17th Annual Red Bull A Day In The Dirt
Glen Helen Raceway
Photos and Captions by Tom Corleyemail@example.com
SAN BERNARDINO, CA, NOV. 28-30, 2014
The 17th annual Red Bull A Day In The Dirt – an event that is known to be a big party with a few races thrown in – took place at Glen Helen Raceway over the course of three days. From kids on minicycles to legends in the sport racing on both vintage and modern bikes, this event had it all.
This photographic portfolio covers Friday and Saturday and also includes the Southern California reunion event, Vintage racing, the Team Race, plus Adult Mini racing on the all-new TT track.
Enjoy a trackside pass to this phenomenal event…
The Red Bull Girls were a sight to see – and provided quite a photo opportunity for anyone with a camera.
There were two tunnels between which riders had to choose. John Hateley chose the one on the left.
Now there are riders in both tunnels.
Rush hour at the two tunnels. One must take his turn here.
There were some talented riders on the track, such as Clay Cullen (700).
Tight corner action between Skyler Laas (21X), Trevor Burningham (315) and Chris Ganz (444).
Trevor Stewart (75) took this turn perfectly.
Action as close and tight as it gets through a shady section between Connor Marckstadt (911) and Steven Blake (124).
A challenging downhill, with Kevin Bowles (396) leading the posse.
Yet another shot in the tree section of the track. Geremy Patterson (846) has plenty of riders on his tail.
Through the woods they go, and then through the tunnel.
Wherever Vintage racing is held, you can find Shawn Culp (4) on his CZ.
Now it was time for the So Cal Reunion race, with riders representing Saddleback, Carlsbad, Indian Dunes and Bay Mare.
A rider contesting for Bay Mare wore a ribbon in memory of “Kenny Zahrt – 402 –Roost in Peace.”
Jeff Ward (3X) was part of the Team Race, representing Saddleback.
David Grayson (34), racing for Indian Dunes, gets hung up with a Bay Mare rider through the turn.
Will Harper (7) was there for the Indian Dunes team.
Rick Doughty (2) and David MacDonald (12F) are racing in the Vintage class while being photo-bombed by photographers Scott Heidbrink and Keith Lynas.
Taking this turn near the start line are David Gallegos (25b), Willie Parish (12c) and Shane Clausen (38), in Vintage GP racing.
An ocean of racers are waiting to go out on the track. Up front, talking to each other, are Brandon and Ayrton Ward.
Everyone had to have their hands on their helmets at the start of each race.
The FMF Two-Stroke Revival takes off. Gordon Keller Jr. (42) seems to be tracking on the outside of the berm.
Around the corner before the start stretch come Thomas Poole (295) and Trevor Stewart (75).
Women’s racing with Kaille Fletcher (413) and Heather Majcherek Matthews (11) leading the way.
Now it was time for the Stunt Grand Prix Team Race. Jeff Ward (3X) and Ayrton Ward (47/79) made a great team. Here, they trade off with some help from the guy in the red underwear and the stars-and-stripes socks.
Ayrton Ward (79) takes his turn in the Team Race and clears a fallen rider.
More Team Race action, with Jim Butts (86) coming in from the right as Keith Lynas (center) helps with the switch to Mark McNulty (5) on the left. That’s the speedy way to do it.
Fun racing was seen on the newly made TT track, located right behind the REM track; they made this just for this day’s race. On the line are racers who are returning on XRs to have fun, including Doug Nicol (98), who raced minis for years at tracks such as Ascot and Irwindale. These days, Doug has been behind his son Broc in speedway racing.
When it comes to Adult Mini racing, Bob Tocco (47) is the champ, though he was not without competition…
Around this bend, Bob Tocco (3) is finding Chris Corum (3X) to be a worthy opponent.
A big thumbs-up from a guy who obviously ate at Sambo’s.
Scott Burnworth shows what you get when you win at A Day In The Dirt.
A very special part of A Day In The Dirt was the Hell On Wheels racing, which took place on new TT track on Saturday. Racing for the day on the USGP track was completed. Many a spectator came over to watch and get their first look at this creative group of motorcycle riders.
As you can see, there were people who leaned against the fence to watch the Hell On Wheels race. Say, that’s DJ Greg and Lisa Barbacovi checking this out!
Working on this Triumph is the man who brings you Hell On Wheels racing – Jeff Tulinius, a mechanic and a promoter of the club.
Making the show special and more than just a race are the girls who wave the flags. Abbie (left) is the day’s finish flagger, and Sherri (right) waves the starting flag.
There’s Sherri with the starting flag. “I’ve done a lot of racing,” said one racer, “and you’re the best-looking starter that I’ve ever seen!”
One of the highlights of the race is going through the finish with Abbie waving the checkered flag.
“I’m so sad, I’m so sad” lamented Shawn Lane, who lost the chain on his Honda 90.
“I’m so glad, I’m so glad… Chain? What chain?” Shawn Lane was saying after Abbie made things so much better with a hug.
This man likes Fender guitars, he likes races, he’s burly… and look at the attention that he’s getting.
Cole Steele (5) is one little guy who doesn’t know his own size. Here, he stuffs this bigger bike to the outside.
The lone sidecar in attendance kicked up the dust like no bike could. On board were Seth & Sam.
Joe Pape (a way-cool guy, on his rat bike with a rat on the fender) has a smile on his face and a sombrero on his back. Pape had no worries at all. (Who is that photo bomber passing by? Hey, that looks like Viet Nguyen!)
What happened here? Joe Pape fell in a corner. Luckily, his head was saved by the sombrero.
Roland Sands of Roland Sands Designs took his vintage Husky out to race, and he sure knew how to slide on the turns.
A real trick 1966 Triumph 650, with matching gear, too. It all belongs to Eric Ekstrand. Let’s see how he does…
Around this start bend, it’s Eric Ekstrand (44X) on his Triumph, leading Dimitri Coste (67) on his Triumph.
Jeff Snyder is becoming a regular in Hell On Wheels racing. Here, he’s leading Chris Alamangos.
How cool can one guy get?! He’s racing at Glen Helen with the Hell On Wheels crew and he has a cool helmet!
Dimitri Coste is a fine photographer and racer. Just take a look at the talented riders that he was leading in this contest…
…as Dimitri got the jump on two Triumph riders who are both wearing the jersey of famed racer John Hateley. The first rider behind Dimitri is John’s son Ajay, and the second is a friend named Colton Elliott.
This was a fun day of racing, and when it was all over, Dimitri Coste took home a nice trophy.
When all was said and done, Eric Ekstrand deserved this fine trophy.
Three more trophy winners (from left to right): John John, Roland Sands and Lucky.
A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle? No, that’s Aaron Colton hefting that trophy!
But wait! Our coverage of the Hell On Wheels is yet not complete. We’ve decided to include a few pictures of their yearly party and awards presentation, which was held on December 6 at Clearman’s Northwoods Inn in La Mirada, California. The beautiful finish flagger Sherri Tran (left) was asked by promoter Jeff Tulinius (right) if she would like to be the 2015 Miss Hell On Wheels. She gladly accepted.
After racing throughout the year, Eric Ekstrand (left) was asked by Jeff Tulinius if he would like to take home the Sportsman of the Year award. Eric accepted and raised the trophy up high in the victory position.
“I’ve done a lot of racing, but I’ve never had so much fun as I have racing with you guys [Hell On Wheels],” said Greg Landers. This top contender throughout the year presented promoter Jeff Tulinius with a bottle of spirits – which he gladly accepted.
This concludes our coverage of this event. Happy Holidays from Today’s Cycle Coverage and Tom Corley.