By Alicia Dziak
As motocross continues to rise in popularity, a book dedicated to one of the pioneers of the sport has made its way to Amazon—and to Springville—thanks to Northeast Cycle Service owner Ed Abdo.
Abdo, a longtime motocross and road race motorcycle racer, not only runs the motorcycle service shop on the corner of Routes 240 and 39, but has written textbooks for motorcycle and small engine Vocational Training Schools. He and his son, Nick, an SGI student (who also happens to be this week’s Athlete of the Week on page 4!), met motocross legend Jimmy Weinert and his wife, Lynda, during training at the Jimmy Weinert Training Facility (JWTF) in North Carolina. “Jimmy had a huge archive and asked if I would help write his biography,” Abdo said.
Abdo, an SGI grad himself, who said he’s been in the motorcycle industry for practically his whole life, lived in other parts of the country, including Boston, Mass. and Los Angeles, Calif., before returning to the area in 2008 because he wanted to raise his son in a small town.
According to Abdo, “Jimmy Weinert began his racing career in amateur dirt track and scrambles. He started racing motocross in its infant years in the late 1960s and became one of the pioneers of a sport that has grown immensely over time. ‘Jammin’ Jimmy Weinert stood on top of the podium a total of 22 times at AMA sanctioned professional events in his 11 year pro career. The Jammer was also the first American to beat the highly acclaimed European riders in the sport of motocross in 1973 during a Trans-AMA race. Jimmy has seen the highs and lows in life and is now enjoying giving back to the sport that he has loved since his childhood by operating the Jimmy Weinert Training Facility (JWTF) with his wife Lynda in Maysville, NC. It was great writing about the Jammer as I was a huge fan of motocross in this era.”
Utilizing a large, family kept archive, intense research, face to face interviews with Jimmy and conversations with many of his peers, Abdo wrote about the Weinert’s history from early family life, his professional career, right through today, operating his training facility in North Carolina.
This is Abdo’s first biography, and he said some of the challenges were all the research required and trying to track down people he wanted to include in the book. (In the book, Abdo was able to get interviews with other racers, including Tony DiStefano, Rick Johansen, Brad Lackey, Warren Reid, Gary Semics, Steve Stackable, Roy Turner and Steve Wise.)
Abdo also noted that since the book was self published through Amazon, he had to do the layout on his own, which was much different than having a publisher do it, as was done for his textbooks.
“It was a lot of late nights, but it was a lot of fun,” Abdo said of the 18-month-long process it took to complete the book. He said his research really brought him back since he lived through much of what he wrote about and remembered so much of it.
Copies of “Jammin’ Jimmy Weinert – Living My Dream” are available through Amazon in paperback and Kindle eBook formats, and can also be purchased right here in Springville for $20 at Northeast Cycle Service at 9505 Creek Rd. (Route 240). Abdo will hold a book signing this weekend at Weinert’s training facility in North Carolina, and plans to hold some locally at area race tracks in the upcoming months. Visit his Facebook page (www.facebook.com/northeastcycleservice/) for the latest info.