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Willow Springs – Sunday Update
Race Dates: October 1 & 2 2016
Eddie Mulder’s West Coast Dirt Track Series
After awesome racing and a great meal Saturday night, the crew was ready to hit the track again early Sunday morning for day two of the West Coast Dirt Track Series Willow Springs event. Running like clockwork, we got to the track about 7:15am, gates opened at 8 and practice started at 10:30. Gary Ritchie was there early, getting the track ready for the day’s racing and another long line of racers waited patiently at the gate to get in. The weather was a little cooler with a nice breeze, perfect!
In attendance were some well-known guests beginning with Chuck Palmgren, Digger Helm and Ron Wood. Rod Lake made an appearance, Chris Agajanian’s Ascot trailer was there and the best catering truck in all of CA was serving the tastiest breakfast burritos ever. The goal on Sunday is to get things moving so people can get on the road for home after a full day of racing. Eddie wastes no time getting through the riders meeting and practice under way.
A full stable of racers rode some 27 heat races, two Semis and 24 main events. As always, the main events begin with the Semis and the Ramspur Winery Dash for Cash. Brad Baker got the hole shot and didn’t look back leading it all 6 laps to the finish. Behind him were Sammy Halbert and Jared Mees but it took no time at all for Chad Cose to get in front of Sammy and try to catch Jared. He was on a tear all weekend! The race finished Baker, Mees, Cose and Halbert. Semi #1 winner was Dalton Gauthier. Jarod Vanderkoi was second, both earning their way to the main. In Semi #2 Jimmy Wood and Nick Armstrong were 1, 2, also making it to the 16 rider main event finale.
The Senior Vintage class was next up. A fast series regular vintage racer, Tom Horton, was missing this weekend. Disappointing some of his fellow competitors, one of whom told me he built his bike just to compete with Tom this year. The West Coast Dirt Track Series Willow Springs events are like a family affair. When someone doesn’t make it, someone always notices. The Senior Vintage race finished with Kenny Thiebaud in front of Jeff Lessley and Jim Ottele. Another very familiar face in California flat track, Donnie Howard was in attendance and racing in the Vet class taking a victory with Jim Rosa and Paul Ott sharing the podium with Howard in that order. Ryan Reed led the Vet B class to victory and Gary Ritchie not only wins the best track prep award but he also won the Super Senior/Senior novice class taking the lead from Robert Hansen in the last lap. Hansen followed Ritchie and D-Dan McDougal finished third. McDougal rides an Eddie Mulder built Triumph and comes to Willow each year all the way from Canada.
Chris Rudy, a West Coast Dirt Track Series regular competitor won the Classic 500 brakeless class in front of Julian Heppekausen and Flyn Stone. They each held their positions from start to finish. The Classic 250 brakeless and 1951 and earlier Dinosaur class ran together. Dinosaur rider Jim Ottele took the win on the hand shift ’37 Indian, sponsored by Bob Nichols. Classic 250 riders Austin Williams and Fred Berger followed to the checkers.
Sierra Hickerson and Jasper Heathfield took 1,2 in the Youth 50cc class. Kage Tadman and JR Alexander took 1,2 in the Youth 65 class. Travis Petton IV topped the Youth 80 class podium with Dominic DeMario and Zaden Flores taking the second and third spots respectively. The Modern 250/500 class was combined. Tim Skov topped the 250’s and Brian Filo took the 500 win. Lloyd McGregor, in from Colorado to race at Willow, won the Modern 750 class aboard a borrowed Eddie Mulder Replica C&J framed Triumph owned by Herb Wolff. Kenny Thiebaud finished a very respectable second and Robert Hansen rounded out the podium. Jumpin Jack Jones lead the 500 Support class flag to flag with his buddy, Jeff Gonzales close behind.
Some of the fastest youngsters in California were there competing on Willow’s big, banked, 3/8ths Mile track. The 250 open class included 10 young riders. Making a name for himself with his finesse, Grant Holmes led Hunter Brooks and James Ott to the checkers. Brooks and Ott were back on the track for Open Amateur A Main, finishing 1, 2. Clayton Williams finished in third These are the youngsters that are bound to be seen in the future riding the national pro circuit. The Open Amateur B Main was taken by Dominic Cameron followed by Christain Payne and Rob Bush. Payne and Bush switched places in the fourth lap when Payne took over the 2nd spot. Kevin Jordan, Jim Ottele and Jim Lundgren finished first, second and third in the Senior Open class, the last one before the Digger Open Pro 20 lap main event sponsored by Specialty Fabrications, Inc.
The track was well prepped for the Digger/Spec Fab Open Pro main as it always is at Willow Springs. Included on the grid were 16 pro riders, all card holding members of AMA GNC Pro racing. This was to be a fast and competitive race for a nice chunk of purse money. At the green flag, Jared Mees jumped to the front with Brad Baker and Jared Sammy close behind. Jared was then first out of the first turn but it didn’t take Sammy long to get to the front, overtaking Jared, and he never looked back. Behind the three of them Jeffrey Carver was working his way around Ryan Wells, winner of the 2016 AMA GNC 2 championship. Carver accomplished that feat in lap three and held on to the fourth spot to the finish. The race finished Halbert, Baker, Mees and Carver.
Racing was complete slightly after 5 p.m. and was followed by the customary awards ceremony awarding the riders with event plaques and the pros with the money they earned.
