Hello! We have a new, updated events schedule for this year:
Unfortunately, we will not be hosting the fast and famous Amateur Sacramento Mile at Cal Expo Sunday May 21.
We are promoting the Lake Cachuma British M/C Rally camp out June 2-5 and new dates are Sept. 30-Oct. 1Joey Brown Memorial Willow Springs 3/8 Mile Doubleheader.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, we regretfully will not be the host of the Cal Expo Amateur Mile after the National. The new organization handling the event is the California Flat Track Association www.californiaflattrack.com
The Lake Cachuma British M/C Rally takes place the weekend after Memorial Day this year. Our Grand Marshal is Bill Getty from JRC Engineering. The theme is “Competition Motorcycles”. Come relax among the rolling hills and oak trees north of Santa Barbara, Ca with your favorite British bikes and people. Enjoy three square meals, bike show, mapped rides to explore the beautiful locale and field meet, fun and games on two wheels. Awards nightly from the show and field meet. Camping limited to the first 200 registered. Cutoff for registration May 14 or max entries received. Click to download the registration forms.
Our friend and fellow motorcycle enthusiast Joey Brown of Brown’s Cycles, Paso Robles, Ca left us in October. To honor him, the Willow Springs doubleheader Sept. 30-Oct. 1 will be named the Joey Brown Memorial. As usual we will be offering large pro purses and exciting National level racing for two days. More info as it develops.
Entry blanks for this years Oct 1-2 races at the Willow Springs 3/8 Mile doubleheader are available now. Please complete one for each day and mail with your entry fees. We had to increase our pit pass prices but we are giving a break for a two-day wristband.
More Magic from Mulder Willow Springs International Raceway Walt James Stadium
Eddie Mulder’s West Coast Dirt Track Series
October 3rd and 4th, 2015
The Eddie Mulder West Coast Dirt Track Series’ Willow Springs 3/8 mile DG cushion events have been a favorite for many throughout the years. A gathering, many refer to as a family reunion that brings out many riders looking forward to the big, fast, cushion track, endless bench racing and admiration of each others latest and greatest equipment. This weekend was exceptional!
Many of flat track racing’s heavy hitters and longtime supporters honored Eddie and the series by coming out to rub elbows and watch the competition on the track. Chris Agajanian and the new Ascot trailer, Motion Pro and British Customs were onsite showing and selling their wares. Storage Wars TV star Barry Weiss and legendary racer Sammy Tanner were seen wandering the pits as well.
Eddie has always put forth exemplary efforts to bring substantial purses to his events, especially to his end of season Willow Springs event. This year, thanks to the generosity of the series sponsors, Digger Helm, Terry and Nancy Otton of Ramspur Winery, Mark and Randy Zimmerman of Specialty Fabrications, Inc, Rod Lake and more, the October 3rd and 4th weekend paid the second largest purse in flat track history. More than $80,000 was awarded to riders in the Pro class, 250 Open and the 80cc class. Along with the money, West Coast Dirt Track Series medals and plaques were given out. At the awards ceremony, Eddie’s custom is to shower the attendees with gifts provided by other series sponsors, Triumph North America, Motion Pro, British Customs, Maxima Racing Oils, Chris Agajanian’s Ascot, Barnett Clutches and Cables, Brown’s Cycles, C&J Racing Frames, Coventry Spares, JRC Engineering, Penton Racing Products, Works Performance, Today’s Cycle Coverage, S&S Off Road magazine and more. The promo items excite everyone!!
The West Coast Dirt Track Series always draws some of the Nation’s top AMA GNC 1 and 2 riders and this event was no exception. In attendance were National #1 Jared Mees, Sammy Halbert, Henry Wiles, Rob “Bugs” Pearson, Chad Cose, the Bauman brothers, Kayl Kolkman, Jeffrey Carver and many more. Twenty eight Pro riders competed for a spot on the 14 rider grid in the main events Saturday and Sunday.
The track, thanks to Gary Ritchie, was magnificent! Resurrected after serious flooding this spring washed all the dirt and hay bales away, Ritchie worked a solid week to get it race ready for the weekend events. Ritchie also finished second behind Jay Height Saturday in the 500 support class.
Sunday’s program began by honoring three riders gone to the big track in the sky this year. A backwards lap rider’s parade saluting Don “Squatty” Surplus, a long time, very close friend of Eddie Mulder and #1 desert rider, Mike Gonzales, a West Coast Dirt Track Series Vintage 500 rider and good friend of Jeff Gonzales, and Jethro Halbert, National #69. Eddie carried the U.S. flag, riding between Sammy Halbert and Jeff Gonzales in their honor.
A few of the younger riders stand out as a result of their skill and tenacity on and off the track. At this event, youth riders Clayton Williams and James Alexander topped the youth 60cc, Open Amateur and 250 Open classes all weekend. Each of them topped the podium in at least one event both days. Williams finished first in 3 events crossing the finish line first in the Open Amateur A main and battling with Grant Holmes in the 250 Open Class both days, taking those wins. Holmes won the 80cc and Open Amateur B events Sunday. Travis Petton IV finished second both days in the 80cc class behind Zaden Flores on Saturday and Grant Holmes Sunday.
