Flashback: Backyard Jam Pro Dirt 1996

This is pure gold right here! Not sure if this is lost footage or what, all I know is that it’s some Backyard Jam footage that I’ve never seen. This takes me right back to the mid-nineties when Bennett, Butler and Taj were BMX gods, and the Backyard Jam was hands down the biggest and wildest event around. This is the year that the Chasm Jump was at its craziest. I’m 100% certain that anybody who fell into that pea green soup instantly contracted a multitude of incurable diseases.

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Vital’s Boozer Jam Edit

Let Vital get you into the festive Irish spirit with their take on the Boozer Jam. While I may not have a clue as to the musical choice, I do know that this edit has one of the best over shoots I have seen in my four years of doing CYDI.

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Boozer Jam 2016

Ryan Guettler brings us this first video look at last weekend’s Boozer Jam. The turnout was huge, with riders multiple generations of riders coming out to Sheep Hills to support Mike “Boozer” Brown. Hopefully the HD version of the video won’t be as jumpy for you as it was for me. I just about had a a seizure, but I’m pretty sure that it’s just something on my end though.

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Flashback: 1996 King of Dirt Qualifying

I wanted to find a real gem for this week’s flashback since I slacked on finding one last week. I think this video of the 1996 Pomona, California King of Dirt qualifying should do just fine. My god were things sketchy back then! People were fucking going for it though! Highlights include Fuzzy driving the truck straight to a disaster on the landing, some dude executing a superman that would even get a rise out of Kris Bennett, but still managing to eat complete shit upon landing, and last but definitely not least, Reuel Erickson’s game face.

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Sheep Hills Jam 2014

It’s been something like seven or eight years since I last went to Sheep Hills. Disrepair doesn’t even come close to adequately describing the condition it was in last time I was there. I’m glad to see that the place is slowly but surely being whipped back into shape (well as in shape as that moon dirt will allow).

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Soil

I decided to head west with this weeks flashback post. Soil came out around 1996 and was a real look into the West Coast trails scene. Sure most of the riders in it were dudes you’d see all the time in magazines and contest coverage but Soil really showed you what they had going on outside of that. I’m not even sure how I got the video in the first place. More than likely I traded some other video for it since that’s what we did at the time. What I do know is that I never got rid of…

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Scanned: Shaun Butler’s S&M Challenger Ad

Where do I even start with this one? I was going through the box of photos that I used to have hanging on my wall looking for something good to put on the site. The only problem with that was the fact that pretty much every photo and or ad that I looked at became a candidate. I managed to narrow it down to a few really good ones and was just about to put the lid on the box when I saw the corner of this little gem poking out. Over the years S&M has had plenty of ads…

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Ted Van Orman’s Letter from Shaun Butler

First off let me say that I was the biggest Shaun Butler fan when I was growing up. I had the full Shaun Butler kit! Chrome Dirt Bike, flanges cut off the grips, camo shorts, and I may or may not have had blonde hair. I spotted this letter that Ted got from him over on Life? and I had to post it. I would have been like a prepubescent girl sitting front row at a Bieber concert if I got this from him. Much respect to Butler for taking the time to respond back! Check out the whole letter after the jump. 

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Memphis MTV Sports & Music Festival

Fourteen years later I’m still kicking myself in the ass for not going to this. If I remember right I had the choice to either go to a race with one of my roommates or to go with the other to Memphis to check this out.  Of course he comes back saying awesome it was and that I had missed out, but it wasn’t until Props 29 came out that I realized just how bad I had fucked up. Pretty much a who’s who of late 90s dirt jumping not only shredding an unbelievable (for the time) dirt set up,…

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