The crew immediately went to work cleaning up and putting away the equipment of the day. Eddie and Jodi graciously thanked each and every person that support the West Coast Dirt Track Series Willow Springs and Lake Cachuma events. The staff of both events are what makes them so fun and successful. And the sponsors, Specialty Fabrications, Terry and Nancy Otton of Ramspur Winery, Digger Helm, Rod Lake Racing, Coventry Spares, British Customs, Jeff Cole, Motion Pro, JRC Engineering, Works Shocks, Barnett Clutches and Cables, Maxima Racing Oils, K&N Filters, Triumph North America, Brown’s Cycles, Todays Cycle Coverage.com, S&S Off Road Magazine and Pro Plates help to make it all possible with their generosity and support.
The next West Coast Dirt Track Series event on the 2017 calendar so far, is the Lake Cachuma Vintage British Bike Rally taking place the first weekend of June just north of Santa Barbara, Ca. A wonderful weekend of celebration where friends and families gather, camping out at the 40 acre Live Oak Camp, enjoying the finest classic vintage British motorcycles, field events for young and old, fun rides, great food and commaraderie during the weekend of June 2-4th. More info to follow at www.EddieMuldersWCVDTS.com
Ramspur Winery $10,000 D-4-C : 1. Brad Baker; 2. Jared Mees; 3. Chad Cose; 4. Sammy Halbert
SENIOR VINTAGE: 1. Kenny Thiebaud; 2. Jeff Lessley; 3. Jim Ottele: 4. Steve Ferguson
VET “A” MAIN : 1. Don Howard; 2. Jim Rosa; 3. Paul Ott; 4. Curtis Peebles Jr; 5. Danny Ritchie; 6. David Bush; 7. Kevin Jordan; 8. Rob Bush; 9. David Ehrhart; 10. Andrew Myers
VET “B” MAIN : 1. Ryan Reed; 2. Bryan Berna; 3. Rich Hanson; 4. Mark LaDue; 5. Josh Jackson
SUPER SR/SR NOVICE : 1. Gary Ritchie; 2. Robert Hansen; 3. D-Dan McDougall; 4. Shane VanSickle; 5. Sten Kelley
CLASSIC 250: 1. Austin Williams; 2. Fred Berger
CLASSIC 500 : 1. Chris Rudy; 2. Julian Heppekausen; 3. Flyn Stone; 4. Steve Ferguson; 5. James Kohls; 6. Joe Pape; 7. Viet Nguyen
DINO : 1. Jim Ottele
YOUTH 50 : 1. Sierra Hickerson; 2. Jasper Heathfield; 3. Isabella Mitchell
YOUTH 60: 1. Kage Tadman; 2. James “Jr.” Alexander; 3. Sierra Hickerson; 4. Isabella Mitchell
YOUTH 80 : 1. Travis Petton IV; 2. Dominic DeMario; 3. Zaden Flores; 4. Blake Ash; 5. Zack Earwood; 6. Conner Hickerson; 7. Eli Souza; 8. Bryson Berna; 9. Franny Minchau
MODERN 250 : 1. Tim Skov
MODERN 500 : 1. Brian Filo; 2. Julian Heppekausen
MODERN 750: 1. Lloyd McGregor; 2. Kenny Thiebaud; 3. Robert Hansen; 4. D-Dan McDougall; 5. Charles Caspary; 6. Jamin Mathis; 7. Nate Hudson
250 OPEN : 1. Grant Holmes; 2. Hunter Brooks; 3. James Ott; 4. Dallas Daniels; 5. Tyler Raggio; 6. Travis Petton IV; 7. Jacob Cascio; 8. Jaycee Jones; 9. Zack Earwood; 10. Conner Hickerson
500 SUPPORT : 1. Jack Jones; 2. Jeff Gonzales 3. Jim Lundgren; 4. Ryan Gifford; 5. Ken Shilling; 6. Larry Hanson; 7. Adam Turner; 8. Jamin Mathis
OPEN AMATEUR “A” MAIN : 1. Hunter Brooks; 2. James Ott; 3. Clayton Williams; 4. Dallas Daniels; 5. Julia Rankin; 6. Paul Ott 7. Grant Holmes; 8. Matthew Zacher; 9. Michael Hill; 10. Noah Bush; 11. Travis Petton IV; 12 Stephen Sikorski; 13. Ryan Reed; 14. Justin Hanson; 15. Bryan Berna; 16, Rob Bush
OPEN AMATEUR “B” MAIN : 1. Dominic Cameron; 2. Christian Payne; 3. Rob Bush; 4. Bronson Pearce; 5. Jacob Cascio; 6. Matt Ott; 7. Kyle Raggio; 8. LJ Gronek; 9. Rich Hanson; 10. James Holley; 11. Hayden Earwood; 12. Jaycee Jones; 13. Bill Wright; 14. Andrew Myers
SENIOR OPEN : 1. Kevin Jordan; 2. Jim Ottele; 3. Jim Lundgren; 4. Larry Earhart; 5. Greg Powell; 6. Barney Stern; 7. Ryan Gifford; 8. Jeff Spohr; 9. Dan Dowding
DIGGER OPEN PRO by Specialty Fabrications, Inc. : 1. Sammy Halbert; 2. Brad Baker; 3. Jared Mees; 4. Jeffrey Carver; 5. Ryan Wells; 6. Briar Bauman; 7. Henry Wiles; 8. Mikey Rush; 9. John Vanderlaan; 10. Dalton Gauthier; 11. Jarod VanDerkooi; 12. Davis Fisher; 13. Bronson Bauman; 14. Nick Armstrong
Location: Willow Springs Walt James Stadium
Race Dates: October 1 & 2 2016
Eddie Mulder’s West Coast Dirt Track Series
The Willow Springs 3/8-mile cushion dirt track in Walt James Stadium at the Willow Springs International Raceway hosts by far the most exciting 3/8-mile dirt track racing in all of California. Eddie & Jodi Mulder, promoters of the West Coast Dirt Track Series, pull out all the stops during this two-day weekend event. Together with their main sponsors, Mark and Randy Zimmerman of Specialty Fabrications,Inc.and Terry and Nancy Otton of Ramspur Winery, the purse for this weekend was over $50,000.
