Throwback Thursday: World Champ Comes Home

Larry Lawrence | November 14, 2019

Throwback Thursday: World Champ Comes Home

Mitch Friedman photo

In this week’s Throwback, we dial back the Wayback Machine 37 years to 1982. It was the end of the summer and Bobby “Boogaloo” Schwartz was back home racing Speedway in Ventura, California, having just earned the Speedway World Pairs Championship. In appreciation of the accomplishment this giant banner was made and photographer Mitch Friedman captured a photo of Schwartz standing next to the banner with enthusiastic fans looking on. It was a hectic schedule for Schwartz in those days. He often raced England on Saturday, Germany on Sunday and England again on Monday. The he headed back to the U.S. on Tuesday to race Wednesday in San Bernardino, Thursday at Ascot and Friday at Costa Mesa, before flying back to London and racing the same night.

Schwartz continues to race Speedway to this day. In fact, this year he is celebrating his 50th year of motorcycle racing. He started doing TT and scrambles races in 1969 before switching to Speedway in 1974.

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