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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

Sammy wasn’t Slammin to win at Willow Springs Sunday

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

Sunday Results:

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

 

Carver & Halbert Spring to the top at Willow Springs

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

SENIOR VINTAGE
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

250 OPEN
James Ott; 2. Grant Holmes; 3. Travis Petton IV; 4. Dallas Daniels; 5. Tyler Raggio;  6. Hunter Brooks; 7. Jaycee Jones; 8. Zack Earwood

500 SUPPORT
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

SENIOR OPEN
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

CLASSIC 250
Hadley Melton; 2. Fred Berger

CLASSIC 500
Chris Rudy; 2. Jim Ottele; 3. Rick Rockhold; 4. Julian Heppekausen; 5. James Kohls; 6. Joe Pape; 7. Flyn Stone; 8. Matt Campbell

DINO
Jim Ottele

YOUTH 60
Kage Tadman; 2. James “Jr.” Alexander; 3. Conner Hickerson; 4. Sierra Hickerson; 5. Isabellla Mitchell

YOUTH 80
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

MODERN 250
David Ehrhart

MODERN 500
Brian Filo; 2. Julian Heppekausen; 3. Jamin Mathis

MODERN 750
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

Cachuma Lake Vintage British Motorcycle Rally 2016

Memorial Day Weekend, May 27 – May 30, 2016
A Salute to the “Desert Sled”
By Jodi Mulder
Photos by Checkered Flag Photos

The slow race startLet 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.

For registration forms and info go to: EddieMuldersWCVDTS.com Follow us on Facebook- Cachuma Lake Vintage British Motorcycle Rally or call 661-944-1184 and leave a message.

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More Magic from Mulder Willow Springs International Raceway October 3rd and 4th

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.

#12E Jeff Lessley Willow Springs 2015Jeff 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.

Gary Ritchie #28B and Kenjiro Tsuji#26 at Willow Springs 2015Twenty 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.

#23 Jeffrey Carver easily wins The Ramspur Winery and Digger Open Pro Races for the biggest weekend earnings at Willow Springs 2015Twenty 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.

Eddie presents series sponsors Mark and Randy Zimmerman while Jodi and Ron Wood look on at Willow Springs 2015As 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!

Watch for news about the 2016 Eddie Mulder West Coast Dirt Track Series season on their web site www.EddiemuldersWCVDTS.com and on their Facebook page Eddie Mulder’s West Coast Dirt Track Series.

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Willow Springs Results October 3, 2015

Sr. Vintage

  1. 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

Vet

  1. 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

  1. Steve Craft;  2. Jack Alexander; 3. D-Dan McDougal; 4. Shane VanSickle; 5. Alan Hayden; 6. Fred Berger; 7. Ted Hubbard; 8. Jan Johnson

Dino

  1. Jim Ottele

Classic 250

  1. Fred Berger

Classic 500

  1. Tom Horton; 2. Chris Rudy; 3. Cary Tanner; 4. Lenny Rodriguez; 5. Joe Pape; 6. James Kohls; 7. Matt Campbell

Youth 60

  1. James Alexander; 2. Eli Souza; 3. Zack Earwood; 4. Kaden Clark

Youth 80

  1. 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

Modern 250

  1. Ken Netto; 2. Tom Horton

Modern 500

  1. Jeff Lessley; 2. Jim Lundgren; 3. Ron Lessley

Modern 750

  1. Paul Herman; 2. Lloyd McGregor; 3. Robert Hansen; 4. D-Dan McDougal; 5. Jeff Johnson

250 Open

  1. 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

  1. 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

  1. Jay Heidt; 2. Gary Ritchie; 3. Mark LaDue; 4. Cody Carper; 5. Tim Doda

Open Amaterur “A” Main

  1. 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

  1. 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

Sr. Open

  1. 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

  1. 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

  1. Sam Halbert; 2. Jared Mees; 3. Jeffrey Carver; 4. Chad Cose

Sr. Vintage

  1. Jeff Lesley; 2. Jim Ottele; 3. Ron Lessley; 4. Robert Hansen; 5 Kenny Thiebaud; 6. Tom Horton

Vet

  1. 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

  1. Steve Craft; 2. Jack Alexander; 3. D-Dan McDugal; 4. Shane Van Sickle; 5 . Fred Berger; 6. Ted Hubbard

Classic 250

  1. Fred Berger

Classic 500

  1. Tom Horton; 2. Chris Rudy; 3. Cary Tanner; 4. Lenny Rodriguez;  5. James Khols; 6. Matt Campbell

Youth 50

  1. Jasper Heathfield

Yuoth 60

  1. James Alexander; 2. Seirra Hickerson; 3. Eli Souza

Youth 80

  1. Grant Holmes; 2. Travis Petton IV; 3. Zaden Florez; 4. David Kohlstaedt; 5. Evan Souza; 6. Hunter Stanley; 7. Olin Kissler; 8. Conner Hickman

