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It’s been 14 years since a British rider, Jamie Dobb captured our last World title after a titanic struggle against injury claiming the 125cc World Title for KTM, after the glory years of Graham Noyce, Neil Hudson and Dave Thorpe though-out the 70’s and 80’s.

However one British artist, Rob Kinsey has made his way to the top in the world of Motocross art  through hard work and determination. Rob’s work adorns the walls of Youthstream’s Geneva Headquarters, CEO Stefan Pierer’s office at KTM Austria and is in high demand from clients such as Honda Europe, KTM and many team owners and private collectors worldwide, but just how did the 58 year old Brit. rise to the top?

 Rob, you seem to have been around motocross for many years in different roles, how did it all start?

Our family moved up from Crewe Cheshire in 1968, when my parents bought a garage just north of Kendal, Cumbria. My uncle Jack gave me his old DOT 197cc bike and my dad, Fred, who had worked at Rolls Royce in the design dept. explained how to get it going. After that we started schoolboy scrambling, racing against Noycey and Neil Hudson and progressed up in to the adults, racing Montesa’s for Paul Ludlam M/c. I then got a good deal on a Maico 440cc in 1978 and had a great year winning Yorkshire GN, second in supports at Hants Grand International at Matchams etc.

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Rob Kinsey leading Don Brockbank, Hutton Conyers, Ripon, 1978

During this time I was studying Technical Illustration at Blackpool Art College, learning all aspects of art and how to do cutaway illustrations of engines, parts diagrams etc. These were drawn by hand using ellipse templates, Rotring technical pens etc  All of my college projects were motocross based and I approached TMX News, whose editor Bill Lawless gave me my first break, publishing a series of 3 centre page drawings of Graham Noyce, Neil Hudson and trials rider Nigel Birkett.

Illustation of Graham Noyce and his Honda in TMX News

Illustration of Graham Noyce and his Honda in TMX News

How come you didn’t continue with TMX News?

Back then the print industry was heavily unionised and I wasn’t a member of the N.U.J.(National Union of Journalists).   The in-house graphic designer at TMX complained to Bill Lawless who didn’t want to upset the apple-cart at their offices in Morecambe.

What did you do after graduating?:

I worked for a couple of studio’s in Manchester, but soon became tired of doing repetitous parts illustrations, for companies like David Brown Tractors, so I moved into sales of art materials, then onto Dunlop Motorcycle tyres and also several bicycle companies such as Muddy Fox and Dawes.

Were you still involved in motocross?:

Yes, after a brilliant holiday to California and seeing Supercross in San Diego for the first time , I came back and formed my own company Stadium Motorsports Promotions Ltd. I was also in contact with US Supercross founder Mike Goodwin and arranged meetings for us at Wembley Stadium and also represented Goodwin and his Stadium Motorsports Corp at the 1984 FIM Congress in Munich. We were awarded 2 rounds of the inaugural World Supercross Series in 1985, The Rodil Cup at WembleyStadium, London and the La Coliseum.

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L/R: Mike Goodwin, John Davis of Wembley, Rob Kinsey and John Garner Controller of sport Wembley Stadium.

What happened to the Wembley event?:

We had contracts all signed with Stadium and backing for many of Goodwin’s US sponsors, Coca Cola, Wrangler and Honda, but it all fell apart when the ACU demanded a £10,000 sanction fee for Wembley. Goodwin’s exact words were: Fcuk that!, I can get LA Coliseum or Anaheim permit from the AMA for $2,000 US dollars and I know I will get 20 to 30,000 paying fans.  On the way back to drop Mike off at Heathrow airport, he offered me a good deal on his Supercross footage, so I formed Stadium Video Europe ltd, and had 7 great years distributing Supercross, AMA Motocross nationals and Rick Johnson instructional VHS videos throughout UK and Europe. Eventually the fledgling sports TV companies, such as Eurosport, BSkyB started buying up coverage, curtailing the home video market.

