The winners received gold, silver, and bronze medals much like in the Olympics. Joe traded in his 200cc cycle in 1962 and moved up to the 500cc class where he hit his stride. With enough wins, he advanced to the expert class. Believe it or not, back then the 500cc class was called the medium weight class. After Joe graduated from Lancaster High School in 1963, he went to work at Diamond Power in their drafting department and attended OU-Lancaster with the intention of getting an engineering degree. Of course, motorcycle racing was an every weekend affair until 1965 when Joe enlisted in the US Army. Joe spent one year in the States, one year in Europe, and his final year in Vietnam's Mekong Delta.
After returning from Vietnam, Joe went back to racing and soon started his own one-man dirt bike shop selling Hodaka, Montesa, and Puch motorcycles. In 1972, Joe qualified for the American Team going to the International Six-Day Trials held in Czechoslovakia. In 1974, he returned once more to the ISDT held in Italy. It was during this time Joe bought out "Bill Carpenter Motor Sales" the local Honda dealer, and moved to their Lincoln Ave address where he remained for 30 years.
In 1979, Joe added Harley-Davidson to the line of motorcycles he sold. The story of Harley-Davidson's near extinction to its re-emergence as the top-selling motorcycle in the US is a story by itself. This is a picture of the Central Ohio HOG Chapter in front of the murals on the Portsmouth Flood Wall. The Central Ohio HOG Chapter is sponsored by Joe Carson Harley-Davidson and is dedicated to riding and having fun with people who love riding as much as Joe does.