BMX – from a 1970s California bike craze to an Olympic sport

The origins of BMX (an abbreviation of Bicycle Motocross) can be traced to the early 1970s in southern California when children adapted their road bikes for the thrill of dirt track racing. Manufacturers soon took advantage of the craze and began selling specially-made bikes. By the early 1980s, BMX had become hugely popular not just in the US but in Europe and other countries.

International timeline:

  • 1977. The American Bicycle Association (ABA) is organised as a national governing body for the growing interest in BMX.
  • 1981. The International BMX Federation is formed and holds its first BMX World Championship the following year.
  • 1993. BMX is recognised and integrated into the Union Cycliste Internationale.
  • 2003. BMX becomes an Olympic full-medal discipline, marking its debut at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

TVTA is pleased to present a gallery of international print images featuring BMX bikes, clothing, accessories, and promotions as advertised throughout the 1970s and 1980s.


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Retro toys in Coventry part one: the Coventry Transport Museum

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This is part one of my two-parter featuring retro toys exhibited at the Coventry Transport Museum and the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in the city of Coventry, West Midlands, UK.

You can see part two Here

I’ve always enoyed visiting the transport museum and was pleased to see it once again following its recent refurbishment. If you get chance to visit do so – you’ll see a fascinating display of British Midlands’ transport heritage as well as a current exhibition of classic tin and die cast toy vehicles such as Dinky, Corgi and Matchbox.

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I couldn’t end the post without at least showing some of the amazing examples of ‘real’ transport on display.

How many of these do you recognise?

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