What next:?

In 1988 I started  Moto Travel organising package tours to Motocross des Nations and our big event was the Bercy Supercross in Paris. The first year we took 350 British fans to the event with 6 coaches and also chartered an aircraft for a VIP package. Looking back these were great times and I made £39,000 profit from that one event, a lot of money back then!  The second year we did the Paris event again trips to Namur and also the USA Experience Tour, 2 weeks in California with 25 guys taking in the Superbowl of Motocross and USGP.  We had some great years but the 80’s recession and downturn in the economy hit ticket sales.

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How did you get back into artwork?:

I’d been a sales manager for various bicycle and motorcycle companies, but became burnt out of the constant pressure to sell more, lonely hotel rooms, driving, mountains of reports, 70 hour working weeks etc. Recently re-married I discussed it with my wife Jo and decided to go back to my artwork and see if I could resurrect my career?  At the last minute I decided to drive down to the 2006 MXDN at Matterley Basin, Winchester, blagged my way in the press room and saw this exhibition of paintings by a French artist, the press, industry were all raving about! I thought,” I can do better than those” and encouraged by my old friend Davey Coombs I did two paintings of Jim Pomeroy and “Holeshot Unadilla”, featuring Chuck Sun. RacerX featured these on their website and named me “Artist of the Year” in their year end annual awards. The phone started ringing and several orders came in overnight from the USA.

Anthony Sutton of Dirt Bike Rider also gave us some great publicity at the International Dirt Bike Show.

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“Holeshot Unadilla” print featuring Chuck Sun #24.

We then set a target of the 2007 Motocross des Nations at Budds Creek, Maryland USA to launch Rob Kinsey Art, creating a body of original paintings and also limited edition giclee prints to exhibit.

Working flat out all summer, Rob created a body of work to exhibit as well as Limited Edition Giclee prints and enlisted the help of old friend Davey Coombs. We flew all the originals and prints out to RacerX offices in Morgantown, West Virginia and enlisted services of a local framer to frame several prints. My first exhibition was at the British MXGP at Donington Park, where Youthstream had agreed to display my work in the Press Office. I also had Chuck Sun flying in to race the Vets championship for CAS Honda. We got the paintings all displayed but there were problems with Chuck’s licence and entry. Rob was sat in Giuseppe Luongo’s office’s when he got a call from the hospital to say his mother Bet had died suddenly. The Ward Sister said there was nothing that would happen until after the bank holiday weekend, so stay at Donington and do the exhibition, it’s what your mum  would have wanted!

Paintings on display in Donington Press Office.

Paintings on display in Donnington Press Office.

Shocked with the news, Chuck Sun and friends rallied around and Rob made many great contacts that weekend and after organising the funeral, flew out to Washington DC, to visit the capital and meet up with his old friend Davey Coombs at RacerX offices in Morgantown, West Virginia, where he had shipped all his paintings and print stock.

Parking their hired motorhome up in RacerX carpark, Rob and Jo were given the tour to meet everyone and Davey gave him the keys to his Mercedes, saying he didn’t need it for rest of week, so go enjoy the sights of West Virginia. Customs import delays on paintings were sorted out, exhibition stand built and onward to Budds Creek Maryland for the 2007 Motocross of Nations.

Rob and Jo were then invited to a reception at the Belgian Embassy in Washington DC, to present Team Belgium to the world’s press and for Rob to present Roger DeCoster with one of his paintings.

Roger DeCoster painting presentation at Belgian Embassy.

Roger DeCoster painting presentation at Belgian Embassy.

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Artist Rob Kinsey and Roger discuss the painting on the lawn of the Belgian Embassy, Washington DC.

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Jo Kinsey attends to customers at the Budds Creek MXoN exhibition stand.

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Display of painting’s used for opening titles of RacerX video show each night of their MXoN coverage.

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We hosted Danny Maggo Chandler on our stand, selling his video’s and enabling him to meet his many fans!

