The majority of Old School Sunday content seems to come from 1988 when I think about it, today is another one to the list. Enjoy the GT Freestyle Team Show from Augusta Georgia featuring Gary Pollack, Robert Castillo, Martin Aparijo and Billy Swoope.
Nice to see Billy Swoope footage. His mother Lynn ran the AFA in Florida and did so much for all of us back then. Like most kids I don’t think we appreciated it enough. I saw the Knoxville stop of this tour, I lived in Florida and was visiting Tennessee for the summer. Martin as always the showman and ambassador. We all loved him. Great post.
Billy had a brother named Steve, right? i remember seeing them at the AFA comps…
Steve Swope. Is Hoffman’s buddy from OKC
Yes Lynn did a lot for us back then. I practiced & competed also at these contest and rode with Billy, Kevin & Marlow a lot with the MCS team before Martin, Josh White & Brian Scura was on tour with GT I think in 1987 to Gary’s Bike Shop in North Miami Beach Florida where Martin had Billy & Kevin Sponsorsed onto GT.
We rode often around Billy’s home practicing pretty steady in Miramar Florida on our off time. I have had no luck contacting Billy at all, by any chance, do you know how I can by any chance? By the way, which contest did you ride? I believe in was Hollywood/Ft. Lauderdale was where most contest were held but I recall competing in Key Biscayne & Miami Springs as well. Then we often had shows for the boyscouts.
I miss the 80s. Loved seeing Martin trying to ride ramp. He may have gotten a half foot of air:)
I have 1988 Gt Show from Howell. NJ. Josh White , Goro Tamei, Billy Swoope and Jason Jeffery. I will have to go through it and edit out the crap
Notice:Must Wear Hard Hats…..and they did,lol.
Billy’s family & I were very close in these days riding weekly together when he lived in Miramar Florida together on the MCS Team before Martin, Josh White & Brian Scura came to town I believe in 1987 came on your down to North Miami Beach at Gary’s Bike Shop performing behind the store (like here) where Martin had Billy & Kevin picked up on sponsership by GT. Billy’s mom held all our local contest & MCS Shows prior. Martin came to town office spending days at a time riding with us periodically which was nice.
Unfortunately this destroyed the MCS Team as we had no one to pull the ramps. Marlow & I were to young. But I have been trying to reach Billy, would you know how I can reach out to him?