Appologies for the less than snappy title but what it lacks in punch it at least makes up for in information. Anyway I’ve recently I’ve found myself addicted to a few Intagram accounts ran by fine souls who seem to spend their time photographing or scanning their collections of BMX magazines, for us tragic nostalists to waste our lives pouring over.
First up is UKBMXHistory. It seems all the pages of BMX Action Bike that I had on my wall have recently been returned to me on a daily basis every time I pick up my phone. God some of these shots are so indelibly burned into my brain that it feels like I’ve just put the bloody magazine down, yet it must be 30 years since I’ve seen some of these images. The local BMX track shots are especially good and show a unique British view of BMX at the time, with fully team kitted riders mixing it with estate kids on shitty Burners, wearing Parkas and Doc Martins boots.
SnakebiteBMX and Superexstatic seem a bit more focused on the mid school period and much like in skateboarding, I’m most fascinated with these times. The period when the mainstream lost interest and a handfull of the dedicated underground reclaimed their subcultures and evovled them into what they are today. Its so great to see shots of bashguards, dirt jumping, ClubHomeboy stickers and S&M Holmes all over again.
From both of these accounts via comments and likes you can find quite easily get lost on other IG accounts of those who’ve keep made BMX what it is, and keep it alive and well today. I was particularly stoked to find one of my home town heroes is still riding via instagram, Geth Shooter.
As a footnote a little while ago I contacted Tim Leighton Boyce as I’ve always felt a BMX Action Bike/RAD Magaizne book is well overdue. I got a very nice response letting me know the subject has often been attempted, in the form of an exhibition and/or book but he is only part of the story. TLB has the archive for mostly the skateboarding period i.e. RAD Magazine but old school racer Tim March seems to have the archive for BMXAB and earlier BMX related stuff. We need these guys to get it together so next year I can have an the Anthologoy of BMX Action Bike and RAD magazine book in next years Christmas stocking.