Was fatally injured on June 30th, 2001
ROB DAMRON MEMORIAL
THURSDAY, JULY 12TH, 2001
SOUTH VALLEY CHRISTIAN CHURCH
590 SHAWNEE LANE
SAN JOSE, CA. 95123
Posted by Vickie Morris Mendoza on July 6th, on the Flat Track Forum
The Damron family would
like to thank everyone
all the flowers sent, but are overwhelmed
by them at this time. The family asks that everyone please hold of on sending anymore
flowers to Brenda at home. Thank you for all the love and support everyone has shown.
Please stand by for information on a trust fund and memorial service to follow shortly.
Posted by Jesse & Carol on July 3th, on the Flat Track Forum
In refrence to the
contributions for the Damron
The donations need to be made to
P.O. Box 2562
Morgan Hill, CA 95037-9998
Family thanks all of you for your
and Support you have shown.
Posted by Jesse/Carol/Dante on July 6th, on the Flat Track Forum
To the family, we offer
our prayers and
This tragedy is so hard to comprehend
for all of us. Our boys have looked up to Rob since they were 'pups' and have wanted to
achieve all the skills that he had achieved. He will be greatly missed by all of us.
Ride in peace Rob...
To the family of Rob
Sam and I are stunned by the news of Rob's passing, We have no way of understanding how
and why something like this could happen, I had great admiration and respect for Rob as a
racer/champion and as a human being, You should know that Rob is role model for my son,
after Sam met Rob at Lodi last year he said he wanted to be like Rob, racer, champion and
most of all a nice guy with lots of friends. For that Rob I thank you. Our condolences and
prayers go out to the entire Damron family, Especially his parents, Wife and his children may
God bless you all.
Viya Con Dios Rob We will not forget you!
All of us at the Motor
Sports Press Association
like to express our sincere
condolences to the Damron family, friends, competitors and fans.
Rob is our 2000 Rider Of The Year in Flat Track as I’m sure most of you know.
On a personal note Rob was very cool to meet. His story was a great one and when he told it
at the banquet, you could tell he had a ball the entire way. He was very proud to be honored
and represent the organization. I grew up watching Mike run supers at San Jose Speedway
and knew the last name, but not being much of a “bike guy” (sprint cars are my main bag) I
had no idea of Robs exploits. You should be proud of your lost champion. He was proud of
his competitors and the series he ran.
I am so sorry for every
thing. I wish the best to
family. May he rest in peace. Godspeed rob.
Again I'm speechless. I am so sorry for your loss. Rob was the best of the best. Always a
gentleman, a friend, and there to help all. I, like everyone else involved in the racing
community, am having a difficult time with this loss. I think we all would like to do something,
but what would that be? My heart and prayers go out to you, Brenda and children. May you
find strength in your friends and family that care about you. We have you in our thoughts daily.
Donna Hall and Family
Those who knew Rob will
remember him as Special
of guy. A racer from the core out.
Rob was a neighbor as a kid and rode his first race in 1981 at Bolado Park in Hollister, CA. I
think the bike was a Suzuki RM 250. Robs' father helped him always. He was an Expert by
1985 and the following year Rob was Black Plate #1 ( top open class rider) in District 36.
He was a 10 time # 1 - District 36 rider.
He and Brenda were married at the Lodi Cycle Bowl - They walked from a motorhome in turn
one , past a line of motorcycles and riders to the starting line, where the ceremony took
place. It was nice and tells of the devotion he and Brenda had for this sport. I'll always see
Rob when I am at Lodi under the trees at the south end of the pits. Rob - Michelle
DiSalvo always there, surrounded by friends. I will remember Rob at the Awards Banquet
showing up looking cool in a Tux to recieve his #1 Plate .
What class - what a guy. What a loss. To us that knew Rob this loss is painful, to those
didn't know him , you missed out on knowing a Real Racer, A Real Guy.
And Brenda, the kids and family, our condolences.There is nothing we can say that will ease
the pain - yours was a beloved guy to all of us.
