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Snapshots from the AHRMA Vintage and Post-Vintage National Opener, CALVMX Round Two and the AHRMA Southwest Regional Series Opener

| 2 March 2015 10:48 pm

AHRMA/ Northwest Maico & CZ/ Race Tech/ Vintage and Post-Vintage National, Round 1
CALVMX/ 100%/ SoCal Regional Series, Round 2
Jake’s Garage AHRMA Southwest Regional Series, Round 1
Cahuilla Creek MX Park

Photography and Captions by Tom Corley/tcestudios@netzero.net
ANZA, CA, FEB. 21-22, 2015

They say there’s a silver lining in every dark cloud. This may be true, although for this day’s race, the dark clouds just brought down a continuous drizzle, as predicted. Free water from above kept the track dust-free and contributed to some interesting racing – and pictures.

This was a special weekend of racing, as the CALVMX hosted the AHRMA Vintage and Post-Vintage National and AHRMA Southwest Regional series. The photo coverage in this feature is from Sunday only.

Making the event even more special was the presence of a true icon in motocross racing, Gary Bailey. Yes, we have a couple of pictures of Gary Bailey, who was busy coaching upcoming rider Carter Gordon. It turns out that Gary is also an avid photographer who was taking stills and video footage of his student, to be used as training tools.

Enjoy the following photographic portfolio!

Known as the “MX Professor,” Gary Bailey came out to spend the weekend with the CALVMX.

Known as the “MX Professor,” Gary Bailey came out to spend the weekend with the CALVMX.

There wasn’t a singer for the national anthem at this event, but the American flags were out to show the club’s patriotism.

There wasn’t a singer for the national anthem at this event, but the American flags were out to show the club’s patriotism.

Everyone and their dog gathered around this fire pit in an effort to keep warm... and it sure was nice.

Everyone and their dog gathered around this fire pit in an effort to keep warm… and it sure was nice. Hey, that’s Gary Bailey with the big smile, warming up his hands.

The score keepers are in place and the races are ready to get under way, but first, let’s give Joshua (left) and Shari Maney (right) some recognition... and their foot warmer, Ponce the moto dog.

The score keepers are in place and the races are ready to get under way, but first, let’s give Joshua (left) and Shari Maney (right) some recognition… and their foot warmer, Ponce the moto dog.

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Riders through the storm: Fog hovered so low that it can easily be seen in the background. Race Five found Phil Revilee (416) and Ron Renzulli (81) side by side over this jump. It was cold, but the motors sure liked it.

Riders through the storm: Fog hovered so low that it can easily be seen in the background. Race Five found Phil Revilee (416) and Ron Renzulli (81) side by side over this jump. It was cold, but the motors sure liked it.

After the first turn was one of the puddles of water that riders needed to avoid. The queen of Women’s Vintage racing, Lori Payne (58), appears to have a clean outfit – but it won’t for long with that splash headed her way. The Women’s class increased in size, as Race Two had 16 riders, with two more in the Junior/Novice contest, which brought the total to 18 women racing in all. Moto Chicks rock!

After the first turn was one of the puddles of water that riders needed to avoid. The queen of Women’s Vintage racing, Lori Payne (58), appears to have a clean outfit – but it won’t for long with that splash headed her way. The Women’s class increased in size, as Race Two had 16 riders, with two more in the Junior/Novice contest, which brought the total to 18 women racing in all. Moto chicks rock!

Taking shelter from the storm: Actually, it was drizzling and sprinkling, which prompted Christian Hialmarson to bring out a rather large umbrella that covered two bikes.

Taking shelter from the storm: Actually, it was drizzling and sprinkling, which prompted Christian Hialmarson to bring out a rather large umbrella that covered two bikes.

Let us introduce you to J.B. “Rooster” Brown. That’s the man in a raincoat who is leading this crew. “Rooster” had a phenomenal day, with three wins, as you will see in the upcoming trophy-presentation pictures.

Let us introduce you to J.B. “Rooster” Brown. That’s the man in a raincoat who is leading this crew. “Rooster” had a phenomenal day, with three wins, as you will see in the upcoming trophy-presentation pictures.

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“The one who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd.” – Albert Einstein.

“The one who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd.” – Albert Einstein.

Rick Daniels (X21) is one rider who definitely does not follow the crowd. Capable of winning several classes, on this day Rick became the AHRMA Historic 500cc Expert and GP 50 Expert winner.

Rick Daniels (X21) is one rider who definitely does not follow the crowd. Capable of winning several classes, on this day Rick became the AHRMA Historic 500cc Expert and GP 50 Expert winner.

Muddy grooves formed around this turn, which sent riders into it at different angles. Ron Rinden (51Z) heads in the apparently right direction, toward the camera... but that other guy looks like he’s going off the track. Dave Feeney became the winner of the Over 50 GP Intermediate class.

