Scott Burnworth So Cal Vintage MX Classic 6
Glen Helen Raceway
Story by Steve Caro
Photos by Kathryn Caro
SAN BERNARDINO, CA, JUNE 6, 2015
Exactly 71 years after the largest armed invasion and amphibious landing in history, the allied invasion of occupied Europe – a.k.a. “D-Day,” June 6, 1944 – there was a more peaceful occupation in the high-desert city of San Bernardino, California. The occasion was Scott Burnworth’s So Cal Vintage MX Classic 6. Instead of weapons of war, the equipment involved was classic racing machines dating from the early 1970s up to and including modern machinery, and instead of General Eisenhower, the Supreme Commander was Mr. Burnworth.
Former Rookie of the Year and vice-outdoor National Champion Scott Burnworth has kept the formula simple for his highly successful yearly event. The equation of having fun racing any machine you want, plus a challenging track, along with extras such as a raffle, a classic-bike display featuring Eric Geboers’ 1983 World Championship-winning Suzuki 125 and Jim Stein’s custom Hodaka Super Rat complete with an ultra-rare Webco cylinder and head combination (of which Stein says only three examples are known to exist), and guest commentary by Larry “Super Mouth” Huffman adds up to perfection for Burnworth and his platoon of assistants, including the staff of CALVMX, on a yearly basis.
The sixth edition of Burnworth’s annual event was staged on a modified rendering of Glen Helen’s main track. Although the more modern obstacles were bypassed or toned down for the older machinery, the course still lived up to its reputation of being one of the most challenging courses in motocross. Two parts of the (in-) famous “Mount St. Helens” hill section were included, and only a select few classes were exempted from tackling the steep climb and equally steep downhill portion. Smaller-displacement machines, in particular the 100cc and 125cc variety, were literally screaming at maximum revs as they clawed their way up the hill.
The women of motocross began the day, featuring two motos of great racing. Expert-ranked Liz Winslow battled her fellow Yamaha rider, Intermediate-ranked Ginger Lee Hill, for track supremacy in both motos. Although they were being scored separately, neither rider gave an inch. Hill was especially notable on her two-stroke YZ250, as she powered her way to back-to-back moto wins, with the bonus of being the first rider across the finish line in both motos.
Tallying second overall in the Intermediate division was CZ rider Katherine Wood, with Honda pilot Lori Payne third overall.
Winslow topped the Expert ranks with 1-1 scores, while CALVMX regular Kaley Martin took the gold in the Novice ranks.
Some of the smallest machines on the track provided some of the best racing action of the day. Multiple-time World Vet Champion Doug Dubach and Scott Burnworth battled head to head in both motos, both on Yamahas. Rarely backing off the throttle anywhere around the course, Dubach and Burnworth were never more than a few bikelengths apart in either moto. In some sections of the course, Burnworth seemed to have the advantage over Dubach, while in other areas Dubach controlled things.
Dubach would win both motos on the day, with his efforts including launching his pint-sized machine repeatedly over the entire steep uphill tabletop jump section. Burnworth rode on the ragged edge and came within a few feet of taking the overall. His second-place finish was adequate proof that great racing can be had on the smallest machines.
Honda-mounted John Simanovich dominated the Vintage Sportsman 125cc Intermediate division with a two-moto sweep over Honda jockey Jeff Snyder and CZ rider Robert Guerin.
In the Vintage Sportsman 125cc Expert division, it was a CZ sweep of the top three places, with Gary Faxon taking the overall, over hard-charging twentysomething rider Nick LaPaglia in second and Charlie Richardson in third. LaPaglia just missed netting the overall when his left footpeg snapped off and he was forced to use the engine-case cover and hang his foot in the air to finish the second moto.
Brian Tracy was able to take time off from his railroad job and added three more overall victories to his collection by taking wins in the Fast Eddy Run What You Brung Memorial GP, Revolution 500 Expert and Evolution 250 events. His accomplishments earned him special notice from guest commentator Larry Huffman, who greatly admired Tracy’s speed around the tough Glen Helen course.
One of the most popular races of the day was the CZ Challenge. Upgraded to two motos this year, 22 of the illustrious machines from the dawn of the two-stroke era of motocross took to the course.
In the Expert division, Nick LaPaglia was the dominant figure, as he swept both motos in convincing style. His attack on the treacherous whoop section was amazing. LaPaglia literally flew and hopped his way across the tops of the whoops without seeming to back off the throttle one iota. Finishing second behind LaPaglia was Clark Jones, who was followed by Nick’s father, Mike LaPaglia.
Not to be outdone by the CZ Challenge Experts, Ron Renzulli powered his way to the overall victory in the Intermediate class, over Robert Finnegan and Steve Roach.
In the Novice division, Charlie Finnegan took the overall, over Tim Vasquez. They were the only two Novices to start and finish both motos.
