1935 - 2007
Bartlett David "Bad Bart" - Of Flint, age 71, died Saturday, February
3, 2007 at his residence. Cremation has taken place and a memorial
service will be held at a later date. Those desiring may make
contributions to "The Aid for Injured Riders". Bartlett was born in
Flint, Michigan on August 19, 1935. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
He married JoAnn Overton on February 21, 1959. Mr. Markel was a 2 Time
Golden Glove Boxing Champion, 3 Time AMA Flat Track Motorcycle
Champion. He was a member and had been inducted into several Hall of
Fames, including Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame. Mr. Markel retired
from AC Spark Plug Division. Surviving are daughter, Stacey and husband
Bob Kelly of Flint; son, Bart, Jr. and wife Susanne of Enterprise,
Alabama; grandchildren, Bobby, Steven and Kara Kelly, Jason Farr, Bart,
III, Malyssa and Joseph Markel; sister, Melody and husband Al Dyer of
Edgewater, Florida; brothers, John Markel of Flint, Don Long of
California and Delbert Ritter of Ohio; several nieces, nephews and a
host of special friends. He was preceded in death by his love of his
life, wife, JoAnn; parents, David and Everyl; brother, Ron Long;
granddaughter, Michelle Markel; sister, Sharon Luna and special niece,
Robin Prevo. A special thanks to all of his special friends for their
help thru the years.
A private memorial service is to be
held in Flint. Those desiring may
make contributions to "The Aid to Injured Riders" www.air-fund.com.
That main event up above is getting
bigger by the day. I just got word
from Dee Johnson of Dee's Leathers
that Bart Markel passed away at his
home this afternoon in Mich.
GOD SPEED #4
RIP, to one of the true
ironmen, and legends of
Godspeed, Bart.One of
I had the pleasure of meeting him in
1968 and 1970 at Ascot.
A gentle man.
One of the true legends. A real
"Intimidator", sans roll cage. Wish I
could have seen him ride more. RIP Bart
Bart, My great uncle took my father to see his first race in York, Pa
(when they travelling around the country pipelining) in 1958 and upon
seeing Bart race became hooked on flattrack racing and Bart was his
hero. Which in turn got me hooked (eventually). So I guess without Bart
I may never have enjoyed flattrack so much. Thank You Bart
Rest In Peace God Speed Bart Markel #4
One of the greatest
and the Grand Daddy of the
Sad news!! Bart was a nice guy off the track and tough on, a true
My deepest sympathy to the Markel
family, RIP Bart,
Bart Markel: A True
Flat Track Legend.
Some People Thinks He's Bad, That He's The Devil's Child.
He Really Isn't Bad,
He's Just a Little Wild.
If You Want To Win This Race, You Better get A head Start.
Because You Are Sitting on the Line
His Shoulders are Husky and His Hips are Lean,
When He Looks At You With Those Eyes Of Blue
You Wonder How People Could Think He's Mean.
He's Got A Reputation That's Known From Coast To Coast.
In Most Folks Estimation,
He Is Still The Very Most.
If You Want To Win This Race, You Better get A head Start.
Because You Are Sitting on the Line
From The Song: "Legend Of Bad Bart"
From the Album: "Motorcycle Man" 1970.
GOD SPEED BART MARKEL......REST IN PEACE.
When I was a wee lad there were 3
names spoken with complete reverence
in my house. Those names were Gary Nixon, Dick Mann and Bart Markel.
Gary was the most determined. Dick was the smartest and Bart was the
bravest. Put 'em all together and you get a trio that was far more
super than all the super-hero cartoons characters I was watching on
Saturday mornings. These guys were real. Sometimes too real for their
own good. Just to say I was there when Bart won his last national in
Columbus '71 means the world to me. I have thanked my parents many
times for dragging my butt to all those races when I was little. I've
always hated quitters and these guys never quit though eventually the
sport changed so much around them there wasn't much room for them on
the track. 1971 was such a different time. Sure, you had Harley guys
but you had those pesky Triumph and BSA guys too not to mention the
brash Yamaha guys and the stylish Norton guys etc. Bart's passing will
only serve to bolster my precious memories.
I had the pleasure of knowing Black
Bart back in the late 50s and 60s
he was a fine guy to be around he will truly be missed R.I.P.
RIP-- you were the introduction for me
to the GNC/dirttrack excitement
in the 60's when you won a San Jose 1/2mi. You were my hero in my
teens--you still are.
Prayers to the family and friends.
