Lake Cachuma Vintage British Motorcycle Rally 2019

Group photo at Lake Cachuma

September 20-23, 2019, Live Oak Campground, Santa Ynez, CA

Getting out of the Rat Race with your favorite British Iron? Hiding out high in the hills above the sparkling Pacific Ocean north of Santa Barbara is where to go. A private place for communing with great minds in the industry, swooning over rare machines, exploring back roads and historic destinations, friendly competition and relishing tradition, all while being spoiled with food and fun is what the Lake Cachuma Rally accomplishes. Our hosts, Eddie and Jodi Mulder and their team were, once again, committed to bringing a fabulous group of motorcycle enthusiasts of all ages together for the 5th Annual Eddie Mulder West Coast Dirt Track Series’ Lake Cachuma Vintage British Motorcycle Rally.

Eddie and Jodi Mulder

Friday afternoon, at Live Oak Campground in the Cachuma Lake Recreation area, we came upon a large, lively group of attendees. Folks in tents, motor homes, travel trailers and backs of trucks were buzzing among the 40 acres of huge oak trees setting up camps, and parked around each campsite were British motorcycles! Lots of them!! There were modern and vintage ones, some restored and shiny, some rusty and old. Triumphs, Nortons, BSAs and Ariels. It was a welcoming site! Looking around, you see headquartered in a corner of the pavilion, Cozmic Joe’s giant display of mapped out routes called Ride Central. Explore every route, by yourself or take a group, keeping lookout for specially hidden flags to capture and trade in for one of Cozmic’s custom made, random, prizes! Cozmic also proudly displays his collection of every Lake Cachuma British Rally T-Shirt, going back to the very first Rally hosted by John and Donna Mulrean in 1989. Geoff Patrick takes over the stage area draping a curtain for screening old motorcycle films and live dirt track racing for evening’s entertainment. The counters lining the front are bulging with Sponsor donations to be chosen by lucky winners at the giveaway Saturday night. Full kitchen and BBQ area and Jodi’s registration table, which is our first stop to check in and get the lowdown on the weekend. It is a fun place to be and look forward to enjoying the weekend.

After settling in and congregating under the pavilion, we shared the first of many satisfying meals by the crew of Wild and Twisted Catering. After dinner, we got all caught up with the bench racing, eventually moving the party to the hay bales around the campfire or wherever. The weather was perfect for unwinding, reconnecting and appreciating these last few days of summer.

Saturday morning brought a little chill to the air as we gathered for breakfast. For the official start of the rally, the sun shone brightly as Eddie slowly raised the American flag while Kimmie Gould sang the National Anthem. Triumph of America provided us a new 1200 Scrambler demo bike to try so soon it and the adventurous riders of the group were seen heading out for a ride.

By the end of the weekend the bike had been enjoyed and ridden over 2200 miles by many different folks. Those that stayed behind were getting their bikes ready for the Classic Motorcycle Show and Competition that would take place after lunch. Around the campground beautiful machines were being wheeled under the roof of the pavilion that would serve as the viewing area for the show. Among the 53 machines on display was an old red and black Steib side hack originally from Germany. The story about the side hack being at the rally began at another show where Cozmic Joe met its current owner, Dan Joseph and invited him to bring it to Lake Cachuma some months ago. Cozmic never heard from Dan again until he showed up at Live Oak Campground! Karl Krohn, the well-known British engine builder/tuner recognized the side hack. Karl had been the monkey racing it with Tony Massala as his pilot all over California! He learned how to ride it in his first race, the Thousand Oaks Grand Prix. The side hack was built in the 50’s by Jerry Pierson and was raced from the 50’s into the 70’s. It was on a 58 or 59 Triumph and then in 1967 on a Triumph 650 TR6C which is how it stands today. It was recently raced in a vintage scrambles at Glen Helen by Dan. The side hack was also in a movie called The SideHackers that is available on U-Tube today. Seeing the red side hack again was the highlight of the weekend for Karl.