Driving up the road to the track on Saturday morning the rigs, trucks, trailers and cars were in a long line ready to go racing. Track prep began the week before, the registration staff set up their booth, the tech station was set up, ready to start the bike inspections and the gates opened with a flood of people.
The usual rider’s meeting started off the day but this day was just a little different. A special moment of silence was held to honor the two young riders lost the weekend before, Charlotte Kainz and Kyle McGrane, followed by parade laps of riders led by the water trucks riding two reverse laps, one to honor each of them. Not long after that, practice began. The track was absolutely perfect, smooth and racy as a result of the many hours Gary Richie spent working the dirt.
Over 120 riders rode 19 heat races that included 24 AMA pro riders looking for a piece of the $50,000 purse. Special guests included Barry Weiss of Storage Wars, the Zimmerman’s, Digger Helm, Terry Otton, Rod Lake, Sammy Tanner, Chris Agajanian, Ron Wood, Preston Petty, Dennis Mahan and more. Also in the house was #38 Chuck Palmgren, the first rider to win an AMA GNC mile on a Yamaha 750. That history took place in 1972. The action on the track was fierce with Jeffrey Carver and Chad Cose turning the fastest heat race lap times. Pro heat race winners Carver, Cose, Brad Baker and Jimmy Wood then lined up for the dash for cash. Cose, aboard a Harley, turned heads taking a commanding lead and the win followed by Carver, Baker and Wood. At the trophy presentation, an emotional speech was given by Cose, who traveled for two and one half years with one of the riders lost the weekend before. “I know Kyle was with me and gave me the will to win today in his memory.”
Some fast youngsters included Kage Tadman, winning the 60 class in front of Jack Alexander, Travis Petton IV who made the podium in three classes, including winning the open amateur “B” main and James Ott, a double class winner in the Open Amateur “A” main and the 250 Open classes. Fontana Radiator’s “Fast”Jeff Johnson, aboard Mickey Alzola’s Triumph took the Modern 750 class home. He also won the 500 support class in front of Jack Jones and Jim Lundgren. In the Senior Vintage class Jim Ottele finished third behind Jeff Lesley and Kenny Thiebaud. Ottele came back to win the Senior Open class.
Sixteen pro riders lined up on the grid for the Digger Helm Open Pro main event presented by Specialty Fabrications, Inc. On the front row were, Carver, Baker, Cose, Wood, Briar Bauman and Nick Armstrong. At the green Jared Mees, on the new Indian Scout, tried to get by the pack on the inside but it was Chad Cose to the front for the hole shot. Carver was low in the inside but in the front by the end of lap one. During this 20 lap main event Baker and Halbert switched the second place four times and Carver held the lead all 20 laps. Behind them Henry Wiles was working his way through the pack to finish fourth behind Baker.
As always after the races, a heartfelt trophy presentation with the riders and their crews was held presenting the top riders with medals and cash to the pros for their efforts. Every pro rider in the main was paid a portion of the purse. And following the award ceremony the customary Mexican food dinner, where Eddie and Jodi treat their crew to a wonderful “family dinner”. In addition to a huge thank you to the WCDTS staff Eddie and Jodi are most appreciative to their series sponsors: Mark and Randy Zimmerman of Specialty Fabrications, Inc. Terry and Nancy Otton of Ramspur Winery, Digger Helm, Rod Lake, Motion Pro, Triumph of North America, Coventry Spares, British Customs, Barnett Clutches and Cables, JRC Engineering, Jeff Cole of C&J Racing Frames, Maxima Racing Oils, K&N Filters, Works Shocks, Todays Cycle Coverage, S&S Off Road magazine and Pro Plates.
Sunday morning the track opened to another crowd of competitors and fans – stay tuned for another story about that.
Saturday race results:
Ramspur Winery $5,000 D-4-C
Chad Cose; 2. Jeffrey Carver; 3. Brad Baker; 4. Jimmy Wood
Jeff Lessley; 2. Kenny Thiebaud; 3 Jim Ottele
VET “A” MAIN
1. Don Howard; 2. Jim Rosa; 3. Kevin Jordan; 4. Paul Ott; 5. Curtis Peebles Jr.; 6. David Bush; 7. John Lundgren; 8. Ryan Reed; 9. Robert Bush; 10. Scott Hanson
VET “B” MAIN
1. Matt Stoutenburg; 2. Bill Kolkman; 3. Andrew Myers; 4. Mark LaDue; 5. Mike Mosby;
SUPER SENIOR NOVICE
Robert Hansen; 2. Gary Ritchie; 3. Shane VanSickle; 4. Dan McDougall; 5. Fred Berger;
6. Herb Wolff
James Ott; 2. Grant Holmes; 3. Travis Petton IV; 4. Dallas Daniels; 5. Tyler Raggio; 6. Hunter Brooks; 7. Jaycee Jones; 8. Zack Earwood
Jeff Johnson; 2. Jack Jones; 3. Jim Lundgren; 4. Jeff Gonzales; 5. Robert Hansen; 6. Ken Shilling; 7. Larry Hanson
OPEN AMATEUR “A” MAIN
1. James Ott; 2. Hunter Brooks; 3.Julia Rankin; 4. Dallas Daniels; 5. Clayton Williams; 6. Paul Ott; 7.Grant Holmes; 8. Christian Payne; 9. Dominic Cameron; 10. Ryan Reed; 11. David Bush; 12. Michael Hill; 13. Rob Bush;
OPEN AMATEUR “B” MAIN
1. Travis Petton IV; 2. Bronson Pearce; 3. Noah Bush; 4. Stephen Sikorski; 5. Justin Hanson; K6. Kyle Raggio; 7. Matt Ott; 8. Josh Jackson; 9. LJ Gronek; 10. Andrew Myers; 11. Jaycee Jones
Kevin Jordan; 2. Jim Lundgren; 3. Jim Ottele; 4. Larry Earhart; 5. Jeff Lessley; 6. Bill Kolkman; 7. Greg Powell; 8. Bill Wright; 9. Barney Stern; 10. Jeff Spohr; 11. Dan Kane; 12. Dan Dowding
Hadley Melton; 2. Fred Berger
Chris Rudy; 2. Jim Ottele; 3. Rick Rockhold; 4. Julian Heppekausen; 5. James Kohls; 6. Joe Pape; 7. Flyn Stone; 8. Matt Campbell
Kage Tadman; 2. James “Jr.” Alexander; 3. Conner Hickerson; 4. Sierra Hickerson; 5. Isabellla Mitchell
Travis Petton IV; 2. Zaden Flores; 3. Tanner Richey; 4. Dominic DeMario; 5. Blake Ash; 6. Jack Earwood; 7. Eli Souza; 8. Conner Hickerson; 9. Franny Mincham; 10. Sierra Hickerson
Brian Filo; 2. Julian Heppekausen; 3. Jamin Mathis
1. Jeff Johnson; 2. Paul Herman; 3. Lloyd McGregor
DIGGER OPEN PRO by Specialty Fabrications, Inc.
