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Portfolio from CALVMX Round Six

| 23 July 2017 2:50 pm

CALVMX/ 100% SoCal Regional Vintage Motocross Series
Round 6: Glen Helen Raceway

Story and Photography by Tom Corley/tcestudios@netzero.net
SAN BERNARDINO, CA, JULY 9, 2017

The CALVMX was reunited with the Glen Helen REM track on a day that was toooo hot. With that big ball in the sky beaming down 100-degree rays, it wasn’t the best idea to fire up the grill and roast hot dogs, so the club still had lunch at noon, but with cold-cut sandwiches, and that impressed everyone – including some new faces who’d come out to race, such as Michael Wizmer, a.k.a. MX WIZMER. The heat sure didn’t bother this enthusiastic rider.

“This was the first time I raced with the CALVMX club, and I look forward to racing with them again soon,” Wizmer said. “I met some awesome people and saw some great vintage iron. They fed us lunch in between motos, and that was the first time I’ve been served lunch at any meet – very cool!”

Our rockin’ portfolio features some interesting camera angles of talented riders who were too dedicated to miss this round-six event, and that included the BA Moto crew – Nate Hudson, Adam Turner, and the striking lady rider Tamara Raye Wilson. Others in the mix include the artist on two wheels, Bob Tocco, who mounted a pumped-up steed (a Honda 150R); pigtailed Lori Payne; Michael Bierman; Dan Paulson; Ironman Vincent Laker; Danny Gonzalez Sr., and many others.

Recommended viewing of this presentation is a large-screen computer. Enjoy!

Time for Vintage racers to moto on the track that is popular for vintage-iron machines, and that is the Glen Helen REM track! Everyone claimed to have a good time, and they were so glad that they came out for this sixth round of the series.

Time for Vintage racers to moto on the track that is popular for vintage-iron machines, and that is the Glen Helen REM track! Everyone claimed to have a good time, and they were so glad that they came out for this sixth round of the series.

This was a race for many who have been racing motocross for many years, as well as for those who are just getting a good start at it all. For example, take Tommy Luera Jr. (on the inside), who is doing just fine by himself, but still his father Tommy Sr. (on the outside) is checking out his son’s riding technique.

This was a race for many who have been racing motocross for many years, as well as for those who are just getting a good start at it all. For example, take Tommy Luera Jr. (on the inside), who is doing just fine by himself, but still his father Tommy Sr. (on the outside) is checking out his son’s riding technique.

Tommy Luera Jr. is getting on that Kawasaki, going faster and not falling, with his watchful dad, Tommy Luera Sr., behind him. How great it is to see a father encourage his son to moto – and being proficient at it himself.

Tommy Luera Jr. is getting on that Kawasaki, going faster and not falling, with his watchful dad, Tommy Luera Sr., behind him. How great it is to see a father encourage his son to moto – and being proficient at it himself.

On the starting line for race five with Bob Tocco, whose thumbs-up shows his confidence that he is going to be the winner. Tocco and Bob Seki (closest to the camera) both have hot-rod Honda minis.

On the starting line for race five with Bob Tocco, whose thumbs-up shows his confidence that he is going to be the winner. Tocco and Bob Seki (closest to the camera) both have hot-rod Honda minis.

Bob Tocco is able to pick and choose which bike he wants to race from his fleet of machines. Tocco rode his Honda 150R, but he also brought another hot-rod Honda to race.

“This event went smoothly and safely, with fun in all classes,” Tocco reported. “The new track layout was great, with a nice flow to it – except the S turns.”

Bob Tocco (47) takes this turn in style on his Honda 150F. On the day, he won the GP 200cc Pro class.

Bob Tocco (47) is taking this turn in style on his Honda 150R. On the day, he won the GP 200cc Pro class.

Bob Tocco (47) went even faster through the turns.

Bob Tocco (47) is on a Honda 150F. Here, he is taking this turn the way I remember the late, great Tim Hart being able to do it.

