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Portfolio from CALVMX Round Five

| 13 June 2017 6:10 pm

CALVMX/ 100% SoCal Regional Vintage Motocross Series
Round 5: Perris Raceway

Story and Photography by Tom Corley/tcestudios@netzero.net
PERRIS, CA, MAY 21, 2017

CALVMX rider Tim Vasquez flew a World War II-era North American AT-6 over Perris Raceway to honor the members of our armed forces.

CALVMX rider Tim Vasquez flew a World War II-era North American AT-6 over Perris Raceway to honor the members of our armed forces.

When the CALVMX puts on a tribute-to-the-armed-forces event, they go all out! Riders were able to write letters to servicemen, which was a nice thing to do. Then a World War II airplane flew over the raceway and did barrel rolls. It turns out that it was one of our motocross racers, Tim Vasquez, in the sky!

Hot racing was seen throughout the day, and it was hot enough that privileged ones had someone shading them with an umbrella. When the dust settled, everyone rehydrated and then gathered for the awards presentation. Sure enough, there was a patriotic red-white-and-blue background, which made for good pictures of those receiving medals. Yes, there are pictures of the sky pilots, hot racing, umbrellas, the awards presentation, and even a group photo of all the riders, which was a shout-out to the injured Ed Tashjian: Get better, Ed!

Enjoy this portfolio of photos, which is best seen on a full-sized computer screen.

Greg “Zeke” Landers takes to the air!

Greg “Zeke” Landers takes to the air!

A rider who performs his art
A bandit up in them Perris hills
Everything is going his way
Just listen to his CZ engine hum
People out here are having some fun

Why, this best describes our rider Greg “Zeke” Landers.

“It was a warm one, but we made the best of it at Perris,” Greg Landers reported. “I made some changes on my CZ since we last raced here, and it helped to be able to get a good run at that finish-line tabletop and sail that old Czech tank!”

Berm-busting action between the two fastest guys in this club, Greg Landers (27) and Scott Burnworth (8).

Berm-busting action between the two fastest guys in this club, Greg Landers (27) and Scott Burnworth (8).

“I had a good time dicing with ‘The Burner’ on that finely tuned Ossa,” Landers further explained. “I wanted to send an apology to Chuck Duran, who I accidentally clipped while I was trying to hide from Burnworth. I enjoy pushing the limits on these old bikes, but it’s never my intention to cause any harm to a fellow racer. I also wanted to wish Ed Tashjian well. It’s not the same without you at the races, my friend! Get well soon, Ed, you’re deeply missed.”

Scott Burnworth in action at Perris.

Scott Burnworth in action at Perris.

Scott Burnworth’s back – and he’s also back on the “finely tuned” Ossa, as Greg Landers called it after racing against it. Recently, Scott has been spending all of his seat time aboard the Project 87 Suzuki. Scott’s day at Perris wasn’t so smooth.

“It was going great until I lost the front end and hit my knee, and that was it,” Burnworth recounted. “Zeke and I were racing, and I tried to go on the inside. They had just watered and it was slippery.”

Ah, well – that’s racing. For the day, Greg Landers won the Open Age Vintage Expert class and also the Vintage Sportsman 500cc Expert class.

Lori Payne (58) had her own umbrella boy, who happened to be Mike Bierman. Yes, he raced on this day, too…

Lori Payne (58) had her own umbrella boy, who happened to be Mike Bierman. Yes, he raced on this day, too…

There was another rider with the number 58 who had an umbrella over him at the start, and that was Garet Segkora. You can tell that the lady is with him by the lettered number-58 shirt she has around her waist.

There was another rider with the number 58 who had an umbrella over him at the start, and that was Garet Segkora. You can tell that the lady is with him by the lettered number-58 shirt she has around her waist.

Hal Voznick didn’t have someone to shade him and his Bultaco, so he did it himself with his helmet. Whatever works!

Hal Voznick didn’t have someone to shade him and his Bultaco, so he did it himself with his helmet. Whatever works!

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Lori Payne (58) hits the track. She went on to win the Women’s Open Expert class.

Lori Payne (58) hits the track. She went on to win the Women’s Open Expert class.

First-turn action in race three, which included the Women’s class. Nina Barrett (413) pulls out slightly ahead of Scott Piddington (9), Lori Payne (58) and Karen Gariepy (7).

First-turn action in race three, which included the Women’s class. Nina Barrett (413) pulls out slightly ahead of Scott Piddington (9), Lori Payne (58) and Karen Gariepy (7).

