Helping injured riders and their families since 2009

Rookies of '79 is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that helps injured riders and their families.

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Your chance to win an XR750 is here!

January 27, 2023

Tickets will go on sale Saturday, January 28th, at 12 PM Eastern.  They will also be available at the Hot Shoe Hall of Fame's Motorcycle Industry Celebration in Las Vegas.  Tammi Richmond will be present at the registration table from 4 to 6 PM, then you can catch up with her inside from 6 to 10 PM.  There is a total of 500 tickets available, $200 each, and the drawing will be held once all the tickets are sold.  We will announce a date and time so hang on tight to those tickets!  Click on the Bryan Smith XR750 flyer to be taken to the page for ordering tickets.  (NOTE:  The winner will be issued a 1099 for tax purposes)

We are still so very grateful to Tony Westbrook for his generous donation of this motorcycle and are raising funds to help the injured in his loving memory.

Click on this picture to be taken to the page to purchase tickets.

There is a $5 shipping charge per order as the hard copy tickets will be mailed out to everyone.  Thanks!

Jeffrey Carver still needs our help

January 27, 2023

After everything he went through after his accident in December, Jeffrey ended up back in the hospital after having some breathing issues while bicycling.  Fans love this kid and want to see him back on the track healthy and in his best shape ever.  

Please click on his picture below and you will be taken directly to his donation page.


November 28, 2022

Get out your Christmas lists and take a look at select Rookies merchandise that is currently 40% off!  Yes, that's right - 40% off t-shirts (adult and youth), hats, and hoodies! Get yours today and shipped in time for Christmas! Click on the pics below and it will take you to the pages where you can place an order. We've also added select Estenson Racing merchandise to this sale. Click on the "shop" tab above and scroll through our store (you may find something else there that you'd like!). The sale ends on December 31st at 11:59 pm EST. Here's some of what's available:

Amateur Rider Steve Griffin Injured

December 6, 2022

Steve Griffin, of Newcastle OK, was injured this past weekend while participating in a flat track event at the Creek County Arena in Tulsa OK.  He underwent surgery for two broken vertebrae in his back and four broken ribs.  He'll be hospitalized for an undetermined amount of time and will be looking at a lengthy recovery.  Anything you can do to help him and his family during this time, especially with the holidays fast approaching, will be greatly appreciated.  Thank you!


November 14, 2022

We are all saddened to hear of the passing of Richard Weirbach on November 1st.  His family is asking that anyone who would like to make a donation in Richard's name, please click on his picture and it will take you to our page in the store where you can donate to help our injured riders.  We do ask that if anyone wishes to donate more than $1,000.00, please send a check to 3989 Springer Lane, Springfield IL 62711.  This way we can avoid excessive credit card fees.  Please continue to keep the Weirbach family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Vito Addabbo has suddenly passed away

November 17, 2022

Vito J. Addabbo died suddenly on the morning of November the 8th, 2022. He was 69 years young. Vito was born in Harlem, NY on October 19, 1953 to the proud parents of Antonio and Grace Addabbo.  Vito had a long love and passion of motorcycles. He started working for F.W. Speer Inc. in 1976 and then became the owner in 1990’s. Vito raced, road, and breathed motorcycles. Whether is was physically racing, spectating, or hitting those roads; he was always on a bike. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made in Vito's name to the RO79 charity to raise funds for injured flat track riders. If you have any questions please reach out to Charlie at 217-899-1811. Also, if you wish to donate more than $1000, please send a check to 3989 Springer Lane, Springfield IL 62711. That way we can avoid credit card fees.  All you need to d is click on his picture and it will take you to his donation page.  Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.


October 23, 2002

These lucky winners should have already heard from Charlie by now to make arrangements to pick up their new motorcycles!  Thank  you to everyone who participated in these raffles and helped raise a lot of money for our injured riders fund!!  Hope everyone has a wonderful rest of the year and we'll see you at the races in 2023!

Ryan Varnes Memorial Scholarship Fund

August 31, 2022

The generosity of this racing family is absolutely amazing.  With funds raised by Ryan's Memorial Fund they have decided to create a scholarship in his memory to allow a fellow rider to go to college like he did.  We have closed the memorial donations on the website and have created a new one for his scholarship fund.  Click on his pic below to be taken directly to where you can make a greatly appreciated donation.  For anyone who wishes to donate more than $1K, please send a check to 3989 Springer Lane, Springfield IL 62711.  This way we can avoid those credit card fees.  Thank you to all who have donated so far and to those who will be adding to the scholarship fund.


Rookies of '79


Welcome flat track family! We can't thank you enough for helping us fulfill our mission to help our injured flat track riders in their time of need. Please explore your options here to either donate to our general fund, donate to a special fundraiser, purchase items, view our current auction items, or sign up for one of our special events!! 

We are an IRS approved 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so donations are generally tax deductible*! Every dollar helps goes to fulfilling our mission of positively impacting flat track riders and their families that are struck by racing injuries.

*Individual tax situations vary. Please consult with your tax professional.

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Our mission is to positively impact injured flat track motorcycle riders and their families as quickly as possible when a racing accident occurs by providing financial assistance.