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Burner Goes Eight for Eight

| 17 June 2017 4:19 pm

Scott Burnworth’s SoCal Vintage MX Classic 8
Glen Helen Raceway

Story by Steve Caro
Photos by Kathryn Caro
SAN BERNARDINO, CA, JUNE 3, 2017

Scott Burnworth (8) made it eight for eight in successfully promoting the eighth annual SoCal Vintage MX Classic!

Scott Burnworth (8) made it eight for eight in successfully promoting the eighth annual SoCal Vintage MX Classic!

Some eight years ago, former factory Pro Rookie of the Year and Vice National 250cc Champion Scott Burnworth had what could be called a “moto-epiphany.” From that, he formulated his plan to promote a day of motocross involving no points chasing or championships – just strictly a day of racing for racing’s sake.

His plan was to provide classes for riders of all skill levels and bikes of all sizes from all eras of the sport. Eight years and two venue changes later, due to growing attendance, and with ample assistance from his wife, Debbie, Burnworth appears to have struck solid gold.

The Coming Storm: Racers launch off the line at Glen Helen Raceway.

The Coming Storm: Racers launch off the line at Glen Helen Raceway.

The 2017 edition of Burnworth’s SoCal Vintage MX Classic event was staged at the renowned Glen Helen Raceway, using a portion of the National course, which just a week earlier had played host to America’s best outdoor motocross professionals. Specifically designed to accommodate machines ranging in age from more than 40 years old to current, the course provided enough variety of challenge without overwhelming the older short-travel-suspension bikes or the older riders in attendance.

Having been a part of the motorcycle industry for decades, Burnworth admits to “knowing people” – thus his event attracts former professionals, and this edition was no exception. Taking to the track were four-time National Champion Gary Jones, three-time runner-up in the 500cc World MX Championship Kurt Nichol, Shawn Kalos, and Sean Collier, with his ultratrick Kawasaki KX500.

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In addition to the former Pros, legendary announcer Larry Huffman added his voice and vast amount of anecdotes to the event. Huffman’s photographic memory of almost 50 years of racing kept the crowd entertained throughout the day with stories from the early years of the sport.

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Leading off the race day were the high-revving 100cc machines. Ranging from factory original to highly modified, their high-pitched exhaust tone echoed off the nearby hills as they launched up the famous Glen Helen starting straight.

In the Factory Works Pro division, former factory Pro Shawn Kalos faced off against event promoter Scott Burnworth. Kalos and Burnworth battled throughout both motos with never more than a few bikelengths separating them. Kalos took the overall with 1-1 moto scores, followed by Burnworth. Chris Heinricu was third. Finishing a respectable fourth overall was lady racer Sayaka Kaneshiro.

Shawn Kalos (919) leads Chris Heinricu (121) in 100cc Factory Works Pro action.

Shawn Kalos (919) leads Chris Heinricu (121) in 100cc Factory Works Pro action.

Chris Heinricu (121) ended up third.

Chris Heinricu (121) ended up third.

Normally riding a modern 250cc four-stroke, Kaneshiro gamely took to the track on a machine totally unfamiliar to her. Despite having problems launching off the starting gate, Kaneshiro displayed her superb skill set by blitzing through the pack to log two fourth-place finishes.

Sayaka Kaneshiro (16) finished fourth in the 100cc Factory Works Pro but topped the Women’s Open Expert and Modern Four-Stroke 250cc Expert classes.

Sayaka Kaneshiro (16) finished fourth in the 100cc Factory Works Pro but topped the Women’s Open Expert and Modern Four-Stroke 250cc Expert classes.

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The combined Vintage 250/500cc race was a showcase for the short-suspension-travel bikes from the pre-1975 era.

In the Expert division, Greg Landers and Scott Burnworth dueled for the top spot until Burnworth was forced to the sidelines with a mechanical DNF. Landers cruised to the win, but it was a costly victory, as his normally stone-cold-reliable CZ experienced transmission failure, thus ending Landers’ day. Taking advantage of his competitors’ misfortunes, Calie Noble used his 3-2 moto scores to take the overall victory, ahead of John Rice and Nathan Wagner.

Calie Noble (64) took the Vintage 250/500cc Expert victory.

Calie Noble (64) took the Vintage 250/500cc Expert victory.

John Rice (74W) was the Vintage 250/500cc Expert runner-up.

John Rice (74W) was the Vintage 250/500cc Expert runner-up.

In the Vintage Intermediate portion of the race, Larry Bauman quickly mastered the deceptively challenging Glen Helen course and powered his way to 1-1 scores, followed by Chris Moeller and Bill Davidson.

