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Articles By Mark Gardiner - Contributing Editor

Mark Gardiner
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In 2001, Mark Gardiner gave up his career in advertising, and moved to the Isle of Man to live out his childhood dream of racing in the TT. After returning to the U.S., he wrote a memoir of that experience, Riding Man, which is now in development as a feature film. His column, Backmarker, looks at everything from the motorcycle industry as a whole to intensely personal 'inside stories.'

Backmarker: Mann's Missing Honda Part 3

Thursday, October 17, 2013
Is Daniel Mercier's Honda CB750 Dick Mann's 1970 Daytona 200-winning mount? Our Backmarker reveals what the experts have to say in the final chapter of Mann's Missing Honda.

Backmarker: Mann’s Missing Honda Part 2

Thursday, October 3, 2013
The saga of Dick Mann’s 1970 Daytona-winning Honda CB750 continues, with our Backmarker seeing the unearthed mount for the first time in Paris.

Backmarker: Mann’s Missing Honda Part 1

Thursday, September 19, 2013
What happened to the Honda 750 that Dick Mann piloted to the 1970 Daytona 200 victory? Our Backmarker begins the tale, which includes AMA Hall of Famer Bob Hansen.

Backmarker: Rachael Clegg, TT Calendar Girl

Thursday, September 5, 2013
MotoUSA's Backmarker catches up with Rachael Clegg, a free-spirited artist and journalist who also produces and models for the scintillating Milestones TT Calendars.

Backmarker: Win Sunday, Sell Monday

Thursday, August 15, 2013
MotoUSA's Backmarker examines some of the recent news to come out of World Superbike and MotoGP under the light of shifting trends in advertising, marketing and sponsorship.

Backmarker: The Monster of the Salt

Thursday, August 1, 2013
Our Backmarker traces the story of a Bonneville race bike that ties two Frenchmen, a comic book character and 80-year-old veteran drag racer together.

Backmarker: Ernst Degner and MZ Secrets

Thursday, July 18, 2013
MotoUSA's Backmarker shares the story of Ernst Degner, an East German motorcycle racer and engineer that defected from the MZ Grand Prix team and Communism in 1961.

Backmarker: Roger Willis & The Nazi TT

Thursday, July 4, 2013
Our Backmarker chats with IOM TT author Roger Willis, who relates the strange story of the TT trophies’ six-year absence and the post-war return from Nazi Germany.

Backmarker: Manx TT Postcard Part III

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
A visit to the Fairy Bridge, plenty of pub time and a memorable Senior TT give MotoUSA's Backmarker pause as he and his comrades live the final days of the 2013 Isle of Man TT.

Big Sid Biberman: 1930-2013

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Legendary drag racer and Vincent tuner Sid Biberman has passed away at the age of 82.

Backmarker: Manx TT Postcard Part II

Thursday, June 13, 2013
Our Backmarker’s Isle of Man TT sojourn continues, shepherding his first-time Manx visitors to his favorite locales to watch the dramatic battles between John McGuinness and Michael Dunlop.

Backmarker: Manx TT Postcard

Thursday, May 30, 2013
Our Backmarker returns to the Isle of Man TT for the first time since his visit in 2002, when he ransomed his life for one shot at TT glory.

Backmarker: Austin The One Show

Thursday, May 16, 2013
Our Backmarker revisits his trip to the Texas MotoGP race at Circuit of the Americas – reporting on his time at Austin’s The One Show.

Backmarker: Austin's Power

Thursday, May 2, 2013
MotoUSA's Backmarker road trips to Austin for the inaugural MotoGP race at the Circuit of the Americas, finding joys and sorrows alike during the weekend.

Backmarker: Interview with Andrew Wheeler

Thursday, April 18, 2013
Our Backmarker sits down with Andrew Wheeler, one of the top motorcycle racing photographers working today, to discuss GP racing, horses, paddock girls and apartment rentals?

Backmarker: The Clandestine Interview

Thursday, April 4, 2013
Our Backmarker chats with Joe Campo, director of the online sitcom The Clandestine, a humorous spoof of motorcycle gangs.

Backmarker: Searching for Spadino

Thursday, March 21, 2013
MotoUSA's Backmarker recounts the story of Pierlucio 'Spadino' Tinazzi, an unassuming motorcyclist who perished while trying to save trapped motorists during the Mont Blanc Tunnel fire.

Backmarker: Breaking Down the "Bubba Scrub"

Thursday, March 7, 2013
MotoUSA's Backmarker applies the laws of physics to explain why the "Bubba Scrub" gives Supercross and Motocross riders an edge in competition.

Backmarker: Mike "Fass Mikey" Vils

Thursday, February 21, 2013
Our Backmarker catches up with Mike "Fass Mikey" Vils, who has painted race bikes for legends, missile launchers for the government, and he even gave Gary Nixon's Suzuki a pair of pink nipples.

Backmarker: "Dharma Bum" Locke McCorkle

Thursday, February 7, 2013
Channeling his inner Kerouac, Motorcycle USA's Backmarer, Mark Gardiner, profiles the man who served as inspiration for Sean Monahan in "Dharma Bums," Locke McCorkle