Harry’s German father owned, of all things, a Mexican restaurant in Costa Mesa. Right down the street from the restaurant was Champion Motorcycles. Whitney Blakeslee and George Roach were mechanics there and were involved in the Southern California roadracing scene. They encouraged Harry’s dad to get him involved in CMC and AFM club racing. Mr. Klinzmann bought Harry a Kawasaki 250cc Triple production bike to race, but when he went to his first race weekend at Riverside in 1972, Wes Cooley’s dad, who ran the organization, told Mr. Klinzmann that his son was too young (at 15) to race.