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| 28 April 2015 6:33 pm

CALVMX/ 100%/ So Cal Regional Vintage Motocross Series
Round 4: Perris Raceway

Photos and Captions by Tom Corley/tcestudios@netzero.net
PERRIS, CA, APR. 11, 2015

The CALVMX knows how to have fun day and night.

The cycle of day and night has a dramatic effect on motocross racing. An event is typically one or the other – a day race or a night race – and rare is it that one will start under a beaming sun and end with stars in the sky. Well, that happened on this day, as the CALVMX hosted a day-to-night race at the oldest motocross raceway in California, Perris Raceway.

Now, in order to do this, the raceway had to power up their lights so the riders could see – though some of the riders had their own lights. How was this? There was a new dual-sport class in which the bikes had headlights mounted on them, as you will see in one of the following pictures.

Back in the 1970s, the phenomenon of nighttime motocross was seen throughout Southern California, as the CMC hosted motocross races at Ascot Park, OCIR and Irwindale Raceway. On this night, there were two riders present who’d raced at all of those facilities. Searching through archives from those classic days, this photographer found images of both of them, as you will see…

Welcome to the fourth round of CALVMX action!

Welcome to the fourth round of CALVMX action!

At left, Mark Stubbs (16S) flies the Race Factory colors aboard his Honda at Ascot Park in 1976. About this evening’s event, Mark said: “Racing was just as fun as it was in 1976, and I feel like I’m going just as fast. The track was perfect for us old guys, and my day was as fun as it was 35 years ago... Roll that throttle and you roll back the clock.” At right, Dave Carlson (F7) takes his J&B Racer into the lead at OCIR in 1974 or ’75. On this night, Dave had the desire to win, but his bike let him down. “Bike problems again,” Carlson explained. “It ran fine at home, but out there it acted like it was loaded up. A broken reed valve, I think. I will try again next time. Now it’s a quest just to get a start in a moto.”

At left, Mark Stubbs (16S) flies the Race Factory colors aboard his Honda at Ascot Park in 1976. About this evening’s event, Mark said: “Racing was just as fun as it was in 1976, and I feel like I’m going just as fast. The track was perfect for us old guys, and my day was as fun as it was 35 years ago… Roll that throttle and you roll back the clock.” At right, Dave Carlson (F7) takes his J&B Racer into the lead at OCIR in 1974 or ’75. On this night, Dave had the desire to win, but his bike let him down. “Bike problems again,” Carlson explained. “It ran fine at home, but out there it acted like it was loaded up. A broken reed valve, I think. I will try again next time. Now it’s a quest just to get a start in a moto.”

The riders’ meeting started things off. Promoter Frank Vrettas (in camouflage) told everyone: “Thanks for coming out. It’s been since 2009 that we were at Perris.” Oh, yes, it was going to be a good race, followed by an awards presentation and even a bachelorette party.

The riders’ meeting started things off. Promoter Frank Vrettas (in camouflage) told everyone: “Thanks for coming out. It’s been since 2009 that we were at Perris [for a night race].” Oh, yes, it was going to be a good race, followed by an awards presentation and even a bachelorette party.

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What’s Mark Stubbs doing here? Why, he is signing up for the upcoming So Cal Vintage MX Classic, to be held at Glen Helen on June 6. You can expect to see the finest coverage of the event on Today’s Cycle Coverage.

What’s Mark Stubbs doing here? Why, he is signing up for the upcoming So Cal Vintage MX Classic, to be held at Glen Helen on June 6. You can expect to see the finest coverage of the event on Today’s Cycle Coverage.

This is Bob Tocco’s bike, all covered with Fasthouse White Lightning jerseys. What would happen to him during the racing…?

This is Bob Tocco’s bike, all covered with Fasthouse White Lightning jerseys. What would happen to him during the racing…?

