CALVMX/ 100%/ So Cal Regional Vintage Motocross Series
Round 4: Perris Raceway
Story by Steve Caro
Photos by Kathryn Caro
PERRIS, CA, APR. 11, 2015
It’s been more than five years since the Vintage racers of CALVMX staged their last night race. For round four of their 2015 season, the Vintage/ Post-Vintage cavalcade made its return to lights of Perris Raceway. The April event marked the club’s first race at the facility in several years. With clear skies and comfortable temperatures, Southern California’s oldest continuously operating track rang with the sounds of classic racing machinery and was scented the sweet smell of pre-mix exhaust as the skies darkened and the moon rose in the sky.
Using Perris’ main track, the program ran a rapid schedule due to curfew restraints. When the last rider in a moto was seen approaching the finish line, the gate dropped for the next race. Calculated watering kept dust a nonfactor and competitors were at the starting gate, ready for their motos.
Age-designated classes often feature a plethora of machines of various engine displacements. The most popular sizes seem to be 250cc and, at least in Vintage Racing circles, the infamous 500cc two-strokes that not too long ago were the ultimate test of a rider’s skill set. This was the case in the Over 50 GP Intermediate class, as a field of half-liter and full-liter machines took to the course. In this class, Honda rider Kevin Rogers was the outright master of the challenging Perris course, tallying a perfect 1-1 moto score on the night.
In moto one, Honda rider Ron Rinden grabbed the early lead, with Bengt Luotonen, on a Maico, and Rogers giving chase. By lap two, Rogers had powered his way into the lead, with Luotonen close behind. A lively duel continued between the front-runners, with Rogers persistently clinging to the lead spot. At the checkers, it was Rogers with the moto win, followed by Luotonen and then Mark Stubbs, on another Honda, in third.
The second moto was a bona fide night race, as the sun had set and the track lights were at full power. The darkness created an eerie atmosphere, and riders’ senses heightened in the twilight. Rogers powered his way into the lead as the mixed field of Novice, Intermediate and Experts took to the track for their final race of the evening. Following in second and third were Maico-mounted Don Hansing and Luotonen.
Rogers never wavered in the moto and faced minimal challenge as he sped toward both the moto and overall victory in the class. Luotonen’s 2-2 tally netted him second overall, with Hansing’s steady 4-3 scores giving him the final podium place.
As he often does in the pre-1975 races, Honda rider Travis McCaw is always a serious contender for overall victories. Continuing the trend in the Post-Vintage GP 1 125cc Intermediate class, McCaw traded moto victories with Suzuki-mounted Phil Revilee.
Suzuki rider Rick Guilmette nailed the holeshot in the first moto, with McCaw and Revilee closing in fast. McCaw moved into the lead before the end of lap one, with Revilee coming along with him into second. It looked like McCaw was going to run away with the moto win, but Revilee had other plans.
As the moto progressed, Revilee closed the gap on McCaw and then staged a late-race pass for the lead. McCaw never gave up and kept the pressure on the new leader until the very end of the moto. At the checkers, it was Revilee and McCaw taking first and second, respectively, and Scott Piddington, on his pristine Kawasaki KX-125A-4, in third.
With the moon in the western sky, McCaw and Revilee resumed their battle for the overall class victory in moto two, while Guilmette followed in third, with Piddington fourth. By the end of lap two, McCaw had begun to pull away from his pursuers.
Similar to many of his runaway wins in the Vintage classes, McCaw hammered the track for the remaining laps and sped to a relatively unchallenged victory. His 2-1 moto scores broke the points tie with Revilee’s 1-2 tally. Guilmette took third overall, followed by Piddington.
Kirk Jackson won in GP 3 125cc Expert action, over his fellow Honda pilot Ron Renzulli.
Mark Sandzimier took the gold in GP 2 125cc Expert competition.
Kawasaki jockey Carole Feeney topped the Women’s Intermediate class over TM rider Katherine Wood and Yamaha rider Brenda Wise.
Scoring an impressive victory on a truly classic machine, Julia Notman, on a Maico, topped the Women’s Novice class.
Vintage Sportsman 500cc Expert competition saw Yamaha rider Greg Landers sweeping both motos in convincing fashion, over CZ riders Mark Wood and Gary DeForest.
