Preston Petty Rides a Zero (and Wins)
The story starts like this:
If you’ve been flat trackin’ in southern California over the last two or three years, at Perris or Ventura for example, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve noticed an old man racing a Zero electric motorcycle. And you would notice because: a.) he’s 73 years old and b.) he’s got one of the only electric flat track bikes. You’ve especially probably noticed him if he’s beaten you.
Now, if you’re a young racer, and you came up in, say, the ‘90s or later, you might not recognize that old guy’s name. But if you were riding in the ‘70s, you definitely knew who Preston Petty was. At least, you knew the name, because it was molded into the fenders of almost every dirt bike in America.
…that is, the story from Mark Gardiner on MotorcycleUSA, Backmarker: Breakfast with Preston about Preston Petty. Yeah, that Preston Petty. Riding a Zero. A custom Zero MX Flat Tracker.
We’ll let you read it, but we had to give you something Gardiner didn’t. Video.