Modern 250

  1. Lucas Dunev

Open Amateur

  1. 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)

  1. / 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

Modern 500

  1. Jeff Lessley; 2. Jim Lundgren; 3. Ron Lesley; 4. Cary Tanner

Modern 750

  1. Pauul Herman; 2. Lloyd McGregor; 3. Robert Hansen; 4. D-Dan McDougal; 5. Tom Horton

250 Open

  1. Clayton Williams; 2. Grant Holmes; 3. James Ott; 4. Hunter Goood; 5. Travis Petton IV; 6. Hunter Brooks; 7. Nathan Agrifoglio; 8. Michael Hill

Senior Open

  1. Jim Ottele; 2. Larry Earhart; 3. Bill Kolkman; 4. Ryan Gifford; 5. Dan Dawson; 6. Jeff Lessley; 7. John Lundgren

Digger Open Pro

  1. 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

 

Total Purse Raised to $75,000

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.

WCDTS Total Purse $75000
WCDTS Total Purse $75000

 

The rise of the Cachuma Lake Phoenix

The rise of the Cachuma Lake Phoenix
Live Oak Campground, Cachuma Lake, CA
Memorial Day weekend 2015

Making the long trek from just south of Lake Tahoe to the Cachuma Lake Live Oak Campground, this journalist was pleased to finally arrive at the Vintage British Bike Rally at Lake Cachuma north of Santa Barbara. After an eight year hiatus, like a phoenix, so well coined by Cozmic Joe, the metal sculptor, the rally rose once again to be a weekend of greatness. With some one hundred and fifty participants aboard bikes of many ages old and new everyone had a wonderful time enjoying the weekend celebration.

In attendance, to open the event on Saturday morning with Eddie Mulder was long time event organizer Donna Mulrean who read the “In Flander’s Field” poem of deep appreciation for the veterans through the years that gave so much of themselves for all to enjoy the freedom of weekends and life like this in the United States and elsewhere. Kimberly Gould sang The Star Spangled Banner while Eddie Mulder raised the stars and stripes on the flag pole and everyone wore remembrance red poppies that were donated by the Veterans Association to commemorate the men and woman that lost their lives serving in the military inspired by the world war 1 poem read by Donna. The meaning of the red poppy is recognized in the U.S., parts of the former British Empire, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.  Also joining the day’s events were long time West Coast Dirt Track Series and now Cachuma Lake event sponsors, Mark and Susan Zimmerman, Randy and Lynne Zimmerman, John and Susan Healy of Coventry spares and original founder of the rally in 1989, and Digger Helm, Jason and Matt from British Customs, builders of the Eddie Mulder Pike’s Peak Triumph and Bob Raber of Raber’s Parts Mart. Raber and a group of about ten riders rode in from San Jose aboard their bikes. Ramspur Winery, Terry and Nancy Otton and Motion Pro other long time WCDTS supporters also offered sponsorship for the Lake Cachuma Rally and provided gifts that were handed out during the evening events. The BSA Nor Cal Club was represented at the rally by Don Danmeier.

The campground, dotted with beautiful oaks and usually a mecca of beautiful green grass, was lacking any grass due to the California water shortage. Bill and Marla Getty of JRC Engineering chalked the course and organized games on motorcycles called a field meet. One up or two up, the competition was fierce maneuvering weighted down cans for the slalom course, collecting the straws in the bottles, tossing bean bags into a tire, a spoon race carrying a waffle ball the entire length  the course on a spoon without it falling off, and an exciting slow race with a two hundred dollar purse. The rules were only that the rider could not put a foot down on the ground during their challenge to avoid elimination. Points were gathered throughout the competition that would be tallied for the evening award program.

