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John Purse

Filed under Hall Of Fame on April 23, 2012 | Comment(s)

John "The Jackal" Purse started racing in 1981 at Armadillo Downs in Conroe, Texas. Little did he know from that day forward he would go on to be one of our sports all-time greatest. The Jackal has over 30 years racing experience, with 17 of those years racing at the professional level. After turning Pro at the ripe age of 17 (forging his mother`s signature in the process to do so), he won in his A-pro debut and jumped up to the AA-pro ranks in four months time. John has never been one to back down from anyone, at anytime, and his riding style reflected this as well. He would scrap for everything he got on and off the track. This led a fellow competitor - Eric Carter, to nickname him "The Jackal". After struggling on the circuit for a few years, John began to win more steadily and won his first two No.1 Pro titles in the NBL in `95 and `96. The following year, The Jackal would have his best year yet - claiming the UCI World Championships (in Canada), as well as the ABA National #1 Pro title. Following that season, with full support from Redline, John had the confidence and determination in 1998 to break the ABA record for "Most Wins in a Single Season" - standing on top of the podium 25 times in a single season. It`s one of his many career records that will be hard to beat. John is ranked second on the list of all-time AA Pro wins, with 71 ABA mains. He also holds the ABA record for most AA Pro Main appearances in a career - set at a remarkable 310. **He is the only Pro with over 300 lifetime mains. His unrivaled accomplishment of popularity awards include 3 consecutive ABA Golden Crank Awards for "Pro of the Year" (`97, `98 and `99), BMX Plus! Pro of the Year (`98 and `99) & 1999 SNAP Magazine NORA Cup Rider of the year.

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