The Women’s class gets under way, with two riders taking this hillside jump. Taking the inside line is Lillie Chase (485), and Pam Skinner (92) is on the outside. “Awesome riding and awesome track!” Chase enthused. “CALVMX did a fantastic job on the track, and the time slot for the Women’s class was the perfect time of day/ night. I had a blast racing with my moto sisters and Team Swolen sisters and hanging out with good friends.” Chase tallied 1-3 moto finishes for a third overall. Julia Notman was the overall victor. As for Skinner, she remarked about her racing, “Can’t really say I’m a fast racer, but I can definitely say I had fun racing with my friends.” Skinner took fifth in her class.

The Women’s class gets under way, with two riders taking this hillside jump. Taking the inside line is Lillie Chase (485), and Pam Skinner (92) is on the outside. “Awesome riding and awesome track!” Chase enthused. “CALVMX did a fantastic job on the track, and the time slot for the Women’s class was the perfect time of day/ night. I had a blast racing with my moto sisters and Team Swolen sisters and hanging out with good friends.” Chase tallied 1-3 moto finishes for a third overall. Julia Notman was the overall victor. As for Skinner, she remarked about her racing, “Can’t really say I’m a fast racer, but I can definitely say I had fun racing with my friends.” Skinner took fifth in her class.

Marty Tripes was in Texas for the Diamond Don’s Vintage Showdown. Phil Revilee (416) led the Marty Tripes Works Revenge racing on this day. Here, he rides side by side with John Forsythe (5). “First time for me riding [at Perris Raceway] and first time riding under the lights,” Revilee said. “Had a blast! The track had a bunch of inside and outside lines, and it made for really fun racing. I’m sure it was rough for the vintage bikes. I ended up with a couple of leaky forks.”

Marty Tripes was in Texas for the Diamond Don’s Vintage Showdown. Phil Revilee (416) led the Marty Tripes Works Revenge racing on this day. Here, he rides side by side with John Forsythe (5). “First time for me riding [at Perris Raceway] and first time riding under the lights,” Revilee said. “Had a blast! The track had a bunch of inside and outside lines, and it made for really fun racing. I’m sure it was rough for the vintage bikes. I ended up with a couple of leaky forks.”

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Over 50 Open Intermediate action with Kevin Rogers (54), Kevin Heath (3) and Jordan Smole (10) coming over this jump. Rogers became the winner for the day, exclaiming later, “I really like the track!”

Over 50 Open Intermediate action with Kevin Rogers (54), Kevin Heath (3) and Jordan Smole (10) coming over this jump. Rogers became the winner for the day, exclaiming later, “I really like the track!”

There were two options for taking this section: Bengt Luotenen (514) launches off the jump while Kevin Rogers (54) chooses the inside line. For this Over 50 Open Intermediate class, it was Rogers finishing first and Luotenen as the runner-up.

There were two options for taking this section: Bengt Luotenen (514) launches off the jump while Kevin Rogers (54) chooses the inside line. For this Over 50 Open Intermediate class, it was Rogers finishing first and Luotenen as the runner-up.

Now here we go: Two riders fly over this jump at the same time. That is Maico-mounted Ron Ratigan (1) on the outside line, with Kevin Rogers (54) out to get him. Ratigan gave his take on the course: “New-style track, jumps were big, track was dry and slick.”

Now here we go: Two riders fly over this jump at the same time. That is Maico-mounted Ron Ratigan (1) on the outside line, with Kevin Rogers (54) out to get him. Ratigan gave his take on the course: “New-style track, jumps were big, track was dry and slick.”

This day could have been called “The Kevin Rogers Show,” as this rider really knew how to capture the attention of this photographer’s camera. After making a sharp right turn, Rogers was still able to get air off of this jump. That’s Darrin Hammond coming up behind him. “I wiped out in the second moto on the last lap in the Modern Support Intermediate class chasing Kevin Rogers on my 1990 YZ250,” Hammond said.

