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Eric Gorr

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I'm a part owner in a Maico AW 125
To win 1 free book of your choice,
Performance Handbook
Pro Motocross Riding Handbook
Freestyle MX
Answer this 3-part question;
What famous rider was the Maico AW125 named after, what nationality was he, and what famous movie star did he resemble?
If you have any old issues of Dirt Bike the resemblance question was touted all the time.

To win you have to post your answer here and provide your email address so I can write you for your mailing address and book preference.

Ready set GO!
 
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Adolf(ph?) Weil was from West Germany and looked like Paul Newman. Did I win? caruso@mind.net

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Adolph Weil, West German, Paul Newman.

Sheesh, I thought this was going to be a tough trivia contest.

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Eric Gorr

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Whewhew! Oregon Trail is the winner!
OK Mark, you want to show us your Maico brilliance, sorry no prize for this one.
There was a tuning shop in America, in the 1970s, that did some of the most inovative Maico mods ever. Including up-pipes and cantilever suspension. However the shop wasn't located in SoCal. It was in an unlikely place and owned by a guy who made his marque in another motorsport.
For absolutely no money or prizes, what was the name of the man and his shop and what sport is he famous in?

BTW He would make an excellent interviewee for VMX!
 

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Hey Mark, waited long enough for you to reply, I think I have the answer. How about
Olav Aaen from Kenosha WI, Aaen Performance
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Geeze, make it harder than that, how about the name of his famously grumpy mechanic?
 

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Eric, that would be Olav Aaen, whose bikes and modified snowmobiles I rode many times. I also traveled with him to some snowmobile events and he was a sponsor of my old friend Scott Wallenberg when both of us ran Cycle Times in Chicago. His up pipes were The Thing to have on an AW Maico. Scott of course is now in charge of Racer-X and I'll be hooking up with him in Indy next month.

Would've answered this one in about .02 nanoseconds if I'd be online at the time.

As long as we're playing Maico Trivia For Big Zero Prizes, in what year did Maico almost win the world championship, finishing second instead because of what problem? Extra points if you can also name the rider.

That should keep you busy for a while . . .

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I know a part of this...

During a race for the championship the spark plug shot out of the cylinder because the factory mechanic wasn't familiar with the new radial heads and the fins interfered with the plug wrench. He thought the plug was tight but it wasn't.

I don't remember who lost the championship but it must have been about 1973.

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I'll guess 1971 and the rider is Ake Jonsson.

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So...Mark
When do we get the answer?

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Vintage Dirt - I've got a text source that I checked last night. Ake Jonsson is the only Maico rider to finish 2nd in the championships, and that year was 1971. My source indicates that DeCoster and Jonsson were neck and neck going into the final round. The spare plug in the head of Jonsson's bike fell out in the first moto. I believe Jonsson won the 2nd moto, but it was too little too late.

Jonsson was also in contention on a Maico during 1970, but mechanical problems at the final round dropped him to 3rd.
 

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I'm curious what book vintagedirt is referring to, but anyhow the correct answers are Willi Bauer, 1973 and yeah, the mechanic couldn't install a spark plug correctly.

Maico never won a world championship title, but its riders were always up there. Many of them went on to ride for the Japanese factories (Wolsink et al) and did collect world titles.

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As far as I can tell, the only former Maico factory riders to collect world titles on Japanese bikes were Graham Noyce (Honda 500) and Neil Hudson (Yamaha 250). The Dutch dentist never managed to get one, unfortunately.

Regarding Ake Jonsson, 1971 and the unscrewed plug, this is a quote from "The World of Motorcycles, an Illustrated Encylopedia", published by Orbis Publishing, London, 1979 (great set of books, BTW).

"All eyes were on the two leading contenders as the first race got under way but on the first lap Jonsson slowed down and eventually stopped. The reserve spark plug on his machine had unscrewed causing a complete lack of compression."

With a plug added, Jonsson stormed from a lap down to get 10th in the moto. Despite Jonsson's winning the second moto, DeCoster won his first world 500 championship.

The same text reports that prior to sweeping both motos at the '71 MXdN, Jonsson was observed tightening his spark plugs


Further research does show that Bauer did get 2nd in the 1973 500cc and Weil got second in the 1973 250cc. Couldn't find any reference to problems that knocked them out of first.

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Dave, that's what's wonderful about history! It changes, based on who wrote what when. Anyhow, your book ref may be correct as I was referring to a magazine article that talked about the good ol' days. I think the writer got 2/3 of the facts correct, but was wrong about the spark plug problem for Bauer. More research is definitely called for . . .

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Mark, I didn't realize that you were affiliated with the old Cycling Times paper where Scott Wallenberg first got his start. I raced at the same time as Scott, 1971-79 and was witness to some of the most interesting innovations during the "Forward Mounted Shock Revolution". Olav Aaen was my hero engineer when I was growing up. Although I never worked for him, I bought and clipped everything he wrote. His early work in the motocross business was great. Nobody can say that in those days the SoCal crowd was leading the way. The fire back then was vibrant in the Midwest.
An interview with Aaen might make an interesting article for VMX. He was so ahead of his time. If you guys at VMX ever want me to do some moto-journalist legwork here in the Midwest, count on me!
Also, a delagation of DRN moderators are heading to the Indy show to take pictures and do stories on new products, lets all meet for a photo!