The course of Uppie
Bos` career between 1985 and 1990.
In the province of Friesland
only Tjalle Reitsma was a match for the Dutch top in grasstrackspeedway.
But the plumber from Bolsward got company from two new talents.First there
was Hielke de Graaf who had a sudden breakthrough in 1984 and then came
Uppie Bos from Langezwaag who had a comet-like start of his career and
came third in the Dutch championship of 1985.By that he became a new favourite
in national grasstrackspeedway. Not only he's conspicuous for his sportsmanlike
way of racingbut especially for his spectacular style of overtaking everyone
else on the outside of the bend.
When Uppie was eighteen
years old ( in 1984 ),
he made his debut on a `special` trackbike without brakes
that was fuelled by methanol instead of petrol.
Shortly after that he got promoted to the seniorB-class as a result of
his great achievements,that is winning every race he ran in. And at the
end of that season,winning the second place was good enough for a breakthrough
to the `special` class of senior- and international riders.
The ` H-3` he gained
as a 20-year old, meant an opportunity to ride international.
His first race on a European level was in Joure, May of 1986,
where he secured himself of a position in the finals of the European Championship,
held in August that year in Eenrum,by coming in fourth.
In that, for Uppie, first European championship he ended up an excellent
a great achievement! In the Dutch championship of that year he came third.
1987: Dutch championship:
third position, European championship(held in Nandlstad): 6th position.
1988: after a great start
( excellent performances in the first 3 races)
Uppie unfortunately couldn't compete for a period due to a severe injury
caused by a crash during races in Mussel.
As a result he had to be content with sixth position in the Dutch- well
as the European championship.
1989 Is a very successful
Uppie has become a favourite of the public because of his speed and skill.It`s
the year in which he really became one of the top riders of Europe.
He's receiving more and more invitations for races in Germany,
Belgium and especially France, in which he competes very well against
professional riders like Kent Noer, Frank Kehlenbeck, Thierry Hilaire
and John Bostin in the socalled ` open competions`
Due to the growing interest and more media coverage, like the Veronica-network
programs on sports in general and cars/motors in particular,
the public came in increasingly larger numbers to the grasstrackraces.
Uppie almost became a ` W.D.` ( well-known Dutchman) in August of 1989
after a good coverage of the European semi-finals in Uithuizen including
an exclusive TV-interview with ` the talent from Langezwaag`. Veronica
found out that for spectacular and exciting motorsportfootage they didn't
necessarily have to go to America.
The other national media also took more notice of grasstrackracing,
a sport that already was (and still is) very popular for years in the
north of the Netherlands.
Translation by Frans
Greidanus en Hans VanderMeer