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BMX Community Mourns John Kovachi

October 19, 2011 by · Comments Off 

Cycling World Mourns John Kovachi

Some terrible news this morning out of Atlanta. Long time wheelbuilder, and BMX Industry friend John Kovachi has died at an Atlanta-area hospital. He was 46.

Going up to bed last night, my final thoughts of the evening were of John. Lyn and I knew he was in very serious condition…but also knew he had faced health challenges before, and had come out stronger than ever (John was a heart transplant recipient, more than a decade ago). It is chilling to now know that, as hopeful thought and prayers for John’s recovery were our focus here in Chicago, a timezone away, in Atlanta, he was likely in his final minutes on Earth.

I reached out to John’s brother, David, to express our condolences, and to offer our help in getting the family’s statement out to Johns thousands of fans in the BMX community–really the cycling community, in general.

The outpouring of condolences and messages of love and support from the BMX community has been immediate and massive, with thousands of facebook messages and tweets hitting the Internet before daylight.

We last saw John at the NBL Grand Nationals, barely 30 days ago. In times like these, you always find yourself saying “If only I’d have known it would be our last meeting.” A good lesson in there.

Kovachi Wheels, the company John founded in 1989, was the most respected company of its kind in our industry, and anyone who ever did business with him would agree that he was always there, as a member of the behind-the-scenes pit crew that made our fastest, and most promising athletes more than they could ever be without his help. We’re all fifth in the semi today, without John’s presence.

UPDATE: 4:53PM EDT: Doran Bradshaw posted the following on his facebook page:
Visitation will be held Thursday at Carmichael Funeral Home in Marietta from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. A Funeral Mass will follow at Transfiguration Catholic Church on Blackwell Road in Marietta Friday at 3 p.m.

There will also be a graveside service Thursday Oct. 27th at 2pm at Kennesaw Memorial Park for those that will be out of town this weekend.

We will be bringing you more on this deeply-loved member of our community later today. But as I sign off this piece, one of my favorite songs of all time comes to mind.

—Mike Carruth



4th Annual Dixieland Vintage Show A Success

April 5, 2011 by · Comments Off 

Dixieland Vintage BMX show

By Justin Earl, PorkchopBMX.com

The 4th Annual Dixieland Vintage BMX Show was held in conjunction with the ABA
Dixieland Nationals on April 2nd, 2011 in Powder Springs, GA. More than 50
bikes were entered across seven classes: 70′s Race, 80′s Race, 90′s
Race, 80′s Freestyle, 90′s Freestyle, Cruiser, and Retro. One prize was
awarded for the best in each class. In addition, prizes were awarded for
Best in Show and Best Survivor.

Here is a rundown of how the categories were awarded:

Best in Show: Jason Potts, 1988 Hutch XL24 cruiser (prize: Landrace 26
Cruiser frame/fork/padset from Porkchop BMX)

Best 70′s Race: Patrick Edwards, 1976 Suzuki GVX-1 survivor (prize: Custom
number plate from HRP Designs as well as t-shirts from HRP and Clayborn and
a NOS ACS seat clamp provided by Jeff Haney from CW Racing)

Best 80′s Race: Alex Holder, 1983 Vector Mark II (prize: wheel build/rebuild
from Kovachi Wheels)

Best 90′s Race: Carl Baker, 1993 GT Pro 24 (prize: set of Kovachi flip-flop
hubs from Kovachi Wheels)

Best 80′s Freestyle: Robert Holfels, 1987 Redline RL20-II Prostyler (prize:
$75 store credit from Porkchop BMX)
Best 90′s Freestyle: Rob South, 1999 Diamond Back Venom (prize: $75 store
credit from Porkchop BMX)

Best Cruiser: Fred Melton, 1985 Zeronine Pro 24 (prize: NOS white CW handlebars and NOS Revcore drop out savers both provided by Jeff Haney from CW Racing)

Best Retro: Jason Potts, 2004 Redline Squareback (nickel) – this is one of those only 100 made that came packaged in a display case – it was awesome to see one built up (prize: Custom number plate from HRP Designs as well as t-shirts from HRP and Clayborn)

Best Survivor: Bob Deily, 1982 Gary Little John BMX Pit Bike (prize: wheel build/rebuild from Kovachi Wheels)

Free hot dogs were also provided to participants by Ball Park, and free event t-shirts from Porkchop BMX were given to each person who entered at least one bike.

Kovachi Flip-Flops on Hubs

February 10, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Kovachi BMX Racing hubs

On the campaign trail, nothing could be worse than being accused of flip-flopping on an issue. “I voted for it, before I voted against it,” and all that. Well in the wiley world of BMX wheels, flip flopping can be the difference between a greasy-handed white knuckle haul through the pits after a freewheel change took too long, and moseying on over, all factory like.

John Kovachi has resurrected his popular line of BMX Racing hubs with these bad boys. Offered in 28 and 36 hole patterns, 406 grams for the set with sealed bearings. They can be used with freewheel sizes 14 and up, and come in your choice of black or silver.

Retail is $139.99 on kovachiwheels.com

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