Our deepest thoughts and condolences.
Having just lost our father the
week before, makes this very difficult. One of my treasured photos is
of my father in first, Bart in second and Dick Mann in third. Somehow
it is comforting to know that dad is once again at a new starting line
with an old buddy. Here's to a great new race for the good old boys!
Art Barda Family
Anyone that knew or raced against Bart
has some great stories.
Here is mine....
would try anything to get an advantage. Back around 1972 there was a
promoter who ran something like 28 indoor races on concrete over a 2
month period. Everyone ran 2-stokes except Market...he rode a Harley
Sprint. I swear, he could be anywhere on track but that damn four
stroke sounded like he was getting ready to put a wheel on you and take
The key to going fast on concrete was
tires clean. He showed up one week with a way to fasten steel brushes
to the front fork and rear frame rubbing against the tires to keep them
Everyone would be so serious when
pushing out bikes to
the line... everyone except Bart. He had that grin on his face like he
just enjoyed being there to race.
Back in 68 I was on my way to Daytona
and stopped of at Savanna for a
short track. What I didn't know was they were running a short track on
a half mile. All the gearing I had for my BSA C25 was for short track,
so I put my tallest gear on and raced. In my heat was #4 Bart Markel.
He would pull me on the straights and I would catch him in the corners
and when I put my front wheel beside him he would look to see who was
there, he won the heat and I got second. That's the closest I would
ever run to Bart, by the end of the day every ring would be broken in
the engine. I finished last in the main.
Old age is a terrible thing. Can't
remember s#@%! As some of you know,
Bart was a former boxing champion. I think it was while he was in the
service. This wasn't even at a race track. Bart, Gary Nixon and I were
having a cocktail in some joint, and Gary and I were checkin' out the
local ladies. Bart told us..."pick one out, and if her boyfriend has a
problem with that...send him over to me and I'll handle it."
really missed a show if you never saw Bart ride at the old Laconia
National Road Race. He had a problem doing anything with his right hand
except turning on the horsepower. Because of that, Bart had the clutch
and front brake levers both on the left side one year in the early
60's. At the end of the long downhill straight leading into the 90%
left turn (and the finish line)...there was a small scoring tower.
About every 4th time I would go by...Bart would be pulling his Harley
out from under the stand. He kept getting the levers mixed up. It's
hard to downshift when you grab a handful of front brake...and it's
even tougher to use the front brake when you put the thing in neutral.
I was at Columbus in '71........it was
cool, it made my dad and his
buddy happy that the "old guy" won...back then 30+ was old for a m/c
I'm impressed by the fact that Bart
kept a "regular guy" day job all
those years. .....
Bart was an original....one of a
kind.....too bad, motorcyle racing and
this old world in general could use more like him.
I have been thinking about call Bart
the last couple of day to see how
he is doing???
first time I saw him race in person was at the 1969 Detroit National at
the old Detroit Race Course. Bart was always doing things "Differently"
as Mike noted above. I had heard about his reputation for being a no
holds bared racer, Black Bart.. So here is this guy, Bart doing Daimond
shaped turns, while all the other racers were racing an oval. Bart
would come in low, shoot across the grove, nail the cushion up against
the guard rail, square it off and blast back across the grove. Every
lap it was a will of nearves seeing who would back off at the crossing
point, and 99% of the time it wasn't Bart..
When Bart, Randy Goss,
and Ted Boody were racing
for Team Vista-Sheen. The team was running the Indoor Ice series in
Michigan. At one of the races everybody got there new set of D's
Leathers. Early inprictice Ted and Bart were out having fun!! Teddy was
in front of Bart, and Bart of course wanted none of that. Teddy kept
sticking his LONG left leg in front of Bart in the corners. This was in
the days when #8 sheet metal scres were the weapon of choice for ice
racing. Finally Bart had enough of Ted's leg blocks, and drove his
front wheel into the back of Ted nice new Team Vista-Sheen leatghers
and shreaded the leather pretty good, and got by in the process, and
I'm sure he learned a lesson, at least on how not to race Bart.
Hey Mike?...dollars to donuts we will see that "steelbrush mod" at
Rod's indoor at San Jose?
God Speed Bart!
He always had a different idea from the rest of
was taking lap time for Randy Goss and Ted Boody on a 1/2 mile once.
Bart was standing next to me likewise with a stop watch, his was more
busy then mine?? After the practice session was over I asked him waht
he was doing?? "Taking Dwell Times" he said?? I finally got him to
explain a bit more. All racers run about the same speed on the
straights, they guy that wins is the last one to shut it down going
into the corner and the first one to turn it back on again on the exit.
