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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

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.

Celebrating Desert Sleds with the West Coast Dirt Track Series

Memorial Day Weekend,  Live Oak Camp, Santa Ynez, CA

Tucked away in the foothills above Santa Barbara, the Cachuma Lake Vintage British Motorcycle Rally was resurrected in 2015 after an eight year absence.  2016 was the second rally promoted by Eddie and Jodi Mulder.  With the help of many and the loyal crowd of people that signed up to attend, the weekend turned into another fun, memorable event! Camping together, relishing the classic motorcycles, sharing memories and just plain having fun.  This year there was a lot more great kids! One rode all the way to the rally on the back of his dad’s bike from Chicago, Il.  He was glad to get to the rally and they won the “Longest Distance Traveled” (by bike) award Saturday night.

Friday night, Rallygoers shared a meal and mingled among friends old and new around the bonfire.  Attendees picked their camp sites, pitched their tents, trailers or parked their RV and prepared for a full weekend of excitement.  With 40 acres of our own private campground, there is no concern about being too close to your neighbor.  Saturday morning began with a fresh buckaroo breakfast prepared the by the rally’s caterer, “Los Padres Outfitters”.  The food they prepare is fit for a king!  After breakfast Kimmie  Gould kicked off the rally’s opening ceremony by singing the National Anthem while Eddie slowly raised the American flag to the top of the pole. This year the focus of the rally was to enjoy the camp and also have plenty of open time to ride.  On the wall hung a huge map, prepared by Cozmic Joe, showing several interesting places to visit while out exploring. Four maps with routes highlighted to different places were set out on the table to guide riders.  Campers took advantage of the Outfitters’ horses that they brought for trail rides. Many vintage bike owners jumped at the opportunity to test-ride one of the two new Triumph demo motorcycles provided by Triumph Motorcycles America,  and still more hung at camp enjoying the company of their friends.

Another delicious meal was served for lunch and again folks were chatting and preparing for the bike show.  Awards are given in several categories with the competing bikes lined up around the trunks of big oak trees in the shade.  There were some magnificent pieces of machinery including many beautiful vintage Desert Sleds.  Perhaps the oldest bike there, a 1927 Triumph sgl  entered by James Kohls, won both the People’s Choice and the Pre – Unit first place medals.   Best of show went to Craig Gebhauer with his 1972 BSA A65. Karl Krohn, longtime Triumph motor builder, took the Desert Sled category with a 1959 Triumph TR6.  Eddie led a special rider’s parade around the campground following the bike show.

Following Saturday nights fabulous Los Padres Outfitters Tri Tip and Chicken BBQ dinner was the presentation of bike show awards, raffle and special recognition of others.  Event sponsors Coventry Spares, Rabers Parts Mart, Digger Helm,  Specialty Fabrications, JRC Engineering, Motion Pro, Ramspur Winery, British Customs, Banke Performance, Barnett Clutches and Cables, Triumph Motorcycles America, Maxima Racing Oils, Cozmic Joe, Johnny Outlaw, GT T-Shirtguys.com and more donated numerous memorable gifts for the raffle and necessary support for the event.  Many thanks were offered to them and to the Los Padres Outfitters for the awesome hospitality.  Show winners and supporters were presented with customized event plaques, and the Best of Show winner Craig Gebhauer was presented with a custom metal sculpture made by Cozmic Joe.  Joe also presented Jodi Mulder with an ornate hook rack made of horseshoes and other metal for her horse tack. Cozmic also customized a rugged steel “Rabers” logo sign framed in a motorcycle chain for Bob Raber, the event Grand Marshall. Everybody went away with something cool from the nights festivities.

Sunday was the day for the Field Meets, hosted by Steve Ortiz, for both those on motorcycles and later in the afternoon for the kids.  The contests are done solo or two up on metal steeds.  They included hoops thrown over cones,  can slalom course, bean bag toss,  tennis ball on the cone, ride the plank, the “Slow” race and more.  Each event was scored separately and putting your foot down was grounds for disqualification.  Points were added together and the top contender was Randy Frint for the second year in a row.  He easily won the “Slow” race and roosted Eddie at the finish.  Following Frint in points was Matt Frey and James Kohls.   In the kids events, Alexia Dunlavey took the top honors but all trophied.  And, racer’s love to watch racing so a laptop was set up to watch the GNC Springfield Mile in the afternoon for those that cared to watch. Following the “Mexican Night Taco Bar” dinner Sunday night, the contest winners were honored with special event medals.

On display during this year’s Desert Sled celebration were two bikes ridden by Eddie Mulder. His original Desert Sled that won the 100 Mile National Championship Hare and Hound and Eddie’s newly restored Triple Crown winning Triumph Bonneville that will go to the Specialty Fabrications Motorcycle Museum in Simi Valley following this weekend’s event.

Monday morning the group shared a final farewell breakfast, wished each other well with safe travels until we meet again next year.  The event date has changed for the 2017 event.  Next year the Cachuma Lake Rally will take place during the weekend of June 2 – 4th.

Eddie, Jodi and all the event sponsors thanked everyone that came to share the weekend and encouraged all to share their event experiences with their friends.  Next year the hope is to have even more families and children join in the fun.

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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