John Wood - Corporal (E4) - USMC & US Army Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis 2019 Mentor and Sidecar Pilot
John Wood aka "Johnny Killmore" grew up in Huntington Beach, California and lived there most of his life. Since he was a small child he loved machines, taking things apart and putting them back together. He grew up interested in the military all through his childhood. He had many family members in the military. He met a marine at a party when he was a young man, that got him interested in the Marines.
He joined the Marines right out of high school, graduated in June and was in boot camp in September that same year. From 1996 – 2000 he was on active duty, and he got into motorcycles at that time. Johnny Killmore is a veteran of both the United States Marine Corps and the California Army National Guard, including a 2005 combat deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Returning for year three as a sidecar pilot and mentor, Johnny has proven himself to be an invaluable member of the VCR team. A skilled & talented mechanic, Johnny has been helping to keep the VCR fleet running for the past two years in addition to being our go to sidecar pilot when bikes need to get moved! And we can now add fundraising to that ever growing list of hats!
Johnny and his business partner Jacob Ades have created the Hoody Hoo Thrown-down, a scavenger hunt style motorcycle ride using the Rever app to map the route and waypoints. The first event was held in Las Vegas in March and was a huge success raising money for Veterans Charity Ride (VCR) and creating great event. The second Hoody Hoo Throw-down on July 5th in the San Jose/Hollister area also benefitting VCR will be even bigger!
Johnny retired a champion from sidecar racing this year and is still among the fastest sidecar racers in North America. He currently freelances as an event producer, a writer, journalist/photographer & volunteers for VCR! Thank you, Johnny!