Record holding motorcycle racing legend “Fast Eddie Mulder” has set track records on courses ranging from the deserts and the dirt tracks of California and Mexico to the more than 14,000 feet-high Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado. After retiring from racing in the 1970s his talent got him into the entertainment business. His first stunt was jumping a Triumph Police cruiser more than 125 feet between two aircraft carriers for the filming of the Clint Eastwood movie, Magnum Force.
Mulder has had a passion for racing motorcycles since he was 8-years-old. Born on Sept. 20, 1943 in Bellflower, California, the family moved to the high desert community of Lancaster, Ca where his father bought a motorcycle shop. This sparked Eddies interest in riding, racing and working on motorcycles. He took his first overall race win at the Mohave Hare Scrambles in 1959 at the age of 15. In 1960, he won the final Big Bear hare and hound beating out over 500 other entrants.
For most of his career, Eddie was a member of the Checkers Motorcycle Club, which was started in 1950.
“Eddie Mulder typified the wild and rowdy attitude of the Checkers. While most of the Checkers were desert racers, Eddie did it all, and specialized in flat-track and TT racing,” the Checkers Club website reports.
The 60s and 70s saw most of Mulder’s desert and dirt track race wins. Early on he was recommended to represent Triumph Motorcycles as a factory sponsored rider and he was well known for Triumph TT dirt track racing. He is credited with winning six AMA District 37 championships, placing him 36th in overall wins in the history the group. In August of 1965 he took his first national TT championship at the Grand National Championship TT at Peoria Race Park. Mulder is the only racer to win the Triple Crown of TT racing. In 1966 he won Peoria, Castlerock and Ascot Park TT races to take the crown.
Mulder has won the Pikes Peak Challenge Motorcycle Vintage race at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb near Colorado Springs seven times from 1998 to 2009 riding mostly on his 1969 Triumph Bonneville.
His movie and television career began in 1969, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (The Oscars) credit‘s Mulder as a cast member or stuntman in seven movies from the 1970s through the 90s including Magnum Force and Grand Theft Auto. The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) lists 26 theater and television movies that feature Mulder as either an actor or a stuntman. A few music videos, some print-work, plus numerous television commercials as a Precision Driver for Dodge, Mercedes Benz, Toyota, Jeep etc.
In 2007, Mulder was honored by SCORE Intl as one of their “40 Years of Off-Road Racing” legends. In 1999, Mulder was inducted into the American Motorcyclist Association Hall of Fame museum in Pickerington, Ohio. 1995 saw Mulder elected into the Trail Blazers M/C Club hall of fame.
Now retired from the entertainment industry, Mulder is still involved in racing being invited as grand marshal at several events, working on custom bikes and being a mentor to up and coming racers. His own racing series, now in its 20th year, “Eddie Mulders West Coast Dirt Track Series,” runs several events throughout California, including the Cal Expo Vintage Mile in Sacramento.
Mulder lives happily married to his wife and co-promoter of 20 years, Jodi and their animals on a secluded ranch in the mountains above the high desert in Southern California, not very far from where this all started.
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