ARX American Retrocross
Round 6: Glen Helen Raceway
Story and Photography by Tom Corleyfirstname.lastname@example.org
SAN BERNARDINO, CA, JUNE 21, 2015
American Retrocross racers awakened to a welcome stream of sunlight, which bestowed blue skies as the first day of the summer solstice arrived on June 21. This faithful crowd came out to Glen Helen on Father’s Day, which made the event even more special. All the while, they realized that they could come out and race and be back in time to share the day with their families.
It was a good experience to visit this club, where most of the racers seem to know each other; plus, there were many new participants with whom to get acquainted. The word is out that ARX hosts a good race, and they “get ’er done by one,” which is the club’s creed.
Results follow the photos…
Though there are only three stars at the top of their logo, we give the ARX five stars! They truly live up to their motto: “Motocross racing the way it was meant to be.”
Time for the riders’ meeting, and this club likes to wish a “happy birthday” to their members. On this day, it was Rick Doughty (right) who received a card that had been signed by the riders, along with a gift certificate from the Home Depot.
These are the all-original awards that the winners of the 2×4 class would take home. For each race, they are made by a different club member. The 2×4 class is for anyone who wants to race an air-cooled, four-stroke bike with a motor up to 230cc. Hmmm… Maybe we can get Bob Tocco to come out and give this class a go…?
Ed Tashjian has a number of Suzukis, and this is the one that he entered in the 2×4 class. “The 2×4 was my first effort at that, kind of a shakedown run with that little DR,” Tashjian said. “Man, that thing is slow.”
Tom Chavez has a water hose in front of him and a Nikon camera behind him. How will he do in the 2×4 class on his Honda, which he calls the “Chubacaro”…?
Look! It’s Tom Chavez leading Ed Tashjian (4) in the first 2×4 moto. “As always, race day gives me butterflies in anticipation of heading into that first turn with the boys,” Chavez said.
The positions were reversed, as now Ed Tashjian (4) puts Tom Chavez behind him. “I only raced in one moto on the DR,” Tashjian reported. “After my fall in race two on the 250, I bailed on the second 2×4 moto.” Commenting about the ARX club, he added: “They’re such a good group of guys and girls. It’s always good seeing my longtime moto friends.”
Showing Pro style, Rick Doughty (2) takes this turn on his Honda in the 2×4 class. “This 2×4 class is the most fun I’ve had in 45 years,” said Doughty.
“At this age, it’s all about having fun!” exclaimed Rick Doughty, who takes this turn as good as anybody.
Flying over this jump are Suzuki jockey Ed Tashjian (4) and Maico man Stan Speck (1) in race two, for Evolution All Over 50 riders.
“The race was fun and the track layout was good as well,” Ed Tashjian said. “My first race on the 1988 250 went very well; I hadn’t ridden that bike in over a year. Unfortunately, that mudhole appeared. My second moto, I got a good start and made it through the mudhole but had an issue with the next corner. At that point, it was hard to mount any kind of charge, so I just rode the best that I could.”
In deep concentration and quiet contemplation, Michael Johnstone (110) waits to blast off the starting grid like a winner does.
“It was fun!” Michael Johnstone exclaimed after racing his Can-Am through a water hole. Michael helps out with the club: “We’ve got enough guys helping out with things that we can all race.”
This was the water hole – or call it mudhole by this point. This rider isn’t easy to identify, as his plates have been covered by another rider’s splash.
However, there were others – such as Greg Madrid (5) and Cory Clark (214) – who timed the splash through the water hole and came through it with a still-readable plate. What a difference a wheelie makes!
“I guess that didn’t work,” says Nate Rauba, a track official who lined up some water bottles so the riders wouldn’t go over the side of this ledge. Nate was the track photographer at the Corona motocross races, and a good one. This photographer got too close to the water hole and sunk knee-deep into the mud. Thanks to Nate for spraying me off with that water hose.
Honda-mounted Evolution 4 250cc Intermediate winner Andrew Garcia (8) was one of the fastest riders through this turn.
Jose Fernando Pantoja gets our vote for having the busiest-looking outfit. How would he do on the track…?
Jose Fernando Pantoja (2) leads them through this turn on his way to garnering third in the Modern Over 40 Intermediate race.
Tight competition in race three, as Jim Branson (567) leads Eric Schadron (817) and Patrick Vickers (95).
Racer and club official Bret Bonham (50) observes the starting grid and sees what line would be best for him.
