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Sunday Race Results at Willow Springs – Walt James Stadium

Eddie Mulder’s West Coast Dirt Track Series

Willow Springs – Walt James Stadium

Rosamond, CA | Sunday, October 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Results:

Sunday Results:

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

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

SENIOR VINTAGE

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

VET

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

SUPER SR/SR NOVICE

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

YOUTH 50

1. Gage Morast

YOUTH 60

1. Kage Tadman; 2. Sierra Hickerson

YOUTH 80

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

CLASSIC 250

1. Fred Berger

CLASSIC 500

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

DINO

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

MODERN 500

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

MODERN 750

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

250 OPEN

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

500 SUPPORT

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

OPEN AMATEUR “A”

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

OPEN AM “B” MAIN

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

SENIOR OPEN

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

DIGGER Open Pro

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

 

 

Saturday Race Results at Willow Springs – Walt James Stadium

Eddie Mulder’s West Coast Dirt Track Series

Willow Springs – Walt James Stadium

Rosamond, CA | Saturday, September 30

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Results:

Senior Vintage

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

Vet A Main

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

Vet B Main

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

Super Sr. “A” Main

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

Sr. Novice “B” Main

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

Youth 50

  1. Gage Morast

Youth 60

  1. Sierra Hickerson

Youth 80

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

Dino

  1. Mark La Due; 2. Jim Ottelle

Classic 250

  1. Fred Berger

Classic 500

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

Modern 500

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

Modern 750

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

250 Open class

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

500 Support

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

Open Amateur “A”

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

Open “B” Main

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

Senior Open

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

Digger Helm Open Pro

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

 

 

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.

Eddie Mulder’s West Coast Dirt Track Series Schedule 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Photos from the Willow Springs Race Weekend Held October 1-2, 2016

Below are some images from the Willow Springs Race weekend held October 1-2, 2016 take by Karen Gould of Checkered Flag Photos. If you want to see more visit:

https://checkeredflagphotos.smugmug.com/WCDTS-Willow-1-Saturday-102016/

https://checkeredflagphotos.smugmug.com/Willow-Saturday-2/
https://checkeredflagphotos.smugmug.com/Willow-Springs-Sunday-1-2016/

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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