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nice flat tracker out of a motocross bike. Most guys would be very happy with this bike for multiple seasons, but Jack Phinn isn’t most guys. His first day ever on a short track, Jack figured out how to pitch it sideways. He was immediately hooked. He began racing the very next weekend, starting out in the Amateur class (which is like starting in Intermediates), and led his first-ever race until the last lap. The following weekend Jack trucked up to Ventura, California, and won, but in the short span of two dirt track races, Jack realized horsepower was extremely important. So, he built a 450 and immediately moved up to the Expert class. Soon after he got on the 450, Jack tried a few laps on a framer and had to have one. What is a framer? Unlike Jack’s first CRF250 and CRF450 dirt trackers, which used the stock Honda motocross frame, a framer is a bike with a custom-built dirt track frame. Jack wanted a framer, and when Jack wants some- thing, he borders on obsessive. His meticulous nature was evident in the custom mini bikes he made at Big Minis (before the bottom fell out of the mini business). SHOP TALK: AN ODE TO OCD In the world of dirt track, all framers are custom built. Each builder has to make decisions about how to put the mis-matched pieces together. Some framers are cobbled together with cables and hoses akimbo. There are some with uneven transitions between the seat and gas tank, and zip-ties and duct tape hold more than a few framers together. And while the majority are built with impres- sive workmanship, Jack Phinn took his CRF450-powered frame to the next level. It is a work of art. Every time we touched it, Jack would come along with a soft cloth and spray bottle to make sure we left no fingerprints.