Racing Past 80
Chuck "Feets" Minert is a racing legend, and not just because he won the 1956 Catalina Grand Prix, inspiring BSA to create a commemorative model. The AMA Hall of Famer never stopped racing, and this past July celebrated his 80th birthday at his weekly haunt: the REM Saturday motocross races at Southern California's Glen Helen Raceway. "I wouldn't call what I do 'racing.' It's more like riding around, trying not to fall down," Minert told announcer Tom White (yes, that _Tom White). A member of the _Motocross Action "Wrecking Crew," Minert wears the de rigueur orange helmet while racing a modern Yamaha YZ250F, which he says he prefers to his vintage bikes. At the morning riders' meeting, the REM crew presented Feets with a plaque for First Place in the 80 Expert class, but to his credit he said he couldn't accept it: "My birthday isn't until tomorrow, and besides, we haven't run the races yet." To which White replied: "Which one of the _other _80-year-olds is going to complain?!"