This day could have been called “The Kevin Rogers Show,” as this rider really knew how to capture the attention of this photographer’s camera. After making a sharp right turn, Rogers was still able to get air off of this jump. That’s Darrin Hammond coming up behind him. “I wiped out in the second moto on the last lap in the Modern Support Intermediate class chasing Kevin Rogers on my 1990 YZ250,” Hammond said.

“I was also racing a 2000 Honda 250 that I just bought last Wednesday,” Kevin Rogers reported. “The red bike racing under the lights was fun! My trusty 1995 Honda didn’t miss a beat.” Here, Rogers, on that red machine, is leading Steve Gordon, who also rides with the number 54. This was the Modern Support Two-Stroke Intermediate class.

“I was also racing a 2000 Honda 250 that I just bought last Wednesday,” Kevin Rogers reported. “The red bike racing under the lights was fun! My trusty 1995 Honda didn’t miss a beat.” Here, Rogers, on that red machine, is leading Steve Gordon, who also rides with the number 54. This was the Modern Support Two-Stroke Intermediate class.

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Riding a big-bore Yamaha, Shawn Culp (4) took a pair of fourths, which gave him fourth overall in the Vintage Sportsmen 500cc Expert class, in which Greg “Zeke” Landers was the victor. Culp was one of the riders who made the long haul to Texas for the Diamond Don’s Vintage race.

Riding a big-bore Yamaha, Shawn Culp (4) took a pair of fourths, which gave him fourth overall in the Vintage Sportsmen 500cc Expert class, in which Greg “Zeke” Landers was the victor. Culp was one of the riders who made the long haul to Texas for the Diamond Don’s Vintage race.

Wordsmith Steve Caro and photographer Kathy Caro were busy covering this event for Today’s Cycle Coverage.

Wordsmith Steve Caro and photographer Kathy Caro were busy covering this event for Today’s Cycle Coverage.

Vince Laker (192) brought out his bikes but decided not to bring his dogs with him. This is Vince’s dual-sport bike, which does not have the headlight on... but just wait until dark, because we have another picture for you…

Vince Laker (192) brought out his bikes but decided not to bring his dogs with him. This is Vince’s dual-sport bike, which does not have the headlight on… but just wait until dark, because we have another picture for you…

With his Fox jersey and a number-zero plate, Steve Furman leads through this turn as a GP 2 125cc Intermediate contestant. Behind him is Brad Russell (45G), who became the winner of the GP 1 125cc Expert class.

With his Fox jersey and a number-zero plate, Steve Furman leads through this turn as a GP 2 125cc Intermediate contestant. Behind him is Brad Russell (45G), who became the winner of the GP 1 125cc Expert class.

Going around this sweeper at the extreme right side of the track are two Suzuki riders, John Handy (56P) and Pat Wilkining (21), in race eight.

Going around this sweeper at the extreme right side of the track are two Suzuki riders, John Handy (56P) and Pat Wilkining (21), in race eight.

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Yes, there were three-wheelers dicing on the track with a sidecar in race six. Jason Lohrbach (73) takes this turn ahead of Mark & Kathy Wood, on their sidecar. The Wood team is going to the United Kingdom to race in a sidecar championship.

Yes, there were three-wheelers dicing on the track with a sidecar in race six. Jason Lohrbach (73) takes this turn ahead of Mark & Kathy Wood, on their sidecar. The Wood team is going to the United Kingdom to race in a sidecar championship.

Featured in our opening picture was Mark Stubbs, racing his Elsinore at Ascot Park in years gone by. This is a picture of Mark today, on the bike that he bought from Mark Wheeler. “My 1986 Honda CR250 I call my ‘fountain of youth,’” Stubbs said. “I got on that thing and it pushed me back 30 years – I went from 50 to 20!”

Featured in our opening picture was Mark Stubbs, racing his Elsinore at Ascot Park in years gone by. This is a picture of Mark today, on the bike that he bought from Mark Wheeler. “My 1986 Honda CR250 I call my ‘fountain of youth,’” Stubbs said. “I got on that thing and it pushed me back 30 years – I went from 50 to 20!”

