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Sunday Race Results at Willow Springs – Walt James Stadium

Eddie Mulder’s West Coast Dirt Track Series

Willow Springs – Walt James Stadium

Rosamond, CA | Sunday, October 1

Day two at Willow Springs. Sunday, October 1st morning began with the riders and families gathered again with even more excitement because there was even more prize money to be won!  And, it was the official Joey Brown Memorial.  Joey Brown 19z has been an icon in California motorcycle racing for years.   Joey hailed from Paso Robles, California where he owned and operated Brown’s Cycles, catering to the needs of racers for many years and was a pretty successful racer himself.  He raised four boys, Ronnie Brown, David Brown, Daniel Brown and Little Ron.  Joe and his sons have all thrown their legs over iron horses since they were youngsters and have won may championships and awards through the years so it was an honor to pay homage to his legacy after his passing in October of 2016.  In attendance to pay respects to Joey Brown were event sponsors, Mark and Randy Zimmerman, Rod Lake, Terry Otton and Sid Payne Jr.The Payne’s generously donated a water truck for the weekend.  Also on hand were Mike Haney a TT winner at the Astrodome, Bill Bartell of Bartell’s Harley Davidson, Chuck Palmgren, Sammy Tanner, Digger Helm, Jerry Carr, Ron Wood, Steve De Lorenzi , promoter of both Sacramento and Calistoga in 2017, actor Barry Weiss and so many more.

The rider’s meeting started the day followed by 2 reverse laps for all that cared to join, led by the Brown Brothers and Eddie in honor of Joey Brown and all the other riders that have recently passed on.  It was a moving tribute and just the first of the day. Practice got started and was followed by heat races, the Rod Lake Racing and Terry Otton Racing dash for cash, semis and main events. Racing also included a memorial race for the Brown boys to race against each other in honor of their dad.  Gathered on the infield were the families, fans and other riders to offer a salute at the finish line to the winner and at the same time to show their respect for Joey.  Being the close family they are, the brothers gathered coming out of turn 4 and crossed the finish line together.  Not a dry eye in the house.

Highlights of the day included Danny Ritchie aboard Herbie Wolf’s EM Ltd. Triumph riding the Modern 750 class to a strong victory in front of Tom Horton and Danny’s brother the Willow Springs master at track preparation, Gary Ritchie. Rick Reed and Steve Craft battled in the Sr. Novice/Super Senior class of 14.  Gary Ritchie rounded out this podium too.  Mark LaDue, seated on a 1942 Harley Davidson Knucklehead 1200, showed the mixed Dinosaur/Classic 250 class the fastest way around the track leading the field from flag to flag.

Jim Ottele, piloting a 1937 Indian 750 finished 2nd followed by Roland Sands riding a 1941 Indian 750 both of whom had mechanical difficulties Saturday.  David Brown, proudly riding his dad’s 19z Honda 360 beat John Lundgren and Jeff Lesley in the Modern 250/500 class.  These three rode 1, 2, 3, start to finish.  Jeff Gonzales, a regular at the Willow Springs races for many years was happy to see his old friend and competitor from the Chowchilla Barnburner, Jason Craven, at Willow but maybe not so happy to finish 4th behind Jack Jones, Craven and Lundgren in the 500 Support class.  Young Dominic De Mario took the 80cc class home and it was Kage Tadman to the checkers first in the 50cc class.  Saturday Grant Holmes beat Travis Petton IV in the Open Amateur A class. Sunday Petton twisted the throttle just a bit more and won the class.  Bronson Pearce finished 3rd.  Hunter Brooks another fast youngster from California won the Open Amateur B main.

Always competitive when the stakes are even higher, Mees took both the dash for cash and the Specialty Fabrications, Inc. main event.  Sammy Halbert, always strong at Willow, held the lead for 9 laps.  In lap 10 Mees took the lead and never looked back winning the race.  The biggest move of the race was from Jeffrey Carver.  After having to qualify for the 16 rider main event, placing in the top two of  his semi he started in the third row. Reeling in riders every lap, Carver raced his way all the way up to a second place finish!   At the checkers it was Mees, Carver and Halbert in that order.  Of the 28 registered entries in Sunday’s Pro Class, were noteable riders from England, Oliver Brindley who has ridden the last half of the AFT Series, Maikel Dijkstra from the Netherlands and Suzuki rider Toni Elias the inaugural champion of the Moto2 World Championship and the 2017 MotoAmerica Super bike Champion.

Gary Ritchie outdid himself once again in track prep, the flaggers, score keepers, tech people.  John Sides, the water truck drivers, Eddie, Jodi and their whole staff orchestrated another spectacular event.  The Joey Brown Memorial weekend was an exciting event, filled with passion, emotion and good racing.

