Iconic A&A Racing Bus Found Abandoned


The old A&A Racing bus has been found.
The old A&A Racing bus has been found. Greg Creech

Ray Abrams is a tuning and bike-building legend in the California dirt track scene. His business, A&A Racing, built bikes for just about every “legend” dirt track rider of the era (Kenny Roberts etc) and his now closed shop in San Carlos was the incubator for a generation of dirt track riders.

 

The A&A Racing bus, which traveled to the races in the 1970s and 1980s, was an iconic part of the California and national dirt track scene. It was everything a race team needed: mass transportation for bikes and crew, a mobile workshop and place to sleep and eat. It disappeared in the late 1990s as A&A scaled back and then closed.

It’s now been found in Northern California.

Apparently abandoned on a street in Oakland the bus is now used by local homeless residents for shelter and other activities.
Apparently abandoned on a street in Oakland the bus is now used by local homeless residents for shelter and other activities. Eric Kondo

 

On the upside it is still recognizable as “Ray’s bus”. The A&A logo is on the driver compartment and, surprisingly, the A&A grill is still intact.

Downside? It’s being used as a homeless shelter, drug den and also a place where men and women will consider being extra friendly in exchange for money.

KENNY ROBERTS ON AN A&A RACING BIKE AT THE COW PALACE.
KENNY ROBERTS ON AN A&A RACING BIKE AT THE COW PALACE. thanks, Kenny Roberts

 

 

 

 

 


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