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Portfolio from Round Nine of the CALVMX Vintage MX Series

| 4 November 2017 5:03 pm

CALVMX/ 100% Vintage Motocross Regional Series
Round 9: Perris Raceway

Story and Photography by Tom Corley/tcestudios@netzero.net
PERRIS, CA, OCT. 7, 2017

The CALVMX has a new home at Perris Raceway and now comes to this track regularly. They raced here in September and now in October, and we have just been informed that the club will be racing here again on Sunday, November 19, to show its support and appreciation for Ed Tashjian. This habitat hosted races for legends of motorcycle racing, such as our friend Preston Petty. There’s flat track on one side of the facility and motocross on the other. Sure enough, riders who excel in one of those forms of racing are rolling over to do both.

Take, for example, the young and talented Braydin Collie, who slid his bike around the flat track with the SCFTA the night before and yet found enough energy to race motocross and win this day’s GP 85cc Expert class. Oh, yes, we’ve got a picture of Braydin Collie taking a jump, and he told us all about his racing effort in both sports.

Other highlights in this portfolio include “4 Class a Day” Vincent Laker, who has been doing that for two years now; the intense battle between Greg “Zeke” Landers and newcomer Ayrton Sieja, who is making his mark; the legendary Marty Tripes, who brought along enough riders to make for a packed gate in the 100cc Works Revenge division; a racer who is returning to motocross and winning his class, the man who won the first 125cc National event in 1973 at Arroyo Cycle Park – Raymond Lopez; and lastly, our true-to-form rockin’ presentation will end with a tribute picture to the late, great Tom Petty.

Mark Lohrbach leads this men’s prayer group before the race.

Mark Lohrbach leads this men’s prayer group before the race.

Lord, please keep our racers safe. Yes, occasionally one takes a spill, and on this day Ronald Ratigan topped them all, as he exclaimed, “On the outside of the gate, I was late into turn one, went into the corner full throttle; then, when I was forced wide, I hit the berm throttle off, sending me into an airborne spiral!”

Too bad we didn’t get that picture…

This rider will be out on the track just as soon as his canine pit crew allows him to…

This rider will be out on the track just as soon as his canine pit crew allows him to…

Okay, this photographer has had his morning coffee roast and dirt roost and is all ready to take action pictures now.

Okay, this photographer has had his morning coffee roast and dirt roost and is all ready to take action pictures now.

A young guy who raced flat track the night before and has enough energy to launch off jumps the next morning: We’re talking about Braydin Collie (737).

A young guy who raced flat track the night before and has enough energy to launch off jumps the next morning: We’re talking about Braydin Collie (737).

“I have been racing motorcycles for the last three years, and in motocross all three years, unlike desert and flat track [which he has raced] for only two,” explained Braydin Collie. “So I enjoy motocross a lot, as CALVMX always puts on a good event at Perris, and they are always a blast! I ended up with a first in the 85cc Expert class. A huge thanks to Woody’s Crane Service, HRP, Maxima Racing Oils, Atlas Pumping Service, Thor MX, S&S Off-Road Magazine, Niceride, Limited Access, Express Pipe, 1-8 Racing, and my mom and dad.”

It takes a lot of endurance to race in an Ironman class, as they go much longer than other races. This is Steve Caro, who won the Ironman Vintage Intermediate class on his CZ. Steve races and is still able to take notes of the day’s events for his story in Today’s Cycle Coverage, which is accompanied with pictures from his sister Kathy Caro.

It takes a lot of endurance to race in an Ironman class, as they go much longer than other races. This is Steve Caro, who won the Ironman Vintage Intermediate class on his CZ. Steve races and is still able to take notes of the day’s events for his story in Today’s Cycle Coverage, which is accompanied with pictures by his sister Kathy Caro.

Should one go to the left or to the right at this starting bend? Apparently, Ronald Ratigan chose to go left – and that didn’t work out well for him. This is the start of the first race, with Bob Kelley (E26) to the left and Carmen Cafro (75, far right) and Frank Halter (176) heading to the right.

Should one go to the left or to the right at this starting bend? Apparently, Ronald Ratigan chose to go left – and that didn’t work out well for him. This is the start of the first race, with Bob Kelley (E26) to the left and Carmen Cafro (75, far right) and Frank Halter (176) heading to the right.

Coming out of the starting bend, Carmen Cafro (75) is in control, with Frank Halter (176) right behind him. Cafro became the GP 1 500cc Expert winner, while Halter took second in the GP 1 250cc Expert contest.

