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1982 Hutch-B-Q

The realm of Championships car racing id heaped with years of tradition. One of the best known involves the Unser family and their famous Chili cookouts. It became a racing hallmark to be lucky enough to enjoy a bowl of Unser chili.

The Hutchin's family may have started a BMX racing tradition of their own. At the recent New Jersey National,Rich Hutchins and family hosted a fantastic Bar-B-Q Steaks,ribs and burgers were all prepared at track side by a properly attired Chef. Corn-on-cob,potato salad and more goodies than I can remember,were feasted on during Saterday and Sunday's racing action. It was truly another example of the falmily atmosphere of our great sport. From all of us who were able to enjoy your hospitality Rich,Thank you.

Kevin Collins, fastest kid on wheels
Ebony Februari 1982

1982  A Super BMX picturial: Three riders from Hutch
Super BMX September 1982

Hutch Racing has been around for a couple of years now. They make some pretty decent racing equipment for the track. They also have some heavy-duty guys wearing their outfits on the race track. Super BMX caught up with three of these racers: Toby Henderson,Tim Judge and Charlie Williams. The rest was captured in words and on film. Story & Photos by Mike Collins.

1983 A talk between Brad Fanshaw and Hutch team manager Rich Hutchins

Bicycles And Dirt May-June 1983.
Brad Fanshaw: How would you describe the job of a team manager?
Rich Hutchins: I arrange all of the travel,which usually takes two days,so I make sure I arrive first so I can meet the team members. I also make sure there are three of four rooms side by side at the hotel so we are all together. A team manager must make sure the riders are well-fed. That's very important.
Brad: What do you between National races?
Rich: Being the owner of Hutch,I'm usually occupied with the business. 
Brad: What do you expect from your riders?
Rich: I want my riders to be congenial and appreciative. I want them to realize they should be grateful,other riders are looking up to them. They should be good losers,such as congratulating their competitors if they lose.
Brad: We all know that a factory sponsorship means that you gat a lot of benefits. What does Hutch do for their riders?

Rich Hutchins

Rich: I consider a factory sponsorship with Hutch to be an elite ride. My riders get top-of-the-line products,and we do things like our race B.B.Q.s that make our team special. We aren't a racing team,we're a family.
Brad: Most of the teams have quite a few riders and go to almost all of the National races. What about the Hutch team?
Rich: I have 10 factory members if I include my wife,and about 100 co-sponsored riders. We also have 10-15 factory support riders. We will probably be at a race every weekend this summer,because we're going to all of the National races.
Brad: Just about every team wants to be number one. That goes without saying. What one goal Hutch have for '83?
Rich: We would like to have the best public relations of any team,by having polite riders.
Brad: Who are Hutch's co-sponsors?
Rich: JT,Oakley,Bell,Vans.

Hutch had even cheerleaders supporting them!

Special 1983 Winter Edition of Super BMX

   Rich's first activity other than the bike shop was a mail order business. They sold BMX equipment produced by many different manufacturers through the mail. To help promote the mail-order business Rich put together a bike shop team. The team as well as the mail order business were so successful that Hutchins decided to produce a product of his own. During the fall of 1980 Rich introduced the Hutch frame and fork, which he equipped on his bike shop team. Hutchins' first big name rider was Rich Farside, who he decided to sponsor at the same time the frame/ fork became available. Towards the end of 1980 sales of the Hutch frame and fork were exceeding expectations and therefore Hutch began looking for additional national caliber riders. At the 1980 World Championship held in Indianapolis Tim Judge won the trophy dash and named World Champion. Rich approached Tim, offering a sponsorship, which he accepted three months later. At this point the Hutch team consisted of Rich Farside and Tim Judge, but Hutchins felt he was missing something - - a professional racer to compete on his frame and fork combo. Hutch offered the position to Toby Henderson two months after Timmy was put on board, who also accepted.
   During 1982 Hutch began producing handlebars, seat posts and pedals in addition to frames and forks. Before doing this, however Hutch closed the mail order and bicycle shop to concentrate his efforts strictly on manufacturing. During January of this year, Hutch moved to a new manufacturing facility that has already gone under some drastic changes in less than a year. At first Rich Hutchins equipped his manufacturing facility with two engine lathes, used to make things like hub flanges and pedal shafts. They also had one Bridgeport mill, to drill flange holes and put slots in seat post clamps.
   Today, the equipment at the Hutch plant includes such state of the art machinery as pneumatic air operated cylinder type jigs. Before these the jigs were all operated by hand. Automatic tube polishing machines, automatic programmable tube benders and CNC computer operated lathe machines. The automatic jigs are used to produce things like forks, handlebars and crank arms. Forks, handlebars and seat posts are produced using the automatic tube benders. The CNC computerized lathe is a very useful tool; it is used to help make hubs, forks, cranks, pedals, seat post clamps and headset locks. While the tube polishing machines are used on every product that Hutch makes. In three short years, Rich Hutchins has turned a bike shop into one of the busiest manufacturing facilities dedicated solely to producing bicycle motocross equipment. In addition, the Hutch factory is one of the most modem: the CNC computer operated lathe uses robotics and at this time is one of only four such machines operating in the United States. Quality is a watch word associated with everything named "Hutch," from a single Hutch seat post clamp all the way to the computerized machine that helps produce it.

-- A young lady is assembling pedals. 18 different  steps by hand involved before a pair goes into a box.--The magnesium hub is a popular Hutch product. Here are numerous parts ready to be assembled in the hub assembly station.-- Finished 2N1 stem shims are located in the lower left-hand corner  here. This is the area where they are packaged.-- A employee operates the newest addition to the polishing room, an automatic tubing polishing machine. Each chromoly tube for forks, handlebars, set posts, etc., goes through four steps using this machine. This machine is one of the reasons that Hutch products look as shiny as they do.-- Hutch pedal cages are being inspected and cleaned prior to assembly.