California Motorcycle Events Update
By Karen Gould
CA, MAR. 15, 2015
With Daytona in the books and the California boys, Stevie Bonsey and Andrew Luker, celebrating their victories at the first 2015 GNC race in Daytona, the racing season has officially started. There are new tracks and promoters in California for the 2015 season, and we have done our best to bring the information from the promoters to you here and now.
Eddie and Jodi Mulder are orchestrating the Cachuma Lake Vintage British Bike Rally, which will return after an eight-year absence to Lake Cachuma in Santa Barbara, California, over the Memorial Day Weekend, May 22-25. The guests of honor will be the rally’s founders, John Healy and Donna Mulrean. For more information, call 661/944-1184 or check out the Facebook Cachuma Lake Vintage Motorcycle Rally page.
Some changes have been announced for Eddie and Jodi Mulder’s West Coast Dirt Track Series, sponsored by the Zimmerman brothers, Mark and Randy, of Specialty Fabrications. The event dates at Willow Springs International Raceway in Rosamond, California, during the weekend of May 2 and 3, have been canceled. The weekend of October 3 and 4 and the Cachuma Lake event remain. Eddie Mulder’s events have the largest Pro-class payouts in California, thanks to Mark and Randy Zimmerman. These event dates may be revised, and you can find more information at www.eddiemulderswcvdts.com or on Facebook at Eddie Mulder’s Wcdts.
New to flat-track racing in 2014, the IV League Flat Track’s Brian Bell and his crew put together a very successful three-race series on the remodeled Del Mar Short Track. They are currently making plans for a one-eighth-mile short track and TT inside an arena at the San Diego County Fair on June 6. It will be day racing, with 1.5-hour increments, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Most likely, Pro, Hooligan, Pull-Start, Vintage and a couple of Youth classes will compete. For more information, please go to www.IVLFT.com or check it out on Facebook at IV League Flat Track.
Another series in Southern California is held at Perris Raceway, beginning March 28 and running through a double header on November 11 and 12. Perris Raceway has hosted motorcycle races continuously since 1957. Class C events, Motocross and Grand Prix events have all been run at Perris, but currently the Southern California Flat Track Association hosts a 12-race series on the cushion oval. The track also hosts practice nights, speedway events and kart races, as well as private testing days, photo shoots and special events. Top riders from around the world test and train at Perris Raceway. More information can be found at www.scftaracing.com or on Facebook at Southern California Flat Track Association.
A little further up the coast, racing will take place in Lemoore, California, onApril 25. The California Flat Track Association (CFTA) has now become an AMA-sanctioned series and will run an eight- to 10-race championship series that will begin in Rancho Cordova, California, at the Prairie City SVRA OHV Park’s one-eighth-mile short track on April 18. It will then move to Lemoore and will also include races in Salinas, Chowchilla, and maybe more. The series will run races in April, May, June, July, August, September, October and ending on November 7 in Salinas, California. The CFTA is dedicated to the promotion of Pro and Amateur motorcycle and quad flat-track racing. More information on the CFTA series is available at www.CaliforniaFlatTrack.com or on Facebook at California Flat Track Association.
And yet further up the coast is RMP Racing. Patti and Papa Silva, RMP’s promoters, have been promoting flat track in the Salinas area for a number of years. They also promoted the Salinas Valley Fair King City race in 2014 and will do so again in 2015, on May 15. Their schedule in Salinas at the Salinas Sports Complex includes five races: April 11, August 15, August 22, September 19 and September 26. The RMP races are full race programs with lots of youngsters enjoying awesome cushion-track races. For information about RMP Racing, please go to www.racingmotorsportsproduction.com.
At the Prairie City SVRA OHV Park’s one-eighth-mile short track, Big Time Speedway has announced a three-race spring series that will begin on April 11 and continue on May 2 and May 30. These events are not AMA-sanctioned and offer the least expensive entries fees in California. Avoiding the heat of the summer, Big Time takes the hottest months of the year off and will return for another series at the end of the summer. Big Time Speedway runs a full race program that includes speedway, flat track, karts, quads, mowers and Pee Wees. The Prairie City track has been newly remodeled, with new track dimensions and shiny new grandstands. Big Time Speedway also promoted its third annual European Grass Track weekend in Placerville, California, in early March, and there were more than 200 entries. More information is available at www.BigTimeSpeedway.com or on Facebook at BIG TIME SPEEDWAY.
Founded in 1924, the Stockton Motorcycle Club has been involved in racing for 91 years. In 2015, the Stockton Motorcycle Club will promote three races at the Delta Speedway in Stockton, California. They also promote motorcycle runs and regular rides. The dates of the races are May 9, June 6 and June 13. More information about the Stockton Motorcycle Club is available at www.stocktonmc.org/Home.php.
The Lodi Motorcycle Club has held AMA-sanctioned events since 1937 and has promoted races at the Lodi Cycle Bowl since 1953. Their 2015 race schedule includes both short track and TT races and will host the “Night Before the Mile” race on May 29 – the night before the Sacramento Mile. Other special events include the Danny Knight Memorial on June 27 and the Toby Jorgensen Memorial on September 19. There are 13 other scheduled races throughout the summer, beginning April 4 and ending October 24. More information about Lodi Cycle Bowl racing is available at www.lodicyclebowl.com.
Brok McAllister has announced that, in addition to his exciting asphalt schools, California Supermoto Schools is now offering Dirt Track Training, and group or private lessons are available for riders of all skill levels. Brok has operated the Prairie City Dirt Track for the last four years and has steadily evolved a style of helping riders to reach improved riding ability in a safe, fun and controlled environment. Hundreds of riders have benefited from the one- and two-day riding courses that offer Honda CRF150/230 bikes for students included in the price of the school. Instruction and demonstration at a private track setting is provided by Pro racers. Information on the schools and dates can be found at supermotoschools.com.
Brian Bartlow is also offering dirt-track instruction and schools at his Feel Like a Pro facility in Northern California. Brian has been involved in motorcycle racing for many, many years and has won countless championships. More information and a schedule of classes can be found at www.feellikeaprodirt.com/schedule.html.
Unfortunately, the Gene Romero Series has not announced any race dates for 2015.
And finally, don’t forget the Sacramento Mile, slated for May 30, 2015.