The guy that's on the gas most, and has the throttle closed the least,
"Dwell Time" in Markel speak.
Those are some great photos of Markel.
Seeing the photos of Boody and
Markel reminded me of another story.
were at a limestone track somewhere in Ohio. Back then for time trials
it was first come...first serve. I remember several times I would have
Sandra take my bike to the Time Trial line, while I was in practice on
This particular race Boody was in
front of me for
time trials. Before Boody went out for his lap, Markel was cutting
Boody's rear tire with a knife! Not a razor blade, but a rather large
When I cut my tires, I was always very
to where I thought the cuts had to be perfect and all look alike. Not
Markel. He was cutting chucks and chucks of tire, very fast. As Boody
would roll forward keeping in line, Markel was cutting away. When
finished the tire looked like a knobby!!
I don't remember the outcome of the
race, but Markel showed me how to
cut a tire a lot quicker.
I got a Neat Bart Markel Story.
Of course Bart is a Legend from the Sixties, and late Fifties,
but he was still racing when I was a Novice and Junior, in the
Short Tracks, Mostly indoors all across the Nation, is where
I saw Markel. Some Promoters use to pay National Number 4
Show money, to ride their Events. You never knew what short
tracks he would be at, but he was at many in many different
Novice Juniors and Experts ran together on same size bikes,
That’s what I liked about the Short Track. And believe you
me it was neat chasing Bart Markel, as a Novice and Junior.
I won my heat, made the main, and should have won the Trophy
Dash (red flag last lap), at an Indoor in Amarillo Texas, as
a Novice, while watching from the sidelines was Bart
Markel # 4 and Dick Mann # 1. Good thing the Promoters paid
them show Money, because they didn’t get much of the purse
I got one about Bart though from my Junior Year 1973. It
was at Monroe Louisiana. We raced the Night Before in
Jackson Mississippi, and Markel was at both races.
Of course he was on his Sprint, and he made the main at
Monroe, and I believe he either had pole position, or the
next spot, and I didn’t make the main on my 326 Bultaco
Astro, and that’s why I have this story, sort of a
“Panic in the Pits” Story. Lol
There was a big crowd that day in Louisiana, when the Main
Event lined up, and they got an unexpected show. As the
Main lines up, the announcer introduces each rider and of
course there was a lot he could say about National Number 4.
My wife goes up into the stands but I stayed behind and was
hanging out as close to the door going onto the track, as
When they started cranking the Race bikes, they found the
rear tire flat on Markels Harley Sprint. Markel notified
the Referee, before going back to the pits, and the
Referee said, “Take your time, we will wait for you.”
Markel rides the Sprint out of the coliseum, as the other
riders kill their engines, to wait.
Most folks were getting ready to watch the main, and no one
appeared to be at Markels Pits as I followed him. Markel
Gets off the Sprint Hands me the bike, (I was standing there),
and gets his air tank to fill up the tire.
It didn’t go well as it didn’t hold air, so Markel gets his
stand so we can change the wheel.
Bart has the crescent wrench loosing the axle nut, and I asked
which wheel did he want. Without saying a word he just pointed
and I got it. Markel never took his helmet off while he worked
on the bike. I heard them fire off the bikes inside the
coliseum, and I told Bart to Hurry. Bart said, “He said
They would Wait for me”
Bart didn’t seem to be in a Panic Hurry. If he had know they
had the two-minute clock on him I am sure he would of went
much faster, but he thought they would wait on him. It
sounded to me like they were getting ready to start the race,
Bart pulled to the doorway, as the main is making their first
lap on the indoor Short Track. Now I have No Idea who won
the Main that Night, or who got second or any other position,
because Markel moved to the Spot Light.
YOU COULD HEAR MARKEL IN THE STANDS,
without the P. A. System, as he told the officials what he
thought about them. He didn’t hold back. Lol
There was an official talking with Markel and the big crowd
stayed glued to their seats, but he wasn’t talking as loud
as Markel, so you couldn’t hear what he was saying.
Bart Markel...... you could hear him as he kept saying,
BUT YOU SAID YOU WOULD WAIT FOR ME!!!!!
I won’t say what all else he said, (just use your imagination)
But none of it was nice. Lol This went on for several minutes,
as Bart was HOT!