Jeffrey Carver; 2. Sammy Halbert; 3. Brad Baker; 4. Henry Wiles; 5. Jarod Vanderkooi;6. Chad Cose; 7. Briar Bauman; 8. Jared Mees; 9. Davis Fisher; 10. Nick Armstrong; 11. Kayl Kolkman; 12. Jimmy Wood; 13. Dylan Morin; 14. Danny Eslick; 15. John Vanderlaan;
16. Bronson Bauman
Entry blanks for this years Oct 1-2 races at the Willow Springs 3/8 Mile doubleheader are available now. Please complete one for each day and mail with your entry fees. We had to increase our pit pass prices but we are giving a break for a two-day wristband.
One entry blank per race, please.
- West Coast Dirt Track Series Willow Springs 3/8 Mile
Round #1 Saturday, October 1, 2016
- West Coast Dirt Track Series Willow Springs 3/8 Mile
Round #2 Sunday, October 2, 2016
Save time and money by entering for the Willow Springs Doubleheader October 1 & 2 before the Pre-Entry cut-off date of September 25th!
The Pre-entry line at sign-ups gets you in the fastest!
No membership or member number required to enter. Heats line up by postmark date.
If you need help, or have questions or comments please call our Hotline at (661) 944-1184 leave message.
Memorial Day Weekend, Live Oak Camp, Santa Ynez, CA
Tucked away in the foothills above Santa Barbara, the Cachuma Lake Vintage British Motorcycle Rally was resurrected in 2015 after an eight year absence. 2016 was the second rally promoted by Eddie and Jodi Mulder. With the help of many and the loyal crowd of people that signed up to attend, the weekend turned into another fun, memorable event! Camping together, relishing the classic motorcycles, sharing memories and just plain having fun. This year there was a lot more great kids! One rode all the way to the rally on the back of his dad’s bike from Chicago, Il. He was glad to get to the rally and they won the “Longest Distance Traveled” (by bike) award Saturday night.
Friday night, Rallygoers shared a meal and mingled among friends old and new around the bonfire. Attendees picked their camp sites, pitched their tents, trailers or parked their RV and prepared for a full weekend of excitement. With 40 acres of our own private campground, there is no concern about being too close to your neighbor. Saturday morning began with a fresh buckaroo breakfast prepared the by the rally’s caterer, “Los Padres Outfitters”. The food they prepare is fit for a king! After breakfast Kimmie Gould kicked off the rally’s opening ceremony by singing the National Anthem while Eddie slowly raised the American flag to the top of the pole. This year the focus of the rally was to enjoy the camp and also have plenty of open time to ride. On the wall hung a huge map, prepared by Cozmic Joe, showing several interesting places to visit while out exploring. Four maps with routes highlighted to different places were set out on the table to guide riders. Campers took advantage of the Outfitters’ horses that they brought for trail rides. Many vintage bike owners jumped at the opportunity to test-ride one of the two new Triumph demo motorcycles provided by Triumph Motorcycles America, and still more hung at camp enjoying the company of their friends.
Another delicious meal was served for lunch and again folks were chatting and preparing for the bike show. Awards are given in several categories with the competing bikes lined up around the trunks of big oak trees in the shade. There were some magnificent pieces of machinery including many beautiful vintage Desert Sleds. Perhaps the oldest bike there, a 1927 Triumph sgl entered by James Kohls, won both the People’s Choice and the Pre – Unit first place medals. Best of show went to Craig Gebhauer with his 1972 BSA A65. Karl Krohn, longtime Triumph motor builder, took the Desert Sled category with a 1959 Triumph TR6. Eddie led a special rider’s parade around the campground following the bike show.
