Tony DiStefano, winner of three AMA 250cc National Motocross Championships, and winner of many Supercross events, and an Inter-AMA title will be honored with the Edison Dye Motocross Lifetime Achievement Award on Sunday, November 1st during the 25th Annual MTA World Veteran Motocross Championships at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino. This award honors the riders, promoters, and industry trailblazers that have made the biggest contribution to the sport of motocross in America. DiStefano will join riders like Torsten Hallman, Joel Robert, Roger De Coster, Bob Hannah, and last year’s recipient Brad Lackey that have been previously honored with the award.
Tony D (as he was called by his fans) was one of the top champions in the 1970s. Distefano seemed like an unlikely star in motocross. Most of the top riders had come from the west coast and Tony, from Pennsylvania had a physic more like a football player (6′ 1″ and 200 pounds) than a motocross jockey. Even after finishing in the top ten eleven times in his rookie season, he still received minimal support from CZ.
That would change in 1974 when he finished second in the 500cc National Championship and then joined Jim Pomeroy, Brad Lackey, and Jim Weinert to finish a best ever for America second place in the Motocross Des Nations.
Riding for the Suzuki factory in 1975 he would join Gary Jones as a 3-time 250cc National Champion. During his career, he won 16 AMA MX nationals, including victories in Supercross, 250cc, and 500cc motocross and Inter-AMA and Trans-AMA competition. After retiring, DiStefano founded a successful motocross school and continued the school despite suffering paralysis in a riding accident.
Tony still lives in his native Pennsylvania with his wife Anna and has a grown daughter Dana and a son Joey.
Saturday night, October 31st at 6:00PM at the Sturges Theatre in San Bernardino will once again feature the Monster of Motocross event with the always entertaining Bob Hannah handling the emcee chores. Todd Huffman (MX Files) will have never before seen footage taken from the USGPs at Carlsbad Raceway and some other surprises. Expect a room full of champions from the past and lots of laughs!
At Glen Helen on Sunday a special display will be presented by The Early Years of MX Museum featuring photos, posters, memorabilia, and machines similar to the ones DiStefano rode during his career. At 12:30PM, DiStefano will be presented the Motocross Lifetime Achievement Award with compelling stories by his friends and competitors. DiStefano and a cast of VIPs will be available for autographs following the presentation.
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