Beautiful motorcycles adorned many camp spots including many that dated back to the very early 1900’s and had been ridden from destinations far north and south to join the rally.   Saturday afternoon many enjoyed riding their iron horses on one of the four self-guided rides with maps courtesy of Ride Central coordinator Cozmic Joe Filardi, tours mapped out to see the sights around the area. Saturday evening everyone joined together for a meal of BBQ tri tip, beans, salad, corn on the cob, cupcakes and all the other goodies of a great meal prepared and catered by the Los Padres Outfitters. The Outfitters prepared 3 delicious meals each day for the group. A wonderful award presentation took place following the meal. Eddie Mulder and John Healy of Coventry Spares and publisher of the “Vintage Bike” magazine who traveled with his wife Susan from Massachusetts to join the rally led the presentation. Many gifts donated by Raber’s Parts Mart, Coventry Spares, JRC Engineering, Triumph of No America, Barnett and Motion Pro were given to the rally participants. By Sunday evening most everyone had received a gift that included, parts, autographed event T shirts, other rT Shirts, Cups, water bottles, books and so much more. Winners of the morning field meets for both the adults and the children were recognized individually with medals and some ribbing from Eddie, John and the other participants. Being a family affair, the children ran the same course challenges on their bicycles as the adults did on motorcycles.

After a pancake breakfast Sunday morning the group of 97 bikes headed out on a ride into Solvang, a lovely small Danish town to visit the Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum that houses some outstanding two wheeled motorcycles and a world of motorcycle history.   Each bike is displayed with a placard of available information relative to that machine and its history. Included were several custom one of a kind, proto types, and first edition motorcycles from the United States, Europe, Japan and other countries. A building full of exceptional equipment built for transportation, competition, dirt tracks, ice racing, road racing and much more; eye candy to those that have a passion for motorcycles and their history.

Back at the campground John Healy was orchestrating the placement of bikes around and under the oak trees for the upcoming afternoon bike show. Judging would be done in several categories that included Competition, Unit Construction, Pre Unit Construction, Custom, Committees Choice, Best in Show and People’s Choice. Again after dinner another award presentation was held to honor the winners of the bike show. The People’s Choice award, chosen by all of the rally participants was awarded to Nathan Matteson for his 1950 Triumph 6T Thunderbird, Best of Show for a 1939 Ariel Square 4 was awarded to Ralph Nevarez. The Best of Show winning bike belonged to Ralph’s father for many years, was handed down to an uncle and many years later handed down to Ralph. Ralph was awarded with a custom made, hand sculpted, one of a kind work of art created by Cozmic Joe. Other class awards were: Unit Construction to Alexia Dunlavey for a 1967 Triumph TR6, Pre Unit Construction to Craig Fontaine for a 1956 BSA, Competition to Greg McBride for a 1949 Vincent Black Shadow, Custom to Bob Ferry for a 1960 BSA Gold Star and the Committee Choice winner was a 1963 Matchless G12 awarded to it’s owner Chris Smith.

Cozmic Joe also created a 3 foot sculpture with the initials JB and “Cubman” formed from motorcycle parts and chain to honor the efforts of Johnny Brown. Brown was a scrambles rider when he was young.   As the result of an accident at the age of 18 he was paralyzed from the waist down however, that didn’t slow him down much. He owns 200 plus Triumph Cubs and was the initiator of the 2015 Vintage British Motorcycle Rally, obtaining the permit and gathering the help of Eddie, Jodi and others to make it happen.  Brown has never missed a rally at Lake Cachuma.

At the end of the night on Sunday the group was asked if they would like to do it again in 2016. An unanimous “Yes” was echoed from the crowd and the call was made at the start of the day when business resumed on Tuesday to request a reservation for the 2016 Vintage British Bike Rally. As of this writing the request had not yet been answered.

 

Eddie Mulder’s West Coast Dirt Track Series Round 1 – April 27, 2014

Walt James Stadium, Willow Springs Intl Raceway, Rosamond, CA

The regular West Coast Dirt Track riders know what to expect when they roll up to ride the Willow Springs track. A smooth, cushioned racing surface watered throughout the day, fast banked turns, and a lot of fun. Gary Ritchie works his magic with the blade before, after and between racing his motorcycle, preparing the track surface. Still grading in his riding gear when the riders arrive and leave. The not so welcome surprise this weekend was some really strong wind and a serious chill on Saturday. Sunday the wind calmed down just before racing started, the sun warmed the air. Spectators and riders alike enjoyed a day of fast, competitive racing.

Walking the pits at Willow is a visual extravaganza. Vintage motorcycles over 50 years old pitted side by side with new modern ones and big fast ones! Past champions, Hollywood stuntmen, racers and lifelong dirt track fans mingle amongst the younger generations, all sharing their passion for racing. It’s quite a family atmosphere! Willow Springs employs absolutely the best catering “roach coach”. From the breakfast burritos to their veggie burgers their food is hard to beat. Also in the pits this day were two lovely ladies from Herb-X, Katryn and Margaret, offering 2 minute massages using X-Jow Pain Gel to anyone that asked. At the end of the day a raffle awarded free gifts, a 20 minute massage and tube of the X-Jow pain gel, they had donated. The U.S made X-Jow Chinese herbal pain gel really does work to relieve pain!

