Stanley thinks he began in 1974, but he was 84 when I interviewed him and his memory was a little fuzzy.

Stanley had found a new high-strength nylon fabric from DuPont called “Cordura”.

"....there wasn't a rider out there that wouldn't wear GRIFFS. One year I think I had 90% of the riders on the line."

A bigger problem was emerging: the gear companies, especially JT Racing, were becoming marketing powerhouses.