Kent Howerton was one of the most versatile motocross
racers of the 1970s and early 1980s. The Texan,
nicknamed the "Rhinestone Cowboy," won three AMA
National Motocross Championships and two Trans-USA
titles. He is best known for his time as a Suzuki factory
racer, but he also rode for Husqvarna and Kawasaki
during his 15-year professional racing career.

Howerton was born in Wichita, Kansas, on July 11, 1954.
He was raised in the Denver area and first learned to ride
motorcycles when he was 15 on friends’ bikes. At 16,
Howerton got his first motorcycle, a 100cc Kawasaki Trail
Boss, and his family moved to San Antonio, Texas, which
would become his permanent home.

In all Howerton won 32 career AMA nationals and when
he retired in the mid-1980s, he was second on the all-time
AMA 250cc Motocross win list. In addition, Howerton was the 1980 AMA Pro Athlete of the
Year; a two-time winner of the 250cc United States Grand Prix; a two-time member of the
American Motocross des Nations team and twice winner of the ground breaking ABC Wide
World of Sports Superbikers competition.

The majority of these photos are from Kent's personal collection.
Kent Howerton
Kent leading Hannah out of a tight right hand corner..
Kent putting his Husqvarna through it's paces.
Kent Howerton, Bob Hannah and Tony DiStefano
Kent on a Husqvarna being chased by Jimmy Weinert on a Kawasaki
Even Kent had to start somewhere....
Getting air on a Husqvarna
Kent on a works Kawasaki gets the holeshot.......again.
Kent had a great deal of success while riding for Suzuki
Thanks Kent!
Kent on a Husqvarna - Florida circa 1976
Kent on a AMP CZ at the 500 National in Ohio
Kents 1976 National Championship Husqvarna 360
Kent on a works Kawasaki SR
Daytona Supercross
1984 Superbikes - Kent pulls away from Ricky Johnson