December 17, 1983 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Eric Scott Banks grew
up as one of those kids with a family who was involved in horsepower
of the genuine kind. Growing up on a farm and raising horses was the
family hobby and one that has stayed with Eric all his life. Most of
his family now lives in Kentucky and raises racing horses.
Regardless of our upbringing itís our teenage years and the friends
we choose that usually dictate the paths we take.
When Eric was in the beginning stages of his adolescence years his
family moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma. There he started hanging out with
neighborhood kids, which turned out to be lifelong friends. They
built bicycles and models, which honed Ericís skills of customizing
and detail work. As Eric got older he started working on old cars,
which led to his ďlowriderĒ stage. He started going to the local
drag strip with his older sister and her friends. This all coincided
with the movie Fast and Furious, which led to Ericís Honda/Acura
Not having much money, Eric had to buy, sell and trade parts to hop
up his cars. Weekends were spent at the track. If he wasnít at the
track Eric was working on a car. He went to work as a tech and parts
salesman at a local import performance shop and slowly got burned
out on the import scene. Many of his friends had started switching
over to motorcycles so Eric sold nearly everything he had, including
his car, to buy his first bike. It was a huge sacrifice but one Eric
says was well worth it. From that day in 2004 Eric has built many
custom bikes and has been featured in several magazines.
The bike Eric currently
has was built to be a full show bike but as the last riding season
came up he threw it together just to ride it and it turned out to be
one of his favorite builds. Within three months of his first pass
Eric went from 10.60ís to 8.80ís on a stock motor GSXR 1000 with the
help of his friend Ben Gartner. Now that the 2011 season is over
plans are to go bigger, better and faster for next season. This was
Ericís first year to race a motorcycle and quite an adjustment from
racing cars but he says, ďTo be honest, itís a bit more of an
adrenalin rush. It gives me a feeling that words canít even
Ericís goal is to
compete and start to make a name for himself within the sport. With
Ericís drive and love for the sport, he doesnít plan on stopping
until he gets what he wants. If it doesnít happen at least he will
know that he gave it his all. Eric is not a quitter. He is also a
cancer survivor, which has given him a much bigger appreciation for
God, family and friends. Building and racing bikes is just icing on
the cake. See more at Game Over Built Facebook pages.
Other Areas of
Residence: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Occupation: Owner of Game Over Built. Like a lot of people I
do have a day job and do powder coating at a local shop.
Home track: Tulsa Raceway Park
Team name: Game Over Built Racing
Sponsors: Game Over Built, Brocks Performance, Evil
Swingarms, Team APE, and VIP Alliance Wheels.
Current race bike / class: ďFilthyĒ 2008 GSXR 1000
Specs: Brocks sidewinder, Bazzaz zfi, Evil swingarm 12 over, stock
all motor setup.
Goals: Iíd love to be a professional racer. Until then, Iím
having a blast!
Interest outside of racing: I build custom bikes. Numerous
bikes Iíve built have been featured in different magazines. Iím
always thinking of building something that hasnít been done before.
Favorite foods: Pizza
Favorite movie: Thereís too many to listÖ
Daily driver: Nissan Pickup
First motorcycle: 2001 GSXR 600.