April 15, 1974 in Colton’s Point, Maryland, James Walter Emery grew
up the son of a true motorcyclist. Jamie’s dad, Tom, a machinist by
trade, has always been interested in motorcycles all his life and
raised his children the same way. Tom used to take Jamie for rides
all the time especially on Sunday morning rides to McDonalds for
Jamie started riding at an early age on a Honda Trial 50. His first
experience drag racing was his little 50 at the dirt drags at Slades
Raceway in Surry, Virginia while his dad raced a 900cc Sportster in
the Pro Gas class. Jamie’s next racing experience was motocross
starting with an ’83 KX80 Kawasaki then YZ 125 and YZ 250 Yamaha’s.
At the ripe old age of 13, Jamie told his dad that he was ready for
his bike, yes, the Sportster. Tom told him if he could hold it up,
he could ride it. Since he was only 13, his only option was to dirt
drag, which he did and went on to win many races at Slades plus
When Jamie turned 16 he started racing AHDRA on the same bike in Pro
Gas. One weekend while Tom was away on business, Jamie and his mom
went to a race where Bill Furr had a Pro Fuel bike for sale. When
Tom returned home, Jamie had a lot of convincing to do to pursue his
dad into buying it. They ended up purchasing the bike and Jamie
became the youngest fuel rider on the AHDRA and ECRA circuits.
In 1996 the Emery’s had
a Top Fuel bike built by Bill Furr. They continued to race in AHDRA,
ECRA, IHRA and raced in Prostar’s Funnybike against the imports.
Jaime’s early success landed him into Ray Price’s Harley’s Drag
Racing Museum in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Jaime stopped drag
racing in 2006 and once again took up motocross to be able to race
with his 6 year-old son Mathew. Jaime has managed to keep up his
championship ways winning multiple championships in the 30+ class on
his YZ450 Yamaha. This past season, Jaime started racing again in
the Pro Comp class in the MIROCK Series aboard his 175ci PRP powered
Harley and will compete in the whole MIROCK series this season.
Other Areas of Interest
Residence: Coltons Point,MD.
Spouse: Laura Reed (engaged)
Children: Mathew 9 and Caileb 7
Occupation: Truck Driver
Home track: Maryland International Raceway
Team Name: Emery Racing
Crew Members: Tom Emery, Anne Emery, Mark Emery (uncle),
Sponsors: Mom and Dad
Championships: 1995 ECRA pro dragster, 2008 M.A.M.A. 30+
What year did you start racing or being involved in racing? I
think around 1980
History of racing bikes and classes: 900 Sportster Pro Gas,
Pro fuel, Top fuel
Current race bike / class: Top fuel harley
Goals: to have fun and be a good father
Interest outside of racing: none really but being the
mechanic for Mathew,s motocross and Caileb,s bmx racing.
Favorite foods: cheeseburgers
Favorite movie: smokey and the bandit
Daily Driver: 2006 Dodge diesel 4x4
First motorcycle: Early 70’s Honda trail 50
Hero: my dad