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Snapshots from the CALVMX Season Opener

| 4 February 2015 4:50 pm

CALVMX/ 100%/ Vintage Motocross Series
Round 1: Lake Elsinore MX Park

Photos and Captions by Tom Corley/tcestudios@netzero.net
LAKE ELSINORE, CA, JAN. 24, 2015

The CALVMX outdid themselves, as they delivered a premium Vintage race to kick off the season! Honestly, it was more than just a race, as it became a virtual party atmosphere with the conclusion of the racing line-up.

A special chicken dinner awaited the participants, with gourmet salads and kegs of beer, courtesy of Iron Fist Brewery. For the 2014 season winners, plaques with the riders’ names emblazoned on them were awarded. The day’s winners received a medal, and more than 300 riders were competing for them!

Adding to the large showing of riders was the drawing for a 1972 Husqvarna WR250. The fortunate winner took home the bike after having purchased only one ticket, and that winner was Mickey Rogers. Congratulations, Mickey, from all of us!

Topping off the gathering and truly making this a party was the birthday celebration for Vintage champion Scott Burnworth.

Enjoy the following photographic portfolio from this event…

Hundreds answered the call and came out to race Vintage-style at the CALVMX opener – and get a chance to win a vintage Husky.

Hundreds answered the call and came out to race Vintage-style at the CALVMX opener – and get a chance to win a vintage Husky.

The Marty Tripes 100cc Works Revenge fired off the line first for the day. Caught in a wild wheelie is Hal Voznick (25), with Mark McNulty (39) and Scott Burnworth (8) in view. Spectating over at the right are Speedway and now Vintage Motocross fans Cayla and Pam “Pinky” Bennett… and their dogs, too.

The Marty Tripes 100cc Works Revenge fired off the line first for the day. Caught in a wild wheelie is Hal Voznick (25), with Mark McNulty (39) and Scott Burnworth (8) in view. Spectating over at the right are Speedway and now Vintage Motocross fans Cayla and Pam “Pinky” Bennett… and their dogs, too.

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Everyone was happy to see Dave Carlson (F7) back on the track. Dave brought out two bikes – his Yamaha (seen here) and a super DMC Honda 150. Unfortunately, both bikes had carb problems. The Yamaha hadn’t been raced in a couple of seasons.

Everyone was happy to see Dave Carlson (F7) back on the track. Dave brought out two bikes – his Yamaha (seen here) and a super DMC Honda 150. Unfortunately, both bikes had carb problems. The Yamaha hadn’t been raced in a couple of seasons.

Jim Stein (8) is a true pioneer of motocross racing. Taking a holeshot in this first moto, Jim took his Hodaka all the way to the overall Vintage Sportsman 125 Expert win.

Jim Stein (8) is a true pioneer of motocross racing. Taking a holeshot in this first moto, Jim took his Hodaka all the way to the overall Vintage Sportsman 125 Expert win.

Despite a flurry of bikes and spectators, Penny Shidner (55) nevertheless stands out in this picture. One might have seen the Swolen jersey she was wearing that says “Bridges” on the back. Could she be having a name change sometime soon..?

Despite a flurry of bikes and spectators, Penny Shidner (55) nevertheless stands out in this picture. One might have seen the Swolen jersey she was wearing that says “Bridges” on the back. Could she be having a name change sometime soon..?

Adult Mini racing is taking off strong. Here, Kurtis Hamill (3) leads Michael Bierman (550) on his Kawasaki that needs to be hopped up. Hamill is in speedway battle gear, while Bierman feels comfortable in his street clothes.

Adult Mini racing is taking off strong. Here, Kurtis Hamill (3) leads Michael Bierman (550) on his Kawasaki that needs to be hopped up. Hamill is in speedway battle gear, while Bierman feels comfortable in his street clothes.

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Team Swolen rider Bob Seki (56) battles the very fast Christopher Corum (3), on just one of his XR bikes.