A whole bunch of youngsters showed up to make a class of 8 on the grid for the Coventry Spares 60/80 cc combined competition. Young Zaden Florez is so small at the young age of seven that he falls over with his 85cc bike on the start line without help to hold his bike up. The youngster to beat today was Grant Holmes who got off the line in front in the heat race and just kept going easily, leading the pack to the finish. Once again Holmes got the hole shot in the main but Jacob Cascio wasted no time overtaking him in the second lap for the win. His first win in this class. Florez had a rough start off the line but rounded out the podium finishing third.

Kenny Thiebaud, a long time West Coast Dirt Track Series rider aboard a beautiful 1970 Triumph 750 took the Penton Race Products Senior Vintage class pole to pole. The youngest bikes in this class were built in 1974, a Bultaco ridden by Tim Skov and a Honda XL ridden by Ron Lessley. Jim Ottele finished second on a 1971 Shell Yamaha and David Krohn piloted his 1970 Triumph 750 into the third position at the finish.

Seven riders took their places at the start of the Motion Pro Vet A main. Donnie Howard got the hole shot and maintained his lead to the finish. Behind him Jack Jones and John Lundgren diced side by side competing for the second spot. Jones completed the pass under Lundgren in the fourth lap to finish second. Rob Bush and Jim Rosa followed Jones finishing third and fourth respectively. Jones returned track side and rode the 500 support class in front from start to finish.

Tom Horton proudly displays his stable of iron horses, always looking pristine at the start of race day. Horton took the Barnett Clutches and Cables Classic 500/750 class home aboard his 1967 Triumph 500 in front of Steve Craft mounted on his 1957 Harley KR 750. Cary Tanner earned the third place medal riding a Haney T 100 Triumph 500. Later in the day Horton suffered a hard, high side crash. At last report Tom was asking about his bike and on the road to recovery. Will Ott took the checkers in front in the modern 250, Jim Lundgren won the modern 500 while Donnie Howard earned the top award in the modern 750 class aboard Cary Tanner’s bike. Tanner also scored his first series win, taking the Coventry Spares Sr Novice/Super Sr main followed by Tim Watters second and 2013 class Champion Herb Wolff third.

Jim Ottele was back on the track and won the Rod Lake Racing Sr. Open Main. Bill Kolkman and Larry Earhart battled through all six laps turn after turn for the second spot. Earhart held Kolkman off until the final lap when Kolkman found the opening he needed to make the pass for a second place finish. Earhart finished third.

Young Clay Williams was hot on the gas this day, winning both the 250 Open main and the Open Amateur main. Williams was also a force to be contended with at the 2013 Willow Springs finals. Brandon Green from Edmonds, Wa. was turning heads in the 250 Open, out riding Jace Callison to finish second. Callison completed the race earning a third place finish. Callison returned to ride the Open Amateur Main and finished it in second In front of Brandon Watters.

Six riders lined up for the Specialty Fabrications Inc., dash for cash. With a $7500 purse at stake, tensions were high. Long time starter for the West Coast Dirt Track Series, Fred Allen, had his work cut out for him as crashes brought out the red flag twice for full restarts. At the final start five riders remained. Sammy Halbert is all about winning and this day he led the pack to the bank.   Passing the hat during the rider’s meeting and a generous donation from Jerry Kennedy of Kennedy Trucking increased the Dash for Cash purse by an additional $1500!

The $10,000 Digger Helm Open Pro main brings out some of the nation’s top Grand National and pro riders. Additional cash bonuses for the rider in front at the half way point and one for the winner were also provided by Ramspur Winery’s Terry Otton and Mark Zimmerman, adding a little more sweetness to the ride. The thirteen riders of the final race of the day were ready on the line. “Big Fred” threw the flag and Jared Mees got the hole shot. Sammy Halbert was on the throttle, hot on Mees’ back wheel. Out of turn two Halbert gained ground, passing Mees on the back straight to lead the pack. Halbert put a couple of bike lengths between himself and Mees. Mees closed the gap and Halbert re opened it several more times through lap eight. Two laps to the bonus, Mees closed the gap and got under Halbert for the lead and the Rampspur Winery $1000 bonus. Mees pulled away and Halbert, unable to catch him, finished second. Briar Bauman rode all 20 laps in the third spot in front of Kayl Kolkman.

