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

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September 9, 2022

When Honda Went Dirt Track Racing.

Enter now for you chance to win this incredible 560 page coffee table size book. Chronicling the fascination history of the development of the Honda Dirt Track program of the early 80’s and 1990’s.

This book written by Gerald Foster and Chris Carter has over 60 interviews. Not to mention this particular one has been signed by many legends.

The book retails for $224.99 and is said to be worth every penny by anyone that has ordered one. Tickets for the raffle are $5 for one or 5 tickets for $20.

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.


August 26, 2022

Hard to believe the 2022 American Flat Track season is almost over.  There are only 4 events left where you can purchase tickets for one of the three motorcycles we have this year.  But if you can't make it, no worries.  You can get them here too!  The drawing will either be during the finale at Volusia on October 15th, or at the banquet on October 16th.   Tickets ordered online will be mailed or sent via email when it gets closer to the drawing.  Don't miss out on a chance to get a really cool motorcycle!!  Click on the photos below to order your tickets today.  The Yamaha is $25 EA or 5 for $100, both EFTRs are $5 EA or 5 for $20.

Dan Stanley Injured at Castle Rock TT

August 16, 2022

Super Twins rider Dan Stanley needs our help. He was involved in a vicious crash that took place during his comeback ride at the Castle Rock TT on Saturday, August 13th. He suffered a fractured neck and needs the help of the flat track community now more than ever. It's going to be a long road to full recovery for him and his family as we have been informed that he will be in a neck brace for 3 to 5 months. This could all change if surgery is needed making the recovery even longer.  Dan is a family man and is the main source of income. They all need our support to make his recovery a bit easier as he will not have to worry about paying his bills.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Charlie at 217-899-1811


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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.

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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.