“Rick Doughty usually gets the holeshot; this was the first race that it didn’t happen,” Bret Bonham said about his racing in the 2×4 event. “I got the holeshot on the number-50 green XR200. The best part is that I had Vintage Iron [Doughty’s shop] build the motor. After that, the Experts passed me in the next two corners like they always do and I rode alone to take the Intermediate-class win in the 2×4 event.”
Jim Walthall (23), on his way to winning the Decade Over 50 Novice class in race three.
Race-one action saw Diana Kautzman (204) with a clear-cut lead around this turn. What could possibly change that…?
Right at that point, Diana Kautzman’s Honda (204) started to sputter, allowing Suzuki jockey Chad Warmoth (22) to pass by her.
Now it was time for the awards presentation. Women’s Novice winner Karissa Madrid (left) accepts ARX bucks instead of a medal from Bret Bonham (right).
This fellow decided to take the medal instead of a certificate for entry-fee money. On that table were Father’s Day cupcakes – and they were good!
And here they are – the winners of the 2×4 awards that we showed you earlier: (from left to right) are Novice winner Mike Doughty, Intermediate winner Bret Bonham and Expert winner Mike Sheryak.
Tom Chavez with a 2×4 award from June 6 and a gift for his recent birthday. “Life is good,” Chavez said. “Even better with some motocross mixed in!”
Come on out to Glen Helen on July 12 for the seventh round of ARX racing!
Glen Helen Raceway
San Bernardino, California
Results: June 21, 2015 (Round 6)
PRE-1975 60+: 1. Lloyd Boland; 2. Michael Johnstone.
WOMEN NOV: 1. Karissa Madrid; 2. Diana Kautzman.
JR NOV: 1. Chad Warmoth; 2. Chance McCord.
POST-1974 100 NOV: 1. Dustin McCord.
EVOLUTION ALL 40+ INT: 1. Andrew Garcia; 2. Bret Bonham.
EVOLUTION ALL 50+ NOV: 1. Mike Meshkoff; 2. Richard Carlson; 3. Hal Voznick.
EVOLUTION ALL 50+ INT: 1. Keith Petrangelo; 2. Stan Speck; 3. Don Nielsen.
EVOLUTION ALL 50+ EX: 1. Ed Tashjian.
DECADE OPEN AGE/INT: 1. Jacob Long.
DECADE OPEN AGE/NOV: 1. Shawn Barton; 2. Markie Garloff.
DECADE 40+ EX: 1. “Captain Stardust.”
DECADE 50+ NOV: 1. Jim Walthall.
MOD OPEN/AGE EX: 1. Austin Auge.
OPEN AGE INT: 1. Bret Bonham; 2. Dylan Branson; 3. Ruben Del Valle.
MOD OPEN AGE NOV: 1. Mark Gerloff.
MODERN 40+ NOV: 1. Greg Madrid; 2. Eric Schadron; 3. Aaron Meshkoff.
MODERN 40+ INT: 1. Brian Ratliff; 2. Daniel Cawthon; 3. Jose Fernando Pantoja.
MODERN 40+ EX: 1. David McCord.
MODERN 50+ NOV: 1. Jim Melo.
PRE-1972 500 INT: 1. Michael Johnstone.
PRE-1975 200 INT: 1. Jeff Snyder.
PRE-1975 500 INT: 1. Keith Petrangelo.
EVOLUTION 250 INT: 1. Lloyd Boland.
EVOLUTION 500 INT: 1. Brian Platte; 2. Stan Speck.
EVOLUTION 2 200 NOV: 1. Hal Voznick.
EVOLUTION 2 250 INT: 1. Don Nielsen.
EVOLUTION 2 500 INT: 1. Stan Speck.
EVOLUTION 3 200 EX: 1. Mike Sheryak.
EVOLUTION 4 250 INT: 1. Andrew Garcia.
MODERN 250 INT: 1. Broc Bonham.
MODERN OPEN NOV: 1. Gerald Lucia; 2. Greg Madrid; 3. Mark Gerloff.
MODERN OPEN INT: 1. Brian Ratliff; 2. Gary Hering.
2×4 NOV: 1. Michael Johnstone; 2. Mike Doughty; 3. Tom Chavez.
2×4 INT: 1. Bret Bonham; 2. Andrew Garcia.
2×4 EX: 1. Mike Sheryak; 2. Rick Doughty; 3. Chris Comprise.