Team Swolen rider Bob Seki (56) battles the very fast Christopher Corum (3), on just one of his XR bikes.

Bob Seki (56) takes the inside line through this turn.

Bob Seki (56) takes the inside line through this turn.

Greg Greenwood (83) raced in two classes on this day, and he was still able to shoot pictures. Entered in the GP Two-Stroke Novice class, Greg took second on this Yamaha.

Greg Greenwood (83) raced in two classes on this day, and he was still able to shoot pictures. Entered in the GP Two-Stroke Novice class, Greg took second on this Yamaha.

Getting down onto a smaller bike, Greg Greenwood (55) also raced this bike that belonged to Penny Shidner.

Getting down onto a smaller bike, Greg Greenwood (55) also raced this bike that belonged to Penny Shidner.

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Billy and Kurtis Hamill weren’t the only riders in the house who race speedway-style – look at Marc Brown (16)!

Billy and Kurtis Hamill weren’t the only riders in the house who race speedway-style – look at this rider!

Michael Norman (60) pits his KTM against Jeff Dailey (158) in Modern Support Four-Stroke racing.

Michael Norman (60) pits his KTM against Jeff Dailey (158) in Modern Support Four-Stroke racing.

Lori Payne is sweet to everyone, but she is a sweetheart only to racing legend Davey Williams. This year, Team Swolen has honored Lori Payne throughout the three Anaheim Supercross events. T-shirts of our favorite lady racer are still available from Swolen. (Click the link on their ad in this story for details.)

Lori Payne is sweet to everyone, but she is a sweetheart only to racing legend Davey Williams. This year, Team Swolen has honored Lori Payne throughout the three Anaheim Supercross events. T-shirts of our favorite lady racer are still available from Swolen. (Click the link on their ad in this story for details.)

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Matt Kelley (168) shows perfect form through this turn. He took first in the Modified Support Four-Stroke Expert class.

Matt Kelley (168) shows perfect form through this turn. He took first in the Modified Support Four-Stroke Expert class.

Vince Laker (192) is one of those guys with three bikes and who races in several classes. The CALVMX now has a Dual-Sport class for you to try.

Vince Laker (192) is one of those guys with three bikes and who races in several classes. The CALVMX now has a Dual-Sport class for you to try.

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Now it was time for the awards – and lots of fun. Brian Tracy came in from Washington to make this special event, and he was the recipient of the Eddie Pierre-Jerome Ironman Award. “Fast Eddie,” number 16 – we remember you always.

Now it was time for the awards – and lots of fun. Brian Tracy came in from Washington to make this special event, and he was the recipient of the Eddie Pierre-Jerome Ironman Award. “Fast Eddie,” number 16 – we remember you always.

One might call it a bittersweet day for Shawn Culp from Arizona. He was in first place during one of his races but experienced a stuck throttle, which sent him over the berm (inset). After that, his day turned out bright and cheery, as Shawn not only won his class but took home this plaque for his top placing in 2014. The winner’s plaque featured a picture by Tom Corley of Gregg Toyama, Cliff Lett and Dave Miller back in the day at Ascot Park.

One might call it a bittersweet day for Shawn Culp from Arizona. He was in first place during one of his races but experienced a stuck throttle, which sent him over the berm (inset). After that, his day turned out bright and cheery, as Shawn not only won his class but took home this plaque for his top placing in 2014. The winner’s plaque featured a picture by Tom Corley of Gregg Toyama, Cliff Lett and Dave Miller back in the day at Ascot Park.

Ed Larnerd accepts his 2014 plaque for winning the GP 3 125cc Novice class... and sports a medal from this day’s race, too.

Ed Larnerd accepts his 2014 plaque for winning the GP 3 125cc Novice class… and sports a medal from this day’s race, too.

Kaley Martin (left) and Lori Payne (right) were wearing big smiles, as each had won a plaque for their class in Women’s racing.

