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Portfolio from CALVMX Regional Vintage Motocross Series, Round Six

| 2 July 2015 3:13 pm

CALVMX/100%/Regional Series
Round 6: Lake Elsinore MX Park

Story and Photography by Tom Corley/tcestudios@netzero.net
LAKE ELSINORE, CA, JUNE 20, 2015

Braving the elements on this day meant working around the hottest temperatures of any CALVMX event this year. You know it’s hot when one rider had an umbrella over his bike to shield it from the heat! (Yes, we’ve got the picture.) The water truck cooled down the track, which kept the dust down, but that presented a new challenge for those riders who went down on a slippery first turn. (And yes, we’ve got the picture.) The slippery surface of the Elsinore track was thought by some to be closer to that of Saddleback and not water-absorbing like the favored track at Cahuilla. All of this is just part of racing motocross, and those who did could be considered the brave.

An awards presentation topped off the day, which gave the winners a chance to have a picture taken with the beautiful Astrid Logan. Though a cold drink was important to rehydrate, a spirited group of racers (including Astrid) found a creative way to cool down, and that was by taking off the MX gear and jumping into the pond that was in the middle of the track. (And, oh yes, we’ve got that picture too!)

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“It’s going to be a hot, dirty and dusty day,” declared CALVMX promoter Frank Vrettas, who also warned, “Please don’t ignore the flaggers!” That was more important than ever, as for some races the left side of the track was utilized and for some races it was not. The flaggers helped keep everyone on course, and that was important.

“It’s going to be a hot, dirty and dusty day,” declared CALVMX promoter Frank Vrettas, who also warned, “Please don’t ignore the flaggers!” That was more important than ever, as for some races the left side of the track was utilized and for some races it was not. The flaggers helped keep everyone on course, and that was important.

This XR ridden by Art Leva was given some temporary shade before it went out to race. What a perfect day it was to have hired some umbrella girls... just a thought.

This XR ridden by Art Leva was given some temporary shade before it went out to race. What a perfect day it was to have hired some umbrella girls… just a thought.

Team Swolen’s Mars Ratliff was one of the day’s contestants in the Women’s class. Alongside Mars are her kids Massen (who is 4 years old) and Grant (who is 6). “Keep it real” is the saying that Mars lives by.

Team Swolen’s Mars Ratliff was one of the day’s contestants in the Women’s class. Alongside Mars are her kids Massen (who is 4 years old) and Grant (who is 6). “Keep it real” is the saying that Mars lives by.

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Tres amigos – serious hombres here who are ready to take to the track, and they don’t take to anyone getting in their way. Who are they? Let’s see them on their bikes….

Tres amigos – serious hombres here who are ready to take to the track, and they don’t take to anyone getting in their way. Who are they? Let’s see them on their bikes….

Let’s reveal who these amigos are: Marcus Crider (102), Scott Mays (59) and Mark Stubbs (16).

Let’s reveal who these amigos are: Marcus Crider (102), Scott Mays (59) and Mark Stubbs (16).

“My day was a waste,” Marcus Crider said after the event. “The Maico loaded up on the starting line of the first moto, so I missed that moto. Heat forced me to pack up and go home early. Next race, I’ll be ready for a win.”

“Every day at the track is a good one,” declared Scott Mays. “I got a good start in the first moto, then discovered how slick Elsinore can be. I went into Ed Tashjian as he tried to make a pass heading into turn two, and it took us both off the track.”

“The racing was great, and the track was just as slippery as Saddleback – slick and hot, just the way we like it,” said Mark Stubbs. “If you raced Saddleback back in the day, you should have had no problem with the slick track here!”

A starter with a real flair, that’s our Dano. He’s not really big enough to play Santa Claus. As hot as it was, Dano found a way to shade himself with that flag that he waved to start the races.

A starter with a real flair, that’s our Dano. He’s not really big enough to play Santa Claus. As hot as it was, Dano found a way to shade himself with that flag that he waved to start the races.

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Okay, here’s that slippery first turn. As you can see, something or someone is about to go down. At the front of the pack is Tyler Varner (118), followed by Mark Sandzimier (50) and Randy Rhinehart (919). Barry Katz (17) is going wobbly, and Darrin Hammond (101) is trying to avoid hitting him.

