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Old 02-05-2003, 07:57 PM
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The Band of Brothers 393
Hello Atm ,
I 'm writing you this letter to let you know what and who the Band of Brothers 393 is about.

I had been visiting Thumber Talk for about 6 months. I was getting use to replieing to threads and becoming close to certain people on the 250 side. I came home from a Harescramble race one Sunday night and started to read the days post.In big letters was a post" Motoman 393 past away today"!. I click it and started to read. I read it every hour, everyday, I would log on to it at work . The replys from all over the country, the world ,was truely amazing. I began to cry everytime I read these post. People being touch by one young man. I thought to my self there is hope for this world. I then started to read Garrets post and his web site. He was so blessed at a young age. A truely gifted and talented young man. Then one day I logged on and read his Dad's letter to him. I BROKE DOWN IN TEARS, uncontrollable tears. This man was hurting so bad. I was truely heart broken for Mike and his family. I read it many many times and each time my heart broke for Garret and his family.I thought to myself that Garrett has did more for people in 17 years than I have done in 38 years. This is the type of son I want my boy to be like. What can I do for Mike to show him how much I care. I knew I had a Harescramble race coming up. I decided to race it in honor of Garrett Berg family. You might think so. Just to let you guys know I'm a mid pack rider, nothing special. The best I had did all year long was a 4th place finish in my class.That day of the race I prayed that Garrett would ride with me in spirit. Everytime I started to fall back I would hollar out loud Motoman! I would get a second wind and pick up my pace. That day I rode for Garrett and raced harder than I did in my life. The lord provided me with a second place finish. I did it with Garrett's help. I sent the Trophy to Mike Berg and wrote him a letter about how I raced in Honor of his son and family and decated this race to them. I was also at this time Talking with John (Ego) on line. I really don't know how we started e-mailing each other. But I think it was the time he was going through family problems and some people on TT was ragging him and he took a leave of absence from TT. That concern me and I told him what I did at my race. I told him he is one of the reasons I did it because of his true concerns and love he has for the Bergs..This started a bond between John and I. Next thing I knew there was going to be a mx race in honor of Garrett. I could feel the Lord telling me to go. But I didn't want too. I don't like to go to strange places and meet people. It's not who I am. Mike Berg called me one evening and from the time I heard his voice, he felt like family( I was bonded to him through tears and didn't know it yet). He thanked me for the trophy and remembering his son. I thanked him for his letter to his son. It changed my life. He asked me to come to the Garrett Berg Memorial Race and said I could stay at his house. I was truely shocked. This man was wanting to meet me. I fought the discission of going to the race. I e-mail Mike and said I would be there and thanks for letting me come to his house. Well by this time, Ego (John) and I were becoming close through prayer about his family and talks about life. The race was on Dec 1st. I got to Mike's house on Friday before the race. I had not told anybody this but one of my main concerns was for Shannon Berg. This is Mike daughter. I have a hugh soft spot for girls. Shannon was the only one at home when I got there. So I got to spend time just talking to her. The only bad part was I thought her dogs where going to eat me. But thats another story. Well Suzette got home next(yes I said home). We visited awhile and Bill Barnard and his family showed up. Bill reminded me of one of my drill sergants in the army. Yes he scared me abit. About a hour late Mike , John and Matt showed up. It was like a big family gathering. That night Tyler showed up. As I sat on the couch watching a video of Garrett and Matt riding bikes I thought to myself" I feel at home". We stayed up until 2 in the morning. The next day we all went to SPLENDORA Garrett's favorite track. I was truely scared when I saw the track. I have never at that point rode a mx track. Mike took us pretty much one to two at a time to the tree that Garrett hit and told us what happened. We cried, we prayed we bonded. We then got to go out on the track and ride. We rode and rode that day sheding tears in our helments and smiling at the same time. My elbow was hurting me from arm wrestling during Thanksgiving. I took 3 BC's and it still hurt. Bill gave me half of one of his pain pills and the pain went away. I could tell that Bill knew my arm was really hurting. He took care of me. Thanks Bill.
We left that evening and went back to Mike's house and started to lie to each other as men will do. Jay bird showed up that night and we all just sat around and got to know each other. So the band of brothers grows-Bill, Mike, John, Matt, Tyler, Lil John and Jaybird. The next day we got up at 5 am and started loading bikes for the race.I helped Lil John(Bill's son) load their bikes.As we were tightening them down I pulled to hard and felt my elbow pop. Man it was hurting how. But I was not going to tell. I took another BC and the other half of one of Bills pain pills. We got to the race and Bill gave me another pain pill. That did the trick. Before the race Mike did a lap of honor on Garret's bike. Everybody at the race track was lined up around the finish jump. I looked at my some of my new brothers and could see the tears in their eyes. I too couldn't hold back. I felt so much pride for Mike and so much pain. During the day I watched my new band of brothers cry on and off at different times. I met Big Maico(Howard) at the race that day. He was the one who put all this together. I felt a brotherhood on the spot without a word. We had a race class called the Thumper class. It was mostly the band of brothers. The last lap we all pulled off to the side of the track , Mike and Garrett's spirit took the checkered flag. This was Ego's idea. Before the moto started. Ego has a good heart. I have not felt that type of emotion between men ever. I have never been more proud of any group of men. This bonded me to them for life.Later that day Tyler collected some money so we could send the Bergs out on the town for dinner one evening on us. This was to show them a little thanks for letting us be apart of their life and family.This was one of the most special moments. I got to hug Suzette Berg. I'm talking about a true loving hug that released so much emotions from my heart. She was now my family in my heart. It felt so good to release my love for this family and I got to do it in the arms of Motoman's mom. After the races were over ,we all said our good byes. As I drove home I cryed and sang songs unto the lord and praised him for letting me apart of this Band of Brothers.
I hope you now understand alittle of what the Band of Brothers is all about. The loss of one man's son Motoman 393 and how he tied our hearts together thru a band of love.Actually this is how ATM got started .




