky Hospice, Box 35033, Billings, MT.
1968 Salinas, CA
by Dan Mahony
Art Barda (96-Velocette), Bart Markel(4), Mert Lawwill(18), Dick Mann(2)-Salinas, CA. Half Mile, 1968Print available from