Following racing Eddie and Jodi, the Zimmerman’s, Digger Helm and the rest of the West Coast Dirt Track Series team gathered for the awards ceremony that would end an exceptional weekend of racing, reminiscing and time shared with friends.  Plaques were presented for the top three of each of the class winner along with the envelopes for the Pros.  Comments of appreciation are always made at Willow about the girth of the envelopes presented and many comments about the whole positive and appreciative vibe of the weekend were shared.

Special thanks to the dedicated sponsors, without whom this event would not happen:  Mark and Randy Zmmerman of Specialty Fabrications, Inc., Rod Lake Racing, Terry Otton Racing, Barnett Clutches and Cables, Motion Pro, Digger Helm #57, Coventry Spares JRC Engineering, Brown’s Cycles, Maxima Racing Oils, Triumph North America, British Customs, Today’s Cycle Coverage.com, S&S Off Road Magazine and Pro Plates.

Plans are in the works for the Lake Cachuma Vintage Bike Rally June 1-4th of 2018.  Stay tuned to the West Coast Dirt Track Facebook page and website for news as it becomes available.

Results:

Sunday Results:

ROD LAKE RACING/TERRY OTTON RACING $10,000 D-4-C

1. Jared Mees; 2. Sammy Halbert; 3. Mikey Rush; 4. Davis Fisher

SENIOR VINTAGE

1. Tom Horton; 2. Jeff Lessley; 3. Jim Ottele; 4. Jay Gardner

VET

1. Curtis Peebles; 2. Bryan Berna; 3. Rob Bush; 4. LJ Gronek; 5. John Lundgren; 6. Toni Elias; 7. Jack Roberts; 8. Chad Valker; 9. Shawn Chamlee; 10. Steve Powers; 11. Jack Jones dnf

SUPER SR/SR NOVICE

1. Rick Reed; 2. Steve Craft; 3. Ron Lessley; 4. Jay Gardner; 5. Gary Ritchie; 6. Dave Keil; 7. Mike Boal; 8. Shane VanSickle; 9. Fred Berger; 10. D-Dan McDougall; 11. Charlie Caspary; 12. Sten Kelley; 13. Ted Hubbard dnf

YOUTH 50

1. Gage Morast

YOUTH 60

1. Kage Tadman; 2. Sierra Hickerson

YOUTH 80

1. Dominic DeMario; 2. Ryder Di Francesco; 3. Blake Ash; 4. Colin Petton; 5. Kage Tadman; 6. Conner Hickerson

CLASSIC 250

1. Fred Berger

CLASSIC 500

1. Tom Horton; 2. Chris Rudy; 3. Kenny Thiebaud; 4. Jim Ottele; 5. Lenny Rodriguez; 6. Roland Sands; 7. Flyn Stone; 8. James Kohls; 9. Maury Austin; 10. Joe Pape; 11. Mark LaDue dnf

DINO

1. Mark Ladue; 2. Jim Ottele; 3. Roland Sands; 4. Brent Johnson

MODERN 500

1. David Brown; 2. Jim Lundgren; 3. Jeff Lessley; 4. Ron Lessley

MODERN 750

1. Danny Ritchie; 2. Tom Horton; 3. Gary Ritchie; 4. John Lundgren; 5. Larry Earhart; 6. Brian Cassara; 7. Ross Stuckert; 8. D-Dan McDougall; 9. Mark La Due; 10. Charlie Caspary

250 OPEN

1. Grant Holmes; 2. Travis Petton IV; 3. Tucker Mount; 4. Jacob Cascio; 5. Conner Hickerson; 6. Bryson Berna

500 SUPPORT

1. Jack Jones; 2. Jason Craven; 3. Jim Lundgren; 4. Jeff Gonzales; 5. Rick Reed; 6. Danny Ritchie; 7. Jeff Spohr; 8. Shawn Chamlee; 9. Erik Bland; 10. Ken Shilling; 11. Mike Boal; 12. Lucas Dunev

OPEN AMATEUR “A”

1. Travis Petton IV; 2. Grant Holmes; 3. Bronson Pearce; 4. Matthew Zacher; 5. Julia Hess; 6. Daniel Brown; 7. Tucker Mount; 8. Michael Hill; 9. Vaughn McCafferty; 10. Nick Garcia; 11. Jaycee Jones

OPEN AM “B” MAIN

1. Hunter Brooks; 2. Dominic Cameron; 3. Bryan Berna; 4. Lucas Dunev; 5. Matthew Ott; 6. Bobby Frankenberger; 7. Steve Powers; 8. Bruce Vucik dnf

SENIOR OPEN

1. Larry Earhart; 2. Randy Di Francesco; 3. Jim Ottele; 4. Jack Roberts; 5. Brian Cassara; 6. Scott Reed; 7. Erik Bland; 8. Barney Stern; 9. Joe Danze

