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I am an old guy from Paul's past and very interested in any and all of his exploits.  We met for the first time in thirty odd years at Chehalis, WA during the vintage motorcycle races.  We didn't get to spend a lot of time in conversation as Paul was busy with a friends needs, one of the racers that has a health problem.  Paul can fill you in on that particular friend who is a lesson in grit if there ever was one.


Early Days
I believe Paul and I were Dirt Diggers at the same time, or so he thought.  The Dirt Diggers were my first racing club in 1955 when I bought a 500cc AJS from Jack Baldwin.
I'm 82 years old now and my memory is suspect.  I was the Sales Manager for Bud Ekins for a couple of years before joining Joe and Betty Jean Parkhurst to start Cycle World magazine for Carting World.  I was officially the Advertising Manager but in reality the only one with motorcycle experience.  Joe was a good photographer and paste up artist while Betty Jean took care of business.  Carol Anderson Simms was the Girl Friday.  The success is history!
Paul had worked for Bud earlier as a mechanic's helper I think and is where he got the nickname of "Grunt".  When I was at Bud's I believe Paul was working at Kolbe Honda in Woodland Hills....Dave Ekins and Andy Kolbe were old friends and I believe Andy owned the bike Dave was riding at that time, a modified 250 NSU {?}.
I don't remember ever racing against Paul.  I rode a Jawa for a short time but that was before Paul did.  Walt Axthelm was the reason I bought my 350 Jawa twingle.

Jack Fullwood on a
57 Matchless in the Mojave desert

Yep, that was me on my 57 Matchless 350 somewhere in the Mojave desert riding a hare and hound.  I haven't a clue as to which one though.  I rode the 350 class on the Matchless and on the Jawa.  Over the years of desert racing I rode a 175cc DKW, 200cc DOT, 250cc Greeves, 350cc Matchless and Jawa, 500cc AJS and Triumph, 500cc Vellocette, and 600cc Matchless Typhoon.  I suffered serious injury in my first race on the 500cc AJS in 1955 and rode injured through 1962 with a shoulder that dislocated often, but early on I learned how to put it back in the socket so I could continue the race.

On one occasion at Crater Bowl Dave Ekins tried to put it in place for me but to no avail....another rider named Peter Papkey [sp?] taught me how to do it myself.  I only broke one leg and that was on  Nick Nicholson's 250cc Greeves in a hare and hound race and I had to ride a long distance through the desert back to the truck on the broken leg. 

I did break a knee cap at the Nails in San Pedro on my DKW, but that's another story. Rusty Nails was the location of old Army barracks that were torn down leaving all the nails strewn everywhere.  Rarely could you go there without getting a flat in the beginning, but later of most had been cleaned up.  Most of the two-strokes were fuel burners that competed there but I never changed from my desert gas mix in order to be on par with the hot-shoes.  When it was the only show in town it was better than sitting at home.


Racing Days
In the year that the photo of Walt leading Paul and Preston Petty was taken, Walt was one of the fastest riders around on both the 250 Jawa and his BSA Gold Star.  I can't say that Paul was not about to lap Walt, but.....
At most of the scrambles there were usually the same riders doing battle.....Walt, Feets, Bruce Jackson and Charlie Hockie on Velocettes, and a guy by the name of Don Sparger who won many events on his BSA.
In the desert most of the go fast boys were Triumph mounted, although every now and then a BSA would make a good showing.  Then came a couple of lightweight riders by the name of Gary Conrad and Charlie Hockie on Greeves that won over all.  Early on Matchless was the dominator until Triumph hit the scene in '55 with the TR-5 and in '56 with the TR-6 that reigned supreme for a long time.
Every club had riders capable of winning but in my opinion the name of Bud Ekins remains at the






Club Riders
Right off hand it is hard to put names with clubs.  Oh, Buck Smith was the top Shamrock rider; The Checkers had several but Billy Postel was, in my opinion, the better desert racer, however Al Rogers was a very good aboard a Matchless.  I guess Vern Hancock was the best in the Rams MC with Dave Ekins the best lightweight rider. Dusty Coppage was the 4 Aces MCs best.  I think Charlie Hockie belonged to the Prospectors MC.  Walt Axthelm was a San Gabriel MC rider, and I think their best. I forget what colors Bud Ekins rode under, but he wasn't much of a club man when I worked with him.  There are so many that I can't think of, but for everyone of the top riders there were dozens of also ran riders like me.  Paul Hunt was among the good   Scrambler MC riders along with Preston Petty who rode as a professional.
I am numb trying to dislodge information from so long ago. The list of riders and clubs go on and on......
  Cycle World
The beginning of Cycle World was in itself an adventure.  Joe and B.J. had magazine experience and even though we had caught up with Cycle magazines honest prescription list by the third issue selling the biggies in the industry on advertising was a hard row to hoe.  Carting World decided they would kill the magazine; but the Parkhursts and one investor from Road and Track assumed the printing liability and we continued.  I made a rush trip back East in '62 and secured contracts from the major manufacturers and import people as well as several other important to our cause.
The magazine kept all of us very busy, and testing motorcycles became more important than my racing so it was then that I started phasing racing out.  I even bought a small racing sail boat as a diversion and family fun project.  That led to our twelve years of living aboard our sail boats and a three year cruise to the South Pacific and back.  I left Cycle World and went with Kawasaki Motor Corporation as a District Manager and it was from there that my wife, youngest daughter, and I cut the dock lines and sailed South in December of 69.  When in Hawaii in '71 I became the Sales Manager for Yamaha of Hawaii for our years stay in Hawaii.
Once back home I worked four years building a 40' cutter for a trip to Europe that was cut short due to family illness and that was the end to our boating life.
I spent the next 8 years doing boat graphics in Marina Del Rey, CA before moving to the Northwest.  All I can say is that it is green, and that the state flower for Washington should be mildew!
As for Paul, he is a one of the kindest characters from our motorcycle history.  He is a man of few words who hates his computer. 
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