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Jo Kinsey, Jeff Castina, Rob Kinsey and Chuck Sun enjoy the warm humid weather at Budds Creek.

The Budds Creek MXoN event was a great success, selling many prints and original paintings, launching Rob Kinsey Art into America, a big thanks to Davey Coombs and promoter Jonathon Beasley for all their help in making this happen!

The profile of Rob Kinsey Art now changed to more commissioned work of original art and less on the print sales. KTM Austria commissioned a painting of Tyla Rattrey to celebrate his 2008 MX2 World championship, presented at the Donnington Park MXoN in the Red Bull Hospitality suite.

Ryan Villopoto painting bought by his parents

Ryan Villopoto painting bought by his parents

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Artwork on display in Team USA pits, as the Supercross organisers Feld Ent. enjoy the hospitality.

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Giuseppe Luongo and Danny Magoo Chandler with the Chamberlain Trophy at Donnington Park.

The following year at the Motocross of Nations in Franciacorta Italy, Youthstream commissioned a painting and presented it to Ricky Johnson and they also paid for Danny Chandler to attend and threw a surprise birthday party for him Saturday night.

Giuseppe Luongo presents a painting of Maggiora 1986 to American legend Ricky Johnson.

Giuseppe Luongo presents a painting of Maggiora 1986 to American legend Ricky Johnson.

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Giuseppe sings Happy Birthday to Magoo and presents a Birthday cake. Sadly this would be Danny’s last visit to the MXDN, as he passed away the following May.

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To celebrate Mikka Ahola winning the Enduro World Championship, Honda Europe commissioned this painting of the “Flying Finn”!

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The following year he defended his title and Honda Racing manager Roger Harvey wanted something different, so commissioned this illustration which we etched onto Copper plate and presented to Mikka. Sadly Ahola was to lose his life in a freak training crash month’s later.

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Honda Europe also commissioned a painting of World Supersport champion Kenan Sofuoglu.

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Presentation at Honda Europe HQ to Kenan by Robert Masterson of Honda.

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I was commissioned by Alan Bott of Pemberton Tyres to paint Nick Haskell’s original photo of Georges Jobe jumping over Andre Malherbe at the 1984 Hawkstone Park 500cc GP, as Alan was in the crowd. Once completed, Alan upon hearing of Georges battle with Leukaemia, decided to give this original to Jobe. We flew to Belgium, met up with Georges at his house in Retinne and enjoyed a great afternoon and a few Jupiler beers together!

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Roger DeCoster with a painting to celebrate his many years as Team USA manager at Lommel 2012.

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Youthstream commissioned 3 painting for Lommel, Paul Malin, tribute to Roger DeCoster and Valadimir Gudkov of Invest trade bank of Russia.

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Roger DeCoster accepts his painting at Youthstream Awards evening.

In 2012 KTM Austria won 12 World titles across Motocross, Enduro, Rallye and Road racing. I was commissioned by Pit Bierer, Head of Motorsport to create a painting to be presented to Stefan Pierer at their Christmas party at the factory in Mantighofen Austria.

KTM riders celebrate 12 World titles with CEO Stefan Pierer at the factory.

KTM riders celebrate 12 World titles with CEO Stefan Pierer at the factory.

KTM Austria 12 world championships commission.

KTM Austria 12 world championships commission.

One of Rob’s biggest commission was to celebrate Giuseppe Luongo’s 30 years of promoting Motocross, at a party at the 2013 Italian MXGP at Maggiora, Italy. The canvas was 6ft x 2ft in size.

From top left malherbe, Jobe, Vekhonen, cairoli, Bayle, Omara , Stefan Everts, Bierer, Rick Johnson, Bailey, Villopoto, Thorpe, Geboers and Puzar. Portrait is of Giuseppe & Ursula Luongo of Youthstream.