Wally Weisler & Family
my prayers to the
family.......rob was a great
i cant believe this has happened. on the
racetrack, rob was one of the smartest, safest, and most skilled riders i have ever raced with,
i have nothing but respect.......off the track, he was always there to say hi, and tell you about
whats been the latest happenings....rob was an example of what to strive for in our
We offer our prayers to
the Damron family and
Rob was doing what he loved to do.
We will miss you. A true, dedicated pro motorcycle flattracker - Rob Damron.
De Hoyos Family
I am so sorry to hear of
the Damron family's
I feel for them deeply. I know that my
parents watched me and my brother tumble down the track on more than one occasion since
the late 60s, and always wondered as they watched if we would be okay when we stopped.
But what allowed us to continue to put them through the fear of that was knowing they
understood how much we loved what we were doing. The entire Lewis family reaches out to
the Damrons in their time of need, and hopes they reach back. We will pray for your loss, and
celebrate the life of a young man who died doing what he loved. Godspeed.......
Rick Lewis Family
Mere words cannot
express the saddness our family
when we heard of your loss. Our
prayers go out to you. Rob's memory will live on in our hearts. Whenever great races, racers
and true gentlemen of the sport are spoken of, Rob's name will on our lips. God Speed Rob.
Chris, Gordon, Al Rudy and Family
and prayers go out to the
'D', I as many, am blessed to have known you. I wish you Godspeed and eternal peace.
We will never be able to
understand why God takes
the good ones. To the family of Rob
our hearts go out to you in your time of sorrow. Rob was such a great person. He always had
a smile and time to spend talking to you at the track.
To Rob, Your smile will be in our heats forever. Please give Little Danny a hug for us and let
him know how much he is missed.
Although we do not
personally know him, we have
him and have listened to nothing
but positives from those that do. Bruce Brown stated in 'On Any Sunday' that 'Mert was a
gentle man living in a violent world'...the same could be said of Rob Damron. Our hearts go
out to his family and close friends during this time of shock and need. Godspeed.
I am so sorry to hear
the bad news about Rob. He
be sorly missed. He was one of the
best and he left us well to soon. He was a great person to have known. To his family, Its a
hard thing to go through, but remember that the Flattrack family's heart's and prayers are with
you and Rob at this sad time. God Bless
Greg Soderer and family
My heart goes out to the
God Speed Robbie 'D'
You will be missed!
The Bacosa Family
loss for the racing
but especially for his family.
He went out on the win, and we all know with a smile on his face.
Our thought and prayers to his family.
We met Rob for the first
time in 1989 in Daytona.
was and still is one of the finest people
I've ever met. All of us from BaerMotorSports share in the grief of his families loss. Godspeed Rob
Baer Motor Sports
Rob was tragically
killed last night while Racing
Perris Auto Speedway. What a mainstay
in Pro Racing on the West Coast. I will miss you very much my friend.
Everyone please pray for his Wife and 2 young sons. GODSPEED
sad news. Rob was the mainstay
District 36 and a winner in the WCFTS. He
will be missed tremendously. Godspeed Rob.
My deepest thoughts and
prayers go out to the
family and friends, I am truly sorry.
I was deeply sadden by
the loss of Rob. He was a
friend. I watched him grow up from a teenager to a loving husband and
father. No one can ever fill his shoes on the track or in our hearts.
My heart breaks for Brenda and family. Motorcycle racing is like a big
family, we may get mad at someone but he's still family. I think like that
about all of them. I have been around the tracks many years and I have
watched most of them grow up. So please be safe and ride smart. We
don't want to loose another family member. Lets all be there to help
Brenda as much as possible.