Following Saturday nights fabulous Los Padres Outfitters Tri Tip and Chicken BBQ dinner was the presentation of bike show awards, raffle and special recognition of others. Event sponsors Coventry Spares, Rabers Parts Mart, Digger Helm, Specialty Fabrications, JRC Engineering, Motion Pro, Ramspur Winery, British Customs, Banke Performance, Barnett Clutches and Cables, Triumph Motorcycles America, Maxima Racing Oils, Cozmic Joe, Johnny Outlaw, GT T-Shirtguys.com and more donated numerous memorable gifts for the raffle and necessary support for the event. Many thanks were offered to them and to the Los Padres Outfitters for the awesome hospitality. Show winners and supporters were presented with customized event plaques, and the Best of Show winner Craig Gebhauer was presented with a custom metal sculpture made by Cozmic Joe. Joe also presented Jodi Mulder with an ornate hook rack made of horseshoes and other metal for her horse tack. Cozmic also customized a rugged steel “Rabers” logo sign framed in a motorcycle chain for Bob Raber, the event Grand Marshall. Everybody went away with something cool from the nights festivities.
Sunday was the day for the Field Meets, hosted by Steve Ortiz, for both those on motorcycles and later in the afternoon for the kids. The contests are done solo or two up on metal steeds. They included hoops thrown over cones, can slalom course, bean bag toss, tennis ball on the cone, ride the plank, the “Slow” race and more. Each event was scored separately and putting your foot down was grounds for disqualification. Points were added together and the top contender was Randy Frint for the second year in a row. He easily won the “Slow” race and roosted Eddie at the finish. Following Frint in points was Matt Frey and James Kohls. In the kids events, Alexia Dunlavey took the top honors but all trophied. And, racer’s love to watch racing so a laptop was set up to watch the GNC Springfield Mile in the afternoon for those that cared to watch. Following the “Mexican Night Taco Bar” dinner Sunday night, the contest winners were honored with special event medals.
On display during this year’s Desert Sled celebration were two bikes ridden by Eddie Mulder. His original Desert Sled that won the 100 Mile National Championship Hare and Hound and Eddie’s newly restored Triple Crown winning Triumph Bonneville that will go to the Specialty Fabrications Motorcycle Museum in Simi Valley following this weekend’s event.
Monday morning the group shared a final farewell breakfast, wished each other well with safe travels until we meet again next year. The event date has changed for the 2017 event. Next year the Cachuma Lake Rally will take place during the weekend of June 2 – 4th.
Eddie, Jodi and all the event sponsors thanked everyone that came to share the weekend and encouraged all to share their event experiences with their friends. Next year the hope is to have even more families and children join in the fun.
Memorial Day Weekend, May 27 – May 30, 2016
A Salute to the “Desert Sled”
By Jodi Mulder
Photos by Checkered Flag Photos
Let the buzz begin about Memorial Day weekend and the Cachuma Lake Vintage British M/C Rally 2016! Head to the foothills above Santa Barbara, Ca for some of the world’s most classic motorcycles to be seen. Seen, ridden and contested on, that is. Four wonderful days of camping out at Live Oak Camp amid hundreds of Oak trees in our private campground south of Cachuma Lake. Three square meals, field meet, classic bike show, mapped rides, awards, t-shirts, giveaways and more await up to 250 enthusiasts from all over the country. This years’ Grand Marshal is Old Man Raber 😉 The Rally theme? A salute to the “Desert Sled”.
A spectacle of classic motorcycles, side-cars, vintage trailers and more with an eclectic mix of families, friends and locals continues on from Friday, as guests arrive, through Memorial Day’s send-off breakfast. Explore the surrounding mountains and wilderness with mapped rides for every discipline-street or dual-sport, tested by our fearless Cozmic Joe Filardi. Have fun participating in motorcycle games solo or two-up, competing for trophies. Cast your “Peoples Choice” ballot during one of the best Classic Motorcycle Shows assembled. Stay awhile to explore, shop and mingle in the quaint Dutch town of Solvang or take a ride to local watering holes like Cold Springs Tavern in the San Marcos Pass and the beautiful areas of Los Olivos and Santa Ynez.The possibilities are endless!
Camping is so relaxing under the large Oaks. Plenty of room to dry camp with modern showers and bathrooms. After dinner a nightly bonfire to gather around enjoying s’mores, talking of the days activities and friends made. Wake up to fresh coffee with cowboy breakfast following shortly afterwards. Los Padres Outfitters cooks up three square meals starting with Welcome dinner Friday and finishing with a send-off breakfast Monday, Memorial Day.
Chat up some of the experts in the business of vintage cycles in attendance like rally founder John Healy of Coventry Spares Ltd, Massachusetts, Bob Raber from Rabers Parts Mart San Jose, Ca or Eddie Mulder, the rally promoter, former factory Triumph racer, tuner, builder and restorer plus some of the many talented guests. The assemblage of experience is mind-blowing!
This years Rally Sponsors include: Coventry Spares, Ltd, Rabers Parts Mart, MotionPro, Specialty Fabrications Inc, Ramspur Winery, Barnett Clutches and Cables, Triumph North America, British Customs, Outlaw Johnny Promotions, EM, Ltd, and Cozmic Joe. Without their support this wouldn’t happen!
Entry is limited to the first 250 people registered by May 8, 2016. Ride in or just come camp-out. RV’s welcome-no hookups. Families and children are welcome.
More Magic from Mulder Willow Springs International Raceway Walt James Stadium
Eddie Mulder’s West Coast Dirt Track Series
October 3rd and 4th, 2015
The Eddie Mulder West Coast Dirt Track Series’ Willow Springs 3/8 mile DG cushion events have been a favorite for many throughout the years. A gathering, many refer to as a family reunion that brings out many riders looking forward to the big, fast, cushion track, endless bench racing and admiration of each others latest and greatest equipment. This weekend was exceptional!
Many of flat track racing’s heavy hitters and longtime supporters honored Eddie and the series by coming out to rub elbows and watch the competition on the track. Chris Agajanian and the new Ascot trailer, Motion Pro and British Customs were onsite showing and selling their wares. Storage Wars TV star Barry Weiss and legendary racer Sammy Tanner were seen wandering the pits as well.