The bike show was as fabulous as always filled with some beautifully restored British Motorcycles. Scott and Alexia Dunlavey won both the Triumph class and the Best of Show award with their 1970 TR6R. Geoff Patrick was the winner of the People’s Choice with a beautifully restored Triumph T100. The winning BSA was a BSA Spitfire owned by Dan Gehrs. The Off-road award went to John Sides with a polished Rickman that includes a great father and son story that John tells. Karl Krohn took the desert class showing a 58 Triumph TR6. All were presented with plaques at the celebratory award presentation Saturday night. This ceremony was special in many ways including Jodi being crowned “The Queen of Cachuma” and Grand Marshall, Steve Ortiz, receiving a special custom jacket by Sandra Esposito and brilliant piece of metal art created by Cozmic. Everyone involved were acknowledged for their contributions and support, especially Johnny Brown who is responsible for getting the Mulders to bring the Rally back. The usual “give away” of goodies from sponsors Coventry Spares, JRC Engineering, Triumph of America, Motion Pro, Barnett Clutches and Cables, and Classic British Spares is overwhelming! Other supporters include Specialty Fabrications, Inc., Rod Lake, Maxima Racing Oils, Rabers Parts Mart, the British Iron Association San Diego and Perros Viejos Motorcycle Club.

Sunday morning, Steve O. and his crew were out early, enthusiastically laying out the course for the Field Meet. Traditionally, the field meet is very competitive. It is games of skill riding a motorcycle and whoever has a score with the most points, wins. Toss rings over cones, clip five clothespins on a line, balance a tennis ball on a cone – five times, toss bean bags while circling – into a tire, slalom through cans and the best of all; the slow race! All without putting a foot down. Philip Smith on a Triumph TR6 acquiesced his overall victory cuz he was just in it for fun, making Dominique and Colie Froesch “Team JRC” the winners, John Sides took second place and Dave Miller was third on a Montessa. Monday morning it was time to pack up and head back. Breakfast bids farewell and appreciation to another fulfilling rally. Many good memories made plus Jodi got her first trip out to Knapps Castle and everyone got to watch the AFT Minnesota Mile live Saturday afternoon. All in all the weekend was a wonderful adventure with several new people in attendance and only a few regulars missing.

Notes of significance: Rally originator, John Healy and his wife Susan of Coventry Spares in Massachusets were able to attend, longtime friend, Bob Bellino was there too,  as was a huge supporter of the West Coast Dirt Track Series and the Lake Cachuma Rally, Specialty Fabrications Randy Zimmerman and family. Look for the 2020 Lake Cachuma Rally to be held tentatively May 29,30,31 June 1, 2020 on our Facebook page, Lake Cachuma Vintage British Motorcycle Rally, or on the Eddie Mulder West Coast Dirt track series website.

Bike show results

Triumph

1. Alexia Dunlavey (1970 TR6R)
2. Mack Walters (1968 T120)
3. James Kohls (1927 Triumph)

BSA

1. Don Gehrs (BSA Spitfire)
2. Craig Behauer (1972 BSA Custom)
3. Steve Ortiz (B50 Custom)

Other

1. Malcolm Ede (1964 RE)
2. Larry Morins (Matchless)
3. Craig Fontaine (Norton M18)

Off Road

1. John Sides (Rickman)
2. Marc Lyons (Triumph TR6)
3. Mark Wallace (1966 Tracker)

Street

1. Karl Krohn (1958 Triumph TR6) Desert
2. Bob Smith (1962 TR6)
3. Bill Redman (1967 Triumph Cub)

Comp

1. Scott Dunlavey (Cheney)
2. Geoff Patrick (1953 T100)
3. Johnny Brown (60 Triumph)

Best of Show

  • Scott Dunlavey (Cheney)

People’s Choice

  • Geoff Patrick (TRI T100)

Field Meet

1. Dominique and Nicole Froesch
2. John Sides
3. Dave Miller
4. Charlie Caspary
5. Mikyle Ede
6. Marc Lyons

Digger Helm Memorial May 4-5, 2019

Released: February, 18, 2019

Eddie Mulder’s West Coast Dirt Track Series
Willow Springs 3/8 Mile Dirt Track, Rosamond, Ca.

