“Bud Ekins was my brother. He represents many things and is universally known as the person who doubled Steve McQueen in the Great Escape. To motorcycle people, he is the best cross country scrambles racer ever. From 1950 to 1960 Bud Won the District 37 Number 1 plate seven times. Bud raced motocross in Europe three summers during this time frame and that is why it is 7 times and not ten times as Number 1. I believe that European-style motocross races came to America on Bud’s shoulders. He was a true champion” – Dave Ekins
This site is dedicated to the history of the Ekins Brothers and the impact they and fellow competitors had on the world of motorcycling as we know it today.
The story begins here…………
Bud’s career began with a 1934 VL Harley Davidson that he brought back to life in the family welding shop. Dave’s career began with a Whizzer motorized bicycle. Bud and Dave grew up in the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles. They learned to ride dirt trails near Mulholland Drive all the way to the Pacific Coast.
In their prime Bud would often win the open class events and Dave would win the 250cc class in the very competitive Southern California Racing District #37. These events included Big Bear Hare n’ Hounds, Catalina Grand Prix, TT Scrambles, Enduros and Moto Cross/Scrambles.