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Old 02-22-2003, 09:35 PM
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Just a story for my brothers, thinking, dreaming
I was sitting on the starting line at Splendora. I looked down the line on both sides of me. There they were my buds from ATM. But there was one man, sitting on a brand new 450F. Who was he? I've seen him, but who was he. He looked at me and ripped his throttle. The sound sent chills down my spine!!! Then with a slight nod, he let me know get ready man we're fixin to dise it up.
Onthe right side of me was Ego. On the left was Florida 426. Motodad393 was right beside Florida 426. This man on the 450f was right beside Motodad. On down the line was Fastest 1,Cowboyona 426, Big Maico, Vintage Dave, Guidster, Keetoman 426, The Blue One, Blue beast,Matt406, KTM 250, Madcow and FFRACING.
The gate man came out and looked at each one of us checking to insure we where ready. Pointed, pointed, pointed....The next thing I knew we was all waiting for the gate to drop. You could see it fall in slow motion, we're gone, all of us to the first turn, nothing but roost everywhere. We hit the first curve. It was Ego then Guidster in the lead. I was behind Florida. The rest of the pack was behind us. We hit the next couple of jumps and next thing I know is Motodad and this Guy on the 450 comes flying past me and Bill side by side. I get by Bill and trying to stay with these two . We start to gain on Ego and Guidster, but I just can't keep the pace that Motodad and This guy on the 450f is going. We catch Ego and Guidster(Tman,Madman) on the back table top. Like clockwork both Motodad and This Guy on the 450f turn around in mid air as to say come on guys ride with us. By this time Big Maico and Florida are now riding with Ego, Guidster and myself. We hit the next couple of jumps and next thing we know Matt 406 comes jumping by all of us in mid flight. We finish the race Motodad and this guy on the new450f coming in tied for first with Matt406 in second. Ego went down in the next curve, Guidster did a end o over on a triple and Big Macio and Florida 426 got tangled up in the whoop section. I didn't seen to have a problem at all.
After the race I asked Motodad who was that man riding beside him on that new450f. He was truely smoking!!!! Motodad replied There was no one beside me, but I always ride with my boy.
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Old 03-02-2003, 10:59 PM
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I have never even met Garret and i am breaking down reading all of this. Even at TT when ir ead the stuff at his memorial forum i get all chocked up.

It's odd. I feel like the kid is my older brother. But i only know him from ATM and TT.
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Old 03-03-2003, 01:07 AM
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Nice touch Macho. Nice touch.
I hope AAC can contribute again to the race this year.
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Old 03-03-2003, 10:15 PM
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Hopefully we will be able to make it out this year. We will do our best to make it. Long trek from Oregon but we will see.
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Old 03-04-2003, 07:06 PM
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Ace,
Your contributions and support make you a brother now. I hope y'all can make the trek and we get to meet. Thanks again and welcome here, again!

