Modern Living: Hell's Cherubim

Shawn Moran, arms scratched and face caked with dust, wheeled his bike into the pits and cut his engine. He had taken a second and two thirds in races last week at Indian Dunes Park in Valencia, Calif. It had been one of his better days. "Yeah, I did O.K.," he admitted, removing his helmet painted with four-leaf clovers and the motto: "Get it on, Shawn." But he was tired and not very talkative. Perhaps it was because he is only eight years old.

Shawn is a minibiker, one of the thousands of American kids...

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