Extreme Lifestyle

Motocross racing has been a large part of my life, and our family’s for the last 12 years. Stephen and Ricky have been racing amateur MX almost 40 weekends a year since 2000. Stephen retired from amateur racing 2 years ago to start his own business and partner with Pam and I. Ricky continued on, and turned Professional this past June.  We are blessed with the time and finances to attend almost all their amateur races, and now we are able to see him race as a pro. This is a dream come true for me, as I raced amateur mx as a teen, and always dreamed of being a pro rider. Well, both Stephen and Ricky were much better than I was, and both accomplished much more than I did. Here is a look at a very different side of our lifestyle than you might ever expect. After 12 years, hundreds of races, thousands of motos, millions of dollars, and countless memories, here we are…..

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I started riding motocross in 1974, with 3 close friends. Mike Bundy, Rush McMomas and Barry Elam. This is me with my Yamaha 125 and Dodge van in 1977.

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1978 Sanford NC. Now riding a 1978 1/2 RM 125 C model.

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We all had one bike, one helmet, one set of gear.

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1978, Pam and her puppy, at one of the many amateur races we attended.

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Mike Bundy, getting the Holeshot in the 250 B class, at a track named SME. This track is still operating, its the oldest mx track in Virginia, now called Actiontown. Mike and I both raced here, as well as Stephen and Ricky. Pretty cool.

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1979, me with my 1979 KX 125 A5.

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L-Dub on his favorite bike of all time. I sold this bike in 1980 to have money for our honeymoon.

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Me and Stephen, age 3, enjoying another day with a free dad.

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The boys, 4 and 2.

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I was hoping for a shortstop and second baseman, but MX was in their DNA !

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Here they are on their KX 80 and KX 60.  #12 was for Double with qualified legs, 14 was for FAA points. You gotta keep you goals in front of you. It worked!

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Local practice track, Stephen telling Ricky he can do the jump. Ricky Honda CR 80.

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Stephen and his Honda CR 125.

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SW putting in the work!

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This is the boys trophy room, and bike shop. Ricky`s #141,  Stephen`s #102, other rider I helped #34.

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Ricky as a amateur, B class, holeshot, Loretta Lynn Regional, Red Bud Michigan.

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RW, 120 ft triple jump, Georgia.

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RW, getting some air on a supercross practice track.

The boys racing has taken them to 23 different States(including Hawaii), and across the pond to Europe. Here we are celebrating Team USA’s victory at the MX Master Kids in Belgium.

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Ricky putting in the work, 2010, just before turning pro.

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Personal Freedom means you can attend Mid Week pratice sessions, as well as any race you want !

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Pam and I at Rickys last race as a amateur.

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The big time, AMA Pro Nationals

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Ricky, now on Team Dragon, KTM 250, #690

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Millvile Minnesota, 2010

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RW, Unadilla NY

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Ricky’s Team Dragon is run buy AG Motorsports. AG is initials for, Amazing Grace ! Pretty cool..

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A proud Mom and her “Little” boy! Yes, we “Live the Dream” every day. Now Ricky is Living his. Dreams do come true!

What are your Dreams? Make them happen too…

– L-Dub

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Heritage Tour – Washington, DC and Philadelphia, PA

I just got back from a great road trip to our current nation’s capital and our original nation’s capital. My traveling companions were my son Stephen, Johnny D and Matt Lee. We were meeting our friend Jody Victor in Philly.

We arrived in Washington, DC just in time to see a spectacular sunrise. Once the sun brought the city to life, we headed north to one of my favorite places on earth – South Philly and South Jersey, my old stomping grounds.

The purpose of the trip was to host my good friend, Jody Victor first class, VIP style. While there we took in two Phillies games, Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the oldest Italian Restaurant in America, and world-famous Donkey’s.

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-Sunrise, Washington Monument

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– With my brother Rick serving a tour in Vietnam, and my sister’s fiance giving his life there, this is a very special Memorial to me.

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-Freedom Is Not Free

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-A blessed cotton candy sunrise over the Capitol

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-The Lincoln Memorial comes to life

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-Abe.  I love his Geico commercial!

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-It is a beautiful building though.

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-The sun is up, now we’re off to Philly!

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-Independence Hall. Where Godly, inspired men founded the greatest country on earth.

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-This is a very special room. All of the founding Fathers sat here.

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This was Jody’s first visit to Philadelphia and all of these historic places.

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This is what the Founders saw back in 1776.

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-I’ve been to Independence Hall many times. It’s very rare to see the second floor. This is the Governor’s Office, all Original! Floors, furniture, almost everything from the 1700`s.

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-Also upstairs was an Armory. Jody Victors family made the musket balls just outside Philly. Of Course!

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-It is even more special when you can experience history with your son.

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-This place was awesome. Christ Church, where many founding fathers were members and attended Sunday service on a regular basis.

