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

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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