Larry Bauman (D119) was the Vintage 250/500cc Intermediate victor.

Larry Bauman (D119) was the Vintage 250/500cc Intermediate victor.

Bill Davidson (55) and Chris Moeller (87) skirmish in Vintage 250/500cc Intermediate action.

Bill Davidson (55) and Chris Moeller (87) skirmish in Vintage 250/500cc Intermediate action.

Joining the Vintage-class machines was a small field of Classic machines, encompassing bikes built prior to 1972. Ossa-mounted Michael Salsman overcame front-brake issues to top the Expert class, followed by Jeff Tulinius.

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CZ, the iconic Czech machine, merited its own brand-specific race, and 16 examples took to the track, divided into Novice, Intermediate and Expert divisions. When the moto scores were tallied, Marty Mlakar topped the Novices, with Charlie Finnegan and Tim Vasquez second and third, respectively.

Marty Mlakar (76) topped the So Cal CZ Challenge Novices.

Marty Mlakar (76) topped the So Cal CZ Challenge Novices.

Charlie Finnegan (711) was the runner-up in the So Cal CZ Challenge Novice contest.

Charlie Finnegan (711) was the runner-up in the So Cal CZ Challenge Novice contest.

Tim Vasquez (78) rode to third in the So Cal CZ Challenge Novice event.

Tim Vasquez (78) rode to third in the So Cal CZ Challenge Novice event.

The largest number of entrants in the CZ race was in the Intermediate class. Veteran competitor Mike Korgan used his 1-2 tally to take the overall, followed by Darrell Spilsbury and Tony Manning.

Darrell Spilsbury (7Z) came in second in the So Cal CZ Challenge Intermediate division.

Darrell Spilsbury (7Z) came in second in the So Cal CZ Challenge Intermediate division.

Meanwhile, in the Expert class, Nathan Wagner sped to the overall victory, followed by Gary DeForest and then Jeff Snyder, who flogged his newly acquired CZ125 to a well-earned third overall.

Nathan Wagner (9X) was top dog in the So Cal CZ Challenge Expert class.

Nathan Wagner (9X) was top dog in the So Cal CZ Challenge Expert class.

Jeff Snyder (22) rode his new CZ to third in the So Cal CZ Challenge Expert class.

Jeff Snyder (22) rode his new CZ to third in the So Cal CZ Challenge Expert class.

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Daniel Paluzzi topped the Evolution 250/500cc Novice class with a perfect 1-1 score. Meanwhile, Robert Hise logged his own perfect score to take the Intermediate portion of the race, and Nick Paluzzi powered his way to the overall in the Expert category of the Evo division.

Nick Paluzzi (17) piloted his Yamaha to the Evolution 250/500cc Expert victory.

Nick Paluzzi (17) piloted his Yamaha to the Evolution 250/500cc Expert victory.

Dr. Gary DeForest (the fastest chiropractor in the sport!) joined the trio in the class-victory list with his overall win in the Vintage Over 50 Expert race, with Tim McIntyre second overall.

Everything was in perfect alignment for Gary DeForest (33X), who topped the Vintage Over 50 Expert class.

Everything was in perfect alignment for Gary DeForest (33X), who topped the Vintage Over 50 Expert class.

Former World Champion contender Kurt Nicoll displayed the style that three times took him oh-so-close to the 500cc MX World Championship by taking the overall in Revolution 250/500cc Expert competition, over Shawn Kalos and Marc Brown.

Kurt Nicoll (2) won the Revolution 250/500cc Expert class.

Kurt Nicoll (2) won the Revolution 250/500cc Expert class.

Twenty-two motos run with virtually no delays and a very impressive number of entries was all the proof needed that Scott Burnworth’s eighth edition of his SoCal Vintage MX Classic was another rousing success! Plans will soon be in the works for the 2018 edition of an event that is rapidly rising on the list of “can’t miss” experiences.

For more information on CALVMX and AHRMA events see the website calvmx.net

Glen Helen Raceway
San Bernardino, California
Results: June 3, 2017

100 FACTORY SUPPORT NOV: 1. Al Gabriola.

100 FACTORY SUPPORT INT: 1. Pete Tolmasoff; 2. Rick Price; 3. Bill Clem; 4. Scott Piddington; 5. Norm Himaka.

100 FACTORY WORKS EX: 1. Mark McNulty.

100 FACTORY WORKS PRO: 1. Shawn Kalos; 2. Scott Burnworth; 3. Chris Heinricu; 4. Sayaka Kaneshiro.

100 VINTAGE WORKS EX: 1. John Forsythe.

2×4 NOV: 1. Greg Dreyer.