To the family &
friends of Rob. My heartfelt
go out to you all. Rob was such a
kind man. I remember one of the first times I had seen Rob was when I started going to the
races in Lodi in 1992. He always had a smile on his face. And was always so polite. I just
recently sat with Rob and had a good long conversation with him about Danny. We both kept
saying how we couldn't believe it. It just didn't seem like he was gone. I told him I
remembered standing at the start/finish line watching him and Brenda get married. We talked
more about Dan and we talked about Rob's mother. Who would have thought 2 1/2 months
ago when Rob blessed us with his beautiful poem to his friend Danny, at Dan's funeral, that
Rob would be next. I sure didn't. No one understands why our loved ones are taken from us. I
sure don't, that's for sure. But one thing that gives me just a little bit of peace is knowing that
they are being well taken care of.
I just want to thank you for being such a good friend to my Danny. He thought the world of
you. And thank you for your sympathy in my time of loss. You were so kind and
compassionate. You are one of a kind. Please give Danny a big hug and tell him I love him
and I'm lost without him.
I can't even express how sorry I am for you. I will be in touch with you soon. I know we don't
know eachother well, but it sure helps to have someone who knows exactly what you are
going through. And unfortunately, I do. No one can even began to understand the pain we feel.
I am here for you anytime. Love,
To the Damron Family,
I cannot begin to express how deeply this saddens me and my whole family at Brown's
Cycles, racers for over 60 years and three generations. Racing with Rob for the last 15 years,
I had gained alot of respect for Rob on the track. If you got a wheel from Rob he meant to give
it to you. Their was no one with more experience or control than Rob.
A few months ago Rob gained my respect on a whole new level. All of us were suffering from
the loss of Dan. Rob found the strength and the heart to write poem, stand and read it as I
only wish I could. This gained more respect from me than any race track ever could.
So now he's on his way, with Andy, Toby and Dan, who are already there. It must be a great
place to be! Godspeed Robbie D
In my 16 years of racing
flattrack Robbie was
As a friend of the family and a hero.
I remember my dad Louis taking me to meet Robbie I was only four years old. I never knew that
he would watch me grow in racing to next year racing aginst him in the pro class. Seeing
Robbie unload his white ccm 600 and thinking, wow Robbie out did himself this time. To watch
Robbie win at Marysville to see how happy he was and say 'hey Robbie great race' and him
reply 'you won too, I knew you could beat those guys' was the best. I wish Perris never
happened but Robbie was taken for some reason. As Carol, Jesse, Bob, Nicole, and I stod there
with tears in our eyes wanting him to get up, God took him from us to a better place with many
of his friends. Robbie is in a place were he's racing with many of my hero's like
Ricky, Steve, Andy, Rodney, Danny, and Bill at the call. As Robbie Became A Fallen Hero I
will always remember Robbie as he was a Hero and a friend.
Godspeed Robbie 'D'
Although we met onlly a
short time ago
You were easy to talk to and easy to know.
You pulled up
at our shop in your dirty
The stereo blastin, with soul sounds a rappan.
Out in the
shop the boys workin away
Robbie D lent a hand and said I'll show you my way.
stop for a minute for a smoke
The bench racing would start the checkered flag was near.
for a minute to go out to the
To reach for the food that was two days in hand.
would come and the race face
With your white CCM blazin out in the hot sun.
You'd put on
your boots one at a time
The left one was first, you said, a ritual of mine.
over, time trials were done
The heat races started, the semi you must run.
start in the front or start in
Where you finished that nite was at the top of the track.
your name and extended his hand
And took you to a better land
We sob and we
cry for our hearts are broken
We will miss you for ever, All of us have spoken
Lift up your
heart and share with me,
God wanted him now, He set him free!!!