DIGGER Open Pro

1. Jared Mees; 2. Jeffrey Carver; 3. Sammy Halbert; 4. Henry Wiles; 5. Bronson Bauman; 6. JD Beach
7. Ryan Wells; 8. Briar Bauman; 9. Davis Fisher; 10. Chad Cose; 11. Nick Armstrong; 12. James Ott
13. Kayl Kolkman; 14. Maikel Dykstra; 15. John Vanderlaan; 16. Mike Rush dnf

 

 

Saturday Race Results at Willow Springs – Walt James Stadium

Eddie Mulder’s West Coast Dirt Track Series

Willow Springs – Walt James Stadium

Rosamond, CA | Saturday, September 30

For over 20 years Eddie and Jodi Mulder have put their hearts and souls into bringing spectacular racing to venues throughout California.  This year all of their attention was focused on the Cachuma Lake Vintage Motorcycle Rally in the spring and the Willow Springs weekend in the fall.  Willow Springs is a favorite event for riders who come from all over the United States and Canada to ride it.  A well groomed, 3/8 mile decomposed granite, banked smooth track.  Big, fast, fun and lot of money up for grabs in the pro class!

Saturday morning the crew wound their way through the long line of motor homes, vans, trucks and cars to get through the gate and set up for what was to be another exciting and fun filled weekend of racing.  Racer and blade operator Gary Ritchie and Eddie began preparing the track and grounds early in the week, cleaning up the pits, pulling weeds and putting things in good order.  Jodi starts the registration process a month before the race.  Saturday morning registration at the track opens at 8:00 a.m. sharp, the pits come alive, folks meet and greet each other, many whom have not seen one another since the Willow weekend of 2016, and the feeling and passion of racing comes alive.

Practice gets under way, riders and mechanics make adjustments to their tire pressure, suspension, motors and carburetors in the hope of being a winner on the track.  This weekend, like many others, riders show up from other area and arenas of motorcycle racing.  Registered to race was the MotoAmerica champion Tony Elias, who made his debut on the dirt at Willow Springs riding both Saturday and Sunday and finishing respectably in everything he contested.  From his first lap on the dirt Saturday to his last on Sunday, he progressed like he’d been riding dirt all his life.

Some of California’s fastest kids were also in attendance.  Both Travis Petton IV and Grant Holmes earned victories at the 2017 AMA Amateur Nationals.  In the 250 Open class they were competing with each other and put on a show that included competition with Tucker Mount.  Holmes got the hole shot with Petton close enough to keep him honest.  They finished Holmes, Petton and Mount.  Dominic De Mario led the 80 class to and easy victory with Travis Petton’s younger brother, Colin Petton and Blake Ash following to the checkers.  Kage Tadman, on a 65cc was a favorite in this race showing the fans his exceptional talent and skill. Jeff Lessley gave Tom Horton a run for his money leading the the Sr. Vintage through the 4th lap.  Horton took the win followed by James Otelle and Jay Gardner.  Lessley left the race with a mechanical issue.  However, Lessley won the Vet A event followed by Jeff Johnson who took the second spot from Jim Rosa in lap 4.  Rosa finished 3rd.  Johnson took the 500 Support class home.

Racing progressed through the day like clockwork. The fastest rider on the track was AFT Pro rider #23 “The Wizard” Jeffrey Carver riding the Ron Wood prepared Rotax.   Carver won his heat race earning a place in the Terry Otton and Rod Lake Racing dash for cash.  When the green flag flew in the dash Carver took a commanding lead. After getting by Mees in the first lap. He easily won followed by Sammy Halbert, Mees and Bronson Bauman.  The Willow Springs Dash for Cash is always extremely competitive with a big money purse thanks to Rod Lake and Terry Otton who this year, put their funds together to create a $10K dash for cash purse each day.

Favored to win the Digger Pro main event, sponsored by Specialty Fabrications, Inc., Carver again took the lead.  The race was his to win, fastest on the track, smooth and calculating in his skill.  About half way through the race……. Carver’s bike failed due to a clip in the carburetor coming loose.  Carver’s misfortune gave Mees the opportunity to win the main followed by Sammy Halbert and roadracer JD Beach.  Mees took Eddie’s son, Rick, for a victory lap.

The award ceremony follows each day’s racing.  Product giveaways from Motion Pro and Triumph of North America were distributed to those lucky persons in attendance. The top riders received medals for their finishes while all the pro class finishers receive their coveted envelopes of cash!  As always, the Eddie Mulder Family dinner that includes all the track personnel and other special guests took place in town at a local Mexican restaurant.  Lively conversations and swapping of the day’s events made for a personal and memorable dining experience.  Everyone left happy, full and looking forward to Sunday’s racing.