Tanner Pies battled wheel to wheel with Tom Decrescente in the Three-Wheeler Open Expert contest and emerged with the overall win. Decrescente took a well-deserved second overall.
Racing will return to daytime and the familiar surroundings of Cahuilla Creek MX Park on May 16. Designated as Armed Forces Day, all five branches of the military will be honored during the pre-race ceremonies.
As with all CALVMX races, there’s an open invitation for any person with an older machine to join in the day of racing. Especially welcome is any person bringing a pre-1975 machine, as these are the original basis of Vintage Racing, and the club strives to preserve the roots of American motocross by returning them to period-correct tracks.
For further information on Vintage motocross racing, see calvmx.net and ahrma.org.
Results: April 11, 2015 (Round 4)
JR NOV: 1. Ben Eisen (Yam).
JR INT: 1. Erika Amaya (Hon).
WOMEN BEG: 1. Lori Kneebone (Hon).
WOMEN NOV: 1. Julia Notman (Mai); 2. Echo Bravo (Hon); 3. Lillie Chase (Hon); 4. Sandi Weidler (Hon); 5. Pam Skinner (KTM).
WOMEN INT: 1. Carole Feeney (Kaw); 2. Katherine Wood (TM); 3. Brenda Wise (Yam); 4. Lori Payne (Hon).
WOMEN VINTAGE: 1. Katherine Wood (CZ).
ADULT MINI 125 NOV: 1. Dave Anton (Hon).
ADULT 150F INT: 1. Dwayne Franks (Hon).
ADULT OPEN MOD INT: 1. Lori Payne (Hon).
ADULT OPEN MOD EX: 1. Mike Bierman (Hon).
XR STOCK EX: 1. Art Leva.
CLASSIC 125 INT: 1. Jeff Snyder (Yam).
CLASSIC 500 INT: 1. Tim McIntyre (BSA).
VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 125 NOV: 1. Chris Roysdon (Suz); 2. Roland Wheeler (Yam).
VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 125 INT: 1. Andrew Hopkins (Kaw).
VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 125 EX: 1. Jim Stein (Hod).
VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 250 NOV: 1. Chase Fryslie (Yam); 2. Marty Eisen (Yam).
VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 250 INT: 1. Travis McCaw (Hon); 2. Tim McIntyre (CZ); 3. Jim Barker (Hon); 4. Craig Walker (CZ); 5. Dana Yenawine (CZ).
VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 250 EX: 1. Carey McIntyre (Hon).
VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 500 INT: 1. Ray Zuchowski (CZ); 2. Frank Maney (Suz); 3. James Fryslie (CZ); 4. Steve Roach (CZ); 5. John Grebenstein (Hsq).
VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 500 EX: 1. Greg Landers (Yam); 2. Mark Wood (CZ); 3. Gary DeForest (CZ); 4. Shawn Culp (CZ).
GP 150 NOV: 1. Sandi Weidler (Hon).
GP 150 INT: 1. Bob Seki (Hon).
GP 1 125 NOV: 1. Chris Roysdon (Suz).
GP 1 125 INT: 1. Travis McCaw (Hon); 2. Phil Revilee (Suz); 3. Rick Guilmette (Suz); 4. Scott Piddington (Kaw).
GP 1 125 EX: 1. Brad Russell (Suz); 2. Kevin Temple (Yam).
GP 1 250 NOV: 1. Scott Campbell (Yam); 2. Kenny Roesler (Yam); 3. Julia Notman (Mai); 4. Pat Wilkining (Suz); 5. Dave Anton.
GP 1 250 INT: 1. Michael Smole (Yam).
GP 1 250 EX: 1. Brian Tracy (Yam).
GP 1 500 NOV: 1. Marty Mlakar (Yam).
GP 1 500 EX: 1. Brent Koble (Hsq); 2. Shawn Culp (Yam).
GP 2 125 INT: 1. Steve Furman (Hon).
GP 2 125 EX: 1. Mark Sandzimier (Suz).
GP 2 250 INT: 1. Shane Clausen (Suz).
GP 2 250 EX: 1. Kirk Chapman (Suz).
GP 2 500 NOV: 1. Kevin Reynolds (Mai); 2. Vince Laker (Hon).
GP 2 500 INT: 1. Don Hansing (Mai); 2. Bengt Luotonen (Mai).
GP 2 500 EX: 1. Brad Roysdon (Hon).
