Blaine Elledge is a Husqvarna Icon and a Northwest Legend. From 1972 to 1982 Blaine raced on the national scene, criss-crossing America. Supported by Husqvarna, Blaine received new bikes every 3 months and enjoyed factory insider parts and mods plus support and tuning by legendary Rolf Tiblin. Blaine raced Motocross and Cross Country Events.
What a start: At 15 years old, Blaine became one of the few, and the youngest Hill Climb competitors to crest the Saddleback Matterhorn monster hill. His name was added to names including Malcolm Smith and Steve McQueen members of that elite club. Blaine told me he attempted the hill that day dozens of times-determined to make it. His Matterhorn Medal is a family heirloom. In the next few years Blaine won the Mattawa 100 Mile Desert Race 5 Times, usually on a 250 Husky-in both Spring and Fall running. He also competed in 2 ISDT Qualifiers.
Aside from this variety of Off-Road Events, Blaine was mainly a Motocross competitor. He raced the National Pro Circuit for Husky, even setting up his Headquarters in Dallas, TX one year. Most often his Seattle area Home was his Base, and he recalls putting 24,000 miles on his Race Van in one year. Imagine Blaine sitting on the starting line on his 390 Husky with Jim Pomeroy on his left and Bob Hannah on his right-500 Class Action!
Today Blaine is a very active Vintage Race Competitor and a Valued HVA-Specialty Customer. By building Vintage Racers and Resurrecting Collectible Husky’s like the Silver Streak 500-Blaine’s contributions continue to mount. Where did Blaine get his start? Well, his family owned a Husqvarna Dealership and made 3 consecutive trips to Sweden as Top Dealer Appreciation. Blaine says he stayed home and looked after the Husky shop and reputation-just like he is doing today.