Sobriety

Shaking Dirt from his Helmet

Shaking Dirt from his Helmet

Skip Van Leeuwen was one of the best Tourist Trophy Steeplechase riders in the history of AMA racing. Van Leeuwen dominated AMA TT competition in the mid-1960s.

"I told them racing was just a temporary thing and that I was just doing it for fun,
 recalls Van Leeuwen. "I promised my mom that when I made expert I would quit racing. Then I went out in my first expert race and there were all the guys I grew up watching and were my heroes. I just happened to get a great start and won the race and of course after that I was hooked."