Indian Dunes Wrecking Crew Reunion
Walt James Memorial Stadium at Willow Springs International Raceway
Photos and Captions by Tom Corley/TCE Studios
ROSAMOND, CA, OCT. 13, 2012
Twenty-seven years ago, “The Old Reservation” – Indian Dunes – closed, leaving a huge following of motocross racers without their favorite track.
“It was like losing a piece of my heart,” said one racer.
Well, on this day, a fine turnout of racers and their families and friends gathered together to share memories of those special times at the first-ever Indian Dunes Wrecking Crew Reunion. Memorabilia in the form of classic publications, photographs, racing jerseys and even some vintage bikes were brought out. Marty Tripes catered the event, and after dinner, group pictures were taken, and there was also an awards presentation.
This was the logo emblazoned on the official event T-shirt.
Melissa and Jessica greeted everyone at the gate and handed out those T-shirts.
A view of the reunion’s overall setting, which included displays and even a jumper.
Dave Rynal proudly displayed his two Yamaha 125cc motocross bikes.
David Anton (left) and Mike McAtee (right). Mike said, “The hair ain’t red anymore, and that’s for darn sure.”
David Anton’s “Car-B-Que” was the popular hangout fro those wanting to catch some shade. That’s David giving the peace sign, with Richard Smith (standing at left), Kevin Kratz (second from right) and Mike McAtee (right).
There were classic shirts and jerseys like these...
…and this shirt from 1968.
Brock Suter rode the number-87 Yamaha 80 when Indian Dunes closed. Here, he’s talking with Jamie Welty.
Some real effort went into this sign about Indian Dunes. Many signed their names on the picture, which showed the way the track is today.
Bill Ouellette (left) and Kevin Kratz (right).
Jerry Shore Jr. (left) talks with David Lynch (right).
Johnny O’Mara wasn’t present, but Donnie Hansen (left) came and so did Paul Lane (right).
Hey, that’s Jim Holley, with a Can-Am like the one he used to race at the Dunes.
Brand Johnson (left) and Jim Holley (right) have some fun lifting Joanna Wickers (center).
David Lynch looks through some classic racing reports, such as “So Cal Motocross.”
Paul Lane is a stunt man and also a flat-track racer. Lane is pointing proudly to his Shoemaker’s Dyno Tuning jersey.
This was another great display showcasing Indian Dunes “Then and Now.”
Willy Simons (left) and John Whelchel (right, in a neck brace). Simons had his hand in a cast, but the injury was work-related, not from motocross.
Mike Brown (right) was signing posters while Jim Holley, Kevin Kratz and Scott Smith checked out some of Brown’s archives.
The race promoters were there, too, including ACE’s Ernie Alexander (left) and CRC’s Jack Barbacovi (right). Kenny Alexander sure followed in his dad’s footsteps; he is the promoter of the “Day In The Dirt.” This year the event will be held at Glen Helen Raceway, and Kenny said, “I think it’s going to be the best event ever!”
Shirley Shore was another special promoter in attendance. Shirley, Jerry Shore Jr. and Liz represented the AME. Here, Shirley and Larry Tozzi were perusing the pages of this book of motocross memorabilia. Tozzi was once well-known for his “Afro” look, which has been left in the past.
Kenny Zahrt (second from left) had in his possession one of the best trophies in motocross racing’s history: the AME Perpetual Trophy. Zahrt presented this to Shirley Shore, who’d forgotten that this award was made of wood. Also pictured here are Bill Cook (left) and Richard Smith (right).
The AME number-one riders on this Perpetual Trophy are: 1967 – Gary Conrad, 1968 – Russ Darnell, 1969 – Gary Bailey, 1970 – Bob Bailey, 1971 – Morris Malone, 1972 – Pete Maly, 1973 – Tracy Oswell, 1974 – Will Harper, 1975 – Will Harper, 1976 – Hal Strauss, 1977 – Dave Haugh, 1978 – Andy Jannings, 1979 – Tim Locey, 1980 – Mike Shoemaker, 1981 – Ken Zahrt, 1982 – Andy Segali, and 1983 – Ken Zahrt.
Marty Tripes was the man who did the catering, and it was sooooooo good!
After doing all of that cooking, Marty Tripes (left) sits down, along with Randy Rhinehart (center) and “Crazy Mike” McAtee (right).
Chris Brooke of Extreme Sports Pioneer made these plaques that honored significant people in motorcycle racing.
Vicki Welty (right) was awarded with the “Pioneering Women In Motocross” plaque by Chris Brooke (left).
Chris Brooke then awarded Tracy Oswell (left, AME 1973 number-one rider) with this “100 Plus Wins Maicos, Ossas, Pentons” plaque.
This is important ground to all those who raced at Indian Dunes, as well as to the Indians who once lived there.
A lot of talented racers, their families and promoters came together for this group picture.
Come out next year and join all of those who had such a special time!