2×4 INT: 1. Mark Lohrback.

2×4 EX: 1. Shaun Ryan; 2. Andrew Hursch; 3. Micah Davis; 4. Jamie Campbell.

MINI STOCK (18+) 100-125: 1. Ted Cordova; 2. Lori Payne; 3. Kraig Brooks; 4. Jon Marshall; 5. Tami Creese.

MINI UNLIMITED (16+) NOV: 1. Mackenzie Caverhill; 2. Brian Matthews.

MINI UNLIMITED (16+) INT: 1. Bob Seki.

MINI UNLIMITED (16+) EX: 1. Mike Bierman.

MINI UNLIMITED (0-15) NOV: 1. Larry Collie; 2. Braydin Collie; 3. Chad Zamora; 4. Daniel Zamora.

MINI UNLIMITED (0-15): 1. Jamison Eppig.

ADULT MINI MOD: 1. Bob Tocco.

VINTAGE 250/500 NOV: 1. Julian Heppekausen.

VINTAGE 250/500 INT: 1. Larry Bauman; 2. Chris Moeller; 3. Bill Davidson.

VINTAGE 250/500 EX: 1. Calie Noble; 2. John Rice; 3. Nathan Wagner; 4. Brad Russell.

CLASSIC OPEN EX: 1. Michael Salsman; 2. Jeff Tulinius.

VINTAGE 125 NOV: 1. Jack Snider; 2. Dave Murphy.

VINTAGE 125 INT: 1. Danny Gonzalez Sr.

VINTAGE 125 EX: 1. Jeff Snyder.

WOMEN OPEN NOV: 1. Mackenzie Caverhill; 2. Heather Majcherek; 3. Anna Lisa Davis; 4. Kris Babendererde.

WOMEN OPEN INT: 1. Amber West; 2. Tami Creese.

WOMEN OPEN EX: 1. Sayaka Kaneshiro; 2. Ginger Lee Hill.

EVOLUTION 250/500 NOV: 1. Daniel Paluzzi; 2. Otto Deutsch; 3. Logan Presley; 4. Shannon Sparks; 5. Allan Gledhill.

EVOLUTION 250/500 INT: 1. Robert Hise; 2. Brent Wilkinson; 3. Jan Babendererde.

EVOLUTION 250/500 EX: 1. Nick Paluzzi; 2. Kevin Montgomery; 3. Ron Watmore; 4. Ron Clement; 5. Ed Stovin.

SO CAL CZ CHALLENGE NOV: 1. Marty Mlakar; 2. Charlie Finnegan; 3. Tim Vasquez.

SO CAL CZ CHALENGE INT: 1. Mike Korgan; 2. Darrell Spilsbury; 3. Tony Manning; 4. Steve Roach; 5. Jay East.

SO CAL CZ CHALLENGE EX: 1. Nathan Wagner; 2. Gary DeForest; 3. Jeff Snyder.

EVOLUTION 125 INT: 1. David Gale.

EVOLUTION 125 EX: 1. Sean Bell; 2. Jay Hammond; 3. Micah Davis.

REVOLUTION 125 NOV: 1. John Sawitskas; 2. Jake Schwartz.

REVOLUTION 125 INT: 1. Tim Hoole; 2. Danny Gonzales Jr.; 3. Pete Tolmasoff; 4. Ron Renzulli.

REVOLUTION 125 EX: 1. Scott Burnworth.

VINTAGE 50+ NOV: 1. Vince Laker; 2. Tim Vasquez.

VINTAGE 50+ INT: 1. John Woolsey; 2. Tony Manning; 3. Douglas Farren.

VINTAGE 50+ EX: 1. Gary DeForest; 2. Tim McIntyre; 3. Foster Edwards; 4. Lori Payne.

VINTAGE 60+ NOV: 1. Marty Mlakar; 2. Charlie Finnegan; 3. Brian Matthews.

VINTAGE 60+ INT: 1. Alan Cheever; 2. Norman Himaka; 3. Steve Roach; 4. Rickert Haag; 5. Craig Walker.

VINTAGE 60+ EX: 1. Gary Jones.

EVOLUTION 50+ 250/500 NOV: 1 Steve Rosada; 2. Jeff Larimer; 3. Dave Eppig.

EVOLUTION 50+ 250/500 INT: 1. Brent Wilkinson; 2. Chris Burr; 3. Jeff Policky; 4. Mark Winkelman; 5. Jan Babendererde.

EVOLUTION 50+ 250/500 EX: 1. Kevin Montgomery; 2. Ron Watmore; 3. Dave Harris; 4. Mark Reeder.

