Today when Jeff Schwartz isn't messing with bike projects he's running his company Schwartz Performance Inc., a performance chassis manufacturer and custom car building company based in Woodstock Illinois.
Jeffrey E Schwartz was an avid motocross fan as a youth and worked as a pizza cook to fuel his desire to race his own bike.
In August of 1974 he purchased his first motorcycle a newly redesigned 1975 Puch 125 Moto-Cross from Goettel Motors in Lakemoor Illinois. His first race was a muddy one at Maplehurst Cycle Park, just south of Wilmot WI in October.
He won his first race a few weeks later at Lake Geneva Raceway and was hooked on racing for life.
Jeff went on to race numerous European and Japanese bikes from 1974 through 1990. A spinal injury retired Jeff from actual motocross racing, but he still enjoys occasionally riding these vintage bikes around his property.
Jeff says " I remember the 70's fondly as technology in MX was rapidly changing. My friends and I were always taking Saturday road trips in the off season checking out all the new bikes arriving in the various Chicago area shops like Aero-PA in McHenry, Krause Competition Cycles in Nortchbrook, Midwest Allsport in Waukegan, Midwest Action Cycle in Lake zurich, Carroll's Cycle in Northbrook, and even E&J Cycle in Lake Geneva WI. The smell of the rubber from the tires as you entered the showrooms brought a smile to our faces, a memory that is vivid in my mind today. This collection keeps those fond memories alive!"