Updated: Feb 11, 2020
LEGENDS AND HEROES HONOREE - SAN DIEGO SX FEBRUARY 2020
About Gary Chaplin-
The sport of motocross was growing at an exponential rate in the 1970s. The racers that competed during what many consider as the “Greatest Era of Motocross” became idols to the motocross fan.
Gary Chaplin was a rider that earned success during that era. He was a factory racer for brands like Maico, Honda, CZ, and DG Suzuki during the early 1970s. He was one of the early factory racers for Team Honda racing on one of their first open-class machines.
Some of his top finish highlights include a runner-up finish in the 1971 Trans-AM series; a 1972 Inter-Am Championship, Top American honors at the Unadilla Inter-Am in 1973, a runner up finish at the 1975 Daytona SX and a 1976 Dallas SX victory. He finished in the Top 10 overall in the 500MX class in 1972 and 1974 and Top 10 in the 250MX class in 1973.
Following a career in motocross, Gary went on to work as a Union Ironworker. He still rides and competes in vintage motocross events and lives with his wife Anita in Canyon Lake, California.