“It was a fun day returning to Perris Raceway for Armed Forces Day with CALVMX!” Lori Payne enthused. “I love racing the Adult Mini class on my little 85cc Honda pit bike and got first in my class. There was a tough crowd in the Women’s class and a couple of new faces. Great to see the gals coming out to race! The track was tricky but fun!”

For the day, Nina Barrett took a DNF. Scott Piddington, wearing his Old SoCal Pro jersey, contested the GP 100 Modified Intermediate class. Payne won her Women’s Open Expert class. Karen Gariepy became the winner of the Women’s Open Novice class.

As mentioned earlier, Michael Bierman (111) did more than just be an umbrella boy for Lori Payne; he raced! Here, he trails Jamie Campbell (58) and Micah Davis (118) in first-turn action.

As mentioned earlier, Michael Bierman (111) did more than just be an umbrella boy for Lori Payne; he raced! Here, he trails Jamie Campbell (58) and Micah Davis (118) in first-turn action.

Fasthouse rider Jamie Campbell took second in the GP 200 Expert class. Micah Davis, sporting a VonZipper jersey, somehow took a DNF. The Fasthouse-jerseyed Bierman took third overall against some very fast mini riders. The winner of the class was Bobby Potto.

Oooops! Really, this wasn’t Mike Bierman’s fault! The downed rider just overshot the turn. Honest, we saw it.

Oooops! Really, this wasn’t Mike Bierman’s fault! The downed rider just overshot the turn. Honest, we saw it.

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We call this guy a “Rock Star,” but as you can see, he still sweeps his own starting area. Why, it’s Bob Tocco! And where was Alison with the umbrella when he was at the gate? Probably taking care of the dogs. Okay, let’s see how he does…

We call this guy a “Rock Star,” but as you can see, he still sweeps his own starting area. Why, it’s Bob Tocco! And where was Alison with the umbrella when he was at the gate? Probably taking care of the dogs. Okay, let’s see how he does…

Slinging a little dirt from his rear tire and with his hair flying from his helmet – yep, that’s Bob Tocco. Looks like Bob is going to give flat track a try here at Perris Raceway. Yes, it’s okay to run knobbies on a 150cc bike, Bob.

Slinging a little dirt from his rear tire and with his hair flying from his helmet – yep, that’s Bob Tocco. Looks like Bob is going to give flat track a try here at Perris Raceway. Yes, it’s okay to run knobbies on a 150cc bike, Bob.

Honda pilot John Forsythe (5).

Honda pilot John Forsythe (5).

All American Racers’ John Forsythe has been blasting ’em on his Honda four-stroker. His motor sounds much bigger than what you would expect from a Honda mini.

“Racing in the 125cc class now is a welcome challenge,” Forsythe commented. “Chasing down some of the 250s is cool, too! I had a great day!”

Forsythe took first in the Vintage Sportsman 125cc Intermediate class.

Digging through the first turn rather evenly and setting their sights on getting the lead, these riders in race eight included Kent Musgrave (419), who was on his way to taking second in the GP 2 250cc Intermediate class, and Billy Nielsen (14), who claimed the GP 3 250cc Intermediate title.

Digging through the first turn rather evenly and setting their sights on getting the lead, these riders in race eight included Kent Musgrave (419), who was on his way to taking second in the GP 2 250cc Intermediate class, and Billy Nielsen (14), who claimed the GP 3 250cc Intermediate title.

The finish flagger here deserves a lot of respect, as he might be putting his neck on the line with these flying riders. Perhaps he needs a good helmet. Tommy Dykes (143, in the orange jersey) comes the closest, with Brad Roysdon to the outside.

The finish flagger here deserves a lot of respect, as he might be putting his neck on the line with these flying riders. Perhaps he needs a good helmet. Tommy Dykes (143, in the orange jersey) comes the closest, with Brad Roysdon to the outside.

Taking the same jump, Danny Gonzalez (171, in the orange helmet) takes to the air, with another rider looking way too close.

Taking the same jump, Danny Gonzalez (171, in the orange helmet) takes to the air, with another rider looking way too close.

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Vincent Laker (192) raced three Hondas in four classes, those being races two, four, seven and nine. “I’ve got to remember these,” he said.

Vincent Laker (192) raced three Hondas in four classes, those being races two, four, seven and nine. “I’ve got to remember these,” he said.