Clark Jones topped the Over 50 Vintage Expert class, with his fellow CZ pilot Mike LaPaglia second and Can-Am rider Steve Ellis third. Bultaco-mounted Chris Alexander topped the Intermediate class, and CZ rider Charlie Finnegan again topped the Novices.
Suzuki-mounted Mark Sandzimier stood in the winners’ circle in Evolution 125cc Expert action.
Yamaha rider Carter Dubach (Yam) won the Junior contest.
Honda rider Dwayne Franks took the Adult Mini Intermediate win, over CALVMX president Frank Vrettas, who was making an ultra-rare appearance as a competitor.
Scott Burnworth has perfected a highly successful format for his annual event. With a class for any machine and rider, healthy industry participation, and a well-organized schedule that went off with nary a glitch, next year’s seventh edition should be an event put on every racer’s schedule.
For further information on Vintage Motocross racing, please see calvmx.net and ahrma.org.
Glen Helen Raceway
San Bernardino, California
Results: June 6, 2015
JR: 1. Carter Dubach (Yam).
WOMEN NOV: 1. Kaley Martin (Yam); 2. Jessica Wagner (Hon); 3. Lillie Chase (Hon); 4. Tina Marie (Kaw); 5. Chris Roysdon (Suz).
WOMEN INT: 1. Ginger Lee Hill (Yam); 2. Katherine Wood (CZ); 3. Lori Payne (Hon); 4. Carole Feeney (Kaw); 5. Heather Majcherek (Yam).
WOMEN EX: 1. Liz Winslow (Yam).
ADULT MINI NOV: 1. Ethan Mathews (KTM); 2. Dean Greenman; 3. Chad Zamora (Suz); 4. Cameron Hunt (Kaw).
ADULT MINI INT: 1. Dwayne Franks (Hon); 2. Frank Vrettas (Hon); 3. Tyler Varner (Kaw).
ADULT MINI EX: 1. Bob Tocco (Suz); 2. Mike Bierman (Hon).
VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 125 NOV: 1. Randy Okada (Yam).
VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 125 INT: 1. John Simanovich (Hon); 2. Jeff Snyder (Hon); 3. Robert Guerin (CZ).
VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 125 EX: 1. Gary Faxon (CZ); 2. Nick LaPaglia (CZ); 3. Charlie Richardson (CZ); 4. Jim Stein (Hod).
2×4 NOV: 1. Tom Dennison (Hon); 2. Tommy Chavez.
2×4 INT: 1. Shawn Ryan (Kaw); 2. Ken Wilson (Hon); 3. Andrew Hursh (Hon); 4. Bret Bonham (Hon); 5. Dion Davis (Hon).
2×4 EX: 1. Rick Doughty (Hon); 2. Mike Sheryak (Hon).
FAST EDDY RUN WHAT YOU BRUNG: 1. Brian Tracy; 2. Matt Tracy (Kaw); 3. Don Hansing (Mai); 4. Marc Brown (Yam); 5. Douglas Farren (Tri).
VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 250/500 NOV: 1. Tim Vasquez (CZ); 2. Jarett Dierker (Yam).
VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 250/500 INT: 1. Larry Bauman (Yam); 2. Norm Himaka (Mai); 3. Doug Brown (CZ); 4. Jim Barker (Hon); 5. Eric Erstrand (Tri).
VINTAGE SPORTSMAN 250/500 EX: 1. Nick LaPaglia (CZ); 2. Scott Burnworth (Oss); 3. Marc Brown (CZ); 4. Gary DeForest (CZ); 5. Brent Wilkinson (Suz).
EVOLUTION 250/500 NOV: 1. Johnny Torres (Yam); 2. Kevin Reynolds (Mai); 3. Marc Danna (Yam); 4. John Willoughby (Hon); 5. Scott Kramer (Kaw).
EVOLUTION 250/500 INT: 1. Rick Price (Mai); 2. Dominic East (Hon); 3. Don Hansing (Mai); 4. Larry Selby (Yam); 5. Michael Smole (Yam).
EVOLUTION 250/500 EX: 1. Brian Tracy (Yam); 2. Bryan Minter (Suz); 3. Ed Tashjian (Suz); 4. Ron Ratigan (Hon); 5. Brian Curtis (Mai).
REVOLUTION 125 INT: 1. Tim Luera (Hon).
REVOLUTION 125 EX: 1. Ed Tashjian (Suz).
EVOLUTION 125 INT: 1. Phil Revilee (Suz); 2. Dallas Brown (Suz).
EVOLUTION 125 EX: 1. Mark Sandzimier (Suz); 2. Mike Sheryak (Hon).
REVOLUTION 250/500 NOV: 1. Guy Shidner (Hon); 2. David Ogilvie (Hon); 3. Cory Clark (Hon); 4. Darrin Hammond.
REVOLUTION 250/500 INT: 1. Doug Runyon (Hon); 2. Christian Hanks (Kaw).
