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Jimmy Ellis - Team Can-Am 1974-1977

Jimmy Ellis is a name synonymous with Team Can-Am. He signed with the factory in 1974 to ride the U.S. National motocross series and helped clinch the Can-Am 1-2-3 sweep in their first year of competition. For 3 years Jimmy graced CanAm with a number of podium finishes until he switched to Honda in 1978. It would be rare to hear a conversation about CanAm's early years without a reference to Jimmy. His superior riding skill and dazzling showmanship are legendary to motocross fans throughout the world.

Photos contributed by Paul Jasa

For those of us who appreciate the evolution of the CanAm motocrosser, we have Jimmy to thank for his contributions to research and development. The combined efforts of Jim Ellis and Marty Tripes led to a number of improvements on subsequent models, which included experimenting with the single shock (dubbed "the Rubber bike"). The photo to the right shows Ellis riding a 1977 works bike. You can see the similarity to the 1978 MX-4.

Fact Sheet:
DOB: 10/19/55
Birthplace: Middletown, CT USA
Started Riding Age 9
Tuner: George Ellis
Current Residence:
Ringwood Victoria Australia

Current Career:

Jimmy occasionally races motocross, but has found a new passion for the NASCAR circuit.

Jimmy Ellis Team CanAm Resume:

  • 1974 125cc National MX #6
  • 1974 250cc National MX #3
  • 1975 250cc National MX #5
  • 1975 250cc National SX #1
  • 1976 250cc National MX #8
  • 1976 250cc National SX #3
  • 1977 250cc National MX #6
  • 1977 250cc National SX #4
  • Jimmy Ellis the NASCAR Driver

    If you're looking to sponsor a NASCAR driver here's your man! Jim is always interested in hearing from potential supporters.

    Photos courtesy of Calder Park Motorsport's page

    Special thanks to Sally and Jimmy Ellis for collaborating with me on this section of the website.
    If you have any old photos of Jimmy that you would like to contribute to this section please contact Mike at Rockyjaypipkin a t

    No magazine photos please.

  • Team Can-Am
  • Jeff Smith
  • Buck Murphy
  • Jimmy Ellis