1996 Honda RS125 Peter Lenz Forever 45 machine.
Location: Vancouver, Washington
Price: $3,050.00 at time of writing
Time: Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010
Scene: Indianapolis Red Bull MotoGP- the warm-up lap for a USGPRU race
Dan and I were there soaking in all that is involved in a MotoGP weekend. The sights, sounds, autographs, pictures and the all important smell of spent high octane race fuel.
If I told you I knew about Peter Lenz passing I’d be lying. As a matter of fact, I didn’t even know about it until I returned home Sunday evening and started flipping through my favorite motorcycling sites. It’s sad and I know it, but being the selfish “this is all about me and my long awaited weekend” I never stopped to inquire about anyone who had been involved in an accident. Heck, by the time Sunday morning rolled around I had already been witness to so many crashes I was pretty numb to them. They usually get up, wave to the crowd and jump on a scooter to head back to the pits. No big deal right? Not on this day….
On August 29, 2010 a fine young man lost his life doing something he loved to do. He had great support around him and that included his parents. As parents we don’t really want to tell our kids ‘no’ on anything that isn’t causing harm to anyone or anything. We know there are risks when we give our kids their first BB Gun, we know there are risks when we turn our kids loose for the first time driving by themselves. I know this because I have 3 kids and as a parent we can’t protect our kids from every evil. What we can do is support our kids in their chosen venture and give them life lessons along the way.
Peter was living every 13 year old racer’s dream. He was in the garage with the big boys at the big circuit. I commend his parents for allowing him the opportunity to do what he loved and was passionate about. I know, after the accident, there are always people who question why a 13 year old was being allowed to go 130 mph dragging knees. Bottom line is because he could do it and do it well! He enjoyed it and had the means to do it.
John Ulrich gives an excellent first hand account of how the accident unfolds and explains it better than I ever could. If you have a few minutes it’s an excellent read.
I didn’t know Peter and don’t know any other professional racers for that matter, but I get to live out my dreams watching them draft, rail through turns and control motorcycles in ways that us mere mortals can only dream about.
The Lenz family is donating this machine to help raise money for the Roadracing World Action Fund. If you’ve not heard of it or have heard of it please take a moment to click through the link and make a donation to help support the safety of your fellow riders. John Ulrich should be commended for starting this campaign and we at RSBFS.com send out our “Thank You!” to John and the crew at Roadracing World.
If you’d like 2 Forever 45 stickers, 2 Dynee (This was Peters pet Dinosaur’s name) stickers, an 11″ x 17″ poster of Peter in action and a RRWAF T-shirt simply donate a minimum of $50.00 by clicking here.
If you have a thing for 1996 Honda RS125’s and would like to help the RRWAF to boot please place your bids here.
This is a great cause and it needs your support to be successful. 100% of the sale price will go to support the Roadracing World Action Fund.
Our condolences go out to the Lenz family and we can’t imagine the pain they have gone through.
Godspeed Peter- Rest in Peace buddy….