Hill is one of the most qualified riders a student could ask for to teach the sport of off road riding. His career began in 1967 when he first started riding bikes. Because of his desire to win and the effort put forth to achieve victory, Hill has learned what a rider must do to be great in the rough and tumble sport of motocross.

“NEVER GIVE UP YOUR DREAMS AND ALWAYS KEEP PUSHING YOUR LIMITS, EVEN WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE TO.  THAT’S WHAT YOU’VE GOT TO DO IF YOU WANT TO WIN!”  …BARRY HILL

Barry Hill and Bike

In 1967 Hill moved to Topeka, Kansas. He found himself in an off road riding world. Hill’s father “Big Daddy” Eldon Hill had accepted a football coaching position at Seaman High School in North Topeka.

Big Daddy

Big Daddy

barryfirstbike_smHe lived close to what was then known as Goodyear cycle trails. It wasn’t long before Hill was on the trails every chance he had. “I bought a Honda 50 Super Cub with my paper route money. I was in the 5th grade.”

When Hill needed repairs to his bike, he was directed to a small shop in Oakland. “Little did I realize I was in the presence of the Godfather of Topeka off-road, Ron Bedell. He was so bad he’d start a total mud race with no goggles or visor! He was the man, a true Topeka legend. “I was thankful to be part of it.” At 17 years old, Hill and Jack Meier of Meier Ready Mix built the first AMA sanctioned motocross park for Topeka. Hill laid out the course and Jack followed on a bulldozer. It was called “Northpark”.

Barry and Jack

Ron Bedell 1st Sponsor Mother's Box Van

Ron Bedell 1st Sponsor Mother’s Box Van

"Godfather" Ron Bedell

“Godfather” Ron Bedell

Only two years after his racing start, Hill found himself in California at the Husqvarna International Training Center. He lived in his van as he followed the National Championship, learning as he went. He spent three winters in Florida riding the roughest tracks in the world. “Gas tank deep ruts and three foot moguls, those call for a complete physical conditioning program.”

10th Place Gator Back Park

10th Place Gator Back Park

Barry training in Las Vegas swamps

Barry training in Las Vegas swamps

Eventually Hill moved out west where he was a resident of Las Vegas, Nevada for 20 years. He attended the American Honda Motor Company in Torrance, California where he became a certified pro race service technician and riding instructor for Chuck Trickle’s Honda of Las Vegas. In 1995, Hill placed 20th in the World Vet Championship in San Bernardino, CA.”

Chuck Trickle and Barry at Mammoth Lakes, CA

Chuck Trickle and Barry at Mammoth Lakes, CA

Certificate of Completion
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While Hill realizes that a training instructor alone can’t make a rider successful, he does feel that a good one can prevent costly mistakes, explain techniques and furnish insight that would take a rider years to discover on his or her own. While victory may be short lived, the substance of the sport is the experience. It is there to be shared by both the gifted and the average. “Knowledge is a treasure that will follow his owner everywhere.”

"Magoo" Chandler - Best on Earth

“Magoo” Chandler – Best on Earth

Training Riders at Apex, Las Vegas, Nevada

Training Riders at Apex, Las Vegas, Nevada

Barry takes 6th Place - Atlanta, Georgia

Barry takes 6th Place – Atlanta, Georgia

Magoo - April - Barry

Magoo – April – Barry