Filed under Hall Of Fame on April 22, 2012 |
With a winning attitude and professional training techniques, Cecil Johns was the leader of the "body building" Pro class of the mid to late 80`s, sometimes wearing a weight belt when he raced. He was ranked #4 in BMX Action`s "TERRIBLE TEN" of 1987, which put him as one of the 10 fastest amateurs of that year. He was fast, but that sometimes got overlooked because of his flamboyant personality, bold attitude and straight-forward speak. He is the one to credit with creating Nor. Cal. Pride. All of the bay area riders in the late 80`s ran the letters NCB on their number plates, which stood for Nor. Cal. Boys. There has always been a BMX rivalry of Nor. Cal. versus So. Cal., but Cecil, along with Terry Tenette and the entire Calabasis crew, turned this small rivalry into world war proportions. They created their own Nor. Cal language, as well as their own race style. Cecil was the first guy to be heard talking about "pimpin` " and "treatin` " riders, and he also coined the term "pull" (or "full pull") when a rider was really layin` down the power. Cecil was also responsible for helping put Boss, the official Bike of Nor. Cal, on the map; coaching, forming and shaping the incredible underdog team, Boss Racing, to the powerhouse it became. Up until that time, So. Cal. was the place to be. But thanks to Cecil`s campaign for Nor. Cal. Pride, he made it cool to be where ever you were from. In his own words, "So. Cal. was played out". He encouraged every group of riders from anywhere in the country, to be happy with where they lived. Riders no longer had to dream of making it to So. Cal. to be a true BMXer. Cecil Johns proved you can create your own scene no matter where you’re at. His untimely death was a shock to the BMX community and a sad end to one of the all-time most outspoken AA-pros the sport has ever seen. Cecil told it the way he saw it, with his classic humor and a laugh.
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