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June 1979 advertisement

So far this is the oldest known Sekai BMX advertisement. It shows the model “Superhawk” (#350). You can see the similarities to my own unknown 1977. But the ad says announcing Sekai BMX. Does this mean 1977 was the first year Sekai made a BMX bike? If so was my 77 made at the same place as this 79? If so who made the 79 for Sekai?

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November 1979 advertisement

Since this ad is so late in 1979 Im not sure if it is advertising the 79 or 1980 models. So for now we will just call them 79/80 models lol.

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Marty Ehnat

Factory rider in 1979. Marty tripled at the 1979 ABA Washington State Championships.

Photo courtesy Bob Osborn. Do not use or reproduce any photos from BMX Action without his permission.

Marty Ehnat 1979

Marty Ehnat 1979

Clarence Perry

Factory rider in 1979. Doubled at the 1979 ABA Washington State Championships.

Photo courtesy Bob Osborn. Do not use or reproduce any photos from BMX Action without his permission.

Clarence Perry in 1979

Clarence Perry in 1979

1979 Washington State Championships

Some of the fastest riders came out of the Northwest. In the early days it was Clarence Perry and Mike Rice.  Clarence doing it for Sekai, CW and Torker. Mike doing it for Powerlite.  these were big time riders who could hang with anyone from California, Texas, New Jersey or Florida. Later Gary Ellis would carry the torch for the region.

1979 the ABA State Championships were held in Tacoma. No small race and it was covered by “Bicycle Motocross Action” in the August 1979 issue. The race was sponsored by, you guessed it, Sekai.

Clarence Perry (Factory Sekai) doubled winning 14 & Over Open and 16 & Over Expert.  Mike Rice got a 3rd in Open and 2nd in Expert. Marty Ehnat (Factory Sekai) tripled!

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August 1979 advertisement

An early advertisement for Sekai in the August 1979 issue of “Bicycle Motocross Action”.

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