“[Promoters] Frank and Debbi [Vrettas] did a swell job, with everything flowing fine all day,” Tocco enthused. “The heat was there, but some cloud covering worked out pretty good for those who came out – but still, it was a low-100-degree [day].”

While Bob Tocco was the champ in race five, there was quite a race going on behind him. Michael Bierman was being pursued by Clint McClintock.

Michael Bierman (111), with Clint McClintock (4) in hot pursuit.

Michael Bierman (111), with Clint McClintock (4) in hot pursuit.

“Clint McClintock, who was half my weight, was all over me like a cheap toupee,” Bierman said. “I went 2-2, behind Tocco. Racing was fun, in spite of the heat. I’m looking forward to Pala.”

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And they’re off and running down the starting stretch in race three! To the far left is Lori Payne (58), and in the center is Scott Piddington (9), who is ready to do battle with his fellow Yamaha rider Steve Furman (6).

And they’re off and running down the starting stretch in race three! To the far left is Lori Payne (58), and in the center is Scott Piddington (9), who is ready to do battle with his fellow Yamaha rider Steve Furman (6).

Scott Piddington won the GP 100cc Modified Intermediate class. Lori Payne took the top medal in the Women’s Open class. Steve Furman took top honors in the GP 100cc Stock Intermediate race.

Piddington provided some insight on how the event went for him: “Other than the heat, it was a great day! The track was very fast and one of my favorites so far this year. I was behind Steve Furman in the first moto but ironically rode much better and won the second moto, when the temperature had got up to 107 degrees. All in all, I had a great time, despite the heat.”

In race four, Michael Wizmer takes this turn in a manner similar to how Bob Tocco leaned through it.

In race four, Michael Wizmer takes this turn in a manner similar to how Bob Tocco leaned through it.

In race four, Michael Wizmer won the Over 50 GP Intermediate class.

“I was itching to race,” Wizmer said, “and a couple of other friends wanted to go try it, too.”

At the start of the second moto of race four, Michael Wizmer (44) plays the holeshot artist.

At the start of the second moto of race four, Michael Wizmer (44) plays the holeshot artist.

“I just put new Dunlop MX3s on my Mika Metals-backed 1989 YZ250 and was lucky to get the holeshot both motos,” Wizmer explained. “I slowly pulled away from the pack. I really liked the new layout of the REM track.”

More from race four, with Vincent Laker (192) catching a roosting spray of dirt from Michael Wizmer down the start.

More from race four, with Vincent Laker (192) catching a roosting spray of dirt from Michael Wizmer down the start.

Known as an Ironman to many, Vincent Laker said, “Glen Helen never disappoints me and has always been one of my favorite tracks.”

And as for the brutal heat?

“Might I have reconsidered completing four races after seeing the temperature at 103 degrees?” Laker asked. “Not! I would do it in 113 degrees, brutha!”

The riders in race four go over the crest of this hill at the start, with Vincent Laker (192) and Chip Didlake (613) still in sight and kicking up a roost toward those behind them.

The riders in race four go over the crest of this hill at the start, with Vincent Laker (192) and Chip Didlake (613) still in sight and kicking up a roost toward those behind them.

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Race-two action, with Preston Petty-jerseyed Marty Eisen (74) on his way to winning the Over 50 Vintage Novice class. The man in black behind Eisen is BA Moto Racing’s Nate Hudson (58). This is the tight section of the track near the starting section; it’s a little too tight for passing and hard to go fast through.

Race-two action, with Preston Petty-jerseyed Marty Eisen (74) on his way to winning the Over 50 Vintage Novice class. The man in black behind Eisen is BA Moto Racing’s Nate Hudson (58). This is the tight section of the track near the starting section; it’s a little too tight for passing and hard to go fast through.

“My bike [a Yamaha] ran amazingly!” Nate Hudson said. “I had just finished it, and that was her maiden voyage back on the track. I had a lot of fun!”

