My own interview with Mike. ( May 23, 2005)
MIKE "HOLLYWOOD" MIRANDA
I've contacted you long ago but seems you forgot me.
Some days ago, Debbie signed my guestbook and told me you work for her.
So, I hope this time you can make some free time to do this interview.
It's a bit strange after all those years to do a interview with my favorit BMX rider from the '80s.
When you rode for Hutch I had also Hutch but not a Hollywood series.
Now I collect old BMX bikes and I've a baby blue Hollywood myself now.
Well, let me begin with the questions that I've for you.
JJR: When and how did you started with BMX racing, how old was you then?
Mike: 13, because my parents wouldn't buy me a motorcycle.
JJR: What were your sponsors in your BMX career?
Mike: Too many to list.
JJR: How did you end up with the nickname "Hollywood", who gave it to you?
Mike: Steve Giberson, editor of BMX Action magazine, gave me that name because I like to show off.
JJR: Most of the people know you from the time when you rode for Torker and Hutch.
How was it to be a member of one of the greatest teams ever, Hutch?
Mike: Imagine travelling the world with your friends and getting paid to joke around all the time.
JJR: Can you tell us more about the Hutch Hollywood series?
Mike: Pro Series frames with very, VERY cool paint jobs.
JJR: You rode with Tim Judge, another BMX legend. How was it to be team mates?
Mike: We were team mates for a very short time; Timmy left BMX to become a top-ranked jet-ski racer.
JJR: Anything to say about the other Hutch team members? Eric Carter, Monte Gray, Charles Townsend, Steve Veltman, and Richard Hutchins? Any good stories from back then?
Mike: Eric Cater is one of the best men I know and I hope that my son can grow up to be just like him. Charles is one of the funniest people I know.
JJR: Can you tell us why and when you quit racing for Hutch?
Mike: I quit racing for Hutch when the company had financial troubles and was unable to pay my salary.
JJR: If I'm correct, after a full Hutch factory rider, you kept Hutch as a co-sponsor for some time. Is that correct?
Mike: No, when I left Hutch, I left Hutch.
JJR: The last thing I've found in the magazines was that you was riding for Free Agent. In a race you had a accident and broke your neck. When was that and was that the end of you BMX career?
Mike: In 1989, while racing in Florida, I fell and broke my spine. It was a career-ending injury.
JJR: How hard was it not to race anymore?
Mike: Not racing wasn't hard, but not seeing my friends all the time was.
JJR: What did you do after BMX and what do you now?
Mike: I went to work for GT Bicycles and now I work for Woodward.
JJR: The BMXers know you as a clown and a show man. Is there still something left of that at the moment?
Mike: What do you think?! I'm wearing a dress right now …
JJR: You travelled around when you was on Hutch. I know you was in France, Holland and England. What's the best memory you have of all that travelling abroad?
Mike: Making new friends around the world.
JJR: Ever visited Belgium?
JJR: What do you miss most about those days?
Mike: When I fell down, it only hurt for one day.
JJR: You go now under your father's name Felty. So, can you explain where Miranda comes from?
Mike: It's my step-father's name.
JJR: Do you still have a BMX bike at home? Maybe your pink Hutch?
Mike: I have one complete pink Hutch, the one that was on the last cover of a magazine. I gave it to a friend in 1986, complete; he gave it back to me in 1998, complete.
JJR: Speaking of pink. You made pink a popular color in the '80s. If you think back now, was it not a big risc to ride a pink bike because today pink is for girls!
Mike: I still wear pink all the time.
JJR: Do you still follow BMX?
Mike: Not racing so much but I still love watching dirt jumping.
JJR: Do you think there is a difference in racing now and back then?
Mike: Yes. Clip-on pedals, tattoos, and steroids.
JJR: Do you still have contact with old BMXers?
Mike: Yes, my best friend James Vicente, the greatest BMXer from Nutley, New Jersey.
JJR: Do you have any souvenirs from your BMX racing days?
Mike: Besides my pink bike I have a Hutch, Torker, and CW uniform.
JJR: If you followed BMX a bit. What do you think of the new BMX bikes these days?
Mike: Seats and bars are too low and they're not pink.
JJR: You have signed in at Vintage BMX awhile ago. How comes I don't see you in that forum? I was gald to find you there! There are some other old Hutch racers on that forum you know?
Mike: No time.
JJR: Never thought to race in the veteran class?
Mike: Never. Remember, it hurts too much for too long …
JJR: You're a pro golfer (or was). Can you tell a bit about that?
Mike: I started by putting my golf clubs in the bottom of my bike box when I travelled. I played on Mondays after the races. I was good so I turned pro.
JJR: I've seen you have kids. No BMXers? Or are they golfers?
Mike: My son plays baseball and my daughter is a gymnast.
JJR: If you could turn back time. What would you change in your BMX career? Or what would you do different?
Mike: Two things that I would change: I would have been more careful with that zipper on my new Max pants in the bathroom that one time; and in Florida I would rather have gotten last place than break my back.
JJR: How's the feeling that you still have BMX fans after all those years?
Mike: It feels good to know that I still have friends.
JJR: What are your future plans? And what's behind this job you have at Woodward?
Mike: To help kids experience BMX and Woodward.
JJR: Any last words to the young and old BMXers?
Mike: Bones heal, chicks dig scars, pain is temporary, glory lasts forever. Evil Knievel told me that.
JJR: Thanks for answering my questions!
Maybe you can convince Tim Judge to do a interview like this one?
Thanks again and hope to see you at VBMX sometimes!