Okay, here’s that slippery first turn. As you can see, something or someone is about to go down. At the front of the pack is Tyler Varner (118), followed by Mark Sandzimier (50) and Randy Rhinehart (919). Barry Katz (17) is going wobbly, and Darrin Hammond (101) is trying to avoid hitting him.

“Going into the first turn,” Darin Hammond recounted, “a rider [Barry Katz] in front of me went down. When he slammed on his front brakes, it caused his back end to pop up. When his back tire came down, it landed on my bike’s right side, tearing the radiator shroud away from the bike. For the rest of the race, the broken piece kept catching on my knee, which hindered me for the rest of the race.”

Barry Katz (17) hits the ground and Darrin Hammond (101) hits him, while Verne Lofquist (51) slows down to avoid the carnage.

Barry Katz (17) hits the ground and Darrin Hammond (101) hits him, while Verne Lofquist (51) slows down to avoid the carnage.

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Hey, that’s Art Leva (1) racing the XR that had the umbrella on it. Join in with Art and others like Mike Bierman for adult minibike racing at every CALVMX event.

Hey, that’s Art Leva (1) racing the XR that had the umbrella on it. Join in with Art and others like Mike Bierman for adult minibike racing at every CALVMX event.

Kevin Reynolds cleans his knobbies.

Kevin Reynolds cleans his knobbies.

Cleaning off the muddy knobbies makes sense, and it works for Kevin Reynolds.

“It was a really warm day,” Reynolds said. “I stayed plenty hydrated all day long. I raced the GP Over 50 Novice and the GP 2 500cc Novice class. My first moto was a little sketchy, as the track had some pretty slippery sections from the morning watering during track prep. I held on for a first in both classes in moto one and two. The highlight of the day was taking the holeshot in my last moto on the multiclass gate and taking the overall win!”

Caught in a spray of dust and rocks, Kevin Reynolds (center) would take his Maico to his class win in race four. Brent Koble (421) takes to the left, while Mark Stubbs maneuvers to the right.

Caught in a spray of dust and rocks, Kevin Reynolds (center) would take his Maico to his class win in race four. Brent Koble (421) takes to the left, while Mark Stubbs maneuvers to the right.

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Dena Yenawine (Z75) navigates through this berm in race three. Travis McCaw was the victor of the Vintage Sportsman 250cc Intermediate class, with Yenawine taking fifth.

Dena Yenawine (Z75) navigates through this berm in race three. Travis McCaw was the victor of the Vintage Sportsman 250cc Intermediate class, with Yenawine taking fifth.

More action from race three, with the Vintage 125cc Intermediates taking to the track, and one of those was Timothy Bartee (814) on a yellow-tanked Elsinore.

More action from race three, with the Vintage 125cc Intermediates taking to the track, and one of those was Timothy Bartee (814) on a yellow-tanked Elsinore.

“I hadn’t ridden the Elsinore since our January race at Elsinore,” reported Timothy Bartee. “I was totally out of shape, and I’m still dealing with neck issues. I had a good first moto, chasing Jeff Snyder around, but I didn’t have enough umph to get past him. The second moto was the same, and I knew I didn’t have to beat him, so I just had fun hitting jumps and stuff. It was a fun track, hot day; all in all, I was happy to just be out there and ended up second for the day.”

Want more from race three? Frank Maney (70) took his big-bore Suzuki out and raced with Tim McIntyre (13).

Want more from race three? Frank Maney (70) took his big-bore Suzuki out and raced with Tim McIntyre (13).

“Rare Maney first-moto disaster… could not fire the Cyclone and completed only the last lap,” Frank Maney said. “Stellar second moto… battling McIntyre to finally overtake him for third overall and first overall in the Sportsman 500cc Intermediate class.”

Yet more from race three: Brent Wilkinson (51), who was entered in the Vintage Sportsman 250cc Expert class, leads Travis McCaw (511), who became the winner of the Vintage Sportsman 250cc Intermediate class.

Yet more from race three: Brent Wilkinson (51), who was entered in the Vintage Sportsman 250cc Expert class, leads Travis McCaw (511), who became the winner of the Vintage Sportsman 250cc Intermediate class.