Those camping at the track fired up  their bar b Q’s for dinner, relishing in the great atmosphere of the da, mingling around and discussing how their races went and what they would do different on Sunday.  The track crew cleaned up and put things in order for another day of racing on Sunday, The Joey Brown Memorial.

Results:

Senior Vintage

  1. Tom Horton; 2. Jim Ottele; 3. Jay Gardner; 4. Darren Pritchett; 5. Jeff Lessley; 6. Ken Netto

Vet A Main

  1. Paul Ott; 2. Jeff Johnson; 3. Jim Rosa; 4. Matt Stoutenburg; 5. LJ Gronek; 6. John Lundgren; 7. Jack Roberts; 8.Curtis Peebles

Vet B Main

  1. Shawn Chamlee; 2. Mark LaDue; 3. Steve Powers; 4. Ronnie Brown

Super Sr. “A” Main

  1. Rick Reed; 2. Ron Lessley; 3. Steve Craft; 4. Gary Ritchie; 5. Jay Gardner; 6. Mike Boal; 7. D-Dan McDougall; 8. Dave Keil; 9. Fred Berger

Sr. Novice “B” Main

  1. Mark Stuckert; 2. Shane Van Sickle; 3. Maury Austin; 4. Charlie Caspary; 5. Herb Wolff; 6. Margo King; 7. Sten Kelley; 8. Ted Hubbard

Youth 50

  1. Gage Morast

Youth 60

  1. Sierra Hickerson

Youth 80

  1. Dominic DeMario; 2. Colin Petton; 3. Blake Ash; 4. Kage Tadman; 5. Sierra Hickerson

Dino

  1. Mark La Due; 2. Jim Ottelle

Classic 250

  1. Fred Berger

Classic 500

  1. Tom Horton; 2. Chris Rudy; 3. Kenny Thiebaud; 4. Jim Ottele; 5. Lenny Rodriguez; 6. Mark La Due; 7. James Kohls; 8. Maury Austin; 9. Joe Pape; 10. Flyn Stone

Modern 500

  1. David Brow; 2. Jimmy Ludgren; 3. Jeff Lessley; 4. Ron Lessley

Modern 750

  1. D-Dan Mc Dougall; 2. Tom Horton

250 Open class

  1. Grant Holmes; 2. Travis Petton IV; 3. Tucker Mount; 4. Zack Earwood; 5. Jacob Cascio

500 Support

1. Jeff Johnson; 2. Jim Lundgren; 3. Jack Jones; 4. Jeff Gonzales; 5. Danny Ritchie; 6. Jason Craven; 7. Rick Reed; 8. Ken Shilling; 9. Jeff Spohr; 10. Erik Bland; 11. Shawn Chamlee

Open Amateur “A”

  1. Maikel Diikstra; 2. Grant Holmes; 3. Travis Petton IV; 4. Julia Hess; 5. Matthew Zacher; 6. Christian Payne; 7. Bronson Pearce ; 8. Daniel Brown; 9. Noah bush; 10 Chris McDougal; 11. Matt Stoutenburg

Open “B” Main

  1. Michael Inderbitzin; 2. Tucker Mount; 3. Matthew Ott; 4. Nick Garcia; 5. Jaycee Jones; 6. Bobby Frankenberger; 7. Stev Poweros; 8. Jojo Lindner

Senior Open

  1. Craig Scroggins; 2. Larry Earhart; 3. Jim Ottele; 4. Erik Bland; 5. Jack Roberts; 6. Joe Danze; 7. Danny Stepens; 8. Barney Stern;9. Dave Keil

Digger Helm Open Pro

  1. Jared Mees; 2. Sammy Halbert; 3. JD Beach; 4. Chad Cose; 5. Briar Bauman; 6. Davis Fisher; 7. Bronson Bauman; 8. Mike Rush; 9. Ryan Wells; 10. Henry Wiles; 11. Nick Armstrong; 12. Kayl Kolkman; 13. Oliver Brindley; 14. Clayton Williams

 

 

Cycle News Highlights Eddie Mulder’s Big Bear Race 1960

Great article entitled “Big Bear’s Baby-faced Champ” takes a look back on Eddie Mulder’s win from January 1960 and how this young obscure kid went from playing around on his motorcycle in the desert to having his face plastered across motorcycle magazines and win posters.

