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

Hunt Valley Cars and Coffee Picture Gallery

Hunt Valley Cars and Coffee attracts a wide range of vehicles every Saturday.  This includes exotics, classic, tuners, motorcycles, race cars, and anything else you can think of.

Here is a great picture gallery kindly provided by Jack Moschetto of Gypsy Jack Racing.  You can usually find him at Hunt Valley Cars and Coffee with his beautiful and very customized blue Yamaha R1.  I would have used some of my pictures, but his photography skills are much better then mine!

Where: Hunt Valley Towne Centre, 118 Shawan Rd, Hunt Valley MD, 21030

When: Saturdays, 7:30 am – 10:30 am

Why: Because you like talking with other gearheads!

Hunt Valley Cars and Coffee

Hunt Valley Cars and Coffee is having it’s 6-month anniversary tomorrow morning.  My friend Gypsy Jack has told me it’s turned into quite a big and fun “gearhead” meetup for people from around Maryland and Pennsylvania.  People will even drive up from Virginia for Hunt Valley Cars and Coffee to my understanding.

The Hunt Valley Cars and Coffee not only attracts a wide range of people, but cars and vehicles are diverse too.  Classics, tuners, exotics, sportbikes, cruisers, lowriders, hot rods, etc.  You name it, someone is going to come by with it, probably has, or eventually will.  Check out some pictures from Hunt Valley Cars and Coffee.

Where: Hunt Valley Towne Centre, 118 Shawan Rd, Hunt Valley MD, 21030

When: Saturdays, 7:30 am – 10:30 am

Why: Because you like talking with other gearheads!

People usually gather in front of the closed Best Buy, since that is where the most parking is.  Most people go over to Caribou Coffee to get coffee.  Some people stay until 10:30 but I believe most are out of there by 9:30.

FYI after or before) Cars and Coffee I would recommend going to the Pennsylvania Dutch Market on York Rd.  All you do is take a right on York Rd and go for about half a mile and then turn left onto Ashland Rd.  The baked goods, donuts, and food there is AMAZING and it’s run by Amish.  Also the coffee here will be better in my opinion.  It’s a great thing to do if you have out-of-town guests or want to treat yourself.  The Amish have me hooked on their apple fritters and cookies!