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Snapshots from the Hell On Wheels Hot August Nights DT

| 2 September 2014 3:28 pm

Hell On Wheels’ Hot August Nights Quarter-Mile Dirt Track
Perris Raceway

Photos and Captions by Tom Corley/tcestudios@netzero.net
PERRIS, CA, AUG. 16, 2014

The Hell On Wheels Racing Motorcycle Club pulled it off again, with another Hot August Nights Quarter-Mile Dirt Track. Perris Raceway hosted the show, and joining in on the fun were some of the regulars from the Southern California Flat Track Association.

Now we need to talk about the variety of bikes, people and clubs who comprised the interesting line-up. There were British bikes galore, and of course this means plenty of Triumphs. Harley Sportsters set up for street and track rolled into the pits. Aermacchi-powered Harleys were a natural on the track (once you got them started…), and there were several of them. Briggs & Stratton lawnmower motors powered a flock of minibike riders – and oh, yes, there were scooters, too. Participating crews included Bixby Moto, Vonzipper and BA Moto Racing.

When the racing was done, flagger and trophy girl Diane Strain handed out the trophies to the winners. For those who didn’t want the party to stop at the 10 p.m. curfew, they were welcome to stay the night.

Here are some photographic impressions of the event for you to enjoy…

Racing with the Hell On Wheels crew is lots of fun! Their next event will be the Halloween-ish Hillclimb on October 3 at Glen Helen Raceway. Wear a costume if you’re gonna race. See you there!

Racing with the Hell On Wheels crew is lots of fun! Their next event will be the Halloween-ish Hillclimb on October 5 at Glen Helen Raceway. Wear a costume if you’re gonna race. See you there!

What cool shirts the Hell On Wheels have on sale! Event promoter Jeff Tulinius has it good, with his sister Karen Sileski holding down the booth. “I’m always here helping him out,” said Karen.

What cool shirts the Hell On Wheels have on sale! Event promoter Jeff Tulinius has it good, with his sister Karen Sileski holding down the booth. “I’m always here helping him out,” said Karen.

This is the man with the plan – well, okay, clipboard: Jeff Tulinius, a.k.a. “Meatball.”

This is the man with the plan – well, okay, clipboard: Jeff Tulinius, a.k.a. “Meatball,” who said, “Thanks for coming out and remembering it’s all about fun.”

Burly Brand was out in force, with the Burly Boys. “We brought out plenty of bikes and we’re having fun!” said Sean Delshadi. Note the sign that says, “Go Left” – what else can you do on a flat track?!

Burly Brand was out in force, with the Burly Boys. “We brought out plenty of bikes and we’re having fun!” said Sean Delshadi. Note the sign that says, “Go Left” – what else can you do on a flat track?!

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A Norton minibike? Not exactly, but it looks great, and so do the others here.

A Norton minibike? Not exactly, but it looks great, and so do the others here.

Joe Pape had a rat on one of his bikes, but on this one, it looks like a duck – or maybe a chicken. Anyway, Joe is selling this bike. Let’s see another view of it…

Joe Pape had a rat on one of his bikes, but on this one, it looks like a duck – or maybe a chicken. Anyway, Joe is selling this bike. Let’s see another view of it…

This bike that Joe Pape is selling an oldie but a goodie. Does the horny helmet come with it, Joe?

This bike that Joe Pape is selling is an oldie but a goodie. Does the horny helmet come with it, Joe?

Tommy is having fun riding his bike. Note his “Little Rebel” shirt.

Tommy is having fun riding his bike. Note his “Little Rebel” shirt.

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A view from the other side of the sign-up board. “I’m hoping there’s more races,” said one rider, “because I sure don’t see me.”

A view from the other side of the sign-up board. “I’m hoping there’s more races,” said one rider, “because I sure don’t see me.”

This is the way these two guys start their old motorcycle. It’s a Briggs & Stratton motor that helps give it a spin. What do they do when the Briggs won’t start?

This is the way these two guys start their old motorcycle. It’s a Briggs & Stratton motor that helps give it a spin. What do they do when the Briggs won’t start?

Yet another contraption that will start a bike. In this case, it’s the Aermacchi-powered Harleys that belong to “Dangerous Steve” Warne and Tom Ferguson.

Yet another contraption that will start a bike. In this case, it’s the Aermacchi-powered Harleys that belong to “Dangerous Steve” Warne and Tom Ferguson.

A pack of modified Harley Sportsters get ready to go out on the track. In front of them is a modern bike; no two bikes were the same.

