John Moschetto, aka Gypsy Jack, has Passed Away

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Gypsy Jack's Yamaha R1

Some of you might know John Moschetto, aka Gypsy Jack, who I have mentioned a few times on this blog.  I am sad to announce that John Moschetto passed away a few weeks ago on the morning of Saturday October 27th while riding on the way to one his favorite local car events, Hunt Valley Cars and Coffee.  I am not sure of the all the details but it seems Jack got into a collision with a Toyota 4Runner at the intersection of Shawan Road and Beaver Dam Road.

The Baltimore County police crash team is still investigating the accident, although early reports suggest that Moschetto lost control of his motorcycle and crossed the center line, heading into oncoming traffic. Moschetto was declared dead at the scene, according to police.

Reported the online newspaper, the Hunt Valley Patch.  You can also read the original Patch story (with a quite a lot of comments) here.

What's surprising to me is that Jack was always a careful rider and had never been in a motorcycle accident in the 40+ years he was riding.  (He was however struck on the back of the head while riding his bicycle.) He was very enthusiastic and passionate about safe riding techniques.  He would never ride in bad weather or unsafe conditions and avoided them most of the time.  In my opinion he gave sportbike riders a good name.  I would have liked to learn to ride from Jack and he was going to help me get my Yamaha Virago running and rideable.  Now, very regrettable, I won't have the chance or opportunity to learn to ride from him.

Jack was someone who was very enthusiastic and passionate about anything to do with wheels and it really showed.  He could talk your ear off about the latest MotoGP race and was an avid fan.  As most know he loved customizing his beautiful motorcycles to perfection and riding. Jack was a great photographer too and allowed me to use some of his Hunt Valley Cars and Coffee photos for this blog.  He also had quite a toy collection and used to compete with RC cars.

You can still visit Jack's website, Gypsy Jack Racing, and visit his Examiner page to read some of the motorcycle articles he wrote there.  He never liked writing for Examiner much but he clearly was passionate about writing.  I encouraged him to start his own blog so he could showcase his motorcycle and toy projects.  I wrote a short post about him awhile ago on this blog and shared a few pictures   He wanted me to write other posts about him and his motorcycles and I sadly won't be able to.

Life is short and when accidents like this occur it is just reminder we should be happy of the time we have on earth.  If you were a friend, neighbor, or family member of Jack, please a leave a comment below and share an experience or memory you have of him.

 

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Yamaha R6 Aprilia Mille R

Cockeysville Car Show – June 25th

The 1st Annual Cockeysville Car Show is this Saturday, June 25th.  It should be a great day for all attendees as this Saturday is supposed to be sunny.   Perfect for a car show!

Lots of different cars are welcome to the event.  You can enter your car to be judged in several categories including, 1950s & Older, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990-Present.  There will be door prizes awarded every 1/2hr, which might be a $50 Wal-Mart gift card or a $25 AutoSpa gift card, car detail kit, or automotive services from Brooks Huff Tire..  On top of that there will be a DJ playing music, food and refreshments, and even a snowball stand.

The show is raising money for the Children's Miracle Network.  Stacey Lee one of the shows coordinators, “The event has over 12 sponsors.  All the proceeds from the $1 entrance donation and concessions go towards Wal-Mart’s charity drive for the Children’s Miracle Network.  Proceeds from the registration for judging & trophies will be split between Wal-Mart’s charity and Wood Forest National Bank’s charity.”  Be sure to come out for a great car show and feel good about doing something good!

What: 1st Annual Cockeysville Car Show

Where: Cockeysville Wal-Mart, 1 Frankel Way, Cockeysville MD

When: Saturday June 25th, (10am – 4pm)

Admission: Free to the Public, $10 judging fee

Awards: Judging begins at 1:00pm, award ceremony begins at 2:30pm, Winners must be present for awards.

 

Contact: Stacey Lee at smlee@ubalt.edu, Brent Miracle at miracle2believe_n@yahoo.com

http://www.mandraracing.com/walmartcarshow/