Muddy grooves formed around this turn, which sent riders into it at different angles. Ron Rinden (51Z) heads in the apparently right direction, toward the camera… but that other guy looks like he’s going off the track. Dave Feeney became the winner of the Over 50 GP Intermediate class.

That’s it – smash the top of a Mercedes Benz! Al Gabriola (14) is caught here on camera so the rightful owner can send him the bill.

That’s it – smash the top of a Mercedes Benz! Al Gabriola (14) is caught here on camera so the rightful owner can send him the bill.

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A Honda thee-wheeler followed by a sidecar? Oh, yes – those classes were run combined, and it was exciting to watch! As you can see, the sidecar of Mark & Kathy Wood is more airborne than the bike of Tom Decrescente (63).

A Honda three-wheeler followed by a sidecar? Oh, yes – those classes were run combined, and it was exciting to watch! As you can see, the sidecar of Mark & Kathy Wood is more airborne than the bike of Tom Decrescente (63).

Mark Wood was in another event, too, and that was Race Seven. Here, the day’s birthday boy, Shawn Culp (4Y, right), leads Ed Tashjian (4) and Mark Wood (3) around this turn.

Mark Wood was in another event, too, and that was Race Seven. Here, the day’s birthday boy, Shawn Culp (4Y, right), leads Ed Tashjian (4) and Mark Wood (3) around this turn.

Headed downhill and ready to enter a turn in Race Seven is Shawn Culp (4Y), who is leading two different riders, Scott Mays (59) and the hard-charging J.B. “Rooster” Brown (191).

Headed downhill and ready to enter a turn in Race Seven is Shawn Culp (4Y), who is leading two different riders, Scott Mays (59) and the hard-charging J.B. “Rooster” Brown (191).

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Race Four found our favorite Brit rider, Vince Laker (192), taking his Honda off this jump equally with Brent Koble (421). Commenting about the event a few days later, Vince said: “I entered three races, and they threw in a fourth at no charge. Eight gate drops and I’m still sore two days later. Would I do it again? Hell, yeah!”

Race Four found our favorite Brit rider, Vince Laker (192), taking his Honda off this jump equally with Brent Koble (421). Commenting about the event a few days later, Vince said: “I entered three races, and they threw in a fourth at no charge. Eight gate drops and I’m still sore two days later. Would I do it again? Hell, yeah!”

Charging over this jump in formation are Pat Wilkining (21), Michael Smole (46) and Jim Connelly (X99).

Charging over this jump in formation are Pat Wilkining (21), Michael Smole (46) and Jim Connelly (X99).

Kirk Jackson (110) takes his Honda slightly ahead of Yamaha rider Darrin Hammond (101) around the finish-line jump. Hammond has it all recorded with his GoPro.

Kirk Jackson (110) takes his Honda slightly ahead of Yamaha rider Darrin Hammond (101) around the finish-line jump. Hammond has it all recorded with his GoPro.

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It doesn’t get any better than a father and son who enjoy the same sport. Jack McCormick (732) and his son Jason McCormick (129) both came out to moto and are on the starting area together, though in a different drop of the gate.

It doesn’t get any better than a father and son who enjoy the same sport. Jack McCormick (732) and his son Jason McCormick (129) both came out to moto and are on the starting area together, though in a different drop of the gate.

On the starting grid, Jason McCormick (129) smokes the tire in a hot burn-out. On the horizon is a cold front of fog and rain on the way.

On the starting grid, Jason McCormick (129) smokes the tire in a hot burn-out. On the horizon is a cold front of fog and rain on the way.

Now it was Jack McCormick’s (732) turn to take off, and he did so with a slight roost. With a smoky exhaust is Vince Laker (192), taking his Honda out in just one of four events.

Now it was Jack McCormick’s (732) turn to take off, and he did so with a slight roost. With a smoky exhaust is Vince Laker (192), taking his Honda out in just one of four events.

The AHRMA banner was on display, as this was event was also a Southwest Regional.

The AHRMA banner was on display, as this was event was also a Southwest Regional.

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Some interesting historical bikes were on display and competing in the Trials event, too. This is Matt Parsons’ 1956 Ariel HT 500. About this bike, Matt said, “You feel like a custodian trying to take care of it – like anything that gets old.” Confirming that it is all worthwhile, he added, “It’s more fun than you can imagine.”

Some interesting historical bikes were on display and competing in the Trials event, too. This is Matt Parsons’ 1956 Ariel HT 500. About this bike, Matt said, “You feel like a custodian trying to take care of it – like anything that gets old.” Confirming that it is all worthwhile, he added, “It’s more fun than you can imagine.”

This striking Greeves caught our eye. Nick Nicholson would be proud of this bike.

This striking Greeves caught our eye. Nick Nicholson would be proud of this bike.

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Despite the rain, Rolf Greenhill (63) took the AHRMA Premier Open Twin Expert title.

