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Maddison's obsession a long-running affair

Updated: December 31, 2008, 10:03 AM ET
By Alyssa Roenigk | ESPN.com

The obsession started early.

Robbie Maddison was 4, as best he can remember, when he first heard the sound. "Brrraaap … braap braap … " He and his family had just moved from the suburbs of Sydney, Australia, to Kiama Downs, a beach town, and the sounds of his new neighborhood intrigued him.

"I would run to the window when I heard it," says Maddison, now 27. "I was totally captivated."

The sound was a neighbor kid riding by on his dirt bike. Maddison would smell ...

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