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Articles By Mark Gardiner - Contributing Editor

Mark Gardiner
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: 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

Backmarker: Return of MC Print?

Thursday, January 3, 2013
This month our Backmarker examines the changing editorial landscape of motorcycle journalism. Could there be a resurgence of print media in this digital age?

Backmarker: Production Bikes vs. MotoGP

Thursday, December 6, 2012
CRT bikes may have failed to compete in MotoGP, but bone stock production bikes have never been closer to GP performance. Our Backmarker weighs in…

Backmarker: Ralph Wayne Backyard Nationals

Thursday, November 1, 2012
Ralph Wayne's Vintage Backyard Nationals is a laid-back gathering of vintage enthusiasts in Kansas City. Our Backmarker investigates.

Backmarker: Cannonball Run 2012

Thursday, October 11, 2012
The Cannonball Run returns in 2012, featuring vintage motorcycles crossing the country, and our Backmarker shadows the ride as it meanders through Sturgis.

Backmarker: Bridgepoint’s Messy Marriage

Thursday, October 4, 2012
Bridgepoint Capital shook up the motorcycle racing scene with its acquisition of the MotoGP and World Superbike series. Now with news of a further merger of the two premier road racing series, our Backmarker weighs in.

Backmarker: Café Culture

Thursday, September 6, 2012
While at the 'Meet at the Ace' concours and vintage road ride at America's Car Museum, our Backmarker discovered, to his delight, that Café Culture is growing here in the States.

Backmarker: Passing of Racing Legends

Thursday, August 9, 2012
Our Backmarker puzzles over the decision of Valentino Rossi and the ending of a Grand Prix career, as well as a eulogy for an Isle of Man institution – Vern Wallis.

Backmarker: Motorcyclepedia Museum

Thursday, July 5, 2012
This month our Backmarker tells the backstory of the Motorcyclepedia museum, run by the father/son team of Gerald and Ted Doering.

Backmarker: Flat Track's Willie McCoy

Thursday, June 7, 2012
The Specialist: At an age when most racers have hung up their leathers, Grand National part-timer Willie McCoy’s just started winning.

Backmarker: Misadventure Riding

Thursday, May 3, 2012
Our Backmarker relates the tale of two riders who head south on a pair of old Hondas with little more than their wrenching skills and adventurous spirit as guides

Backmarker: Formula USA Racing

Thursday, April 5, 2012
With road racing season getting into the regular grind, our Backmarker reflects on one of America’s more interesting road racing series – Formula USA.

Backmarker: Racing Inflation

Thursday, March 8, 2012
Our Backmarker gets down to the brass tacks of racing motorcycles in America and its troubling surge in costs over recent years.

Backmarker: Occupy All Street

Thursday, February 9, 2012
Our Backmarker’s got socioeconomics on the mind… How will the motorcycle market get the 99% back to buying lots of bikes?

Backmarker: Cycle Editor Cook Neilson

Thursday, January 5, 2012
This month’s Backmarker takes a closer look at one of the greats in print motorcycle journalism, Cycle Magazine and its editor, Cook Neilson.