The crowd got off to it, Naturally. Most crowds get up to
leave at the Finish of the last race of the day, but they
didn’t in Monroe Louisiana.
Now I knew the rule Book says you can have Two-minutes,
Markel Knew that as well as everyone else, but they said
they would wait for him, and They didn’t.
Afterward My wife told me they even announced it on the
P.A. System they were going to wait on Bart Markel.
It was 1965(I think), I
was 16, and a buddy of
mine and I decided to make the big trip to the Tulare Ca ½ mile
national. Anyway, Bart hadn’t looked that good all night, but he did
make the main. Well at the start of the race he was running at the back
of the pack, may have even been dead last. The track was really bad
that night, deep, dusty and soooo rough. Well several laps into the
main Bart started making the turns into diamonds, and literally was
using the fence as a berm. Well he went from last (or close to it) to
first in the last few laps. It was the wildest thing this 16 year old
had ever seen. Well after the race my buddy and I were sitting on the
infield grass, just kinda “chilling” and who walks up to us, no other
then Big Bad Bart and says “hey kid, with all that hair you must have a
comb”. Now I did have long hair in those days, but I didn’t have a comb
on me!! Now I still don’t know why Bart wanted a comb, his hair was
about 1/8” long, but I can tell you that I sure wished that night that
I had a comb on me. I would have never used it again and had it framed
I guess I was fortunate
to know Bart in his calmer
days. I knew of him of course and of his Black Bart persona, and I had
seen him race and be every bit, Black Bart. But I finally had the
oppertunity to get to know him personaly, near the end of his
competitive career when we were both involved with Team Vista-Sheen and
Jay & Ken Springsteen, Ted Boody and Randy Goss. Bart really took
his job as a mentor for Ted and Randy, and it was fun to see him in
action. Dispite his on track Black Bart persona, he was a real
sweetheart, and took his job with those two guys seriously. I think he
and Joann all but adopted Teddy, at one point in time??
I just remember
something else, more of a Joann
story, but nonetheless, Bart and Joann were a team themsleves. Joann
was always coming up with out-fits for Bart at the races, his overall's
with Micky on them etc. In 1975 the AMA was trying to make racing look
"More Porfessional", anyone coming onto the track to assist a rider had
to wear white pants and a white "T Shirt. So Rich the owner of
Vista-Sheen decised he wanted some sharp dressed uniforms for Team
Vista-Sheen and Joann came up with the yellow and black overall's, that
were certainly noticable. Soon after we showed up at the tracks, both
Harley and Yamaha had Joann sewing up uniforms for them too, several
other team followed suite and the race tracks started looking pretty
I still have my Team Vista-Sheen jacket stored somewhere around the
house.. It's cold out, this might be a good day to wear it??
I am so sorry this sport lost Bart
I kinda senced this was coming, after
I got off the
phone with you last week but never
it would be a matter of days.
I hope he got the chance to read my
"Bart Markel Roast" - "Michigan
bit that I wrote &
maybe got a chuckle or two out of it.
The only chance I ever got to meet him
was at a
race in Philly at the
Spectrum in 71 or 72 on the concrete
on his Sprint.
I remember Stevie Hernandez won that
year on his DMR but
Bart was definately my hero all day on
that silly-ass sprint!
Probably the only 4 stroke on the
track that day
going up against guys like Gary Hodges
Suzuki Hustler 250 twin!
What a contrast in sound down the
When I was a kid-racer I got the book
"The Bart Markel Story" by Joe Scalzo
still have it to this day!
I honestly have to say--
that a stupid-ass bar exists today
in a stupid-ass baseball town
pushing a sport that means more to me
than any baseball fan could even
comprehend as a
direct result of heroes from my youth
that led a
lost kid down a path that he would
"The Best Years Of His Life"!
Freddie Nix, Rex Beauchamp & Bart
will always be remembered in the
"Lost & Found" department of this
punk-ass kids memories!
In raising kids--
my best fatherly advise was always--
"Be Careful Who You Emulate"
I know the heroes I held dear to me as
I have no regrets!
GodSpeed to all my heroes!
To the Markel Family
With the Greatest Respect &
Thanks Art I had the
same feeling after I got off
the phone with you, perhpas that's why I didn't call him then???
You put things off until tomorrow and one day there is no tomorrow..
The chin strap is "So
was the last person in racing you attach the title "Road racer" to..
