|Jimmy Ellis -- Team CanAm (1974 - 1977)|
|Jimmy Ellis is a name
synonymous to Team CanAm. He signed with the factory in 1974 to ride the U.S.
National motocross series and helped cinch the CanAm 1-2-3 sweep in their first year of
competition. For 3 years Jimmy graced CanAm with a number of podium finishes
until he switched to Honda in 1978. It would be rare to hear a conversation about
CanAm's early years without a reference to Jimmy. His superior riding skill and
dazzling showmanship are legendary to motocross fans throughout the world..
photos contributed by Paul Jasa
For those of us who appreciate the evolution of the CanAm motocrosser, we have Jimmy to thank for his contributions to research and development. The combined efforts of Jim Ellis and Marty Tripes led to a number of improvements on subsequent models, which included experimenting with the single shock (dubbed "the Rubber bike"). The photo to the right shows Ellis riding a 1977 works bike. You can see the similarity to the 1978 MX-4.
Birthplace: Middletown, CT USA
Started Riding Age 9
Tuner: George Ellis
Ringwood Victoria Australia
Jimmy occasionally races motocross, but has found a new passion for the NASCAR circuit.
Ellis Team CanAm Resume:
Jimmy Ellis the NASCAR Driver
|Photos courtesy of Calder Park
Motorsport's page www.motorsport.com.au
thanks to Sally and Jimmy Ellis for collaborating with me on this section of the website.