Legends and Heroes, along with our spokesman, Broc Glover, is proud to announce that we will honor Lars Larsson at round 2 of the Anaheim Supercross on January 27th., 2024.
Lars Larsson is a pioneering motocross and off-road racer from Sweden who helped introduce motocross racing to America in the late 1960s. He was a leading International Six Day Trials/Enduro (ISDT/ISDE) rider during the 1960s and 1970s. He earned multiple gold medals riding for the United States, Mexico, and his native Sweden. Lars was also instrumental in setting up the original Husqvarna dealership network across America in the late 1960s and helped launch Torsten Hallman Original Racewear (THOR).
Lars was born on July 5, 1941, in Stockholm, Sweden. His first race was in 1959 in a Swedish enduro, roding a Husqvarna 175. “The Husqvarna 175s were street bikes,” Lars recalled. “But we would convert them to off-road bikes by stripping them down and making them as light as possible. Lars had become a leading rider when the AMA instituted the Inter-AM motocross series. In 1971, he won four of the five Inter-AM 500cc non-national races on a special Husqvarna racer built with a titanium frame. His true forte became off-road racing. He was a leading national enduro rider through the 1970s. He earned gold at the 1971 International Six Days Trials (later called the International Six Day Enduro) in Czechoslovakia, riding for the U.S.A. Trophy squad.
By the late 1970s, Lars retired from racing professionally. During his career, he was a factory rider for Husqvarna, Can-Am, Maico, and Kawasaki. He continued to race on the amateur level and earned a World Vet Motocross Championship in 2001 at the age of 60. Now, in 2024, Lars is 83 and still racing. Lars was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2002.
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