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Marty Smith’s Last Interview: Parts 2-3

By Brett Smith

These are the final two installments of Marty Smith’s last interview, where he discusses how he ended up being one of American Honda’s first factory riders and how his relationship ended with Honda after the 1979 season (what he calls the only regret of his racing career).

David Dewhurst did this interview at Marty’s house just two weeks before he and his wife died in a dune buggy accident at the Glamis Sand Dunes

The interview was for research in the making of “Motocross: The Golden Era”, a book now available at It ships free to customers in the United States. 

Marty Smith’s factory Honda Elsinore 125. Photo: David Dewhurst

Among many other accolades, Marty was the first ever 125MX Pro Motocross Champion, a title he won in 1974 and repeated in 1975. He was also considered the first superstar of American Motocross. 

Marty Smith at the 1976 Rio Bravo Pro Motocross. Photo: David Lack

Chapter nine of “Motocross: The Golden Era is dedicated to Smith”. The book is 480-pages and filled with 600 gorgeous images he captured as a photojournalist during a pivotal era of the sport: 1972-1985.

I can’t stress enough what a masterpiece this book is and Dewhurst’s photographic talent shines within it. Check it out at

A coffee table book possibly heavier than your coffee table. Ships FREE from the We Went Fast Shop