Eddie has always put forth exemplary efforts to bring substantial purses to his events, especially to his end of season Willow Springs event. This year, thanks to the generosity of the series sponsors, Digger Helm, Terry and Nancy Otton of Ramspur Winery, Mark and Randy Zimmerman of Specialty Fabrications, Inc, Rod Lake and more, the October 3rd and 4th weekend paid the second largest purse in flat track history. More than $80,000 was awarded to riders in the Pro class, 250 Open and the 80cc class. Along with the money, West Coast Dirt Track Series medals and plaques were given out. At the awards ceremony, Eddie’s custom is to shower the attendees with gifts provided by other series sponsors, Triumph North America, Motion Pro, British Customs, Maxima Racing Oils, Chris Agajanian’s Ascot, Barnett Clutches and Cables, Brown’s Cycles, C&J Racing Frames, Coventry Spares, JRC Engineering, Penton Racing Products, Works Performance, Today’s Cycle Coverage, S&S Off Road magazine and more. The promo items excite everyone!!
The West Coast Dirt Track Series always draws some of the Nation’s top AMA GNC 1 and 2 riders and this event was no exception. In attendance were National #1 Jared Mees, Sammy Halbert, Henry Wiles, Rob “Bugs” Pearson, Chad Cose, the Bauman brothers, Kayl Kolkman, Jeffrey Carver and many more. Twenty eight Pro riders competed for a spot on the 14 rider grid in the main events Saturday and Sunday.
The track, thanks to Gary Ritchie, was magnificent! Resurrected after serious flooding this spring washed all the dirt and hay bales away, Ritchie worked a solid week to get it race ready for the weekend events. Ritchie also finished second behind Jay Height Saturday in the 500 support class.
Sunday’s program began by honoring three riders gone to the big track in the sky this year. A backwards lap rider’s parade saluting Don “Squatty” Surplus, a long time, very close friend of Eddie Mulder and #1 desert rider, Mike Gonzales, a West Coast Dirt Track Series Vintage 500 rider and good friend of Jeff Gonzales, and Jethro Halbert, National #69. Eddie carried the U.S. flag, riding between Sammy Halbert and Jeff Gonzales in their honor.
A few of the younger riders stand out as a result of their skill and tenacity on and off the track. At this event, youth riders Clayton Williams and James Alexander topped the youth 60cc, Open Amateur and 250 Open classes all weekend. Each of them topped the podium in at least one event both days. Williams finished first in 3 events crossing the finish line first in the Open Amateur A main and battling with Grant Holmes in the 250 Open Class both days, taking those wins. Holmes won the 80cc and Open Amateur B events Sunday. Travis Petton IV finished second both days in the 80cc class behind Zaden Flores on Saturday and Grant Holmes Sunday.
Jeff Lessley dominated the Modern 500 and Senior Vintage classes both days. Jim Ottele followed him to the checkers in second both days too. Canadian rider, D-Dan McDougal aboard his new Eddie Mulder built Triumph for the first time was proud to finish third behind Steve Craft and his good friend Jack Alexander both Saturday and Sunday in the Sr Novice/Super Sr class. Chris Rudy gave it his all both days competing head to head with Tom Horton in the Classic 500 brake-less class. Trading places several times on the track in their races both days, Horton finished first followed by Rudy and Cary Tanner. Former AMA Grand National rider, Kenny Netto, no longer rides very often but today he showed off his talent and speed leading another former AMA Grand National rider, Tom Horton, to the finish in the modern 250 class. Paul Herman got the Modern 750 hole shot and never gave up the lead both days. Behind him Robert Hansen and Lloyd McGregor battled for the second spot. The race finished Herman, McGregor and Hansen respectively each day and McDougal followed them in the fourth spot.
Twenty four riders showed up to compete in the Open Amateur class. The class was split into and A and B main events to accommodate them all and the riders ranged in age from up and coming youngsters in their teens to some of the veteran riders like Jack Jones and Bill Wright. The class also included Kenjiro Tsuji from Japan and female riders, Julia Rankin and Allison Stacey, both very talented in two wheeled competition. Clayton Williams rode in the front of the pack all six laps in the Open Amateur A main but Rankin who was in third the first lap got around Paul Ott to finish second. Ott finished third on Saturday but on Sunday he topped the podium followed by Williams and Dillon Allen who flew in from Idaho specifically for this event. Saturday’s Open Amateur B main gave veteran rider Jack Jones the chance to shine leading Michael Hill and Andrew Myers to the checkers.
Twenty eight pro riders came out for a chance at some of the big money. They rode heats, Semis and the fourteen rider main event. The top rider was taken from each heat to make the grid for the Specialty Fabrications Dash for Cash. Saturday’s heat winners Jeffrey Carver, Briar Bauman, Sammy Halbert and Jared Mees powered off the start and into turn one in the first lap led by Carver and followed by Halbert, Mees and Bauman. Carver never looked back twisting the throttle to a very happy victory aboard his Ron Wood Rotax and proudly took Mark Zimmerman for a victory lap. Sunday’s Dash was the largest single payout of the weekend with a Specialty Fabrications purse of $20,000. Sunday’s riders were Carver, Halbert, Mees and Chad Cose. Mees took the lead from the start with Halbert on his back wheel and Carver close in third. Halbert, not to be outdone by Mees took the lead on the back straight and finished first. Mees, Carver and Cose followed. Halbert has ridden with his brother, Jethro’s plate #69 since Jethro passed. To celebrate Sundays victory lap with Zimmerman, Sammy stopped and picked up Jethro’s son Caleb and he took the victory lap with them.
