Uno Palm was born in Ulricehamn, mid-Sweden on the 3rd of May, 1944. As a young kid he was very interested in motorcycle sports and closely followed his idols in the motocross game. He bought his first moped at the age of 15 and then followed it up by taking his riding license a year later. He then bought a 200cc Husqvarna ‘Guldpil’, but soon got tired of riding on roads and instead looked at motocross. Uno started to practice as a teenager and entered his very first race at the age of 18. He also tried enduro riding and entered the famous ‘Novemberkasan’ - the November Trophy - both in 1962 and the following year. In 1963 Uno bought his first motocross machine, a 250cc Lindström.
After three seasons in the saddle he was ready for the national junior championship race, which was arranged nearby in the town of Eksjö. There were two qualification legs and Palm had no difficulties advancing to the final stint of the day. Here he dominated together with another competitor and they changed positions during a well-fought battle. In the end Palm tangled with his fellow rider, which caused him to lose position. Palm had to be content with second place, 13 seconds away from the winner's time. This result made him advance from a junior to a senior class rider in 1966.
“This was quite a leap forward,” Uno Palm remembered. “But it also meant that competition suddenly became more intense. I managed to win one run in the national 250 championship in 1967 and was also part of the team in the national series - coming second after having scored well in the season. It took me two full years before I was ready for the next big step in my motocross career.”