But I got to see him try to road race several times, and it was painful
to watch.. The wildest was watching him at Road Atlanta back about 1971
or so.. He was pushing the envolope so to speak, I think he had a
partial fairing on the bike, and half mile bars?? I remember watching
him come thundering down the hill into the last turn, a nice sharp
right hander, leaning in with his right foot out, and the bike head
shaking like a leaf. He finally hunted Cal Rayborn down to help him
sort the bike out... Believe me that was a trip through the park..
Rayborn was all over Bart, because the bike was a reall mess. The front
brake was something Cal had given Bart basically to throw away, but it
found it's way onto Bart's bike. Finally Cal grabbed the bikes front
wheel between his knees, and twisted the bars, which almost hit the gas
tank when he cranked on them. Cal calmely suggested that they try
tightening the Treble Clamp bolts before the next practice session, and
walked away shaking his head..
Bart was different that was for sure.
Coming home from
Houston in 76, I was driving we
were deading towards Texarkana. There were cops all over the place, so
I was right at the speed limit. Bart wasn't happy with the progress we
were making getting back to Michigan, and finally said, "Let me drive",
I want to get back to Michigan this week. No sooner had he gotten
behind the wheel, and up to speed, Bart Speed that is. I just laid down
between the seats, when I saw this little flashing red light in the
chrome trim in the ceiling of the van?? Bart says "Oh ####" and pulls
over.. The funniest cop I've ever seen, a perfect Cartoon of a Texas
Cop wanders up to the van, No Front Teeth, huge cowboy hat, cowboy
boots with turned up toes, and a typical Cowboy holster, and gun on,
worn under his huge tumy.. He came around to the side door of the van
and it was all I could do, NOT to Laugh.. He checks Bart drivers
license, and finally says, "Well folks, Mr. Mar-Kel is going to have to
come and see the judge with me.. There's a nice gift shop at the bottom
of the hill here, you folks can all head down there and we'll be back
shortly". Fortyfive minutes later Bart was back. They figured out who
he was and were real accomidating, the fine was $19.00, and Bart said
the judge told him, "If you'll pay that in cash money Mr. Mar-Kel we
can assure you that the State of Michigan will not here about this" And
as you can imagine Bart had an ear to ear grin on his face, through it
Bart Markel Story
I have a Good Story about Bart Markel. Now this is not My Story, as I
wasn’t there, when it happened.
It is One Of those Stories that has been passed down through the
Decades, from one generation to another.
Best I can Remember I first heard this story in 1964 when I was at
those Races at Dodge City Kansas,
Which I wrote about in My Al Gunter Story.
I am not sure what year It actual happened, but it was before 1964. It
may have happened in the late Fifties.
It was at one of those Kansas Race Tracks, and I believe It was at
Dodge City Kansas.
Race Track had no Guard Rails or hay bales, but had A wooden Fence
around The Turns and Back Straight-a-way. It was an Old Fence, probably
built back in the Depression during the WPA Days.
Bart Markel was Flying around on his KR, about mid pack, as I remember
the Story Going.
The Race were guys with names like, Mann, Nix, Nixon, Gunter, Roeder,
Tanner, Lawwill, Dovel, Keene. (The List goes on….You pick the names),
but they were some of the best in the business.
Bart was up on
the outside, and as he came down the front straight heading for turn
one, he left the ole throttle on and just plain ran out of race track.
With Split Second Thinking Bart doesn’t go into the fence sideways, as
he sits straight up and runs head on into that wooden Fence. He didn’t
fall down, as he found himself on the outside of the Race Track.
Can’t You just Picture a cut-out of Markel’s Bike and Body in that
mere Mortal Racers would probably just be happy they didn’t fall, slow
down, turn around and after the race was over just ride back through
that spot he just smashed out of that fence, and wave to the crowd.
what Most Folks would do but NOT BART MARKEL. As far as Markel was
concerned He was still in the race. He gets the KR Flat Head turned on
that Grassy Knoll outside that fence and Blasted Back through that
Wooden Fence over at turn two, and rejoined the race down the back
Legend Talk has it that Ole Bart even passed several riders after he
rejoined the race, and finished in a podium position.
is basically how I remember The Story the fist time I heard it, but
through the years I have heard other versions, and I must Admit I have
told the Old Story More than a Few Times.
In One Version, I
heard Bart actually Won the Race, and yet another one, “My favorite”,
Bart passed three riders during his off track maneuver.
Ok one last story..
