I am a cabinet maker by trade and have owned my own business for 23 years. I have been married for 18 years to my beautiful wife Becky and together we have two wonderful children Cassie age 15 and Titus age 14. Titus is my dirt bike rider and Cassie is a Daddy’s girl.
I started riding motorcycles when I was seven years old but did not start racing until age 19 and that was on 3 wheelers by age 20 I bought a 86 CR500 to cross train to help build endurance for the atc racing and then by the late 80’s bought a TRX250r and started racing Pro 4 wheelers and purchased a 89 CR250 to again help with my training.
After a while fell in love with the dirt bikes and sold the atv’s and started racing only dirt bikes a 92 CR125 and a 93 CR250 I raced until 1999 , I kind of did it backwards by starting out on a CR500 but the price was right.
After Becky and I had our first child the motorcycle’s took a back seat and I did not start riding again until my son moved up to a KX 65 and then it was time for dad to get another dirt bike. I bought a 2009 YZ250 2-stroke and rode it one time on a track and back came the memories and I just had to start racing again but did not want to take the risk of modern tracks so I started looking for a vintage bike and ended up with my 79 YZ250 and as it happened I ended up coming home with a basket case 79 YZ400 as well which by the way is one of my favorites. Then just this year I bought a 73 CR250M so I could race on Saturday.
Hometown: Ashland VA
My partner in life: Faye
Favorite Food: Seafood and Pizza
Favorite Dog: My Aussie, Bjoern (Icelandic for Bear)
My Heros: Mom & Dad, Mom said ok on the first bike, Dad took me to first race.
First Race: 1973 on a friend’s Honda SL100
District 13 250 Expert from 79 to early 82, career change, had to stop riding.
1998, re-assembled my original 78 CR250R, the only bike I kept when I had to quit.
Been racing AHRMA events since 1999.
Steve Hoover #61s will be racing both Saturday on Vintage (pre-75) and Sunday on Post Vintage MX. Racing in the expert classes Steve is 56 years old and enjoys the camaraderie and sportsmanship that is at the core of vintage racing. Steve races Maicos, Bultaco, and Yamaha’s for the most part. The photo provided was taken at the last AHRMA National held in Missouri a few weeks ago.