EVOLUTION 60+ 250/500 NOV: 1. Tony Everhart; 2. Rychard Rosada; 3. Al Gabriola.

EVOLUTION 60+ 250/500 INT: 1. Robert Hise; 2. Randy McAllister; 3. Don Hansing; 4. Keith Barnden.

EVOLUTION 60+ 250/500 EX: 1. Chip Howell; 2. Roland Rodriguez.

MODERN 4-STROKE 40+NOV: 1. Dean Daley; 2. Craig Presley.

MODERN 4-STROKE 50+NOV: 1. Mike Yellich; 2. Jeffrey Hughes; 3. Kraig Brooks; 4. Mike Hoffman.

MODERN 4-STROKE 50+ INT: 1. Scott Boek; 2. Dan Paulson; 3. Andy Shellcross; 4. Ray Zuchowski; 5. Thomas Engelhardt.

MODERN 4-STROKE 50+ EX: 1. Scott Kellar; 2. William Recchia; 3. Greg Luck.

REVOLUTION 250/500 NOV: 1. Branden Edwards; 2. Jeremy Smith; 3. Brian Edwards.

REVOLUTION 250/500 INT: 1. Trevor Bell; 2. Billy Nielsen.

REVOLUTION 250/500 EX: 1. Kurt Nicoll; 2. Shawn Kalos; 3. Marc Brown; 4. Chris Heinricu; 5. Ed Stovin.

2-STROKE 125 INT: 1. Ron Renzulli.

2-STROKE OPEN 250/500 NOV: 1. Donovan Tryon.

2-STROKE OPEN 250/500 EX: 1. Evan Woolsey.

REVOLUTION 50+ 250/500 NOV: 1. Scott Boek; 2. Jon Marshall; 3. Richard Dean; 4. Bobby Hunt; 5. Byron Snider.

REVOLUTION 50+ 250/500 INT: 1. Kent Musgrave; 2. Dominic East; 3. James Youngblood.

REVOLUTION 50+ 250/500 EX: 1. Kurt Nicoll; 2. Marc Brown; 3. Mark Sandzimier.

REVOLUTION 60+ 250/500 INT: 1. Thomas Englehardt.

REVOLUTION 60+ 250/500 EX: 1. Chip Howell; 2. Kirk Chapman; 3. Mike Fry.

MODERN 4-STROKE 250 NOV: 1. Myles Plummer; 2. Daltin Collie.

MODERN 4-STROKE 250 EX: 1. Sayaka Kaneshiro; 2. Loren Dimond.

MODERN 4-STROKE 450 NOV: 1. Garrett Andrews; 2. Shaun Ryan; 3. Jeffrey Hughes.

MODERN 4-STROKE 450 INT: 1. Robby Campbell.

MODERN 4-STROKE 450 EX: 1. Greg Luck.

2-STROKE 40+ 250/500 NOV: 1. Jeremy Smith; 2. Darrin Hammond.

2-STROKE 40+ 250/500 EX: 1. Jay Hammond.

2-STROKE 50+ 250/500 NOV: 1. Marty Highland; 2. Dee Tryon; 3. Carl Yokoi.

2-STROKE 50+ 250/500 INT: 1. Ginger Lee Hill; 2. Bob Hyde.

2-STROKE 50+ 250/500 EX: 1. Kurt Nicoll; 2. Mark Sandzimier; 3. Mark Winkelman; 4. Jack McCormick.

DUNLOP DASH NOV: 1. Rob Flores; 2. Dave Eppig; 3. Mike Paluzzi.

DUNLOP DASH INT: 1. Billy Nielsen; 2. Dominic East; 3. Chris Burr; 4. Andy Shellcross.

DUNLOP DASH EX: 1. Sean Collier; 2. Kurt Nicoll; 3. Trevor Bell; 4. Sean Bell.

FAST EDDY GP INT: 1. Tony Manning; 2. Douglas Farren.

FAST EDDY GP EX: 1. Tim Bartee; 2. Lori Payne.

TEAM RACE VINTAGE: 1. Jim Stein/ Tim Bartee.

TEAM RACE EVOLUTION: 1. Robby Campbell/ Scott Campbell; 2. Braydin Collie/ Larry Collie; 3. Dave Eppig/ Jan Babendererde.

TEAM RACE REVOLUTION: 1. Dominic East/ Billy Nielsen; 2. Danny Gonzalez Sr./ Danny Gonzalez Jr.; 3. Pat Wilkening/ Kerri Kress.

TEAM RACE MODERN: 1. Andrew Hursch/ Joey Moxing; 2. Mike Bierman/ Chris McClintock; 3. Daltin Collie/ Myles Palmer.

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