Digger Helm
Digger Helm

 After a yearlong hiatus from racing, Eddie and Jodi Mulder are proud to bring you the Digger Helm Memorial. A weekend of fast racing and fun to honor one of the biggest supporters of racing of all kinds, but especially important in the success of the West Coast Dirt Track Series. Digger stepped up every year for 20 years to sponsor the Pro class. Donating huge amounts of cash, luring the top talent of professional dirt track racing from all over the nation out west to his backyard so he could relish in the excitement of it all!

 “We couldn’t have had the success we have without Digger!” said Eddie Mulder. “He absolutely loved dirt track. He really loved to watch the fast guys dicing it out for his money!” Mulder laughs. “He raised our Vintage racing series into one of the most lucrative Pro events. He, along with the Zimmerman brothers, Rod Lake and Terry Otton have all given the racers so much to win.  It’s my honor to have men like them support us!”

The big money guys as well as loyal, longtime sponsors like Barnett Clutches and Cables, Motion Pro, Maxima Racing oils, Coventry Spares, JRC Engineering, British Customs all contribute to making the series one of the best.

Mulder plans at least a $50,000 weekend pro purse and is still finalizing the numbers.

Where: Willow Springs Intl Raceway- Walt James Stadium 3/8 Mile DT, Rosamond, CA

When: May 4-5, 2019

Pit gates open: 8am     Registration: 8-10am  Practice: 10:30am       Races Start: 12pm

Cost: $10/person WSIR gate fee and $25/day Pit Pass or $45 for Two-Day Pit Pass

Riders admission included included with entry fee.  Kids 12 and under are free.

Parking and Overnight camping: free

Note: Gates are locked every night. No ins/out.

Pre-entry closes April 28, 2019.

Questions? Call the hotline for help: 661-944-1184.

We want to thank all of our awesome sponsors!

Maxima Racing Oils, Motion Pro, Barnett Clutches and Cables, Rod Lake Racing, Specialty Fabrications Inc, Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys.

Lake Cachuma Vintage British Rally 2019

Hello and we hope this latest post finds you having fun and enjoying the fall weather!

Just a quick note to “SAVE THE DATE” for next year’s rally. The only dates available for Live Oak Campground which we reserved will be September 20-23, 2019.

More info to follow as we get into next year. Please tell your friends.

Thanks, Eddie and Jodi Mulder

Report from the 2018 Lake Cachuma British Bike Rally

Story and photos by: Nick Mankey


It was yet another slice of vintage motorcycle heaven at this year’s Lake Cachuma British Bike Rally. Folks of all ages and backgrounds came out to enjoy the three full days of pure fun up at the beautiful Live Oak Campground in Santa Ynez, California, hosted by Eddie and Jodi Mulder!

Rally attendees revel in the quality and variety of British machines at the rally

Rally attendees revel in the quality and variety of British machines at the rally

From the moment you arrive to the beautiful campground on Friday, you learn very quickly to be aware of how much you’re drooling over all the outrageously cool classic bikes, and the incredible food provided by Los Padres Outfitters. Three delicious meals every day ensure that you have nothing to worry about except having a good time with your new friends.

Luscious Santa Maria style BBQ and fixin’s was just one of the meals served

Luscious Santa Maria style BBQ and fixin’s was just one of the meals served

And when you’re done, hop on one of a dozen pre-plotted routes with your riding buddies from a map found over at Ride Central, brought to you by ‘Cozmic’ Joe Filardi. Take off the for the day, or an hour. Stay on your own ride or try out one of two new Triumph of America’s demo bikes on hand for the campers enjoyment. Keep an eye out for markers Cozmic planted on various routes! Find one, bring it back and redeem for a special prize! There’s a ride for everyone, and they’re all fantastic. In a nutshell, the surrounding area is like a theme park, except for motorcycles!