Kaley Martin (left) and Lori Payne (right) were wearing big smiles, as each had won a plaque for their class in Women’s racing.

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An array of the medals that were handed out to the day’s winners.

An array of the medals that were handed out to the day’s winners.

Sandi Weidler was helping with the awards presentation. Just look at the joy on this little boy’s face as he receives his medal.

Sandi Weidler was helping with the awards presentation. Just look at the joy on this little boy’s face as he receives his medal.

Buddies Vinnie Vitalie and Parker Jones both scored first-place medals.

Buddies Vinnie Vitalie and Parker Jones both scored first-place medals.

Christian Hanks took the Open Age GP Intermediate win, and he had the honor of posing for photos with Vintage champion Scott Burnworth, who topped the Sportsmen 250cc Pro class.

Christian Hanks took the Open Age GP Intermediate win, and he had the honor of posing for photos with Vintage champion Scott Burnworth, who topped the Sportsmen 250cc Pro class.

When you see this guy ride, you know just how he could win three medals in one day. We are talking about the one and only Brian Tracy.

When you see this guy ride, you know just how he could win three medals in one day. We are talking about the one and only Brian Tracy.

As you can tell by his shirt, Chris Corum is an avid Hell On Wheels participant. On this day, he took his XR out on the track and took home this medal.

As you can tell by his shirt, Chris Corum is an avid Hell On Wheels participant. On this day, he took his XR out on the track and took home this medal.

These friends can be found at almost every CALVMX race: Timothy Bartee and Danny Gonzalez.

These friends can be found at almost every CALVMX race: Timothy Bartee and Danny Gonzalez.

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Having fun while showing off their medals are Penny Shidner (front), Christian Hanks (left), Brian Tracy (top) and birthday boy Scott Burnworth (right).

Having fun while showing off their medals are Penny Shidner (front), Christian Hanks (left), Brian Tracy (top) and birthday boy Scott Burnworth (right).

A moto cake for a former factory rider and current king of Vintage racing Scott Burnworth, who shared his birthday with his family and friends at this race.

A moto cake for a former factory rider and current king of Vintage racing Scott Burnworth, who shared his birthday with his family and friends at this race.

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Who is that cool guy with all the CALVMX ladies gathered around him? That is Micky Rogers, showing his hat with the number 16 in tribute to his dear friend Eddie Pierre-Jerome.

Who is that cool guy with all the CALVMX ladies gathered around him? That is Mickey Rogers, showing his hat with the number 16 in tribute to his dear friend Eddie Pierre-Jerome.

Micky Rogers was the star of the day! With one ticket, he won the raffle for the 1972 Husqvarna WR250.

Mickey Rogers was the star of the day! With one ticket, he won the raffle for the 1972 Husqvarna WR250.

Doggone, that was one of the best motocross events ever! Moto dogs Scully and Mulder sure thought so. Tracy Bray from Australia thought so, too. He raced this CALVMX season opener and said: “I’ve now ridden with a bunch of like-minded people that made me feel like one of them. I am so looking forward to the next round.” That next race will be February 21 and 22 at Cahuilla Creek MX Park.

Doggone, that was one of the best motocross events ever! Moto dogs Scully and Mulder sure thought so. Tracy Bray from Australia thought so, too. He raced this CALVMX season opener and said: “I’ve now ridden with a bunch of like-minded people that made me feel like one of them. I am so looking forward to the next round.” That next race will be February 21 and 22 at Cahuilla Creek MX Park.

Perhaps you remember from last season another visiting rider, Dean Middleton, who had such a good time racing at Cahuilla. Right before this story was completed, Dean, the guy from Chicago with the fake-tie shirt, asked us to say “hello” to Frank Maney and all of you who raced with the CALVMX. We hope you visit us again someday soon, Dean.

[For more from this event, including race coverage, results and more photos, please see “Elsinore Rocks to the Beat of VMX!” by Steve Caro and Kathryn Caro… Editor]

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