100%… It is how I try to live my life.
In 1982, I got a phone call from a guy I knew at the races. His name was Drew Lien. The conversation went like this:
Drew: I dig your bull dog style and never give up attitude. I’m starting a company and would love to sponsor you. I can’t pay you right now, but I will give you all the free product you can have.
Me: Whats it called?
Me: What will you sell?
Drew: Heat shields and numbers.
Me: I’m in…
A few months later, all the top racers ran 100%: Bailey, O’mara, Ward, Glover, Lechien, Kehoe, Holley, and the list goes on.
From that point on 100% has been my life motto. I am giving 100% in whatever I do. Truck racing, coaching, working or loving my family. Win or lose. Happy or sad.
If I am giving 100%, I can go to sleep KNOWING I have done my best.
Drew has past, but his dream lives on. He was a special person with a big dream. God Speed my friend.
HOW MUCH EFFORT DO YOU GIVE?
Read the Press Release below for more info about the return of 100%:
100%, “How Much Effort Do You Give?”
Back in 1982, with just a hundred bucks to his name, the likeable young Drew Lien (then Jim Holley’s mechanic) came up with a cable guide and a stick-on heat shield as leading products for a new company he was dreaming of starting.
“Everything back then was alphabetical” said Drew Lien in a 2004 interview; “DG, FMF, CMC, HRP, and so on. So I thought that ‘DRP’ (Drew’s Racing Products) would be an awesome name! (Laughter)… My buddy Chuck told me not to name it that. So I went home, and I was sitting on the couch, looking at a poster I had of Bob Hannah, who was number 100 one year. And I thought, “What does it take to win? You’ve got to give it 100% like Bob does…” And I named her “100%” on the spot. And what’s funny is, everyone, and I mean everyone, told me not to name her that! And the truth is, that name is what has sustained her popularity today. She just seems to mean something to people.”
This noticeable 100% logo started to appear out of nowhere on factory bikes, riders’ jerseys and chest protectors. Not just any rider…we’re talking Bob Hannah, Ricky Johnson, Johnny O’Mara, David Bailey, Jeff Ward…the cream of the crop. To this day, it is very rare that a logo or saying comes along so strong that Hall of Fame athletes choose to run it without any agents or contracts or business discussed.
100% Brand relaunch video
30 years have passed since those days many still call the golden age of motocross, and in spite of the brand’s ups and downs, the logo and its strong meaning has stayed synonymous of iconic moments and images which have built the roots and history of what is modern motocross.
Today, 100% is about to inspire a whole new generation of racers and ask them the original tag line, “How much effort do you give?”
Expect a news release about the upcoming product line this January 2012, before Anaheim 1.
As Drew said back in 2004, “Just a big, big thank you to anyone who ever saw that 100% logo, and ‘got’ what it is all about. That’s all I ever wanted.”
For further info:
- Contact 100%: [email protected]
- Visit our website: www.ride100percent.com
- Tell us your 100% story, when you first saw the logo and what 100% means to you? [email protected]