Off for a weekend of
racing with Team Vista-Sheen, and as usual Bart was driving the Team
Vista-Sheen van, towing a trailer with two XR's starpped on. Ted Boody
and Randy Goss were in another van, and if I remember they too had a
trailer and a couple of bikes dragging behind?? As was typical of Bart
he would NEVER let anyone get ahead of him, and that included the
highway and especially Ted and Randy.. They would find there way by
Bart in traffic and Bart would blast back by into the lead. We were
looking of a place to eat, and Bart took the wrong exit, and as we were
heading up the exit ramp there goes Randy and Ted flying by horn
tooting, and arms waving as they blasted into the lead, so to speak..
Bart realizing the error, catchs a quick left, over the finger of land
that formed the exit, and down the hill back toward the freeway.
Everybody in the van was screaming, "What The", stuff was falling all
over the place, the trailer and XR's attached were bouncing all over
the place. But the race was on, and Randy and Ted had a good lead.
Randy and Ted being good racers themselves had a plan. They camped out
next to a Mom and Pop's couple in a old Chevy waddeling along at 55 MPH
just waiting for the next exit, at which point they figured to spped up
and leave Bart zero options, and in second place.. I'm sure they were
amazed to see our van closing fast like in 110MPH fast from behind, and
not slowing a bit. Those of us in the van were likewise concerned too,
but Bart had a plan. He blasted past the Mom anmd Pop's Chevy, taking
to the shoulder of the freeway, leaving Randy and Ted pooking along at
55 MPH, and learning yet another lesson from Balck Bart.. The look on
the faces on not only Randy and Ted, but the couple in the Chevy out
the back window of the van as we blasted past at over 100MPH was,
Come On Forum members.
Tell us Your Bart Markel Story.
If You are Too Young to have seen Bart Race,
Then Tell Us What You Heard about Bart.
The Guy Was Legend among Legends in Flat Track History
If You are Old Enough to have got to see Bart Race.
How about The First Time You saw him Race.
I want to Hear Some Bart Markel Stories.
THE FLINT JOURNAL FIRST EDITION
Wednesday, February 07,
By Todd Seibt
email@example.com • 810.766.6315
FLINT - Bartlett D. "Bart" Markel, the
of flat-track racing in Flint and one of the greatest racers
in American Motorcyclist Association history, died on
Saturday. He was 71.
"My dad's theory of racing was if you
win the race, you better fall down trying," said his
daughter, Stacey Kelly of Flint. Kelly was with her dad when
he died quietly at home. He had been in poor health for a
while, she said.
"He just had no fear - he had no fear.
probably why he did so well (racing)," she said.
Markel, who spent decades as an AC Spark
skilled trades worker, leaves behind many friends, family,
admirers and racing enthusiasts in the Flint area.
But it was in the dirt, sliding
around racetracks at high speed, where the Flint native left
major national marks.
Teamed with sponsor Bert Cummings of
Harley-Davidson in Flint, Markel helped fire up a slew of
famous Flint-area racers -including Jay Springsteen, Scott
Parker and Randy Goss - in the gritty arena of
Markel, Springsteen, Parker and Goss
collectively won 17
Grand National titles, according to the AMA.
Markel competed in more than 140 AMA
Grand National Series
races before retiring in 1972. In 1998, he was inducted into
the AMA's Hall of Fame.
He won the AMA Grand National
Championship three times
during the 1960s.
The former Golden Gloves boxing
riding style earned him the nicknames "Black Bart"
and "Bad Bart," according to friend and fellow
racer John Zwerican, 63, of Clio.
At one point, Markel was suspended from
racing for his
rough riding style, according to the AMA.
Quoted on the Motorcycle Hall of Fame
Museum Web site,
Markel said he just "didn't like following
anybody," and if they gave him an inch on the track, he
took a foot.
That's exactly how Zwerican
remembers him - a fierce
competitor. Zwerican was 15 or 16 when he met Markel, and
the two became friends and racing companions over the years.
Parker and other Flint area riders will gather Tuesday evening, 6:00 pm
at Brick Street Bar and Grill, located at 1223 E. Grand Blanc Road,
Grand Blanc, Mich., to remember and trade tales about Bart. Brick
Street is just east of Fenton Road and just west of Dort Hwy. Coming
from US-23 take Exit #88. Coming from I-75 take Exit #109.
Thanks to the Flint Racing "Family" A
very special honor was paid to Bart
and his family at a small
It seemed fitting this bike - one of
Bart's "KRs" - was among the
crowd; along with many famous Dirttrackers.
We know Bart would have been proud.
Ray & Deb Gorney 48x
By Harry Miller