Magazine was established in July
of 1999 by John Willis. John has been a huge fan of motocross
his whole life. He has a degree in Graphic Design from Abilene
Christian University and went to work at a few different
advertising agencies to gain his knowledge in design and
publication. While he was attending college he bought a
1991 KX250 and started racing motocross in the DFW area
as well as the West Texas tracks. While racing over the
next several years, John saw the need for a full color,
glossy Motocross magazine
that featured amateur and pro racers, moto businesses, and
industry from the great state of Texas. His dream came to
life in the winter of 1999 when he meet up with the legendary
moto photographer Jeff Cox. With John's deign and publication
skills and Jeff's awesome photos, the first
issue was brought to life and debuted at Ponca City
in July of 2000. Over the last 9 years
we have assembled a great team of contributers that make
Holeshot Magazine happen issue
John Willis is the Editor and publisher
of Holeshot Magazine. He was born in 1967 in Durrant
Oklahoma. He has been married for 9 years to his wife Melanie
and has a dog named Roxie. John has a degree in graphic
design from Abilene Christian University. He has been a
huge fan motocross his whole life. His first bike was a
1979 RM 80 when he was 16 years old. His first race was
a Mosier Valley night race in 1992 at the age of 26. His
favorite pro racer of all time is Damon Bradshaw.
"I have the best job in the world,
I have combined my two passions which are motocross and
design together for a career. I love my job! " John
still gets out and rides and gets in a race here and there
in the over 40 class.
John Willis interviews
Evil Knievel for a feature story in an upcoming issue of
Holeshot Magazine at the Ft. Worth Motorcycle Expo back
in 2004. Photo by Jer
Holeshot Magazine Contributors
Read below to find out a little bit more
about some of our team...
||Shand Garcia is
Assistant Editor at Holeshot Magazine. Stemming
off of a friendship through racing with John Willis
dating back to the early 1990's, Shand has been with
Holeshot since May 2004. Shand can be seen, and
heard, at the tracks doing both Holeshot Mag
PR work and announcing races. Shand brings a love to
the sport that originated when he was an infant, having
been born into motorcycle racing. His duties at Holeshot
include articles, interviews, race coverage, limited
advertising, as well as our Track Directory Guide which
features Track phone number listings with practice and
race dates. In 2007 Shand authored and published "Berm
- The Texas Motocross Chronicles" .....
a 40 year history book on Texas Motocross, and also
took over the removable fork seal protector company....
Sox. If you see Shand at the track please say hello,
and grab an issue of Holeshot from him.
Wallace Director of Photography
Tim started riding at a very early
age and started racing in the early 70's. He has been
obsessed with motocross all of his life. However,
later injuries and life commitments have limited the
ability to continue to race at any sort of competitive
level, but he wanted to stay involved in the sport.
Tim's passion for the sport and love for photography
have synergized to keep him active in the industry.
Tim joined Holeshot just after its
inception and brought the very first digital images
to ever be printed in a motocross magazine to the
table and after much debate, we made history being
the first to prove that digital does print.
Since joining Holeshot, Tim has traveled
the US to cover pro and amateur events so that we
could all enjoy the in your face coverage.
This all came with great financial and personal sacrifice.
At one time almost all the photos were from Tim until
our list of incredible contributors grew to a point
he could slow down and enjoy the contribution of others.
Tim has worked in the oil and gas
industry for the last 25 years and is married to his
beautiful wife, Janette. They have four boys, Ryan,
Brandon, Logan and Justin. Tim continues to shoot
moto and share his knowledge with some along the way.
Tim and Janette also own a very lucrative photo business,
JMarie Photography, which covers a huge range of other
types of photography.
||Aaron Remkus - Contributing
Born - Sept 22, 1971. Dallas, Tx.
Years Riding - 23
Years Racing - 12
Occupation - Systems Analyst
Education - BSEE
Bikes - CRF250 and KXF450, #914
Equipment - Canon MK III ID
Both photos are by Becky (Rebecca Hale)
||Ray Blakley is has
almost 30 years experience in general media, web design,
advertising, direct mail and multimedia. He's the owner
Creative. Since the beginning he has contributed
to the advertising and website for Holeshot Magazine.
In his spare time he crews with his cousin Doug Hamaker
on his Haymaker
125 drag boat team as a crew leader, tow driver
and publicity director.
Involvement with Holeshot Magazine:
Writer, Accounting and general assistance
Years riding experience: Since 1979
First Bike: 1975 Kawasaki KD 100 (I was 13)
First race: Mosier Valley Night Race 1982
Some Racing Highlights: Worked to become an Expert
by early 1985, raced at Lorettas that year in
250 B modified (but the bike broke in the first moto!).
I raced against Bob Hannah in Englishtown, New Jersey
in 1986 and rode in a television movie with Brad Lackey
and Steve Wise.
Racing Heroes/Influences: Bob Hannah, Roger DeCoster,
Mike Bell, David Bailey, Rick Johnson, Jeff Ward,
Danny Chandler, Dennis Hawthorne, Danny Storbeck,
Bill Newkirk and many others that I raced with and
rode with back in the day.
Industry Experience: Worked for motorcycle dealerships,
Yamaha of Texas and Northeast Cycles, for several
years throughout high school and college
Education: Bachelors in Finance from UTA
Current Profession: Business Owner / Entrepreneur
Family: My wife Julie, and kids
Kaleigh and Allie and a dog named Cookie!
I still love riding, Im a fan of motocross and
I think Holeshot Magazine is one of the highest
quality motocross publications available.
||Roy Jenkins is an announcer/chaplain/journalist
and author of three books: "Devotions for Racers,"
"Racing Fuel for the Spirit," and "Dirt
Bike Ike." He has been married for 26 years
to Linda and they have two children, Lacey soon to be
a High School English teacher, and Kyle, an assualtman
in the Marines. Roy's main mission in life is to bring
the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ to the MX community,
and gets to re-live his childhood by racing Vintage
I am 42 years old, I grew up in England kickboxing and
racing RZ350s. I moved to the USA in 1990. I have been
working as a Paramedic in the Fire Dept for 18 years
here in New Mexico, when I am not at the fire Dept,
I am either snowboarding, or at the MX tracks with my
two boys Brandon aged 14 and Liam aged 8, they both
race MX. When I get to the local tracks, I work as a
Paramedic to help out and take pictures of riders for
||Russ Erbe is a contributing
photographer/writer from West Texas. Russ began contributing
to Holeshot in 2008 and regularly covers races
in West Texas along with a few Pro SX and MX events
each year. Russ had a few dirtbikes growing up, but
injuries forced him to stop riding in his 20s.
In his early 30s Russ took up photography and
it quickly became his passion and he found his way back
to the MX track. After a few years of shooting MX, he
couldnt stand it anymore and had surgery to repair
a damaged shoulder so that he could start riding again.
Now Russ is having to split time between photography
and riding and he couldnt be happier doing so.
Russ lives in Lubbock, TX with his wife and 3 children.
Russ manages the public computer labs for the Technology
Department at Texas Tech University, shoots as a freelance
photographer for the Lubbock news paper and does other
forms of photography as a side job for his photography
business called ErbemanPhotos.
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