The riders and The West Coast Dirt Track Series team are grateful, proud and honored to accept the generous donations of the many supporters that donate their gifts, time and money to the series. With their donations the series is able to continue supporting riders in their quest for victory as they travel the nation to compete and those who come out for fun. Please support our race sponsors that have graciously sponsored our races and supported us. (Rampsur Winery, Motion Pro, Specialty Fabrications, Barnett Clutches, JRC Engineering, Penton Racing Products, C&J Racing Frames, Brown’s Cycles, Maxima Racing Oils K&N Filters,Todays Cycle Coverage.com, S&S Off Road Magazine, TuffPlates and Works Performance).

 

The West Coast Dirt Track Series will orchestrate the final two races of the 2014 series October 4th and 5th at the Willow Springs Raceway. With increased prize monies it will surely be the race weekend of the year! Saturdays Specialty Fabrications, Inc. Dash-4-Cash will be $10,000 and for Sundays Championship, $15,000! The largest dash offered to date. Sunday’s Championship, October 5th, the Digger pro purse will be increased by $5,000 thanks to Terry Otton. Plus, it is a double points paying race. This could be the determining race for the winner of the Rampspur Winery $7500 Pro Point Fund. Don’t miss it!

 

Senior Vintage

  • Ken Thiebaud; 2. Jim Ottele; 3. David Krohn; 4. Ron Lessley; 5. Steve Craft; 6. Rick Villanueva; 7. Daryl Hambleton; 8. Tim Skov; 9. Jeff Lessley DNF

Vet A Main

  • Donnie Howard; 2. Jack Jones; 3. Rob Bush; 4. Jim Rosa; 5. John Lundgren; 6. David Bush; 7. Will Ott; 8. Tom Horton

Vet B Main

  • Bill Kolkman; 2. James Davis; 3. Curtis Pimental; 4. Brian Harmon; 5. Gary Ritchie; 6. Ron Duarte; 7. Mark La Due; 8. Josh Welch

Senior Novice/Super Senior

  • Cary Tanner; 2. Tim Watters; 3. Herb Wolff; 4. D-Dan McDougall; 5. Rick Villanueva; 6. Alan Hayden;7. Charlie Caspary; 8. Guy Duckett; 9. Ted Hubbard; 10. Dary Hambleton DNS

Youth 60

  • Aidan Bromstead

Youth 80

  • Jacob Cascio; 2. Grant Homes; 3. Zaden Florez; 4. Tyler Raggio; 5. James Ott; 6. Matthew OTT; 7. Nathan Agrifoglio DNS

Classic 500-750sv

  • Tom Horton; 2. Steve Craft; 3. Cary Tanner; 4. Lenny Rodriguez; 5. Joe Pape; 6. James Kohls; 7. Matt Campbell.

Modern 250

  • Will Ott; 2. Tom Horton DNS

Modern 500

  • Jim Lundgren; 2. Ron Lessley; 3. Jeff Lessley DNS

Modern 750

  • Donnie Howard; 2. Rob Bush; 3. Tom Horton; 4. Mark LaDue; 5. D-Dan McDougall

250 Open

  • Clayton Williams; 2. Brandon Green; 3. Jace Callison; 4. Allison Stacey; 5. James Ott; 6. Nolan Reitz; 7. Grant Holmes; 8. Jacee Jones; 9. John Gronek; 10. Tom Horton

Senior Open

  • Jim Ottele; 2. Bill Kolkman; 3. Larry Earhart; 4. Jim Medlin; 5. Curtis Pimentel; 6. Greg Powell; 7. Tim Skov; 8. Don Bjornsrud; 9. Kelly Surplice; 10. John Lundgren DNF; 11. Barney Stern DNS

500 Support

  • Jack Jones; 2. Jim Lundgen; 3. Rick Reed; 4. Jeff Gonzales; 5. Mark LaDue; 6. Gary Ritchie

Open Amateur

  • Clayton Williams; 2. Jace Callison; 3. Bradon Watters; 4. John Tinsley; 5. Allison Stacey; 6. Jim Medlin; 7. Parket Earhart; 8. David Lucas; 9. Beau Thompson; 10. Josh Welch; 11. Brandon Green

Digger Open Pro

  • Jared Mees; 2. Sammy Halbert; 3. Briar Bauman; 4. Kayl Kolkman; 5. Jethro Halbert; 6. Mike Rush; 7. Nick Armstrong; 8. Shayna Texter; 9. Bronson Bauman; 10. Dominic Colindres; 11. Brandan Bergen; 12. Ajay Hateley; 13. Colt Foster; 14. Dylan Morin DNS

Specialty Fabrications Dash-4-Cash

  • Sammy Halbert; 2. Jared Mees; 3. Briar Bauman; 4. Jethro Halbert; 5. Kayl Kolkman; 6. Dylan Morin DNS