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Old 09-02-2003, 09:13 PM
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Hello Brothers 393,
Its getting close to the one year date of Garrett's passing. As I sit here and read post here and on TT my eyes swell with tears. I often wonder why I or any of us care so much about this one young man and his family. I , myself see the things that I as a child did not have growing up. What Im talking about is the love of father ,mother and son. I see my bother, I see my son, I see my dad ,I see my mother, I see my friend. What it could have been. I often dream of what it would have been like to have a Dad like Mike Berg growing up. I was raised mostly by my older brother Bryan(he now owns the 426). I sit and think of Garrett and how he is with God in heaven. I want to tell Mike so many things about how I feel. But I can't . I only pray that he finds some comfort from God above. My prayers are for comfort and that he only trust in God, not man or knowledge and can find peace and hope through prayer . How many people did Garrett's life touch? How many have I touched?I see Garrett's life touching thousands of people and why? I find it this way, he touched so many by living in love. I see Garrett learning this through his family. He went home to be with the Lord because it was the time God sent for him. I can see in my minds eye God welcoming Garrett into His house. I can see God saying "Well done my son". Can we as fathers, sons, mothers or daughters want anything else for our children? . Garrett could have been my son or brother. This is why I am affected by Motoman 393. So each day, my friends, I say live each day in love of fellow man and family. One day I shall meet this fine young man!
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Old 09-06-2003, 11:38 AM
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Hello "Band of Brothers 393"

Mark I read your last post last night for the first time and again twice this morning. I too cried remembering my son and at the kind things you said. I am no different than any other Dad that loves their kids and makes the 'choice' to be heavily involved in their lives - trying to make a positive difference. Those "things" we experience growing up dysfunctionally can either help us, or hurt us and the choice is ours to make! I remain very humbled by the "impact" Garrett had and still has on so many people whom he never met. The "phenomenal bond" existing between the "Band of Brothers 393" is awesome. I still remain amazed how men whom never met became so close because a mans son died doing what we all love to do - ride!

Recently I purchased the Band of Brothers HBO series of video tapes on WW II and Easy Company, 506 Batallion of the 101st Airborne. I purchased these tapes while touring the National D-Day Memorial in New Orleans. Needless to say I watched the entire series in a week and was taken back. My Father fought in many of these same battles. I watched the "bond" develop between these combat soldiers - simultaneously I also reflected on the 'bond' existing between the men known as "The Band of Brothers 393." In my mind I wanted to make sure, get the feeling that our use of the name "Band of Brothers" was appropriate. In my heart I believe it is definitely OK.

Heres why - "one man's hell became the other man's hell and the resulting feelings became a reality for us all. The entire experience associated with 'surviving death' profoundly changes our lives forever - some more than others, but all remain impacted at the deepest internal gut level possible. This bond causes much individual introspection that brings about change - difficult to explain and impossible to ignore. The end result is an indescribable, eternal bond that became known as "The Band of Brothers 393" all because of the life and death of my son, Garrett M. Berg - known in cyberspace as "Motoman393!"

I am profoundly proud of his unintentional legacy and the precious things he taught me during his life - those precious lessons that unfortunately came from retrospection and not introspection. Hindsight remains 20/20 for most of us - let us not ever forget those treasures of the here and now; for they become memories all to quickly! I miss my Son!!
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Bill You are one of the finest people I have ever met and
myself i would be very disheartened if you were not one
of the 393 brothers !!!
I've always from day one stayed on the outside looking in on
this Brotherhood myself and my son were at splendora the
day of Garrett's crash and I've seen some excellent people step-up and BE for the sake of the Berg's and YOU know the rest
of YOUR BROTHERS will not let you resign!
As a MARINE you should know Once a Brother ALLWAYS a BROTHER nobody's going to think anything bad of you if
you can't make the races like you said you need to try to spend time with John and that's what it's all about FAMILY!!!
Whatever Your decision Bill you'll Allways be very respected
amongs your riding family and I hope your health gets better
i know you've been haveing back problems since we first met at GMB 1 and YOU will allways have MY Respect and Love as a
FRIEND an FAMILY
Don W.

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Bill;
I am not a member of the race team or the BOB but I am attending GMB III this year and hope to be a part of the group if they let me. I do not want to see you resign as a BOB member I think you should take some time and think about it first. Just my opinion.
You were the first one to talk to me here on ATM I will never forget you for that.

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