Race 11 finds two riders sliding around this sweeper – and no, this isn’t flat-track racing. On the inside line is Jared Nichols (51) and to the outside is Jeff Dailey (158). Overall for the day in the Modern Support Four-Stroke Intermediate class, it was Brad Stillman taking the win, with Dailey in second and Nichols in third.

Race 11 finds two riders sliding around this sweeper – and no, this isn’t flat-track racing. On the inside line is Jared Nichols (51) and to the outside is Jeff Dailey (158). Overall for the day in the Modern Support Four-Stroke Intermediate class, it was Brad Stillman taking the win, with Dailey in second and Nichols in third.

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After challenging each other for the first time ever at the 2014 Hell On Wheels Moto-Scramble, Scott Burnworth (8) and Greg “Zeke” Landers (27G) lined up again in race three at this event, and it was certain to be a good race. This shot shows Burnworth getting the edge over Landers around this sweeper.

After challenging each other for the first time ever at the 2014 Hell On Wheels Moto-Scramble, Scott Burnworth (8) and Greg “Zeke” Landers (27G) lined up again in race three at this event, and it was certain to be a good race. This shot shows Burnworth getting the edge over Landers around this sweeper.

Scott Burnworth (8) is the king of local Vintage Motocross. His status as a legendary performer continues throughout the years, and there is a natural aura that shines from him.

Scott Burnworth (8) is the king of local Vintage Motocross. His status as a legendary performer continues throughout the years, and there is a natural aura that shines from him.

“I’ve been lucky for a long time,” said Scott Burnworth, pushing his Ossa back to the pits with some help from Bryan Paquette. Scott was leading race three when his bike came to a stop. Mechanic Keith Lynas will find out what the problem is.

“I’ve been lucky for a long time,” said Scott Burnworth, pushing his Ossa back to the pits with some help from Bryan Paquette. Scott was leading race three when his bike came to a stop. Mechanic Keith Lynas will find out what the problem is.

With Burnworth out of the race, Greg Landers (27G) took over race three. Landers took the Vintage Sportsmen 500cc Expert win. No doubt Greg will be a major player in the upcoming So Cal Vintage Motocross Classic. By then, Scott will have his Ossa going again, too.

With Burnworth out of the race, Greg Landers (27G) took over race three. Landers took the Vintage Sportsmen 500cc Expert win. No doubt Greg will be a major player in the upcoming So Cal Vintage Motocross Classic. By then, Scott will have his Ossa going again, too.

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Now came a special time of the day, when the sun started to fall, producing a dramatic and warm, shadowy lighting. Ron Ratigan (1) is caught in this moment on his motorcycle. “I signed up for more motos than I could ride,” said Ratigan. “I love the group – great fun and great people!”

Now came a special time of the day, when the sun started to fall, producing a dramatic and warm, shadowy lighting. Ron Ratigan (1) is caught in this moment on his motorcycle. “I signed up for more motos than I could ride,” said Ratigan. “I love the group – great fun and great people!”

It’s getting busy-busy through this section in race 12. Leading the parade is Ed Larnerd (312), who is followed by Alfredo Martinez (577) and David Martinez (369) on the outside line.

It’s getting busy-busy through this section in race 12. Leading the parade is Ed Larnerd (312), who is followed by Alfredo Martinez (577) and David Martinez (369) on the outside line.

Over the jumps and off into the wild blue yonder go Kevin Rogers (54) and Darrin Hammond (101). The light was subtle, nice, and cool blue – just perfect for riding.

Over the jumps and off into the wild blue yonder go Kevin Rogers (54) and Darrin Hammond (101). The light was subtle, nice, and cool blue – just perfect for riding.

Tyler Jensma takes a big leap over this jump, which was flanked by not one but two American flags. The national anthem was sung by Sandy Weidler, who not only sings well but races well in the Women’s class.