Stefan Everts, Usulla & Giuseppe Luongo, Jean Michel Bayle, Alex Puzar  and artist Rob Kinsey at 30th Birthday party.Painting from top left Malherbe, Jobe, Vekhonen, Cairoli, Bayle, Omara , Stefan Everts, Bierer, Rick Johnson, Bailey, Villopoto, Thorpe, Geboers and Puzar. Centre Portrait of Giuseppe & Ursula Luongo of Youthstream.

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Maggiora track from restaurant at top of this classic venue.

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Outdoor pool at restaurant with track behind the hedge.

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To celebrate the life of Marty Moates, film producer Todd Huffman made a film of the his 1980 USGP victory and commissioned two paintings of Moates, which were auctioned at the film premier re at Spreckels Theatre in San Diego, California.

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Tom White owner of the Early Years of Motocross Museum  placed the winning bid for Marty’s painting.

In 2013 Youthstream commissioned a painting of 8 time World Champion Tony Carolli, whose father passed away that summer.

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Painting in Tony’s villa near Rome.

Looking foward to 2016, Rob is working on a collection of paintings to celebrate the 30 years between 1986 MXDN at Maggiora and the upcoming 2016 race at this classic Italian venue. A healthy commission book reflects and enviable reputation Rob has built up as one of the world’s premier motor-sport artist’s.

A packed church in Retinne, Belgium gathered to honour 5 time World Champion Georges Jobe, who passed away on 19th December, finally succumbing to Leukemia after a brave fight!
Waiting to welcome Georges coffin into Church were a Guard of Honour of many of his friends, former team mates and GP rivals with well over 25 FIM World Motocross Championships amongst them. The glory days of the 1980’s 500cc World Championships represented by Eric Geboers, Dave Thorpe, Andre Malherbe stood proudly alongside legends Joel Robert, Stefan Everts, Michaelle Rinaldi with many more former GP riders such as Johan Boonen, Raymond Boven, Jean Paul Mingels etc., together with modern day World Champion Davide Phillipaerts and many GP riders, all united to see Georges and pay their respects.
The service was relayed to the crowds outside via speakers, with emotional tributes from daughter Maite and son Vic alongside many moving eulogies from family and friends. The Priest gave such an emotive eulogy for Georges in French, spoken with such passion of his spirit as a competitor, his steeyl determination and as a loving father and coach to many young riders such as Arnaud Tonus.
TV’s played a fitting tribute to a true champion, one of the legends of the Belgian Motocross dynasty that dominated tracks around the world for decades and sponteneous applause broke out spreading outside.
After the service, Georges coffin was met by a rousing cacofony of noise from a line up of bikes from young to old, as the congregation paid it’s last respects.
Word’s cannot express my pride at being able to bring Georges some comfort and hope in his darkest hours enduring chemo, through my painting of photographer Nick Haskell’s  iconic image of Jobe jumping over friend Andre Malherbe at Hawkstone Park 500c GP in 1984. Englishman Alan Bott commissioned the artwork and then decided to give it to Georges, in honour of a fantastic career and a true champion. Georges even took the painting into his hospital room to show the doctors and nurses his finest hour and give him courage to fight on. Drinking ice cold Juliper Beer at his home, we chatted for over 3 hours, bench racing famous victories, his rival’s and toasted a great champion, it was an honour to call a friend!

Plans are underway for a Special Celebration of Georges life at the Hawkstone International on Feb. 10th, where MX1 & MX2 riders will compete in the final combined moto for the perpetual “Georges Jobe Memorial trophy”, one of Georges favourite GP trophies, to be donated and presented by his children. Organisers are hoping to re-create the original double jump again in tribute to a great champion.

Rob Kinsey www.robkinsey.com

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Georges accepts painting from Alan Bott.

Georges accepts painting from Alan Bott.