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-This was George Washington’s pew. He and his family sat in this very box for many years.

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-Me, Jody and Ben Franklin, sitting in Ben’s pew!

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-We had a private tour of the Liberty Bell. We were in for 2 hours before it was opened to the public. I’m so glad security didn’t find us! whew…

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-We even had time to set up the LTD backdrop.

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-Jody seeing the Bell for the first time.

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-So much for separation of church and state? Leviticus 25:10 is on the bell, our undeniable symbol of Freedom !

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Now we’re off to some Phillies games and some awesome food!

L-Dub

PS- check out my sports blog www.ldubstyle.com for more about the games we saw…and food we ate!

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Princess Week at the Princess Hotel

Last week was pretty fabulous. Mom and I spent a week at the St. Regis hotel in New York City with some of her friends Mia Ayers and Nancy Ayers. The ladies were there for a special shopping trip for Mia and I got to tag along to document with photos and video.

The St. Regis is our very favorite hotel. We call it the Princess Hotel because we feel like a princess every minute we are there!
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After all three ladies arrived, we took the hotel’s “house car” to dinner, which just happened to be a Bentley!
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Speaking of food, we had some great meals during the week…

Starting with breakfast at the hotel, this french toast was perfection. A great way to start the day!
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Lunch at Pastis, a little French cafe in the Meatpacking District…
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Dinner at Radiance Tea House…
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And of course dessert at Serendipity3!

Frozen Hot Chocolate is always a great way to end any meal…
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Like I mentioned before, this was a special shopping trip so we were women on a mission! And let me just tell you we were very successful in our quest!

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When we weren’t power-shopping or eating delicious meals, we found time to fit in a few evening activities. We caught a Broadway show and afterwards took an exciting Pedi-cab ride home!

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It was a wonderful week and I am so glad I was able to share it with these special ladies!

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-TM

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Vintage Bike Show

Here are a few shots from my trip to Ohio with Mike Bundy, where we were
looking for vintage bikes to add to our collections. We both came home with
some beautiful bikes.

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For two moto-heads like me and Mike, this is as close to heaven as you can get-

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This one will need a little restoration-

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This guy is really into vintage with his 70’s Pinto, complete with luggage rack-

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We saw some beautiful, original classics at the show-

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Yes we had a great time, Yes we saw some beautiful machines, and Yes…Mike bought 3 and I bought 2.

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L-Dub

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Family Beach Trip #2

I promised you in the last post for the more athletic side of the trip, and here it is. Namely, when Ricky and Stephen are around, the action is non-stop! They don’t sit down for a minute and they get us to all join in the fun!

Wakeboarding, Surfing, Paddleboarding, Tubing…This is what filled up our days on the water:

Ricky is our resident backflipping wakeboarder…

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and Stephen is the resident surfer…

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Stephen and Matt hanging ten…

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Teaching Roxie how to Paddleboard…

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And finally relaxing after all that activity…

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We absolutely love boating. There is nothing better than being on the water with the wind in your hair and the sun at your back:

Mom and Dad on a sunset cruise…

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Dad, Ricky and Matt taking the boat for a spin…

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The best part about our trip is the time spent together. We laugh ALOT, and just enjoy being together. It’s always special for Mom to bring her parents down for part of the trip too and we treasure all the memories we make with them.

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As busy as life is lately, it’s nice to just slow down and enjoy the beauty of the beach and the joy of each others company.

TM

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Family Beach Trip #1

The last two weeks in July were spent having an incredible family trip to the Coast of NC. We visit here every summer, and it is always wonderful spending quality time together, playing hard, relaxing hard and eating well. It’s hard to fit two weeks worth of fun into one post, so I will post a few different sets of photos from the trip.

One of our favorite things about the beach are the sunrises and sunsets. We get up early to see them, and plan our dinners around them… Here are some of our favorites from the two weeks.
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In order to be in the best spot possible to catch these masterpieces we like to take the boat over to a nearby deserted island to have a prime viewing spot…
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this is also the perfect time for long walks on the beach and hunting for sharks teeth
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This has been the more relaxing side of the trip…in the next post I’ll show you the more athletic side!

TM

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Meet the Family

If you are reading this blog, you probably already know the Winters Family. But for the newcomers we thought we would introduce you to the gang for future reference…

Larry-
loves sports, collecting vintage motorcycles, travel, good food, photography and mentoring:
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Pam-
Loves horseback riding, shopping, all animals, and staying active. Completed the 2009 NYC Marathon!:
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Tara and Matt-
Love living in NYC, their dog Roxie, and traveling & exploring:
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Stephen-
Loves being a business owner, being outdoors, guns, and being awesome:
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Ricky-
Loves motocross, fast cars, gadgets, watches and more guns:
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Mikko-
loves food, food, food and more food:
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Kaiser-
loves playing and running at top speed through the house:
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Moto-
loves destroying tennis balls, and chasing squirrels:
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