Cozmic Joe mans Ride Central

Cozmic Joe mans Ride Central

By about 3pm on Saturday, before any dust has a chance to harm these sweet machines, they’re all put on display for the classic bike show! If you brought something with an engine, you qualify. Come on down! The judges won’t bite. There is a class for everyone. Best of Show award went to John Sides. People’s Choice was won by Scott Dunlavey.

Lots of amazing machines to look at during the bike show

Lots of amazing machines to look at during the bike show

Awards for this year’s bike show are as follows. Nice job, everyone!

Best Triumph

1st Place: Jim Wagnon

2nd Place: Bob Smith

3rd Place: Steve Ortiz

Best BSA

1st Place: Craig Gebhauer

2nd Place: Dan Gehrs

3rd Place: Dan Gehrs

Other

1st, 2nd, 3rd: Kevin Sisterson (he brought some killer stuff!)

Best Off Road

1st Place: Dave Miller

2nd Place: Johnny Brown

3rd Place: Jessy Krohn

Best Street

1st Place: Jeff Molinari

2nd Place: Jeff Jackson

3rd Place: Tony Martin

Other

1st Place: Herb Wolff

2nd Place: Bob Lyons

3rd Place: Dave Miller

People’s Choice

Scott Dunlavy

Best of Show

John Sides

John Sides accepts his custom “Best of Show” trophy made by Cozmic Joe from the skilled judges: Bill Getty, Bob Felter, and Bob Raber

John Sides accepts his custom “Best of Show” trophy made by Cozmic Joe from the skilled judges: Bill Getty, Bob Felter and Bob Raber

What’s more? Field events! We don’t just look at these classic machines, we put ‘em through their paces with obstacle courses and the legendary ‘slow race’. Everything from balancing a ping pong ball on a spoon in your mouth while riding through cones to playing a game of cornhole while piloting your bike in a circle without putting your feet down, it’s an absolute blast of a Sunday. First through are the adults. One or two up, you decide. After lunch, the kids run their races on bicycles or motorcycles. Fun had by all!

Fun and games on two wheels. Good times!

Fun and games on two wheels. Good times!

You won’t go unnoticed if you do well, too! Later that night, dozens of awards are given out to those that brave the challenge. Awards for this year’s field events are as follows. You guys rock!

Field Events – Adults

6th Place: David Madigan

5th Place: Dominic Froesch

4th Place: Dave Miller

3rd Place: Charlie Caspary

2nd Place: Mike Nadeker

1st Place: Randy Frint (Defending champion!)

Randy Frint defends his title in the Field Meet organized by Steve Ortiz

Randy Frint defends his title in the Field Meet organized by Steve Ortiz

Field Events – Kids

5th Place: Colton Vidmar

4th Place: Mairen Wagnon

3rd Place: Hugo Goodfield

2nd Place: Darlah Goodfield

1st Place: Mick Breslin

Free Medals

Oliver & Lulu

Mick Breslin takes home first place in the kids Field Meet

Mick Breslin takes home first place in the kids Field Meet

See photos of all the winners and MUCH more here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/nQAGqVftVti8GMFo2

Sunset from the top

But like all goods things, they must come to an end at some point. At least, until next year rolls around. If you missed out this year, be sure to stay in touch and ready to pounce on tickets when they’re announced! Possibly early October 2019. Follow the rally on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/LakeCachumaVintageBritishMotorcycleRally/

See the full recap video of the 2018 Cachuma Rally here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDIZnPgt5ok&feature=youtu.be

A big Thank You goes out to the rally sponsors: Coventry Spares, JRC Engineering, Rabers Parts Mart, Mark and Randy Zimmerman, Rod Lake Racing, Barnett Clutches and Cables, Motion Pro, British Customs, Triumph Motorcycles America, Maxima Racing Oils, Todays Cycle Coverage.com, Banke Performance