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Perhaps the closest race of the day was between Mark Sandzimier (50) and Randy Minter. On this stretch, they are close, but they were about to get even closer…

Perhaps the closest race of the day was between Mark Sandzimier (50) and Randy Minter. On this stretch, they are close, but they were about to get even closer…

…as they flew over the jump. When all was said and done, it was Mark Sandzimier with the overall GP 2 125cc Expert win and Randy Minter placing second.

…as they flew over the jump. When all was said and done, it was Mark Sandzimier with the overall GP 2 125cc Expert win and Randy Minter placing second.

Flagger Mark Aquino gives Vincent Laker (192) the checkered flag.

Flagger Mark Aquino gives Vincent Laker (192) the checkered flag.

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Now it was time for the trophy presentation. Astrid Logan (left) awards a medal to XR 75/80cc Stock Intermediate winner Art Leva (right). This must be a first, as typically a winner would will have a medal in one hand and a beer in the other. Art has a medal – and a carton of milk.

Now it was time for the trophy presentation. Astrid Logan (left) awards a medal to XR 75/80cc Stock Intermediate winner Art Leva (right). This must be a first, as typically a winner would will have a medal in one hand and a beer in the other. Art has a medal – and a carton of milk.

Mike Bierman (center) gets special treatment, as he poses with Astrid Logan (left) and Lori Payne (right) while accepting his medal for the Adult Mini Open Expert class.

Mike Bierman (center) gets special treatment, as he poses with Astrid Logan (left) and Lori Payne (right) while accepting his medal for the Adult Mini Open Expert class.

Now, there’s only one person who gets this kind of treatment from Astrid – and that would be her boyfriend Christian Hanks. After all, he just won the GP 2 250cc Intermediate class.

Now, there’s only one person who gets this kind of treatment from Astrid – and that would be her boyfriend Christian Hanks. After all, he just won the GP 2 250cc Intermediate class.

“I had a great time racing with everyone,” said Christian Hanks. “As usual, my bike ran really good, and I rode pretty good. I won my class and battled it out with Darrin Hammond in the last moto of the day for the win!

“Thanks to CALVMX for always putting on the best races,” Hanks added. “Also, to my Pops, for always coming out and helping me and supporting me, and thank you to my beautiful girlfriend Astrid, and to my mom for supporting me and always helping me and making sure I make it out to my races. It was another great race in the books and another win for me!”

Modern Support Four-Stroke Expert-class winner Robbie Campbell didn’t have his picture taken with Astrid; instead he posed with his girlfriend Ashley, who is also known as the “30-second girl” who worked the starting line at the So Cal Vintage MX Classic 6... Oh, now you remember her!

Modern Support Four-Stroke Expert-class winner Robbie Campbell didn’t have his picture taken with Astrid; instead he posed with his girlfriend Ashley, who is also known as the “30-second girl” who worked the starting line at the So Cal Vintage MX Classic 6… Oh, now you remember her!

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Look out! A dust devil is on the way, and it’s going to get you! Okay, so everyone got a little hot and dusty today. However, there was one way to cool off, as we told you at the beginning…

Look out! A dust devil is on the way, and it’s going to get you! Okay, so everyone got a little hot and dusty today. However, there was one way to cool off, as we told you at the beginning…

“Jump! ...Might as well jump,” as Van Halen says. Frank and Shari Maney, Christian Hanks, Astrid Logan, Mark Sandzimier and Shari Ball-Garcia did more than jump – they took a flying leap into that cold water!

“Jump! …Might as well jump,” as Van Halen says. Frank and Shari Maney, Christian Hanks, Darrin Hammond, Astrid Logan, Mark Sandzimier and Shari Ball-Garcia did more than jump – they took a flying leap into that cold water!

Splash, and wave to the camera…!

Splash, and wave to the camera…!

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That’s it for our coverage of this event, but we will see you for more fun and adventure at the next CALVMX motocross at Cahuilla Creek MX Park on July 19.

[For more from this event, including race coverage, results and more photos, please see “Snyder and Tashjian Beat the Elsinore Heat!” by Steve Caro and Kathryn Caro… Editor]

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