Despite the rain, Rolf Greenhill (63) took the AHRMA Premier Open Twin Expert title.

Taking the turn behind Rolf was his wife, Tami Greenhill (1W), who took the AHRMA Women’s Vintage Expert title. Just take a look at her face to see how determined she is to catch up to Rolf.

Taking the turn behind Rolf was his wife, Tami Greenhill (1W), who took the AHRMA Women’s Vintage Expert title. Just take a look at her face to see how determined she is to catch up to Rolf.

The only thing better than having pictures of Rolf and Tami Greenhill by themselves is having a picture of them together – and we’ve got it!

The only thing better than having pictures of Rolf and Tami Greenhill by themselves is having a picture of them together – and we’ve got it!

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Tami Greenhill (left) poses for a picture with “MX Professor” Gary Bailey (right), who was the honored guest of the weekend.

Tami Greenhill (left) poses for a picture with “MX Professor” Gary Bailey (right), who was the honored guest of the weekend.

We told you earlier about Gary Bailey and his skill in photography. Well, here he is at the control of his Canon. Gary was capturing his student Carter Gordon in the last race of the day. Gary said of Carter, “I’ve been training him for about a year.”

We told you earlier about Gary Bailey and his skill in photography. Well, here he is at the control of his Canon. Gary was capturing his student Carter Gordon in the last race of the day. Gary said of Carter, “I’ve been training him for about a year.”

Next, it was time for the awards presentation. Gary Bailey’s student Carter Gordon took home a first-place medal for winning the Modern Support Four-Stroke Intermediate class.

Next, it was time for the awards presentation. Gary Bailey’s student Carter Gordon took home a first-place medal for winning the Modern Support Four-Stroke Intermediate class.

“Yeah, here come the ‘Rooster!’” The Alice In Chains tune was the song that the competition was singing, as J.B. “Rooster” Brown took to the track. On this day, he won three first-place medals, in the GP 1 250cc Novice, GP 2 250cc Novice and the Over 50 GP Novice classes. No wonder he is so excited!

“Yeah, here come the ‘Rooster!’” The Alice In Chains tune was the song that the competition was singing, as J.B. “Rooster” Brown took to the track. On this day, he won three first-place medals, in the GP 1 250cc Novice, GP 2 250cc Novice and the Over 50 GP Novice classes. No wonder he is so excited!

CALVMX promoter Frank Vrettas (left) gives Ron Ratigan (right) his medal for winning the GP 1 250cc Expert class. That’s our Ron: with a medal in one hand and two kinds of beer in the other!

CALVMX promoter Frank Vrettas (left) gives Ron Ratigan (right) his medal for winning the GP 1 250cc Expert class. That’s our Ron: with a medal in one hand and two kinds of beer in the other!

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Looking more and more like a mountain man, Kyle Winton won the GP 3 125cc Expert, GP 3 250cc Expert and Open Age GP Expert classes and also placed second in the Modern Support Two-Stroke Expert class.

Looking more and more like a mountain man, Kyle Winton won the GP 3 125cc Expert, GP 3 250cc Expert and Open Age GP Expert classes and also placed second in the Modern Support Two-Stroke Expert class.

Okay, there was one more guy who looked like a mountain man, and that is Ed Tashjian, who won the GP 1 500cc Expert class.

Okay, there was one more guy who looked like a mountain man, and that is Ed Tashjian, who won the GP 1 500cc Expert class.

With a big smile and his hair torqued up, Shawn Culp came all the way from Arizona to race on his birthday, and look what he won! Congratulations, Shawn, and a Happy Moto Birthday from all of us!

With a big smile and his hair torqued up, Shawn Culp came all the way from Arizona to race on his birthday, and look what he won! Congratulations, Shawn, and a Happy Moto Birthday from all of us!

One of our favorite Team Swolen moto chicks, Penny Shidner, got a bad break – in the form of a broken leg. Still, Penny has that beautiful smile on her face, and she came out to the races and rode around on her ranch vehicle, a John Deere.

One of our favorite Team Swolen moto chicks, Penny Shidner, got a bad break – in the form of a broken leg. Still, Penny has that beautiful smile on her face, and she came out to the races and rode around on her ranch vehicle, a John Deere.

Ljiljana Chase (right) and Rebekah Fuller (left) sure look warm under those blankets. Everyone did a good job of braving the elements without any complaints. It was certainly a weekend full of adventure for everyone!

Ljiljana Chase (right) and Rebekah Fuller (left) sure look warm under those blankets. Everyone did a good job of braving the elements without any complaints. It was certainly a weekend full of adventure for everyone!

The next CALVMX event will be held at Cahuilla Creek MX Park once again, on March 14 and 15.

[For more from this event, including race coverage, results and more photos, please see “CALVMX Heats Up a Frozen Cahuilla Creek” by Steve Caro and Kathryn Caro… Editor]

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