Public Relations Specialist
Starting out in his father
Earl’s Pasadena motorcycle business, learning
to run a drill press and grinder by age 12 was normal
for the industry and sport. Rebuilding roller bearing
crankshafts and doing valve jobs by 16 was extra credit.
Getting a ride on Darryl Packard’s Suzuki, Paul
set a 50 cc production class speed record of 64 MPH
at Bonneville. Soon after, starting at age 18, Paul
ventured off to campaign a drag racing stock car for
three years. Back to motorcycles, desert racing and
enduros soon followed, along with often pitting for
brother Bruce during his short speedway racing career.
Shortly after speedway motorcycle racing started at
nearby Irwindale Racing, Paul became the pit steward
for speedway and starter for the night motocross races
at the popular racing facility.
In the meantime, annual August trips to the Bonneville
National Speed Trials in Utah saw Paul help Earl with
officiating there. Learning to do speed record timing
and technical inspections, including post record run
engine measurements, Paul obtain recognition from the
Federation of International Motorcyclist (FIM). Carrying
that certification with him, Paul worked the 1982 World
Speedway Championship in the Los Angeles Coliseum as
timer and inspector.
Riding desert motorcycle races and enduros eventually
involved Paul into dual sport trail riding. From that,
Paul ended up on the AMA District 37 Board of Directors
(a position he still holds today) as Dual Sport Referee,
managing the year-round calendar of 15 dual sport events.
Actively promoting the 500 rider LA-Barstow to Vegas
National Dual Sport ride in November keeps Paul busy
during the speedway racing off-season.
Taking advantage of brother John’s offer to buy
him out from his share of the family motorcycle business
in 2012, Paul took advantage of that friendly offer,
after 45 plus years of working at Flanders Company.
Coaching and managing Little League teams, serving on
his kids’ high school Boosters Club board, and
working with the American Motorcyclist Association,
Paul brings with him a variety of experience to serve
as our Public Relations man. Paul recently obtained
Speedway Clerk of the Course status with the FIM, just
in case a speedway grand prix were to come to the USA
and additional officials are needed.