Chris “ChiliPepper” Richardson spent his lifetime around motorcycles and racing. Starting with a 1968 Honda 50, he progressed through a series of dirt and motocross bikes, and rose through the amateur motocross rankings in Louisiana and the Gulf South while attending high school on an RD 350 in the mid 1970s. This was a time of great vibrancy in the motorcycle industry and Chris' dad, Randy bought a shop in Slidell, LA.
Over the years they made trips as racers, fans, and team support members to attend the most iconic series and racetracks in the U.S.. Early AMA Superbike, Daytona and Laconia Bike Weeks, Watkins Glen, Unadilla, BoTT, BEARS, Road(s) Atlanta and America, Pocono, Mid-Ohio, the list goes on.
The mid 1980s onward brought an interest in eclectic street bikes (Moto Guzzis, 2 stk Yamahas, Enfields) and after acquiring the skills to perform the restoration of these bikes, Richardson found himself smack in the middle of the burgeoning vintage motocross scene by the mid 1990s. Acquiring his first VMXer (a '73 CZ 250) as birthday gift from his wife, he hit the national vintage racing scene thanks to the help/support of Diamond Don Rainey and Francene Deprez, who later went on to found one of the largest events of it's kind.
In 1998 Chilipepper was awarded “sportsman of the year” in both Texas' EVO and TVRC racing series and 1999 and 2000 brought AHRMA national titles in the Historic 500 and OpenAge Expert classes. A national title in the Sportsman 500 Expert (his favorite class and the one he is most associated with) was elusive with a best ranking of second in 2002 and several top five finishes during 2000-2010. It was those years spent vintage racing that brought an appreciation for the history, values and camaraderie found in most motorcycle racing.
Summary: After many years of active racing, injuries and age have brought a new reality and opportunity to help others both on and off the track. Richardson formed his new team as a way to bring together his love of motorsport racing and the desire to “give back.” The 2013 Vance and Hines XR1200 series is a perfect venue for fun, close charitable racing and helping notable guest riders and event sponsors more easily get “in the mix” on the most exciting motorsport schedule in the United States.