Twenty-five years ago I was lucky enough to be at the Peoria Motorcycle Clubgrounds in Illinois when a 19-year-old Chris Carr won the first AMA Grand National of his career. On Saturday night, I was fortunate enough to see him do the steel-shoe waddle up to his Harley XR750 one last time at the Pomona Half Mile.

I remember that day at Peoria like it was yesterday. Carr came into the race having finished four times in the races leading up to the famous TT and when he won on August 17, 1986 it allowed me to write that, "Chris Carr neatly put the bridesmaid dress aside and slipped into the wedding gown for his first-ever National win today at the 38th annual Peoria TT..."

For the rest of the column and for the full coverage of the Pomona Half Mile, see this week's Cycle News at the following link:

http://cyclenews.coverleaf.com/cyclenews/20111018/#pg118

Paul Carruthers | Editor

Paul Carruthers took over as the editor of Cycle News in 1993 after serving as associate editor since starting his career at the publication in 1985. Carruthers has covered every facet of the sport in his near-28-year tenure at America's Daily Motorcycle News Source.

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