Credit: Larry Lawrence – CycleNews, October 24, 2017, page 129

http://magazine.cyclenews.com/i/891001-cycle-news-issue-42-october-24-2017/128?m4=

Willow Springs Joey Brown Memorial Full List of Race Results

WOW!!! What a turnout for a spectacular weekend of racing! Road Racing champions, legends of dirt track and sprint cars and some of the biggest names in the industry came to experience the thrills of watching and racing on the primo banked 3/8 cushion of Willow Springs Walt James Stadium. Americans and foreigners alike took to the dirt and all you could see, every where you looked, were ear to ear grins. Many of those who traveled used sponsored rides to compete. Loyal fans of this event bring other like-minded folks and the atmosphere tops any grand national event! Huge pro payouts and the opportunity to share the track with the best in the world are what thrills everyone in attendance. An “Outlaw” event, without sanctions, gives all the monies to the pro racers who qualify for the big money main events and Dashes-for-cash. $55,000 total purse and the racing was evidence of the desire to win a piece of the prize money. Plus youth, amateur and vintage classes as well, all mingling together in the pits for a weekend that won’t soon be forgotten. Friends, families and competitors sharing their passion for racing and the memory of one of the sports’ pioneers who we lost last year, Joey Brown of Brown’s Cycles in Paso Robles. Just awesome!

Eddie Mulder’s WCDTS Willow Springs Results Sunday Oct. 1, 2017

ROD LAKE RACING/TERRY OTTON RACING $10,000 D-4-C

9 Jared Mees
69 Sammy Halbert
54 Mikey Rush
67 Davis Fisher

SENIOR VINTAGE

55 Tom Horton
12e Jeff Lessley
58y Jim Ottele
17n Jay Gardner

VET

25z Curtis Peebles
54 Bryan Berna
44 Rob Bush
12 LJ Gronek
45e John Lundgren
24 Toni Elias
26u Jack Roberts
87n Chad Valker
3B Shawn Chamlee
781 Steve Powers
11j Jack Jones dnf

SUPER SR/SR NOVICE

59y Rick Reed
25d Steve Craft
28d Ron Lessley
17n Jay Gardner
28b Gary Ritchie
22n Dave Keil
51r Mike Boal
13 Shane VanSickle
97 Fred Berger
8 D-Dan McDougall
78 Charlie Caspary
87 Sten Kelley
14t Ted Hubbard dnf

YOUTH 50

12 Gage Morast

YOUTH 60

28 Kage Tadman
3 Sierra Hickerson

YOUTH 80

10 Dominic DeMario
199 Ryder Di Francesco
40 Blake Ash
46 Colin Petton
28 Kage Tadman
45 Conner Hickerson

CLASSIC 250

97 Fred Berger

CLASSIC 500

55 Tom Horton
87y Chris Rudy
63y Kenny Thiebaud
58y Jim Ottele
4r Lenny Rodriguez
10 Roland Sands
62 Flyn Stone
14 James Kohls
57 Maury Austin
75z Joe Pape
68n Mark LaDue dnf

DINO

68n Mark Ladue
58y Jim Ottele
10 Roland Sands
53 Brent Johnson

MODERN 250

N/A

MODERN 500

19z David Brown
70L Jim Lundgren
12e Jeff Lessley
28d Ron Lessley

MODERN 750

1 Danny Ritchie
55 Tom Horton
28b Gary Ritchie
45e John Lundgren
51r Larry Earhart
22 Brian Cassara
45x Ross Stuckert
8 D-Dan McDougall
48 Mark La Due
78 Charlie Caspary

250 OPEN

1n Grant Holmes
1 Travis Petton IV
37y Tucker Mount
21 Jacob Cascio
45 Conner Hickerson
54 Bryson Berna

500 SUPPORT

11j Jack Jones
77v Jason Craven
70L Jim Lundgren
84j Jeff Gonzales
59y Rick Reed
97y Danny Ritchie
22q Jeff Spohr
3B Shawn Chamlee
33 Erik Bland
26B Ken Shilling
51r Mike Boal
78 Lucas Dunev

OPEN AMATEUR “A”

1 Travis Petton IV
1n Grant Holmes
32 Bronson Pearce
15B Matthew Zacher
13y Julia Heess
19z Daniel Brown
37y Tucker Mount
2m Michael Hill
10f Vaughn McCafferty
97x Nick Garcia
33 Jaycee Jones

OPEN AM “B” MAIN

55z Hunter Brooks
11d Dominic Cameron
54 Bryan Berna
78 Lucas Dunev
21 Matthew Ott
97 Bobby Frankenberger
781 Steve Powers
X25 Bruce Vucik dnf

SENIOR OPEN

16e Larry Earhart
95 Randy Di Francesco
58y Jim Ottele
26u Jack Roberts
22 Brian Cassara
42y Scott Reed
33 Erik Bland
13L Barney Stern
15j Joe Danze

DIGGER Open Pro

9 Jared Mees
23 Jeffrey Carver
69 Sammy Halbert
17 Henry Wiles
37 Bronson Bauman
95 JD Beach
94 Ryan Wells
14 Briar Bauman
67 Davis Fisher
49 Chad Cose
60 Nick Armstrong
12e James Ott
98 Kayl Kolkman
58 Maikel Dykstra
12 John Vanderlaan
54 Mike Rush dnf

 

The Joey Brown Memorial Doubleheader by Eddie Mulder, Ltd

The West Coast Dirt Track Series will be holding it’s annual Willow Springs 3/8 Mile weekend this year Sept. 30 – Oct. 1, 2017 and honoring long time dirt track pioneer, friend and shop owner Joey Brown from Paso Robles, Ca who passed away last October. Brown’s Cycles specialized in Yamaha’s but worked on everything and was the place to stop if you were traveling down the 101 through Paso Robles to see what was going on, enjoy lively conversation or get your bike fixed. It was just a short jaunt off the freeway to the shop on Stockdale Rd. Brown’s Cycles has been a long time sponsor of the series and there will be a special memorial race with members of Joe Browns family and closest friends on Sunday.