A pack of modified Harley Sportsters get ready to go out on the track. In front of them is a modern bike; no two bikes were the same.

Always a major player in Hell On Wheels events, Greg Landers was all set to race his Yamaha 100, but then something bad happened. “I already blew the little guy up during practice,” said Landers. Oh, well – Greg still had his Yamaha 360 to race. Nice hat, Greg.

Always a major player in Hell On Wheels events, Greg Landers was all set to race his Yamaha 100, but then something bad happened. “I already blew the little guy up during practice,” said Landers. Oh, well – Greg still had his Yamaha 360 to race. Nice helmet, Greg.

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Monica Gil (00) is one of those riders who races here on Saturdays with the Southern California Flat Track Association. Her father, Rudy Gil, is the track starter.

Monica Gil (00) is one of those riders who races here on Saturdays with the Southern California Flat Track Association. Her father, Rudy Gil, is the track starter.

Taking the first turn under the lights is Monica Gil (00), who had a ferocious-sounding bike.

Taking the first turn under the lights is Monica Gil (00), who had a ferocious-sounding bike.

There were plenty of photographers in the house, and film crews, too.

There were plenty of photographers in the house, and film crews, too.

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It’s a stare-down between “Scooter Boy” (left) and “Mad Cow” (8, right). You never know who you’re going up against at one of these races.

It’s a stare-down between “Scooter Boy” (left) and “Mad Cow” (8, right). You never know who you’re going up against at one of these races.

Keep clear! It’s the “Mad Cow” going around turn one!

Keep clear! It’s the “Mad Cow” going around turn one, udderly fearless!

Getting on the starting line with some of your buddies – there’s nothing better!

Getting on the starting line with some of your buddies – there’s nothing better!

The minibikes are ready to get under way. That’s flagger Diane Strain getting out of the way, too.

The minibikes are ready to get under way. That’s flagger Diane Strain getting out of the way, too.

The minibikes take the first turn, and that’s Heath Cofran (26X) going for the lead, with no chain problems this time.

The minibikes take the first turn, and that’s Heath Cofran (26X) going for the lead, with no chain problems this time. Right with him is Ryan Zemla (55).

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Greg Landers (27G) is going after the lead – and, eventually, the trophy.

Greg Landers (27G) is going after the lead – and, eventually, the trophy.

Aaron Fitzsimmons (86A) takes turn one. He’s after a trophy, too.

Aaron Fitzsimmons (86A) takes turn one. He’s after a trophy, too.

Chris Cannon (17R), taking turn one like a Pro.

Chris Cannon (17R), taking turn one like a Pro.

Jason Klements (foreground) is usually seen racing his Harley, but here he’s on a Triumph.

Jason Klements (foreground) is usually seen racing his Harley, but here he’s on a Triumph.

Rudy Gil performs a special two-flag finish.

Rudy Gil performs a special two-flag finish.

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That’s all the flag waving for Diane, because the racing is over and it’s time for the trophy presentation.

That’s all the flag waving for Diane, because the racing is over and it’s time for the trophy presentation.

Diane Strain awards Aaron Fitzsimmons his well-earned trophy.

Diane Strain awards Aaron Fitzsimmons his well-earned trophy.

Greg Landers has his hands full with a trophy and two beers to go.

Greg Landers has his hands full with a trophy and two beers to go.

Jason Klements holds the trophy while his son (and biggest fan) Chase takes an interest.

Jason Klements holds the trophy while his son (and biggest fan) Chase takes an interest.

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When the dust settled, Connett Brewer of BA Moto Racing gave us his impressions of the event: “I had a great time. I feel that it was yet another very successful Hell On Wheels event. Other than Japan, this flat-track event was one I really looked forward to. There were some really neat vintage bikes in attendance, and I think most everyone had a great time.” We agree with you, Connett.

When the dust settled, Connett Brewer of BA Moto Racing gave us his impressions of the event: “I had a great time. I feel that it was yet another very successful Hell On Wheels event. Other than Japan, this flat-track event was one I really looked forward to. There were some really neat vintage bikes in attendance, and I think most everyone had a great time.” We agree with you, Connett.

Just don’t argue with her and you will be all right.

Just don’t argue with her and you will be all right.

“My name is Fred, but they call me Froggy.” We wonder why that would be, Fred? Or, er, Froggy…?

“My name is Fred, but they call me Froggy.” We wonder why that would be, Fred? Or, er, Froggy…?

Thumbs up to that, Maya!

Thumbs up to that, Maya!

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