Coming out of the starting bend, Carmen Cafro (75) is in control, with Frank Halter (176) right behind him. Cafro became the GP 1 500cc Expert winner, while Halter took second in the GP 1 250cc Expert contest.

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The Marty Tripes 100cc Works Revenge riders take to the track.

The Marty Tripes 100cc Works Revenge riders take to the track.

The Marty Tripes 100cc Works Revenge riders returned. Whittier, California’s Bill Clem is coming back out, and hopefully many more will join back in the action. Riding in the Factory Support Intermediate and Novice class, Clem scored a second-place finish.

“My race went well,” Clem reported. “I struggled with my starts and was slow to get up to speed, with so much time off, but everything went well. I was so happy Marty Tripes was back at the track. The track was great, and some sections reminded me of Carlsbad Raceway. I can’t wait for the next one.”

Taking control around this berm in a formation with eye catching outfits are Mark McNulty (39) and Chris Heinrich (121).

Taking control around this berm in a formation with eye catching outfits are Mark McNulty (39) and Chris Heinrich (121).

Mark McNulty placed fifth in the Factory Works Expert class, while Chris Heinrich was the runner-up in the Factory Works Pro class. Just who was the winner in the Factory Works Pro class? It might have been Doug Dubach, who said that his bike hadn’t been going in two years; but sure enough, Doug didn’t make it into the race. Instead, the contest was won by the guy in this next picture…

Scott Burnworth – a.k.a. “The Burner” – was on fire (look at that flamboyant Fasthouse jersey!) on his way to winning the Factory Works Pro class. That wasn’t the only class that he won; he also took it all in the GP 3 125cc Pro contest. Later, after this CALVMX event, Scott promoted the Mini Madness race.

Scott Burnworth – a.k.a. “The Burner” – was on fire (look at that flamboyant Fasthouse jersey!) on his way to winning the Factory Works Pro class. That wasn’t the only class that he won; he also took it all in the GP 3 125cc Pro contest. Later, after this CALVMX event, Scott promoted the Mini Madness race.

Look at Greg Landers fly over this jump on the finish stretch in 100cc competition.

Look at Greg Landers fly over this jump on the finish stretch in 100cc competition.

Spectators are used to seeing Greg Landers in the Open Age Vintage Expert class, and he did race that class on this day. In addition, Landers showed that he was equally as talented racing in the 100cc class.

“This round at Perris went well,” Landers explained, “and it was definitely a highlight of my racing days to be asked by Marty Tripes and his brother Mike to race one of their YZ100s, and I was more than happy, with a second against the flyweight like Burnworth and Heinrich on their super-trick YZ100s.”

Though Landers was on the track at the same time as Burnworth and Heinrich (both Factory Works Pro contestants), he still placed first in his class, which was the Factory Works Expert class.

Now, here’s the man who created the 100cc Works Revenge event, and that’s Marty Tripes. He sure knows how to feed his riders (and this photographer chowed down, too).

Now, here’s the man who created the 100cc Works Revenge event, and that’s Marty Tripes. He sure knows how to feed his riders (and this photographer chowed down, too).

Marty Tripes was the grill master, while Haley served everyone who raced in the 100cc Works Revenge event. Great food!

Marty Tripes was the grill master, while Haley served everyone who raced in the 100cc Works Revenge event. Great food!

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Let’s mix things up with some racing action in the Three-Wheeler division. Taking the lead around this turn is Jerry Nocciolo Jr. (16), who won the Open Intermediate title, followed by Matt Carrick (67), the runner-up in the Open Expert class.

Let’s mix things up with some racing action in the Three-Wheeler division. Taking the lead around this turn is Jerry Nocciolo Jr. (16), who won the Open Intermediate title, followed by Matt Carrick (67), the runner-up in the Open Expert class.

Peter Tolmasoff (318) won two classes: the Factory Support Intermediate-Novice class and the GP 3 125cc Intermediate class.

Peter Tolmasoff (318) won two classes: the Factory Support Intermediate-Novice class and the GP 3 125cc Intermediate class.

“The racing went great,” Peter Tolmasoff reported. “I went 1-1 in both my races but can’t remember it completely. The track was fun and fast and the bikes ran great. I’d like to thank my dad for getting the bikes ready and taking me; also Bill Clem for helping out with working on the bikes and helping me test them.”

Looking through the portal of his helmet is “4 classes a day” Vincent Laker. What could he be imagining as he took this moment to contemplate? Perhaps a holeshot? Probably.

Looking through the portal of his helmet is “4 classes a day” Vincent Laker. What could he be imagining as he took this moment to contemplate? Perhaps a holeshot? Probably.