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Every sport has it’s own iconic venue, Wimbledon, Wembley, Monaco F1,  Golf Masters from Augusta Georgia, they  all evoke special memories amongst fans  and competitors the world over. In Motocross we have fantastic venues like Farleigh Castle, Gaildorf, St jean d’Angely, Unadilla etc,  but nowhere is held in such high esteem and reveered by fans as the Namur circuit in Belgium. Used since the 1940’s the circuit starts on an esplanade in front of the terraces, then drops off and swoops through the woods, under ornemental metal bridges, past the children’s playground down massive drop offs to emerge in front of the Old Cafe Monument before a steep terraced climb back up alongside the ancient fort’s moat to emerge from the darkness of the woods out onto the esplanade.

Together with my good friend Alan Bott we visited Georges Jobe to present him with the original painting of his famous double jump at Hawkstone Park.

Georges Jobe and artist Rob Kinsey presentation

Alan had commissioned the painting but wanted to give it to Georges who is battling Leukeamia.

Georges accepts painting from Alan Bott.

The following day we decided we must make a pilgramage to Namur to check out this iconic venue. I first visited Namur in 1979 on a Chequers Travel Coach trip to watch Graham Noyce clinch the 500cc World Championship. I was amazed how the track raced around this old fort close to the city centre below.  I returned 10 years later with one of my Moto travel tours to watch Dave Thorpe break the spirit of his team mate Eric Geboers on his way to his third world title. Thorpey was racing with a badly injured knee but overcame the pain to beat Geboers that day.

The Citadelle Ampitheatre behind the start.

From the start the riders swept around the first turn through banked turns and whoops before a massive tabletop dropped them into the woods.

Racing toward the ornimental iron foot bridge

Under the bridge the track sweeps past a children’s playarea then through many off cambered turns alongside the road before clinbing back up into the woods. Every year fans would camp literally right beside the track in tents and motorhomes. On the ritual early morning walk of the track many tents would have massive piles of  empty beer cans and bottles outside, evidence of some serious nighttime partying. Several fans would literally sleep through the bikes racing nearby, worse for wear!

Short climb back up into the woods.

In the woods you can still make out tyre tracks in the undergrowth from the last GP in 2006.  The track then swoops down over a massive step down I watched in awe as Paul Malin cleared it!, back in 1989.

Step down jump in the woods.

The track then drops down a massively steep downhill to emerge on the road and race past the Cafe Monument , watering hole for many Brits who made the annual trip to Namur.

Past the Cafe Monument the track then jumped up onto the cobbled road.

This was the place where Hakan Carlquist stopped to down a beer whilst leading the final lap of a GP!  In 2006 Stefan Everts clinched his 10th World title here infront of his many friends and fans. Stefan did stop but apparently drank an Iced Tea!, not beer.  In the early days the riders raced past on the tarmac road but at later races they did lay dirt on the road. From here riders would hit a jump flat out and land on the cobbled road.

Ancient cobbles

The track then races towards the forts gate before turning sharp right up a very steep bank.

The fort entrance, track goes right up steep bank.

From here the track climbs up several steps and banks running alongside the moat of the Citadelle fort.

Looking back down on Namur and Citadelle moat.

You can still make out ruts on the steep uphill.

Uphill ruts.

I remember the heady smells of Frits with mayo, burgers and garlic sausages from the many vendors around the track.

Uphill jumps!

The track makes one last plunge back down into the woods, before swooping out onto the esplanade and the roar of the crowds.

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When we visited there was a Vintage Nostalgia Circus set up on the esplanade. Hearing the Lions roar you could be forgiven for thinking it was the spirit of Namur and Motocross trying to break free from the shackles of inactivity and spring into life again! Afterwards we enjoyed a cold beer in the courtyard of the resturant on top, looking down on Namur below. Speaking to Julian, the resturant owner, he says there are many influential people lobbying local government officials to try and bring the glory of world championship motocross back to it’s rightful home.  Let’s hope this happens and we can once again hear the roar of the crowds and bikes echoing around this fantastic venue!