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2 old racers sitting on the porch

2 old racers sitting on the porch

My good friend Jerry Jacob died earlier this week after a long fight with cancer. I will miss him. Actually, I already do. It is hard to believe he is gone.  He was honest, trustworthy, caring and always willing to help whenever I called him or needed something. These are traits that defined him and that I wish I had more of. God brings people into our lives for many different reasons but certainly one of them is so that through that relationship, they can “rub off on you”.

I have 30 years of great memories of my friendship with him and his wife Debbie. He was the guy who got me hooked on motorcycles- something that would become my vocation. We did everything from riding dirt bikes in the swamps of Florida to racing at Daytona and restoring vintage bikes. In fact it is hard to find a picture of him without a bike of some sort in it. I have lots of wonderful memories from years of going to Daytona Bike Week with him and Debbie- and later their son David too. He was a good friend, father and husband. So here are a few pictures from over the years…

Riding the mud flats in WPB, FL

Riding the mud flats in WPB, FL

Racing at Daytona 1985

Racing at Daytona 1985

Daytona- in the pits

Daytona- in the pits

Jerry and family camping at Daytona

Jerry and family camping at Daytona

Jerry on the FJ... explaining something!

Jerry on the FJ... explaining something! circa 1999

last winter after we painted the 350 stuff

last winter after we painted the 350 stuff

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