Can’t get enough of the first-turn action, because that’s where the riders form a funnel just to make it through. This is race four, and Ken Brumer (55, in the yellow jersey) and Mark Stubbs (16). Mark was the rider who followed Ed Tashjian when Ed fell badly at Glen Helen. Stubbs recalled: “Ed passed me, as we were in the same race. When I came around the big jump [headed toward the starting line], he was on the ground.”

Can’t get enough of the first-turn action, because that’s where the riders form a funnel just to make it through. This is race four, and Ken Brumer (55, in the yellow jersey) and Mark Stubbs (16). Mark was the rider who followed Ed Tashjian when Ed fell badly at Glen Helen. Stubbs recalled: “Ed passed me, as we were in the same race. When I came around the big jump [headed toward the starting line], he was on the ground.”

Meet Dan Paulson and his daughter April – who was born in April.

Meet Dan Paulson and his daughter April – who was born in April.

Dan Paulson is at his Martial Arts Concepts during the week and gets to moto on the weekend. He had a very successful day.

“Perris went well,” Dan said. “I won all four motos that I entered. I’m just thankful for the opportunity and blessing to be able to race again [and] thankful to my daughter April for her support and in all things God.”

Dan Paulson (236) takes this corner and went uncontested in all four motos he entered, which gave him two first-place finishes.

Dan Paulson (236) takes this corner and went uncontested in all four motos he entered, which gave him two first-place finishes.

Everyone out on the track is racing against the competition. However, there are two brothers, Steve Furman and Craig Furman, who compete against each other in the same race.

Brothers Steve Furman (5) and Craig Furman (22).

Brothers Steve Furman (5) and Craig Furman (22).

“My brother and I started competing together back in 1985 in speedway at Ascot Park,” said Steve. “We started a team called Team Blaze, and we had five members in our club. Me and my brother Craig were always competitive. I used to call him ‘Mad Max’ because he would always take people out. I think they introduced us one time at a race as the ‘Wild Furman Brothers.’ We’re still competitive – like at the last race at Perris, when I got the holeshot, but coming over the jump and in the next corner he just pushed me out and almost knocked me down, so I came back and did it to him in the next corner. No brotherly love when we’re racing; only off the track. Little brother always thinks he can beat big brother, but I know that will never happen.”

Thanks, Steve. Next time we will get Craig to tell his story about your racing adventures together!

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AWARDS PRESENTATION

Dan Paulson with his first of two medals for winning in the Modern Support Four-Stroke Intermediate class and the Modern Support Vet intermediate event.

Dan Paulson with his first of two medals for winning in the Modern Support Four-Stroke Intermediate class and the Modern Support Vet intermediate event.

Troy Bartlee gives a victory sign for his win in the GP 1 500cc Intermediate class, which was race one for the day.

Troy Bartlee gives a victory sign for his win in the GP 1 500cc Intermediate class, which was race one for the day.

By the looks of that shirt, Byron Snyder’s other ride is a Harley. He raced to the win in the Over 50 GP Novice class and also the GP 3 250cc Novice contest.

By the looks of that shirt, Byron Snyder’s other ride is a Harley. He raced to the win in the Over 50 GP Novice class and also the GP 3 250cc Novice contest.

Dual winner Karen Gariepy with her medals for winning the Women’s Open Novice and Modified Support Two-Stroke Novice classes.

Dual winner Karen Gariepy with her medals for winning the Women’s Open Novice and Modified Support Two-Stroke Novice classes.

Rex Preddy with his medal for taking second in the GP 1 500cc Intermediate race.

Rex Preddy with his medal for taking second in the GP 1 500cc Intermediate race.

The last for our awards pictures is one of Lori Payne, the lady with the always-great smile, who exclaimed, “As I say, no one has more fun than me!” Pro motocross legend Billy Urban said about Lori, “If the world could have your smile – problem solved.”

The last for our awards pictures is one of Lori Payne, the lady with the always-great smile, who exclaimed, “As I say, no one has more fun than me!” Pro motocross legend Billy Urban said about Lori, “If the world could have your smile – problem solved.”

As mentioned in the lead of this story, we gathered this rather large group of racers for a picture. All of these moto friends miss Ed Tashjian and want to see him again soon!

As mentioned in the lead of this story, we gathered this rather large group of racers for a picture. All of these moto friends miss Ed Tashjian and want to see him again soon!

[For more from this event, including race coverage, results and more photos, please see “VMX Salutes the Armed Forces” by Steve Caro and Kathryn Caro… Editor]

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