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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: 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.

Backmarker: Blind Ambition

Thursday, December 8, 2011
Matt Wadsworth is a 37-year-old musician attempting a world-record motorcycle jump. Did we mention he's also been blind since birth?

Backmarker: John Stein

Thursday, November 10, 2011
This month our Backmarker correspondent sticks with drag racing, speaking with author John Stein, who penned a history of the sport.

Backmarker: Tony Thacker

Thursday, October 6, 2011
This month our Backmarker chats up English transplant Tony Thacker, director of the NHRA museum in Pomona on his love of hot rods and drag bikes.

Backmarker: James Parker’s New Mission

Thursday, September 8, 2011
James Parker is making news with his electric tinkering at Mission Motors, but the designer still hasn’t given up on replacing the industry’s front fork bent.

Backmarker: Mert Lawwill

Thursday, August 4, 2011
Our Backmarker chats with racing legend Mert Lawwill and how one famous friend, Steve McQueen, provided a helping hand after an accident.

Backmarker: Flat Tracker Jason Griffin

Thursday, July 21, 2011
Jason Griffin may be an arm down on his competition, but the Carolina racer hits the AMA Flat Track circuits with plenty of heart.

Brammo Shifts Gears

Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Brammo Inc. is shifting electric motorcycles into a new era by adding six-speed gearboxes to several of its newest models.