Jeff Lessley dominated the Modern 500 and Senior Vintage classes both days. Jim Ottele followed him to the checkers in second both days too. Canadian rider, D-Dan McDougal aboard his new Eddie Mulder built Triumph for the first time was proud to finish third behind Steve Craft and his good friend Jack Alexander both Saturday and Sunday in the Sr Novice/Super Sr class. Chris Rudy gave it his all both days competing head to head with Tom Horton in the Classic 500 brake-less class. Trading places several times on the track in their races both days, Horton finished first followed by Rudy and Cary Tanner. Former AMA Grand National rider, Kenny Netto, no longer rides very often but today he showed off his talent and speed leading another former AMA Grand National rider, Tom Horton, to the finish in the modern 250 class. Paul Herman got the Modern 750 hole shot and never gave up the lead both days. Behind him Robert Hansen and Lloyd McGregor battled for the second spot. The race finished Herman, McGregor and Hansen respectively each day and McDougal followed them in the fourth spot.
Twenty four riders showed up to compete in the Open Amateur class. The class was split into and A and B main events to accommodate them all and the riders ranged in age from up and coming youngsters in their teens to some of the veteran riders like Jack Jones and Bill Wright. The class also included Kenjiro Tsuji from Japan and female riders, Julia Rankin and Allison Stacey, both very talented in two wheeled competition. Clayton Williams rode in the front of the pack all six laps in the Open Amateur A main but Rankin who was in third the first lap got around Paul Ott to finish second. Ott finished third on Saturday but on Sunday he topped the podium followed by Williams and Dillon Allen who flew in from Idaho specifically for this event. Saturday’s Open Amateur B main gave veteran rider Jack Jones the chance to shine leading Michael Hill and Andrew Myers to the checkers.
Twenty eight pro riders came out for a chance at some of the big money. They rode heats, Semis and the fourteen rider main event. The top rider was taken from each heat to make the grid for the Specialty Fabrications Dash for Cash. Saturday’s heat winners Jeffrey Carver, Briar Bauman, Sammy Halbert and Jared Mees powered off the start and into turn one in the first lap led by Carver and followed by Halbert, Mees and Bauman. Carver never looked back twisting the throttle to a very happy victory aboard his Ron Wood Rotax and proudly took Mark Zimmerman for a victory lap. Sunday’s Dash was the largest single payout of the weekend with a Specialty Fabrications purse of $20,000. Sunday’s riders were Carver, Halbert, Mees and Chad Cose. Mees took the lead from the start with Halbert on his back wheel and Carver close in third. Halbert, not to be outdone by Mees took the lead on the back straight and finished first. Mees, Carver and Cose followed. Halbert has ridden with his brother, Jethro’s plate #69 since Jethro passed. To celebrate Sundays victory lap with Zimmerman, Sammy stopped and picked up Jethro’s son Caleb and he took the victory lap with them.
Jeffrey Carver was hot this weekend taking three big wins. His Ron Wood Rotax easily passed Mees in lap five and put him in position to compete wheel to wheel with Halbert trading places for the front twice in Saturday’s Ramspur Winery Open Pro main event. Carver rode with tenacity and skill setting the mark for the rest of the class. On Sunday in the Digger Helm Open pro main event, Carver took the lead from the start with Halbert and Mees following. Mees lost his face shield midway into the race riding the remainder with no shield finishing third. Jared Vanderkoi and Briar Bauman followed them to the finish. Standing on his bike to greet the crowd Carver was the happiest man in the house! Digger Helm was taken for, the last victory lap of the day, feeding his passion for flat track that he has had throughout most of his life.
As always the climax of each day was the award ceremonies where Eddie and Jodi Mulder honored Digger Helm, Mark and Randy Zimmerman, Rod Lake,Terry Otton and Gary Ritchie with plaques of appreciation for their contributions to the West Coast Dirt Track Series and flat track racing. Riders were paid and given well-earned medals and plaques with thank you speeches to all of their supporters and sponsors and sponsor gifts were bestowed on the crowd. The gift giving is always exciting!
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.
Willow Springs Results October 3, 2015
Jeff Lessley; 2. Jim Ottele; 3. Ken Netto; 4. Ron Lessley; 5. Robert Hansen; 6. Kyle Lessley; 7. John Lundgren; 8. John Lundgren; 9. Tom Horton
Jim Rosa; 2. Paul Ott; 3. Joe McCoy; 4. Dan Lowther; 5. Rob Bush; 6. Daniel Clark; 7. Will Ott; 8. Andrew Myers; 9. Mark LaDue; 10. Gary Ritchie; 11. Bill Kolkman
Super Sr./Sr Novice
Steve Craft; 2. Jack Alexander; 3. D-Dan McDougal; 4. Shane VanSickle; 5. Alan Hayden; 6. Fred Berger; 7. Ted Hubbard; 8. Jan Johnson
Tom Horton; 2. Chris Rudy; 3. Cary Tanner; 4. Lenny Rodriguez; 5. Joe Pape; 6. James Kohls; 7. Matt Campbell
James Alexander; 2. Eli Souza; 3. Zack Earwood; 4. Kaden Clark
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.
Eddie Mulder is excited to announce $30,000+ for the Digger Helm/Ramspur Winery Pro Main Purse at Willow Springs October 3rd and 4th. That’s $30k for the Specialty Fabrications Dash for cash and $30k+ for the Pro Main. Thank you to Digger Helm for the first Pro Purse contribution of $30,0000! And to Mark and Randy Zmmmerman of Specialty Fabrications! Eddie is anxiously waiting to get approval for water from Governor Brown for track prep.