just north of Husqvarna and signed a one-year contract.
They said that I would go straight to America after being
on the Swedish national team at the 1966 ISDT in Poland.
In the time between our meeting and the ISDT, they put
me in the factory for a couple weeks to teach me everything about servicing Husqvarnas. Then, when I was in
Poland, Edison Dye came up to me and said, “Hello, Lars.
Here’s the key. There’s the car. Take it to Brussels and fly
to Chicago. I’ll meet you there.” I said, “Okay.” I thought
Chicago was a suburb of San Diego [laughs]. That proved
to be wrong.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRST RACE IN
AMERICA? Edison Dye picked me up and he said, “We’re
going to go racing. We’re going to the Indiana State TT
knobbies on it out, people gathered around to look at it.
People had never seen knobby tires at a dirt-track race.
They said, “Hey, what is that? What are you doing? You
won’t stand a chance with those kind of tires. You need
dirt-track tires.” Edison told them, “Oh, it’s okay. This is
called a motocross bike, and we just want him to ride it
to show what it can do.” I whipped them with those tires,
and after the race the fans gathered around to talk to me,
but I didn’t speak English. All I could say was: “Husqvarna
… very good-quality Swedish … very good motorcycle.”
Edison repeated this story many times over the years, and
he always laughed, because the spectators shook their
heads and said, “Them California boys sure talk funny.”
AT THE TIME, WERE YOU THE ONLY
Championship.” I didn’t know what a TT was. At the race
I signed up as “Larry Lawson,” because under FIM rules
I couldn’t take part in any racing that wasn’t sanctioned
by the FIM. My Husky was still in its crate, and when
we pulled this Swedish two-stroke with Trelleborg
MOTOCROSS RACER IN THE COUNTRY? Oh, abso-
lutely. The people had never seen a motocross race or an
actual motocross bike. I went around to many dealers and
many places. One night outside Kansas City I saw an
airplane up in the air, and I just started bawling;
“After the race the fans
gathered around to talk to me,
but I didn’t speak English. All I
could say was: “Husqvarna …
very good-quality Swedish …
very good motorcycle.”
Arne Kring Bengt Aberg Lars Larsson Gunnar Lindstrom