Grant Pryor ABA #OK011101
Class: 11 NOVICE
District Points 2002
Date of last 1st place win:
Date of 1st race at Sooner Pearl:
October 6, 2002
Date of last race:
November 30, 2002 (GRAND NATIONALS)
Number of races at Sooner Pearl: 7
10/06, 10/13, 10/17, 11/10, 11/14, 11/17, 11/24
Salute to a young friend
Grant Pryor #101 December 24th 2002
Grant was a very nice young man who was very out going and could talk to anyone who
came along. I met him at Sooner Pearl BMX Raceway when he started to race BMX. His
first race was a big event for him and myself. Seems that Grant was as many young new
BMX riders, he was in need of pads for his bike before he could race his first race.
Grant had come to the concession building/tower to talk to anyone who could help him
get started and was in a state of confusion which many first time riders go through.
I just happened to be in the tower and started talking to him. I told him he needed to
have pads for his bike before he could race that day. As I had done many times
before I found the duct tape and the pipe insulation which we use for temporary
pads for our new riders. I talked to Grant as I started to work on making pads
for his bike. He was very enthused to be there that day and was even more
excited to begin racing. There was this great feeling when talking to him,
Grant was going to be a dedicated rider and had his whole life ahead of him
to become a great rider. I gave him his first trophy, his 'First Time Rider'
trophy that day. The start of his BMX career was October 6th 2002.
I talked to Grant most every time he came to Sooner Pearl to race and you could see
in his eyes he was ready for anything. All he wanted was to be a part of the action
and he didn't get upset if he didn't come in first place, I think he knew it would be
time before he was the big winner and could accept that fact. One thing about Grant
was that he always had a smile on his face even when he didn't finish 1st
place. His only 1st finish was on November 10th 2002. Grant
seemed to have fun no matter what.
As many had done for the last 2 years we made the drive to Tulsa to race in the
biggest BMX race in the world the GRAND Nationals which happen to be during the
Thanksgiving holiday each year. Thousands of dedicated BMXers forego Thanksgiving
dinner to have a chance to bring home the most prized trophy in ABA BMX a trophy
from the GRANDS. This year I had let time slip by and didn't pre-sign my son
before Thanksgiving and this year I had to stand in line to get signed up for the
weekend. As I walked up to get in line I noticed Grant standing by the sign-up
trailer as if looking for someone. I talked to him and noticed his mother who had
brought him to race that weekend also standing in line to get Grant signed up to
race. I stood with her as we waited for the line to snake its way to the trailer
and I talked to his mother all that time. While we stood in line I had my daughter
take Grant to the bike inspection area to have his bike inspected so he could
practice later. As we stood in line it came time for Grant to practice that day
in the first round of practice sessions. I saw him standing outside the line of
waiting people with this terrible look on his face. It seemed he was in
need of something he didn't have, a full face helmet. He told me that he needed a
full face helmet to practice on the track. I told him he would be OK using his regular
helmet and he needed to go to practice as he didn't have long to practice and needed
to get familiar with the track. He was very concerned about using his helmet so I had
my daughter find my son and get his helmet so Grant could use a full face helmet to
practice with. The helmet was delivered and Grant got some practice time in that
morning. Later that day I saw Grant again and he had gotten over his jitters and
had calmed down, he then said "I'm going to use my helmet in practice later".
I thought to myself he is going to do good and wished him "good luck". I saw Grant
a couple more times during that long weekend of races. The last time I saw him
he and his mother were looking for his new riding gloves which had been dropped
somewhere in the arena in all the excitement of the races. They had found one glove
but the other was nowhere to be found. I helped look for that other glove for a
few minutes and then went back to watch the races.
We are one of the last people to leave each time we go to the GRANDS as my son wants to
watch everyone finish the MAINS and see the best riders go head to head for the BIG
trophies. My son as many including Grant didn't make it to the MAINS this year. I
watched the other riders race hoping that maybe next year would be better for my son
and all the riders from District OK01. As all the races wound down to the end I thought
I would go back over where Grant had been looking for his lost glove and I would look
one last time to find the glove for him. I did find a glove although I'm not sure it
was his as his were brand new and this glove was a little on the worn side but I picked
it up for him anyway. I have that glove in my car to be returned to him the next time
I see him but I guess I waited to long.
Grant Pryor, that little guy who had come into our lives as a BMXer has now passed to
the afterlife. I want to say to everyone I was very proud of him and all our riders
who race at Sooner Pearl. I hope that the little things I did for him did show him
there are people who care about others as I think he did. I will miss Grant and hope
that someday I will get to see him again and maybe we can ride around the track and
talk about old times again.
So long little buddy, take care of yourself and just remember I said a prayer to some
of my friends in heaven to get in touch with you and watch out for you till we meet
again. They are great people and you can trust them as you trusted me.
You will be missed here and thought of often.
Update December 26th 2010
Today was not unlike many days long gone but it seems there was an urge to
record history again. Upon getting up for the day after Thanksgiving it seems
the urge was again knocking around my head saying ‘write something'.
Yesterday was an unusual day. Once again the day finds us in Tulsa Oklahoma
for the 2010 edition of the ‘Greatest BMX race in the World'. Now you may say
that is really not much to talk about let alone ‘write something' about
unless you have raced in this yearly race series, but the urge is here.
My question is where did this urge come from?
It could be the season or maybe a inner feeling that an angel was watching
over my shoulder. Could it be a few of us were touched yesterday by this
angel? You be the judge.
A single racing glove.
Most of you reading the last line will not think much about that simple
statement but that statement brought back a rush of memories and gave me
goose bumps several times yesterday evening and may have been part of the
cause for a mostly sleepless night and feelings or the ‘urge' to
Standing on the floor of the QT Arena (as I have many times before) on
Thanksgiving Day a small event happened that has changed this weekend holiday
again. As said, standing on the floor of the arena a BMX racer came to me
with a small problem. Seems there was a missing ‘glove'. That rider was not
aware of just how much his small problem would bring back a rush of memories
and tears. You see 8 years ago in 2002 on Thanksgiving Day another rider came
to me with the same problem, that rider was Grant Pryor.
The weekend has changed for me. As I have (many time before) walked this
floor on Thanksgiving weekend I can not help but feel that Grant is here in
Tulsa watching with his smiling face saying to himself, been there done that!
Gone but not forgotten.
Grant Pryor Information
Although most people here know this page was the start of our show of support for
Grants parents and family along with showing we care about what happens to all our
riders and their families.
Let it be known that on December 22nd 2002 our friend and fellow rider
Grant Pryor passed away. He was very sick and his family did not know. He had
Juvenile Diabetes and the hospital nor doctors could help him the day he was
taken to the hospital. A very unfortunate happening for everyone short of Grant
himself as now he is in a place where he is not sick.
There will be an event in the future to Celebrate Grant and help raise money to help
his family among other things. Anyone interested in working on our project for
Grant Pryor and his family contact Richard Axtell, at the track, leave a message
and contact number on the track message machine, email him at
or you could 'snail mail' to the
Learn more about Juvenile Diabetes
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International