REVOLUTION 250/500 EX: 1. Brian Tracy (Kaw); 2. Trevor Bell (Hon); 3. Marc Brown (Hon); 4. Loren Dimond (Suz).
CZ CHALLENGE NOV: 1. Charlie Finnegan; 2. Tim Vasquez.
CZ CHALLENGE INT: 1. Ron Renzulli; 2. Robert Finnegan; 3. Steve Roach; 4. Jay East; 5. Dana Yenawine.
CZ CHALLENGE EX: 1. Nick LaPaglia; 2. Clark Jones; 3. Mike LaPaglia; 4. Mark Wood; 5. Kirk Chapman.
2-STROKE 125 NOV: 1. Collin Corrigan (KTM); 2. John Willoughby (Yam).
2-STROKE 125 INT: 1. Clint Shepard (Hon); 2. Ron Renzulli (Yam); 3. Tim Hoole (Yam).
2-STROKE 250/500 NOV: 1. Tim McMorrow (Yam); 2. Eddie Fonseca Sr. (Yam); 3. Jimmy Acosta (Hon); 4. Tim Helzer (KTM); 5. Marc Danna (Yam).
2-STROKE 250/500 INT: 1. Johnny O’Brien (Yam); 2. Dan Schramm (Hon); 3. Ginger Lee Hill (Yam); 4. Noah Ramos (Hon); 5. Zach Walker (Suz).
2-STROKE 250/500 EX: 1. Matt Popp (Hon); 2. Trevor Bell (Hon); 3. Jack McCormick (Yam); 4. Mike Mechkoff (Kaw).
50+ EVOLUTION/REVOLUTION NOV: 1. Chris Burn (Yam); 2. Kevin Reynolds (Mai); 3. Chris Vaughn (Suz); 4. Steve Voznick (Kaw); 5. Hal Voznick (Suz).
50+ EVOLUTION/REVOLUTION INT: 1. Eric Clemson (Yam); 2. Rick Guilmette (Yam); 3. John Forsythe; 4. Dominic East (Hon); 5. Tommy Luera (Hon).
50+ EVOLUTION/REVOLUTION EX: 1. Brad Morrison (Mai); 2. Brent Koble (KTM).
60/70+ EVOLUTION/REVOLUTION NOV: 1. Brian Mathews (Kaw).
60/70+ EVOLUTION/REVOLUTION EX: 1. Chip Howell (Yam).
OPEN MODERN 4-STROKE & 2-STROKE NOV: 1. Eddie McDonald (Hon); 2. Aaron Todd (Hon); 3. Trevor Joehnck (Yam); 4. Zach Walker (Suz); 5. Johnny Torres (Yam).
OPEN MODERN 4-STROKE & 2-STROKE INT: 1. Zach Vogt (Yam); 2. Brandon Patton (KTM); 3. Phil Reville (Hon); 4. Ben Woolsey (Yam); 5. James Dean (Hon).
OPEN MODERN 4-STROKE & 2-STROKE EX: 1. Dylan Crower (Yam); 2. Matt Popp (Hon).
SO CAL 6 TEAM RACE: 1. Johnny O’Brian/ Zach Vogt; 2. Tommy Croft/ Al Gabriola (Hon); 3. Darrin Hammond/ Frank Maney (Yam); 4. Carter Dubach/ Doug Dubach (Yam); 5. Lori Payne/ Mike Bierman (Hon).
50+ VINTAGE NOV: 1. Charlie Finnegan (CZ); 2. Tim Vasquez (CZ).
50+ VINTAGE INT: 1. Chris Alexander (Bul); 2. John Woolsey (Kaw); 3. Jim Barker (Hon); 4. Jeff Snyder (Hon); 5. Jay East (CZ).
50+ VINTAGE EX: 1. Clark Jones (CZ); 2. Mike LaPaglia (CZ); 3. Steve Ellis (C-A); 4. Brent Wilkinson (Suz).
60+ VINTAGE INT: 1. Lloyd Boland (CZ); 2. Steve Roach (CZ).
MODERN SUPPORT 4-STROKE NOV: 1. Jason McCormick (Kaw); 2. Bob Fite; 3. Greg Madrid (Hon); 4. James Dean (Hon); 5. Luke Schrader (KTM).
MODERN SUPPORT 4-STROKE INT: 1. James Henderson (Kaw); 2. Dan Schramm (Hon); 3. Brian Curtis; 4. Greg Luck (Hon); 5. Doug Runyan (Hon).
MODERN SUPPORT 4-STROKE EX: 1. Scott Keller (Kaw); 2. Mark Sandzimier (Suz); 3. Jack McCormick (Suz).
Marty Tripes 100cc Works Revenge
FACTORY SUPPORT INT: 1. Randy Rhinehart (Yam); 2. Al Gabriola (Yam); 3. Scott Piddington (Yam).
FACTORY WORKS EX: 1. Steve Farmer.
FACTORY WORKS PRO: 1. Doug Dubach (Yam); 2. Scott Burnworth (Yam).