Jeffrey Carver was hot this weekend taking three big wins. His Ron Wood Rotax easily passed Mees in lap five and put him in position to compete wheel to wheel with Halbert trading places for the front twice in Saturday’s Ramspur Winery Open Pro main event. Carver rode with tenacity and skill setting the mark for the rest of the class. On Sunday in the Digger Helm Open pro main event, Carver took the lead from the start with Halbert and Mees following. Mees lost his face shield midway into the race riding the remainder with no shield finishing third. Jared Vanderkoi and Briar Bauman followed them to the finish. Standing on his bike to greet the crowd Carver was the happiest man in the house! Digger Helm was taken for, the last victory lap of the day, feeding his passion for flat track that he has had throughout most of his life.
As always the climax of each day was the award ceremonies where Eddie and Jodi Mulder honored Digger Helm, Mark and Randy Zimmerman, Rod Lake,Terry Otton and Gary Ritchie with plaques of appreciation for their contributions to the West Coast Dirt Track Series and flat track racing. Riders were paid and given well-earned medals and plaques with thank you speeches to all of their supporters and sponsors and sponsor gifts were bestowed on the crowd. The gift giving is always exciting!
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Willow Springs Results October 3, 2015
- Jeff Lessley; 2. Jim Ottele; 3. Ken Netto; 4. Ron Lessley; 5. Robert Hansen; 6. Kyle Lessley; 7. John Lundgren; 8. John Lundgren; 9. Tom Horton
- Jim Rosa; 2. Paul Ott; 3. Joe McCoy; 4. Dan Lowther; 5. Rob Bush; 6. Daniel Clark; 7. Will Ott; 8. Andrew Myers; 9. Mark LaDue; 10. Gary Ritchie; 11. Bill Kolkman
Super Sr./Sr Novice
- Steve Craft; 2. Jack Alexander; 3. D-Dan McDougal; 4. Shane VanSickle; 5. Alan Hayden; 6. Fred Berger; 7. Ted Hubbard; 8. Jan Johnson
- Jim Ottele
- Fred Berger
- Tom Horton; 2. Chris Rudy; 3. Cary Tanner; 4. Lenny Rodriguez; 5. Joe Pape; 6. James Kohls; 7. Matt Campbell
- James Alexander; 2. Eli Souza; 3. Zack Earwood; 4. Kaden Clark
- Zaden Florez; 2. Travis Petton IV; 3. Grant Holmes; 4. Evan Souza; 5. Olin Kissler; 6. Tucker Mount; 7. Tucker Mount; 8. Hunter Stanley; 9.Blake Clark; 10. Kris Clark; 11. David Kohlstaedt
- Ken Netto; 2. Tom Horton
- Jeff Lessley; 2. Jim Lundgren; 3. Ron Lessley
- Paul Herman; 2. Lloyd McGregor; 3. Robert Hansen; 4. D-Dan McDougal; 5. Jeff Johnson
- Clayton Williams; 2. James Ott; 3. Grant Holmes; 4. Travid Petton IV; 5. Hunter Goodwin; 6. Colt Stanley; 7. Michael Hill; 8. Nathan Agrifoglio; 9. Hunter Brooks; 10. Michael Burns; 11. LJ Gronek; 12. Noah Bush
500 Support “A” main
- Jimmy Abrams; 2. Jack Jones; 3. Jim Lundren; 4. Ryan Gifforda; 5. Robert Hansen; 6. Josh Mills; 7. Stever Carper; 8. Jeff Gonzales dnf; 9. Cary Tanner dnf; 10 Travis Petton dnf
500 Support “B” main
- Jay Heidt; 2. Gary Ritchie; 3. Mark LaDue; 4. Cody Carper; 5. Tim Doda
Open Amaterur “A” Main
- Clayton Williams; 2. Julia Rankin; 3. James Ott; 4. Paul Ott; 5. Rob Bush; 6. Hunter Goodwin; 7. Colt Stanley; 8. Nathan Agrifoglio; 9. Hunter Brooks; 10. Matthew Burns; 11. Dillon Allen; 12. Allison Stacey; 13. Hunter Stanley; 14. Stephen Yoshida; 15. Domiimc Monaco dnf
Open Amateur “B” Main
- Jack Jones; 2. Michael Hill; 3. Andrew Myers; 4. Michael Burns; 5. Don Duarte; 6. LJ Gronek; 7. Bill Wright; 8. Kenjiro Tsuju; 9. Hayden Earwood; 10. Matt Ott
- Jeff Lesley; 2. Jeff Johnson; 3. Larry Earhart; 4. Jim Ottele; 5. John Lundgren; 6. Bill Kolkman; 7. Ryan Gifford; 8. Barney Stern; 9. Bill Wright dns
Ramspur Winery Open Pro
- Jeffrey Carver; 2. Sammy Halbert; 3. Jared Mees; 4. Henry Wiles; 5. Briar Bauman; 6. Robert Pearson; 7. Kayl Kolkman; 8. Ryan Wells; 9. Mike Rush; 10. Chad Cose; 11. John Vanderlaan; 12. Jake Mataya; 13. Cole Crowley; 14. Bronson Bauman dnf
Willow Springs Results October 4, 2015
Dash for Cash
- Sam Halbert; 2. Jared Mees; 3. Jeffrey Carver; 4. Chad Cose
- Jeff Lesley; 2. Jim Ottele; 3. Ron Lessley; 4. Robert Hansen; 5 Kenny Thiebaud; 6. Tom Horton
- Jim Rosa; 2. Dan Lowther; 3. Paul Ott; 4. John Lundgren; 5 Rob Bush; 6. Jack Jones; 7. Bill Kolkman; 8. Will Ott; 9. Joe McCoy; 10. Andrew Myers; 11. Mark LaDue; 12. Kenjiro Tsuji; 13. Gary Ritchie
Super Sr./Sr Novice
- Steve Craft; 2. Jack Alexander; 3. D-Dan McDugal; 4. Shane Van Sickle; 5 . Fred Berger; 6. Ted Hubbard
- Fred Berger
- Tom Horton; 2. Chris Rudy; 3. Cary Tanner; 4. Lenny Rodriguez; 5. James Khols; 6. Matt Campbell
- Jasper Heathfield
- James Alexander; 2. Seirra Hickerson; 3. Eli Souza