With a lightning bolt on his jersey, Joel Legunina (13) puts his foot down, as he apparently found this part of the track too narrow for his Yamaha. Steve Gallegos (25B) is waiting to pass.

With a lightning bolt on his jersey, Joel Legunina (13) puts his foot down, as he apparently found this part of the track too narrow for his Yamaha. Steve Gallegos (25B) is waiting to pass.

Dealing with this tight corner was CZ-mounted Tim McIntyre (13), who took it like a Pro and won the Over 50 Vintage Expert class.

Dealing with this tight corner was CZ-mounted Tim McIntyre (13), who took it like a Pro and won the Over 50 Vintage Expert class.

“I hadn’t raced on the REM track since last year,” said Tim McIntyre, who was victorious in the Over 50 Vintage Expert class. “The track was fast and vintage-friendly. There is a fairly technical section at the bottom that I think challenged everyone. It was hot, but very fun!”

And Tim knows all about heat, as he is a retired Laguna Beach, California, firefighter.

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Tony Nguyen (132) takes a line against the berm, while Lori Payne (58) goes completely to the other side. On the day, Nguyen won the GP 100cc Stock Novice class, and Payne won the Women’s Open Expert class.

Tony Nguyen (132) takes a line against the berm, while Lori Payne (58) goes completely to the other side. On the day, Nguyen won the GP 100cc Stock Novice class, and Payne won the Women’s Open Expert class.

Yes, it’s true: Lori Payne gets her power from her pigtails. They help her fly when she goes over the jumps, too!

Yes, it’s true: Lori Payne gets her power from her pigtails. They help her fly when she goes over the jumps, too!

The water truck did a fine job of keeping the dust to a minimum. That was good for the riders (and this photographer’s camera, too). Now and then, a small puddle of mud forms, and it looks like Billy Nielsen found one, judging by the looks of his number plate…

Some good dicing is going on here between Billy Nielsen (14) and another rider. Overall for the day, in the Over 50 GP Intermediate class, it was Nielsen in second and Michael Wizmer in first.

Some good dicing is going on here between Billy Nielsen (14) and another rider. Overall for the day, in the Over 50 GP Intermediate class, it was Nielsen in second and Michael Wizmer in first.

The smaller Yamaha 125 of Danny Gonzalez Sr. (171) had a definite advantage in these tight corners by the starting area. CZ-mounted Mike Korgan (235) trails Gonzales.

The smaller Yamaha 125 of Danny Gonzalez Sr. (171) had a definite advantage in these tight corners by the starting area. CZ-mounted Mike Korgan (235) trails Gonzalez.

“It was a hot day, but the track was excellent,” Danny Gonzalez Sr. reported. “Always great to race the REM track! I got great starts, but John Forsythe, on his trick Honda SL160, was the faster rider. In the second moto, we raced with the 250cc riders. I got another great start and ran third overall ’til a couple of 250cc riders got past. I made them work for it. It was great to race with so many die-hard racers that braved the heat to race.”

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Kent Musgrave (419), on the gate for race seven.

Kent Musgrave (419), on the gate for race seven.

“Without a doubt, it was a brutal day, with temps soaring well into the triple digits,” Kent Musgrave said, “but the racing was still fun, and I always enjoy the track at Glen Helen.”

There they go down the starting stretch, and it’s Kent Musgrave (419), Brian Calhoun (71, left) and Al Rogers (67) in race seven.

There they go down the starting stretch, and it’s Kent Musgrave (419), Brian Calhoun (71, left) and Al Rogers (67) in race seven.

“All I was really thinking after not riding for a few months was, I just wanted a good start,” said Al Rogers. “I got a good start but got blasted by mud and rode the whole moto with limited vision. Gotta give it up to those Pros for staying on the gas with muddy goggles.”

Overall, in the Modified Support Vet Intermediate class, Musgrave took fourth and Rogers finished fifth. The winner was Brian Calhoun.

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Dan Paulsen can school you in martial arts, and also on the track with his riding ability.

Dan Paulson can school you in martial arts, and also on the track with his riding ability.

