I would like to thank Dan Clark for the Indian Mini Mini racing pictures below. Dan raced Indian Minis in
the early 70's and sent me the pictures below. He also included some pictures of a factory Mini Mini sidecar.
Indian1-72: This picture was taken at Will Rogers's coliseum in Ft. Worth, TX. and was one of my first races on the bike,
not very fun considering how slick it was in there....You can tell from the size of my eyeballs!!! Ha Ha Ha.... The bike was
the silver color with no modifications.
Indian2-73: This picture was taken at Ross Downs in Colleyville, TX. It was my first year to do really well racing this
bike. It was still completely stock, other than the yellow paint job.
Indian-73: More of the same, taken at Ross Downs in Colleyville, TX. The really neat thing about this track is that
is was pretty much the center of flat track racing in North Texas during the early 70's. I was fortunate to see top riders
at an early age racing here. Riders like Freddie Spencer and his brother Danny, Mike Kidd, Terry Poovey and many more...
Indian-red73: This is another from Ross Downs in 73', This time I am borrowing my friends bike because my sponsor closed
up (a sign of things to come for Indian) and he was unable to race because in his first race with the big bore piston installed
he crashed into the back straight wall and broke both of his legs. He was in a body cast from his waist down from that. This
bike also had a custom down sweep pipe on it. The really funny thing about the big bore piston modification is that it was
nearly impossible to get, at least for me anyway.
These are the pictures of the sidecar that I had told you about, they were taken in 1972 at the Devils Bowl
Speedway in Mesquite, TX. The color of the bike was orange. I was asked to ride the bike for a photo shoot of the bike for
my sponsor, Motorcycle Sales of Dallas. All I really remember about the bike was how slow it was with a passenger in the sidecar,
but it was neat nonetheless.
Indian Tribe: This was taken in 1971, it was a funny picture for me because it was my first race ever on the bike and I
had only ridden it twice before the race, once at the dealership around in the parking lot, and the last at the practice track
there at Ross Downs right before the race where I had fallen for the first time.... I got a really fat lip from the fall...I'm
#17N, my buddy Randy Rhodes that loaned me his bike in 73' is rider #X I don't really remember the other riders though. When
I quite racing after the 1973 season I had won 23 trophies mostly 1st and 2nd place in the 2 years of racing the little Indian,
and in 1973 I placed 2nd in the Mini Championship race in Texas. I did race one more time in 1974, my parents took me to watch
the races just for fun and it just so happened that a new "Italjet" dealer in the Dallas area wanted to show how good their
bikes were and asked for a volunteer from the stands to race it!! Well my dad goaded me into doing it... I finished 2nd...and
collected my last trophy as a kid. I was not impressed with the Italjet though, I thought it was a lot slower than the stock
Indians that I raced before.
Indian mini race: "Smiley's" lead was short lived...he faded to 3rd...#96 Dodd Dyson finished first and #83
Dan Clark finished 2nd... As you might notice all the front runners are on modified bikes with the "Big" piston modification
and custom down sweep pipes that were popular in flat track racing at the time...
Indian-72: I'm not sure who this rider is...