"THE PRESENT CAN'T EXIST WITHOUT THE PAST"
This section concerns mainly the History of European BMX. However, since I have been involved in the international development of this sport world-wide in the early days (1974 - 1984) and did have many contacts all over the world, a wide range of world-wide BMX developments have been documented as well by me.
HOW IT ALL BEGAN
I started competing in moto-cross events in 1963 and it was during those events that I had a competitor called, Pierre Karsmakers who also was a starting moto-cross rider at the time. Pierre Karsmakers was contracted by YAMAHA USA ending 1971 and would leave Holland some time April 1972 for the USA to live and work in California as a YAMAHA USA moto-cross team rider. He had a very nice sister that became my friend, fiance and in 1968 my wife. After my active career as an international moto-cross rider 250 cc in 1973, I became trainer/coach of about 8 Dutch top-riders in moto-cross and trial. Among them 4 of my brothers-in-law, Pierre, Paul, Frans and Toon Karsmakers. I was the personal coach of the youngest Karsmakers, Toon for some years. In the years to come, Toon did win 3 Dutch National titles in the 500 cc International class.