Specialty Fabrications, Inc is stepping up again as the sponsor of the Digger Helm Open Pro class with cash purse monies that defy description for a non-sanctioned event. Terry Otton Racing is giving up $15,000 for Dash-for-Cash monies! Exciting racing from the pros as well as entertaining races from the youth classes, the next young guns. Vintage classes highlight classic motorcycles and their pilots plus the regular support classes provide for a full days racing on Saturday and the big monies awarded Sunday. Bring your friends and family and have fun!

Entry blanks are to be completed and mailed before the Sept. 24 cut-off for pre-entry savings. Two-day pit passes will be available at registration at a discount. Overnight camping is available. See entry blank for pricing, schedule info and class restrictions. Any questions call the hotline: 661-944-1184 or e-mail enjmulder@gmail.com or check our website EddieMulderswcvdts.com.

Lake Cachuma British Bike Rally 2017 June 2-5

With roots deep in vintage British motorcycling and at the urging of Johnny Brown, who secured the campground for the last three years, Eddie and Jodi Mulder continued the tradition of hosting the Lake Cachuma British Bike Rally at Live Oak Camp in Santa Ynez, Ca.   The picturesque setting for the Rally is a private 40-acre campground dotted with big oak trees and bordered by the flowing Santa Ynez river. Equipped with electricity, flush toilets, hot showers, a full kitchen and covered patio for group meals and the bike show, it’s the perfect spot.  John and Donna Mulrean, from the British Connection, hosted the event for many years, bringing together the fans and riders of the three main British manufacturers, Triumph, BSA and Norton plus other British manufacturers, in one place.  The 2017 Lake Cachuma weekend continued the tradition with a stunning classic bike show, exciting field meet events, mapped rides to explore the area, watching the Kentucky Mile dirt track race, old race movies and lots of bench racing. Pure F.U.N.

The event began on Friday with attendees checking in upon arrival. Some drove, but many rode their classic British bikes hundreds of miles! North from San Diego and south from Rabers Parts Mart in San Jose, the campers found their camping spots, got settled and enjoyed a hot welcome dinner. The bonfire was lit to highlight the first evening and the 2017 rally was underway.

The caterer, Los Padres Outfitters, once again, aimed to please, providing real buckaroo style meals that kept everyone well fed. Even those that didn’t eat meat had plenty to eat.  Saturday night’s meal was Tri tip and corn on the cob BBQ’d to perfection. String beans, salad and yummy brownies for dessert.  Following the meal, a special presentation took place honoring the many supporters of the Lake Cachuma event.  Longtime supporters, John and Susan Healy of Coventry Spares were missed but many other sponsors including Bob Raber, Jason of British Customs, Bill Getty of JRC Engineering, and Randy Zimmerman to name a few, were in attendance.  Cozmic Joe Filardi, a long time Rally member, artist and welder from Santa Ana, CA, worked for weeks creating amazing art work from old spare parts into metal, Tiki inspired trophies. Especially for Eddie, Cozmic Joe made a sleek desktop dirt track motorcycle solely from triumph motor and gear box parts. First class! In addition to Eddie presenting “thank you” plaques to everyone, Johnny Brown presented Eddie with the original gas tank off of his District 37 #1 winning 1961 Triumph  that had been buried in a shop for years.  Eddie wiped away his tears after that one! Cozmic had one more custom piece crafted from all British parts. A beautiful motorcycle given to Bill Getty, the event Grand Marshal from JRC Engineering.  This piece was approximately 2 feet in length, an absolutely outstanding piece of artwork created by Cozmic Joe. These are one of a kind and recipients are very honored to own one.

As is the custom, awards were also presented for the afternoon bike show that included classes for Triumph, BSA and “Other”, as well as Off-road, Street and “Other” Competition Classes, this years rally theme.  The two most coveted awards are given for Best of Show and People’s Choice.  The People’s Choice award is the only one given as a result of votes cast by the attendees of the show and the Best of Show is chosen number one by the judges.  This year’s Best of Show Award went to son and father duo, John and Roger Sides with their restored 1967 Rickman motorcycle originally purchased from Bud Ekins’. The People’s Choice went to Michael “Brez” Breslin with his 1959 Panther manufactured by Phelon and Moore in Cleckheaton Yorkshire. The machine was found in a woodshed in County Clare, Ireland March 2016 with no wiring, not running and covered in chicken poop.

