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In Memory
R. I. P.

John Grant

July 5, 1952 - October 13, 2011

1998 John Grant

With deep regret in need to inform the Georgetown, California community, Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway's family, Flat Track community and many friends that our friend and father John Grant passed away yesterday October 13, 2011.

I personally feel great sorrow for John's passing. Please join me and wish his family all the best during this hard time.


David Joiner
Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway Auburn, California
fastfriday@aol.com+01 530 878-7223 (RACE)

I am sadden by the loss of my friend Johnny Grant. He will truly be missed by many. Johnny did a lot for a lot of people. I am happy I got to visit him before he passed away. He said he was very thankful for all the things his friends have been doing for him since his illness began. He is now resting in peace with his sons. My deepest sympathies go out to Ruby and the Grant family. Kim VanderMeeden.

John "The Mountain Man" Grant was one special guy. I always enjoyed his company. We will all miss this super guy. RC Jones

John Grant    John Grant
Photos by RC Jones - Left, John heads under Harlan Bast Sr. at Cal Expo 1989 - Right, Auburn 1988

God saw that he was getting tired
and a cure was not to be,
so He put his arms around him
and whispered, "Come with Me."
With tearful eyes we watched him suffer
and saw him fade away.
Although we loved him dearly
we would not ask him to stay.
A golden heart stopped beating,
hard working hands to rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us,
He only takes the best.

Godspeed John Grant

From the Becerra Family

Sad news arrived that John Grant from Georgetown, CA had passed away from a long battle with leukemia. One of the truly good guys in motorcycle racing Johnny will be deeply missed by all who knew him. He was equally comfortable at home and happy racing Harley flat trackers or Jawa speedway bikes, dirt tracks or ice. He loved racing and all the people associated with the sport.

John "Mountain Man" Grant was a fierce competitor for many seasons in the ICE World Championship Series on a speedway bike. And who will forget when he showed up with the first real Unlimited Outlaw Quad, that crazy 4-cylinder 900cc "Nightmare" monster quad that he designed and fabricated. John rode the wheels off that thing pitching it in and throttling it sideways around the corners, pinning it up to the rev limiter to the total joy of the fans. What a show! What a great friend of racing we have all lost.

Rest In Peace Brother - Gary Brent Densford - CEO & Founder of I.C.E

John Grant

Nickname: "Mountain Man"
Rider Number: 34
Hometown: Georgetown, California
Born:Forest Hills, California July 5, 1952
Daughter: Ruby

Tracks Ridden
USA: Costa Mesa Speedway - Fast Friday Speedway - Fort Wayne Coliseum
Bakersfield Speedway - Dixon, Solano County Fairgrounds, Sports Arena Vallejo - Ascot - Baylands - Napa - Reno
Canada: Corel Center Coliseum (Ottawa)

Bikes: Westlake/Jawa Speedway, Night Honda 600, 900 Kawasaki (THE NIGHTMARE)

Racing Achievements:
1998 - World Cup Indoor ICE Series - 2nd Bikes, 2nd Quads
1998 - World Cup Indoor ICE - 3rd Bikes (San Francisco)
1997 - Canadian Indoor ICE Championship - 2nd Bikes, 1st Quads( Ottawa )
1997 - USA Indoor ICE Championship - 2nd ( Nashville )
1996 - USA Indoor ICE Championship - 2nd Place
1996 - Canadian Indoor ICE Championship - 3rd Place (Ottawa)
1995 - Indoor ICE National Championship - 2nd Place
1993 - Indoor ICE World Championship - 3rd Speedway Bikes
1993 - Indoor ICE National Championship - 3rd Quad
1992 - Most Improved Rider Award
1992 - Indoor ICE World Championship - 2nd Speedway Bikes, 3rd Quads
1991 - Quad Rookie of the Year
1991 - Bob Hetrick Memorial Sportsman Award

Raced Speedway Dirt/Ice and Pro Am Dirt track. John was the referee at Fast Friday Speedway in 1998. Was owner / operator of THE NIGHTMARE 900 CC QUAD (WHAT A SHOW).

Rode reserve in the 1996 American Final, and the 1996 Canada Cup (Ottawa Ice Race), and the 1997 USA Indoor Championship

Contact: jwright@inreach.com
P.O. Box 312
Georgetown, CA 95634
916 333-1907

More photos in 1999 Fayetteville Championship Photos

1997 John Grant

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