Godspeed Robbie D
Carol, you are the best
at putting our thoughts
writing. What a touching poem. I'll always
remember Rob driving into Lodi Cycle Bowl, back in the 80's, yep, stereo full blast. The Beastie
Boys. I think I'd like to remember him, yeah, just like that. He'd asked if I had any film of him
(I'd film on occasion on a trusty little Panasonic.). 'Yeah - check this out!' He peered intently
into the eye piece chuckling 'How'd I do that!' as he saw himself do a lazy lowside in turn 3 on
an XR-750 at Ascot....... Rob, thanks for letting us be a part of your life. We'll miss you big
As many have expressed,
I also offer my sincere
to Rob's family and close
I knew Rob only a bit. However, whenever we met up at the races he was always extremely
friendly...always taking the time to come over, say 'hello', and talk shop. I've watched him
help the competition by working on their bikes, give them (and me) pointers about a particular
My best memory was at the Del Mar mile. This was my big shot at fame (well, at least I
thought so!). I had all my friends and family there to watch me on my way to glory. Well, of
course I jumped the start. I dragged Rob along with me and we were both sent to the penalty
line. I was totally embarassed and more nervous than ever.
As we were lining up, Rob looked over at me with a big smile.... The message I got calmed
me down quite a bit. It also helped me remember that flattracking is a sport and should be
fun. In that particular race I think it allowed me to pull off the track when it was just too damn
rough and dusty. I was able to face family and friends with my chin up.
I've hesitated writing anything at all. For me, all the 'Godspeed', '..see you at the shorttrack in
the sky' stuff doesn't express how I feel. I didn't know how I felt... I know that I wanted to say
something about how Rob impacted my life. I also know it's scared me a bit further. The
aspect of fear has popped up for me that last couple of years. It's one of the reasons I haven't
been to many races (for those who have asked (JG)).
I'll miss Rob. I only regret that living in different cities didn't allow us the opportunity to
become true friends. All the evidence indicates the everyone who came into contact with Rob
probably has similar fond memories of him.
I also express my concern for the others involved in the accident. It must be very difficult for
them right now. Phrases like 'that's racing', and 'we know the risks', while true, don't fill the
hole in their gut. I wish them well and a full emotional recovery.
Anyways, I've probably said too much. I hope I haven't offended anyone with my comments.
With sincere respect for the Damron family, Rob, and all involved.
It's always tragic when
these things happen, my
goes out to Rob's Family and friends.
I've been meaning to say
a couple of things about
but just now got the time.
Rob and I were Novices together in 1985. I remember him because, as I recall, he rode a 250 when
virtually everyone else was on a 500. Sidewinders was the track where 80% of the Regionals were
held. To be competitive on a 250 you had to ride it like a striped ass ape. Rob did! I would run into Rob
through the years at Lodi and Sturgis. He was always competitive and congenial.
My other recollection is of a trip Rob made to Sturgis, I think it was 88' or 89'. Rob teamed up with a red
plate to share expenses and driving. Rob had just driven all night and turned the wheel over to the
sleepy novice at sunrise. They were driving a race van with a wall separating the bikes from the
bunk. Rob crawled back into the bunk to hopefully sleep the rest of the way. Ten minutes later,just as
Rob had fallen asleep, so did the red plate! Rob awoke as the van was plummeting off of a ten foot
embankment, totaling the van. The bikes came through the bulkhead and I believe totalled them also. I saw
Rob at the short track a couple of nights later, looking for a ride. The red plate was still in the hospital.
I just can't imagine how it would feel to wake up that way.
It has been tough for me to think Rob is gone. He's been a fixture in our dirt track family for years.I'll
miss you buddy.
Rob for so long I looked
up to you not only on
track but also off the track. I feel so
honored that I had A special chance to get to know both you and your family. You were A
very special person and will always have A place in my heart. Robbie D you will always be
God speed Rob we will all miss you.
I didn't know Rob that
well but my dad, Jack, was
Iwas about 5 or 6 when I met him at Lodi (where I raced) and there was something that always made me remember him,
although he past on when I was 11, there are always small memories to help me remember him.
I remember racing @ 1 or 2 in the morning, but I remember making myself stay awake to watch him, Michelle, and Toby race (i miss him too).
His soul will live forver in the hearts of his friends and the memories will never fade away.
Posted March, 2003
Rob's CCM in the
Dan Rouit Flat