Meet Marilyn Beitler – Queen Dirt Diva. Yes, this is THE Marilyn from Ajax Motorcycles. I have known Marilyn and Denny Bietler since the early 1980’s when I purchase my first Husquavarna motorcycle through them, back when Ajax Cycle was located in a strip mall on 89th Street in south OKC. Over the years they built up their dealership, became a Kawasaki and KTM dealer, and pretty well introduced KTM to central Oklahoma, sponsored a lot of off-road races, and eventually sold their dealership and retired. Denny took up mountain biking a few years ago and Marilyn joined him recently and eventually started inviting other women to ride with her – hence the Dirt Diva’s. They are both pretty fun to bicycles with and very friendly folks. I talked Marilyn into posing for this picture in front of my Toyo VX-125 film camera in mid-December 2017 and shot this sheet of Kodak TMAX-100 film. One shot, one picture.
About James Pratt
I am an Oklahoma based writer, commercial photographer, editorial photographer and adventurer based in Oklahoma City. I love telling stories about people. A motorcycle is my preferred means of travel, and I have over 5,000 hours piloting small airplanes. My editorial photography has been published in hundreds of magazines and my commercial photography has been used by dozens of companies worldwide.