GP 3 125 NOV: 1. Ed Larnerd (Yam); 2. Ben Eisen (Hon).
GP 3 125 INT: 1. Roland Fleming (Hon).
GP 3 125 EX: 1. Kirk Jackson (Hon); 2. Ron Renzulli (Hon).
GP 3 250 INT: 1. Kevin Rogers (Hon); 2. Christian Hanks (Kaw); 3. Darrin Hammond (Yam).
GP 3 500 NOV: 1. Gary Lee (KTM); 2. Don Moore (KTM).
GP 3 500 INT: 1. Ron Rinden (Hon).
GP 3 500 EX: 1. Brian Tracy (Kaw).
OPEN AGE VINTAGE INT: 1. Patrick Irvin (Bul).
OPEN AGE VINTAGE EX: 1. Greg Landers (Yam).
OPEN AGE GP INT: 1. Christian Hanks (Kaw); 2. Vince Laker (Hon).
OPEN AGE GP EX: 1. Brian Tracy (Yam); 2. Jordan Smole (Yam).
50+ VINTAGE INT: 1. Jeff Snyder (Hon); 2. Norm Himaka (Mai).
50+ VINTAGE EX: 1. Steve Ellis (C-A); 2. Mark Wood (CZ); 3. Brent Wilkinson (Suz).
50+ GP NOV: 1. Kevin Reynolds (Mai); 2. Kevin Heath (Yam); 3. Al Gabriola (Hon); 4. Don Moore (KTM).
50+ GP INT: 1. Kevin Rogers (Hon); 2. Bengt Luotonen (Mai); 3. Dan Hansing (Mai); 4. Mark Stubbs (Hon); 5. Ron Rinden (Hon).
50+ GP EX: 1. Brent Koble (KTM); 2. Kirk Chapman (Suz); 3. Brad Roysdon (Hon).
60+ VINTAGE INT: 1. Rick Labgold (Mai); 2. Steve Roach (CZ); 3. Craig Walker (CZ); 4. Dana Yenawine (CZ); 5. Sergei Molotov (CZ).
MODERN SUPPORT 4-STROKE NOV: 1. Tyler Jensma (Hon); 2. Alan Hess (Kaw); 3. Tim Rasmussen (Yam); 4. Gideon Branch (Kaw); 5. Jeff Hjalmarson (Kaw).
MODERN SUPPORT 4-STROKE INT: 1. Brad Stillman (Hon); 2. Jeff Dailey (Yam); 3. Jared Nichols (Hon).
MODERN SUPPORT 4-STROKE EX: 1. James McDaniels (Yam); 2. Brian Tracy (Kaw); 3. Mathew Kelley (Hon); 4. Robby Campbell (Yam); 5. Jordan Smole (Hon).
MODERN SUPPORT 2-STROKE NOV: 1. Cory Clark (Yam); 2. Ed Larnerd (Hon).
MODERN SUPPORT 2-STROKE INT: 1. Mikey Martin (Yam); 2. Kevin Rogers (Hon); 3. Steve Gordon (Hon); 4. Darrin Hammond (Yam).
MODERN SUPPORT 2-STROKE EX: 1. Kirk Jackson (Hon); 2. Scott Sargent (Hon); 3. Mark Sandzimier (Suz); 4. Ron Renzulli (Hon).
DUAL SPORT POST-1990 NOV: 1. Tom Taylor (KTM).
DUAL SPORT POST-1990 INT: 1. Ray Zuchowski (KTM); 2. Rick Guilmette (Yam); 3. Vince Laker (Hon).
3-WHEEL STOCK 250 NOV: 1. Jason Lohrback.
3-WHEEL STOCK 250 INT: 1. Jerry Nocciolo.
3-WHEEL MODIFIED OPEN EX: 1. Tanner Pies; 2. Tom Decrescente.
SIDECAR: 1. Mark Wood/ Kathy Wood (BSU).
Marty Tripes 100cc Works Revenge
FACTORY SUPPORT INT: 1. Phil Revilee (Suz).
Noleen 125cc Challenge
VINTAGE WORKS EX: 1. Brad Russell (Hon).
[For more from this event, stayed tuned for “Portfolio from CALVMX Round Four” by Tom Corley to be posted soon on Today’s Cycle Coverage… Editor]