Tyler Jensma takes a big leap over this jump, which was flanked by not one but two American flags. The national anthem was sung by Sandy Weidler, who not only sings well but races well in the Women’s class.

A grapey dusk: The color of Temecula Valley’s pressed grapes covered the horizon – a moment when all was shadowy and sweet. The not yet darkened sky was then lit by a burst from the track’s lighting. It was time for the racers to get their night on!

A grapey dusk: The color of Temecula Valley’s pressed grapes covered the horizon – a moment when all was shadowy and sweet. The not yet darkened sky was then lit by a burst from the track’s lighting. It was time for the racers to get their night on!

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Vince Laker (192) got his night on by putting his headlight on, as you can see. “Finally, I wasn’t late for an event!” said Laker. “I had a blast racing four classes. The dual-sport was my favorite race. Running the headlight had its advantages.”

Vince Laker (192) got his night on by putting his headlight on, as you can see. “Finally, I wasn’t late for an event!” said Laker. “I had a blast racing four classes. The dual-sport was my favorite race. Running the headlight had its advantages.”

Rick Guilmette (35R) had his headlight on in the dual-sport class, too. Guilmette was pretty good at the starts. “I got a holeshot in the second GP 1 125cc moto and I got third overall,” he recounted. “I got a holeshot in the second dual-sport moto and led a lap and got second overall.”

Rick Guilmette (35R) had his headlight on in the dual-sport class, too. Guilmette was pretty good at the starts. “I got a holeshot in the second GP 1 125cc moto and I got third overall,” he recounted. “I got a holeshot in the second dual-sport moto and led a lap and got second overall.”

Tom Decrescente (63) is perhaps the most consistent three-wheel racer in this club. “I was out of shape for that one, and the 16-year-old Tanner Pies got the win, with me second,” Decrescente reported. “I was gassing out towards the end. The big jumps and big gaps to clear were a treat.”

Tom Decrescente (63) is perhaps the most consistent three-wheel racer in this club. “I was out of shape for that one, and the 16-year-old Tanner Pies got the win, with me second,” Decrescente reported. “I was gassing out towards the end. The big jumps and big gaps to clear were a treat.”

Going around the first turn in race 10 and headed into a puff of dust are Darrin Hammond (101) and Ron Rinden (51). The day was not perfect for Hammond, who had a wipe-out and yet another problem: “Apparently sometime during the race, I got a flat tire, because I ripped off the air stem,” he said.

Going around the first turn in race 10 and headed into a puff of dust are Darrin Hammond (101) and Ron Rinden (51). The day was not perfect for Hammond, who had a wipe-out and yet another problem: “Apparently sometime during the race, I got a flat tire, because I ripped off the air stem,” he said.

Race 12 featured the Modern Support Four-Stroke Expert class, and here, they take the first turn in the second moto. Tyler Jensma (388) was the go-fast racer of the day, leading here and on the way to first place overall. Tim Rasmussen (28) and Jeff Hjalmar (529) are charging from behind Jensma.

Race 12 featured the Modern Support Four-Stroke Expert class, and here, they take the first turn in the second moto. Tyler Jensma (388) was the go-fast racer of the day, leading here and on the way to first place overall. Tim Rasmussen (28) and Jeff Hjalmar (529) are charging from behind Jensma.

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Now it was time to cool down and have an awards presentation. Lori Payne (left) talks with Penny Shidner (right), who would be the presenter of the medals, and the bachelorette... with a party to which the guys were not invited.

Now it was time to cool down and have an awards presentation. Lori Payne (left) talks with Penny Shidner (right), who would be the presenter of the medals, and the bachelorette… with a party to which the guys were not invited.