- Grant Holmes; 2. Travis Petton IV; 3. Zaden Florez; 4. David Kohlstaedt; 5. Evan Souza; 6. Hunter Stanley; 7. Olin Kissler; 8. Conner Hickman
- Lucas Dunev
- Paul Ott; 2. Clayton Williams; 3. Dillon Allen; 4. Julia Rankin; 5. James Ott; Hunter Goodwin; 7. Alex Crosby; 2. Robert Bush
Open Amateur (B)
- / Grant Holmes; 2. Hunter Brooks; 3. Allison Stacey; 4. Nathan Agrifoglio; 5. Michael Hill; 6. LJ Groneck; 7. Matt Ott; 8. James Holley; 9. Andrew Myers; 10. Jaycee Jones; 11. Hunter Stanley
- Jeff Lessley; 2. Jim Lundgren; 3. Ron Lesley; 4. Cary Tanner
- Pauul Herman; 2. Lloyd McGregor; 3. Robert Hansen; 4. D-Dan McDougal; 5. Tom Horton
- Clayton Williams; 2. Grant Holmes; 3. James Ott; 4. Hunter Goood; 5. Travis Petton IV; 6. Hunter Brooks; 7. Nathan Agrifoglio; 8. Michael Hill
- Jim Ottele; 2. Larry Earhart; 3. Bill Kolkman; 4. Ryan Gifford; 5. Dan Dawson; 6. Jeff Lessley; 7. John Lundgren
Digger Open Pro
- Jeffrey Carver; 2. Sammy Halbert; 3. Jared Mees; 4. Jared Vanderkoi; 5. Briar Bauman; 6. Ryan Wells; 7. Chad Cose; 8. Bronson Bauman; 9. Kayl Kolkman; 10. Wyatt Maguire; 11. Dylan Morin; 12. Mike Rush; 13. Henry Wiles; 14. Bugs Pearson DNF
All systems are go for the Eddie Mulders West Coast Dirt Track Series doubleheader October 3-4. The water is available and we are going ahead with the event. Pre-entry forms are posted for printing, completing and mailing in with your entry fees. One for each day please. If you need assistance, please call the hotline 661-944-1184 and leave a message so I can call you back. Pre-entering saves money and time at registration so you can get in the pits faster and get your spot! Pre-entry cutoff is Sept 27th. Heats are lined up by postmark date. Pros draw for heat positions at sign-ups but still save money by pre-entering! Membership numbers are no longer required to enter.
We are getting questions about the pro purse payouts. Here is a rough breakdown of how we will be doing it. Note! This is subject to change! Saturday Oct 3: Specialty Fabrications Dash-4-Cash is $10,000. We usually take the top 2 from each heat and pay all places so how many depends on how many heats. !st place gets about 35% and last place 5%. The Ramspur Winery Open Pro purse Saturday is $15,000. Willow can take 14 riders for the main event but again it depends on how many heats and semis. We pay the top 10 finishers:
- 1st 24%
- 2nd 18%
- 3rd 15%
- 4th 13%
- 5th 10%
- 6th 8%
- 7th 5.5%
- 8th 3.5%
- 9th 2%
- 10th 1%
Sundays Specialty Fabrications D-4-C is $20,000 and the Digger Helm Open Pro purse is $30,000. Percentages are the same.
Note! If you are from out-of-state (non-California) we take 9% state taxes from your winnings after the first $1,000 earned and all pros must complete a W-9 form with your tax ID# or Social Security number upon entering. No exceptions so have that info when you sign up please!
Eddie is looking to get some purse money together if we have a bunch of pro racers to run a “B” Main Sunday only. It won’t be nearly as much as for the regular mains but at least it will be something for those who don’t make the main. We will have more info on that come race weekend. Please remember this is subject to change!
Pit passes are $20 per day for all non-riders, we have two-day wristbands for $40 to avoid hassles. Kids 12 and under are free. Willow Springs charges $10 per person to get through the front gate. Consider this your camping fee 🙂 their wristband is good all weekend but you need a WCDTS pit pass to enter our event. Friday camping is available until 6pm then we lock the gates and pit gates open both Sat and Sun at 8am to get in. Registration is from 8-10am. Practice starts at 10:30 am after the riders meeting and races start at 12pm noon both days.
If you have any questions please call the Hotline at 661-944-1184.
Please Pre-enter if you can, it makes things SO much easier for you and us 🙂 Thanks!! Click to Download the Entry Forms Today
The total purse was raised to $75,000 on August 18, with an additional contribution from Terry and Nancy Otton/Ramspur Winery of $15K for the Digger Helm/Ramspur Winery Pro Main Events. Eddie is still waiting to hear about the water approval.
MANY THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS – Specialty Fabrications, Digger Helm, Terry and Nancy Otton, Barnett Clutches and Cables, Motion Pro, Rod Lake Racing, Brown’s Cycles, C&J Racing Frames, Coventry Spares, JRC Engineering, K&N Filters, Maxima Racing OIls, Penton Racing Products, S&S Offroad, Today’s Cycle Coverage, Tuff Plates, Works Performance and more.