The presentations ended with 200 people singing happy birthday to Kimmie Gould. A huge raffle was next for the massive table of prizes donated by Triumph of North America, Motion Pro, Raber’s Parts Mart, Coventry Spares, JRC, Baxter Cycles, Barnett Tool and Dye, British Customs and Triumph Classic Motorcycles.  Everyone was a big winner! Triumph of North America also provided two new Triumph demos- a Tiger dualsport and T100 Black Bonneville for anyone to take for a spin.  By the end of the weekend both had accumulated more than 2,000 miles of travel!

Familiar faces greeted new friends that came to join in the fun.  Doggies ruled the land and were a welcome addition. The farthest traveled attendees came all the way from England and one young man got a new nickname, Kona. What Eddie thought his real name, Connor, sounded like with his strong English accent.  That is one he can tell his fellow countrymen! The after-event parties were lively, consisting of some cool old wide screen motorcycle racing movies , courtesy of Geoff Patrick as well as the customary campfire and s’mores.

Sunday morning following another fabulous meal the field events took place for the motorcycles on a course perfectly laid out and organized by Steve Ortiz of the So Cal BSA Owner’s Club.  Maybe the most competitive meet to date, the entertainment to those watching was outstanding.  By far the most popular of the field event activities is the slow race.  The bikes line up at the start, wait for the green flag and proceed to the finish in the slowest possible way without a foot touching the ground.  This year’s slow race champion was Geoff Patrick on a Triumph Cub, earning himself a crisp $100 bill. The winner of the Field Meet with 60 points was Kenny Thiebaud from Santa Margarita, Ca.  After lunch many folks ventured out enjoying the mapped out rides. On each of the rides, special markers were planted along the route. A rider could find and collect only one marker, then turn it in for one of Cozmic Joe’s hand crafted prizes. Those that stayed behind in camp were once again on the field meet course. This time rooting the kids on as they displayed their skill and agility challenging the course and each other. Great teamwork and fun was had by all!

After the group photo, a relaxing afternoon was followed by yet another outstanding meal and another award presentation for the field event champions.  Sunday evening’s entertainment was a “Get to Know Your Host” Q&A between Cozmic Joe and Eddie Mulder during which time Eddie shared some of his lifetime experiences and passions as a stunt man, a racing competitor and as a youngster growing up.

At the end of the night some packed up to go home while others spent the final night sharing stories, chatting and enjoying another campfire.  Monday morning the last meal was served, goodbyes and thanks were shared and another memorable event was in the books.

Many thanks go out; to Jodi Mulder for her dedication in organizing and orchestrating and working with Eddie, Cozmic Joe with his outstanding artwork and scouting the trails, Bob Ferry for always pitching in and being there, Bill Getty-Grand Marshal and Bob Raber for judging the bike show, as well as Los Padres Outfitters, Steve Ortiz, Nick Mankey – media director and everyone else involved that make this weekend so special.  To the Sponsors, Coventry Spares, Rabers Parts Mart,  JRC Engineering, Barnett, Terry Otton and the Zimmerman’s at Specialty Fabrications, Inc, Triumph North America, Motion Pro, British Customs, Maxima Racing Oils and Banke Performance – thank you for your continued support.  To Johnny Brown, you are the best!

We hope to see everyone again and we encourage you to bring your friends, young and old to enjoy the 2018 Lake Cachuma British Bike Rally June 1-4.  A family, fun and relaxing weekend among friends.  Watch our Cachuma Lake and Eddie Mulder West Coast Dirt Track Series Facebook pages for updates, photos and video from the 2017 event and thank you to all that shared the weekend with us!

Field meet results:

  1. Kenny Thiebaud (60 points
  2. John Sides (58 points)
  3. Bill Getty/Terry Rachuey (57 points)
  4. Charlie Caspary (50 points)
  5. Geoff Patrick (46 points)
  6. Jim Knapp (45 points)

Kids field meet results:

  1. Hugo Goodfield (47 points)
  2. Mick Breslin (43 points)
  3. Graysen Vidmar (37 points)
  4. Colton CVidmar (14 points)

Bike Show Results:

