August 10 2015
In 1959, 5ft. 3in. tall, 130 lb. Troy Lee was one of the brightest stars in AMA flat track racing. Troy was the first amateur rider to become the “High Point” Rider of the Ascot season over a top field of Experts. That year he also won the 7-Mile Amateur National Championship and was the first amateur to win the Pacific Coast Half-Mile Championship at the famed half-mile. In 1960 Troy won the 50-Mile National Championship in Springfield, IL and set the one and fifteen lap Ascot track records. In 1952 Troy was the California State Novice Champion winning the title on the one-mile track at Bay Meadows. The parents of today’s well-known painter/owner of Troy Lee Designs, vowed to name their son after the 1961 Ascot Champion while they were sitting in the grandstands at Ascot.