“The day went great!” Dan Paulson exclaimed. “I missed the start of one moto and still got a second and a first overall [in Modern Support Four-Stroke Intermediate] for the day.”

The start of race eight, with Dan Paulsen (236) leading and Brian Ratcliff (689) close behind.

The start of race eight, with Dan Paulson (236) leading and Brian Ratcliff (689) close behind.

Dan Paulson appreciated this club, and the event: “I want to say thanks to CALVMX for putting on a great event. The competitors there are all super-nice people. After being hurt so bad from my street-bike accident, I appreciate and love racing more than ever.”

Jumping over the hill at the end of the starting stretch as they disappear are Dan Paulsen (286) and Brian Ratcliff (689).

Jumping over the hill at the end of the starting stretch as they disappear are Dan Paulson (286) and Brian Ratcliff (689).

Now it was time for the awards presentation…

In front of a background of motocross legends, Dan Paulsen shows off his first-place medal, which he won in the Modern Support Four-Stroke Intermediate class. He also took second place in the Modern Support Vet Intermediate contest, behind Brian Calhoun.

In front of a background of motocross legends, Dan Paulson shows off his first-place medal, which he won in the Modern Support Four-Stroke Intermediate class. He also took second place in the Modern Support Vet Intermediate contest, behind Brian Calhoun.

Vincent Laker is a hard-core motocross racer and typically races in three classes, and sometimes four.

Vincent Laker is a hard-core motocross racer and typically races in three classes, and sometimes four.

Two ladies with winning smiles (literally): Karen Gariepy (left) took the Women’s Open Novices win, while Lori Payne (right) won the Women’s Open Expert title.

Two ladies with winning smiles (literally): Karen Gariepy (left) took the Women’s Open Novices win, while Lori Payne (right) won the Women’s Open Expert title.

We mentioned earlier that there were some new faces in the line-up. One of them is right here, accepting a medal for winning the GP 2 250cc Intermediate class – Justin Cheever.

We mentioned earlier that there were some new faces in the line-up. One of them is right here, accepting a medal for winning the GP 2 250cc Intermediate class – Justin Cheever.

“Yeah, it was fun!” Justin Cheever said. “My step-uncle is Steve Gerber and my uncle is Alan Cheever, who rides a CZ400. My sponsor is Nexsen Motosports. The family goes back to the 1970s racing motocross. I’ve been riding since I was 4. I was born and raised in Lake Havasu [Arizona]. My dad and uncle all grew up racing So Cal tracks Ascot and Saddleback. I’m now 18 years old and riding a 1984 CR250. I plan on racing more CALVMX races, as well as my uncle on his CZ400.”

A trio of riders from BA Moto Racing: Tamara Ray (left), Adam Turner (center) and Nate Hudson (right).

A trio of riders from BA Moto Racing: Tamara Raye Wilson (left), Adam Turner (center) and Nate Hudson (right).

Team BA Moto Racing’s members were all successful at this event. Tamara Ray won the Women’s Vintage Novice class, Adam Turner captured the Open Age Vintage Intermediate win, and Nate Hudson took top honors in the Open Age Vintage Novice class.

“Well, Team BA Moto Racing just finished all three of our Yamahas to full racing condition, and all three of us got first in our classes,” noted Hudson. “I’m just stoked to have all three bikes running – and running really well!”

Who’s this with the cold towel on his head?! He’s got the right idea! It’s Jeff Snyder, who took home two first-place medals.

Who’s this with the cold towel on his head?! He’s got the right idea! It’s Jeff Snyder, who took home two first-place medals.

“I rode two different bikes, a Honda CR125 and a CZ125,” Jeff Snyder said, “and I really only care about having fun and staying cool. I did both!”

You sure did, Jeff!

That completes our day of hot racing and it was time for everyone to go home, take a shower and have a cold drink

[For more from this event, including race coverage, results, and more photos, please see “The Heat IS On!” by Steve Caro and Kathryn Caro… Editor]

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