According to Vincent Laker (192, hitting a berm), there is no such thing as heat that is too much or too many races.

According to Vincent Laker (192, hitting a berm), there is no such thing as heat that is too much or too many races.

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In Women’s racing, there were some fast ones, such as Carol Feeney (55) and Karen Gariepy (7). These two competed for the Open Novice win, and in the end it was Gariepy taking first and Feeney as runner-up.

In Women’s racing, there were some fast ones, such as Carole Feeney (55) and Karen Gariepy (7). These two competed for the Open Novice win, and in the end it was Gariepy taking first and Feeney as runner-up.

And here’s another fast racer: Lori Payne (58), on her Michael Bierman-prepped Honda. On the day, she won the Women’s Open Expert class. Following is Bob Seki (56), who took the GP 200cc Intermediate win.

And here’s another fast racer: Lori Payne (58), on her Michael Bierman-prepped Honda. On the day, she won the Women’s Open Expert class. Following is Bob Seki (56), who took the GP 200cc Intermediate win.

One of the most talented riders dives into the berm: Jon Rice, grandson of the famed “JR” or John Rice. He went on to take the Dual Sport Expert win. (Last month we captured a shot of him flying off the big jump alongside Sayaka Kaneshiro; our friend Sayaka went back to Okinawa, Japan, and she is missed by all who knew her.)

One of the most talented riders dives into the berm: Jon Rice, grandson of the famed “JR” or John Rice. He went on to take the Dual Sport Expert win. (Last month we captured a shot of him flying off the big jump alongside Sayaka Kaneshiro; our friend Sayaka went back to Okinawa, Japan, and she is missed by all who knew her.)

Fly Like an Eagle...er, Maico, which Parker Jones was able to make look like an eagle!

Fly Like an Eagle…er, Maico, which Parker Jones was able to make look like an eagle!

Parker Jones scored first place in the GP 1 250cc Expert class.

“For it being my first race back with CALVMX in a while, I had a blast!” Jones exclaimed. “The track was full of jumps and turns, which made it challenging but fun. It felt good to be back in a place with familiar faces and ride a track that was different from the ones I’ve recently raced. My favorite part was the jumps that aren’t usually found on Vintage tracks. The jumps allowed me to test the full limits of my Maico and catch some air.”

Also returning to race with the club was Loren Dimond, who got the best of this start on his number-5X Kawasaki.

Also returning to race with the club was Loren Dimond, who got the best of this start on his number-5X Kawasaki.

Loren Dimond captured the Over 50 Vintage Expert victory. He is obviously very proud of his bike.

“It was good to get back on the old KX,” Dimond declared. “That bike has a lot of power, and I would love to see that engine in a modern chassis. Racing went well; just a little winded from back-to-back motos. I raced the number 94 in the 100cc race and then went right to the starting line on the KX. The track was fun and vintage-friendly except for the long tabletop at the finish. My legs were sore because I came up short each time.”

A trio of talented riders have been racing each other lately on vintage CZ machinery. Nick Landers didn’t pull up to the starting line on this day, but Greg Landers (27G) and Ayrton Sieja (241) sure did.

A trio of talented riders have been racing each other lately on vintage CZ machinery. Nick Landers didn’t pull up to the starting line on this day, but Greg Landers (27G) and Ayrton Sieja (241) sure did.

“I had lots of fun racing with Ayrton [Sieja],” Greg Landers confided, “and my hat is off to him, honestly, as he keeps up with me on a stock CZ 250 against my fairly well-modified 400 CZ. Ayrton and his father, Mark, and I typically pit together, so we all usually end up cracking jokes and sharing some smack talk before and after the races; you know, things like asking to borrow muffler bearing or recommending some hot jetting specs that are totally wrong, ha ha!”

Now, this is the way to rail a berm – Greg Landers-style.

Now, this is the way to rail a berm – Greg Landers-style.

“I’d like to say thank you to the folks at Perris and CALVMX for the effort they have put into improving the track for us – it’s appreciated,” Landers added. “Lastly, I’d like to tip my hat to the photographers like Roni Faxon, Kathy Caro and Tom Corley, who weather the elements at the races so we can have some photos to share with our friends and family.”

The stylish Ayrton Sieja (241) is a worthy competitor against Greg Landers, and you can see the exceptional way he takes the berms and slides his CZ.

The stylish Ayrton Sieja (241) is a worthy competitor against Greg Landers, and you can see the exceptional way he takes the berms and slides his CZ.

“My day at Perris was definitely a lot better than the last visit there,” Ayrton Sieja said. “My dad helped me do a fork swap in between practice and my first moto, and I was dealing with some new-part break-ins. The last moto, I somehow pulled a holeshot over Greg, and even though it didn’t last long, it was enough to make my day.”