Triumph

  1. Geoff Patrick (1958 T110)
  2. Mike Breslin “Brez” (1969 Trident)
  3. Dan Gehrs (1968 T120R)

BSA

  1. Bill Findiesen (1969 A75R)
  2. Barry Porter (1971 B50SS)
  3. Tim Warlick (1961 BSA Goldstar)

Other

  1. Mike Breslin “Brez” (P&M Panther)
  2. Marla Getty (1974 Norton Interstate)
  3. Mick Breslin (electric)

Off Road Competition

  1. Karl Krohn (Triumph 650)
  2. Mickey Alzola (Triumph)
  3. Jessy Krohn (Triumph 500)

Street Competition

  1. John Callichio (Triumph supermoto)
  2. Mike Haney (1975 Tr5T)
  3. Tony Martin (1967 T120R)

Other Competition class

  1. Bill reoman (Greeves)
  2. Ted Hubbard (Yamaha TT500)
  3. Charlie Caspary (Rickman Westlake)

People’s Choice

Mike Breslin “Brez” (1959 Panther-Phelon & Moore)

Best of Show

John and Roger Sides – Rickman

Eddie Mulder’s West Coast Dirt Track Series Schedule 2017

Hello! We have a new, updated events schedule for this year:

Unfortunately, we will not be hosting the fast and famous Amateur Sacramento Mile at Cal Expo Sunday May 21.

We are promoting the Lake Cachuma British M/C Rally camp out June 2-5 and new dates are Sept. 30-Oct. 1 Joey Brown Memorial Willow Springs 3/8 Mile Doubleheader.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we regretfully will not be the host of the Cal Expo Amateur Mile after the National. The new organization handling the event is the California Flat Track Association www.californiaflattrack.com

The Lake Cachuma British M/C Rally takes place the weekend after Memorial Day this year. Our Grand Marshal is Bill Getty from JRC Engineering. The theme is “Competition Motorcycles”. Come relax among the rolling hills and oak trees north of Santa Barbara, Ca with your favorite British bikes and people. Enjoy three square meals, bike show, mapped rides to explore the beautiful locale and field meet, fun and games on two wheels. Awards nightly from the show and field meet. Camping limited to the first 200 registered. Cutoff for registration May 14 or max entries received. Click to download the registration forms.

Our friend and fellow motorcycle enthusiast Joey Brown of Brown’s Cycles, Paso Robles, Ca left us in October. To honor him, the Willow Springs doubleheader Sept. 30-Oct. 1 will be named the Joey Brown Memorial. As usual we will be offering large pro purses and exciting National level racing for two days. More info as it develops.

2017 Lake Cachuma Vintage British Motorcycle Rally Registration Now Available

Still hot off the press, here’s what you’ve all been waiting for! The  official registration form and detail sheets for the 2017 Lake Cachuma Vintage British Motorcycle Rally are finally here. This year’s theme will be Competition Motorcycles.

Pre-Registration will be open until May 14th, and space is limited; don’t miss out on motorcycle paradise!

*Forms have been updated as of 01/25/2017.

And of course, stay tuned for more updates as we get closer to our favorite weekend of the year.

Dates: June 2-5, 2017
Bikes • Rides • Prizes • Food • Field Events & More
Camp-out with fellow classic British Bike Enthusiasts for a fun-filled weekend, hosted by Eddie Mulder.

Lake Cachuma British Bike Rally June 2 - 5, 2017 Announcement
Lake Cachuma British Bike Rally June 2 – 5, 2017 Announcement
Lake Cachuma British Bike Rally Details
Lake Cachuma British Bike Rally Details

Eddie Mulder’s West Coast Dirt Track Series Schedule 2017

Happy 2017! We are proud to announce the upcoming events scheduled for this year:

  • Returning to host the fast and famous Amateur Sacramento Mile at Cal Expo Sunday May 21, 2017
  • Promoting the Cachuma Lake British M/C Rally camp out June 2-5, 2017
  • Joey Brown Memorial Willow Springs 3/8 Mile Doubleheader, Sept. 30 – Oct. 1, 2017 (** NEW DATES **)At Sacramento we will hold a pre-registration Saturday May 20 from 10-3pm to pick up entry credentials, purchase pit passes and T-shirts and post enter for Sundays event. Location to be announced. No Pro class, Youth classes or Vintage 250 classes on the mile Sunday. Entry blanks available soon. Pre-entry cut-off date Friday May 12th. No membership required to enter. Leathers required. Special thanks to SDI Insulation.

    The Cachuma Lake British M/C Rally takes place the weekend after Memorial Day this year. Our Grand Marshal is Bill Getty from JRC Engineering. Come relax among the rolling hills and oak trees north of Santa Barbara, Ca with your favorite British bikes and people. Enjoy three square meals, bike show, mapped rides to explore the beautiful locale and field meet, fun and games on two wheels. Awards nightly from the show and field meet. Camping limited to the first 200 registered. Cutoff for registration May 14 or max entries received.

    Our friend and fellow motorcycle enthusiast Joey Brown of Brown’s Cycles, Paso Robles, Ca left us in October. To honor him, the Willow Springs doubleheader will be named the Joey Brown Memorial. As usual we will be offering large pro purses and exciting National level racing for two days. More info as it develops.