With a big smile, Frank Maney accepts his medal for taking second in the Vintage Sportsmen 500cc Intermediate class. “I exchanged the lead with [overall winner] Ray Zuchowski a couple of times, but he got me at the end,” Maney recounted. “The track was the most challenging of the year. Whoops, doubles and triples maxed out my Redline Suzuki suspension. I snapped my head forward multiple times; [my] hips are sore from going for it.”

With a big smile, Frank Maney accepts his medal for taking second in the Vintage Sportsmen 500cc Intermediate class. “I exchanged the lead with [overall winner] Ray Zuchowski a couple of times, but he got me at the end,” Maney recounted. “The track was the most challenging of the year. Whoops, doubles and triples maxed out my Redline Suzuki suspension. I snapped my head forward multiple times; [my] hips are sore from going for it.”

Okay, now here is Kevin Rogers, the guy who received a big part of our coverage. Kevin deserved it for his stylish riding, which led him to a first-place win in the GP 3 250cc Intermediate and Over 50 GP Intermediate classes.

Okay, now here is Kevin Rogers, the guy who received a big part of our coverage. Kevin deserved it for his stylish riding, which led him to a first-place win in the GP 3 250cc Intermediate and Over 50 GP Intermediate classes.

Christian Jae Hanks (left), who took first in the GP Open Age Intermediate class, and Brent Koble (right) show their appreciation to Penny, the awards presenter. “Perris MX was a great track, and fast!” Hanks said. “Overall, CALVMX is the best, and thank you for putting on these great races! And thanks to my pops for being there... and my beautiful girlfriend Astrid for supporting me.”

Christian Jae Hanks (left), who took first in the GP Open Age Intermediate class, and Brent Koble (right) show their appreciation to Penny, the awards presenter. “Perris MX was a great track, and fast!” Hanks said. “Overall, CALVMX is the best, and thank you for putting on these great races! And thanks to my pops for being there… and my beautiful girlfriend Astrid for supporting me.”

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Who is this tall guy getting his award? Why, that’s Brian Tracy, who now lives in Washington State but comes out to race with the CALVMX. “The last race that I did was in Washougal,” Tracy said. “It was an hour-and-a-half race, and I tore up my hands.” And yes, we saw the callouses on his hands.

Who is this tall guy getting his award? Why, that’s Brian Tracy, who now lives in Washington State but comes out to race with the CALVMX. “The last race that I did was in Washougal,” Tracy said. “It was an hour-and-a-half race, and I tore up my hands.” And yes, we saw the callouses on his hands.

Greg Landers doesn’t need any help to win a race, because he is so fast on his Yamaha 360. However, when Scott Burnworth’s Ossa took a DNF, race three then belonged to Greg (although they were actually competing in different classes). Here, Landers accepts his award for winning the Vintage Sportsmen 500cc Expert class with his medal in one hand and two beers in the other. (Why, that’s something that Ron Ratigan would do!)

Greg Landers doesn’t need any help to win a race, because he is so fast on his Yamaha 360. However, when Scott Burnworth’s Ossa took a DNF, race three then belonged to Greg (although they were actually competing in different classes). Here, Landers accepts his award for winning the Vintage Sportsmen 500cc Expert class with his medal in one hand and two beers in the other. (Why, that’s something that Ron Ratigan would do!)

Say hello to Tim Vasquez, who took a medal for his effort in the Vintage Sportsmen 500cc Novice class. Now, those who know Tim are familiar with his dog Norman. Well, while this photographer was taking these awards pictures, that rascal Norman grabbed my plate and ate that hot dog – sauerkraut and all…

Say hello to Tim Vasquez, who took a medal for his effort in the Vintage Sportsmen 500cc Novice class. Now, those who know Tim are familiar with his dog Norman. Well, while this photographer was taking these awards pictures, that rascal Norman grabbed my plate and ate that hot dog – sauerkraut and all…

…so watch out for Norman.

…so watch out for Norman.

[For more from this event, including race coverage, results and more photos, please see “VMX Goes Roostin’ in the Moonlight!” by Steve Caro and Kathryn Caro… Editor]

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