Ayrton Siega in slide mode.

Ayrton Sieja in slide mode.

Ayrton Sieja is optimistic about racing: “Hopefully, I can find some cheater lines the next round and give him [Greg Landers] and the other guys a run for their money.”

This is the finish-line jump that the vintage bikes handled quite well. Of course, Noleen Suspension helps to make the older bikes handle the jumps much better, Parker Jones’s Maico being one fine example of that. Here, a couple of modern bikes take this jump with ease as Miles Palmer and Will McDiarmid lead the Modern Support Four-Stroke Novice contest.

This is the finish-line jump that the vintage bikes handled quite well. Of course, Noleen Suspension helps to make the older bikes handle the jumps much better, Parker Jones’s Maico being one fine example of that. Here, a couple of modern bikes take this jump with ease as Miles Palmer and Will McDiarmid lead the Modern Support Four-Stroke Novice contest.

Looks like Dan Paulson (236) is having fun here.

Looks like Dan Paulson (236) is having fun here.

“I had a fun day breaking in a new 2018 RMZ450 Suzuki and a new pair of boots,” said Dan Paulson. “I got two first-place medals to go with my breaking-in blisters.”

Life is good for Rich Truchinski (58), who has been racing with the CALVMX just recently.

Life is good for Rich Truchinski (58), who has been racing with the CALVMX just recently.

When asked how he liked the track, Rich Truchinski replied: “Awesome! I loved it!” He also thanked those who are helping him out: “Lori Payne, Mike Bierman, Barry Katz, Frank and Debbi [Vrettas, promoters of CALVMX], and my wife, Erika.”

And we just happen to have a picture of Rich with his new wife, Erika, at the awards presentation…

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This is the happy couple, Rich and Erika Truchinski. And as you can see, Rich won a first-place medal. Actually, he won two, topping the Modern Support Expert and the Modern Support Two-Stroke Expert classes.

This is the happy couple, Rich and Erika Truchinski. And as you can see, Rich won a first-place medal. Actually, he won two, topping the Modern Support Expert and the Modern Support Two-Stroke Expert classes.

Another two-class winner was Jack Snider, who is smiling about his first-place medals for winning the GP 1 250cc Novice and Post-Vintage Novice classes.

Another two-class winner was Jack Snider, who is smiling about his first-place medals for winning the GP 1 250cc Novice and Post-Vintage Novice classes.

Husqvarna rider Bill Davidson set out to race in three classes, and sure enough, he won three first-place medals – for winning the Open Age Vintage Intermediate, Over 60 Vintage Intermediate and Open Age GP Intermediate classes.

Husqvarna rider Bill Davidson set out to race in three classes, and sure enough, he won three first-place medals – for winning the Open Age Vintage Intermediate, Over 60 Vintage Intermediate and Open Age GP Intermediate classes.

These two friends posed together: Edward Acosta (left) and Vincent Laker (right).

These two friends posed together: Edward Acosta (left) and Vincent Laker (right).

Edward Acosta is new to the CALVMX, and he enjoyed his return from the sofa to racing again. He won the Modern Two-Stroke Novice class.

As for the very busy Vincent Laker, he said: “Yes, I’m going on two years of [contesting] four classes [per event].”

With a good, long break between this event and the next CALVMX race on November 19 at Perris, Laker remarked: “The long break makes me want to do five classes.”

That’s an incredible guy, that Vincent. On the day, he raced in the Dual Sport Intermediate Post-1990 class (which he won), the Open Age GP Intermediate class (in which he placed second), the Open Age Vintage Intermediate class (in which he again placed second), and the Modern Support Four-Stroke Intermediate class (in which he finished fourth). Whew!

Ray Lopez won the Modern Support Vet Pro class.

Raymond Lopez won the Modern Support Vet Pro class.

Ray Lopez was the winner of the first 125cc National race held at Arroyo Cycle Park back in 1973. (Oh, how I remember that race!) He’s back out to race again with the CALVMX.

“I’m not out to prove anything,” said Lopez. “Like many out here, it’s just about having fun while you still can.”

On this day, he took a first-place medal in the Modern Support Vet Pro class. Go, number 419!

From Tom Corley’s garden to you: a tribute to the late, great Tom Petty.

From Tom Corley’s garden to you: a tribute to the late, great Tom Petty.

“Wildflowers”
By Tom Petty

You belong among the
Wildflowers

You belong in
a boat out at sea

Sail away
Kill off the hours

You belong somewhere
You feel free…

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

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