I learned this morning that BMX racing legend Anthony Sewell has passed away. I never knew him personally, but I did get to see him race a handful of times and he was crazy fast. He was kind of notorious for being a little squirrelly, but at the same time, was a good "trick jumper". He invented the tuck no-hander as we know it today (Nathan Williams has probably never heard of Anthony, but he owes his signature trick to him). "The Panther" rode for a few different teams, but rose to fame on Team Jag, a mostly African-American team formed in the late 70s in LA. Their slogan was "Boogie with the Best". Team Jag was featured in the CHiPS BMX TV episode I posted a few weeks ago and Anthony did the stunt riding for the main kid on that show (Solan even had a Team Jag shirt made up that he wore at Rays for the S&M Dealer Night at Rays).
Anthony is among the influential racers from the "Golden era" of BMX that led the charge for BMX as it was being pioneered and developed into what it is now. Rest In Peace, Panther.