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Portfolio from CALVMX Round 10

| 30 December 2017 5:27 pm

CALVMX/100% Vintage Motocross Regional Series
Round 10: Perris Raceway

Story and Photography by Tom Corley/tcestudios@netzero.net
PERRIS, CA, NOV. 19, 2017

A “perfect 10” is hard to come by. This event was round 10 of 10 in this year’s CALVMX Vintage Motocross Regional Series, and by the response received from those who raced, everything appeared to be just right, as this club continues to provide the finest in Vintage Motocross racing. Kent Musgrave concluded after his race: “The Vet track at Perris was tight but fun, and of course the CALVMX folks are always great to hang out with. Overall, it was a great day at the track.”

It was Ed Tashjian Day, and the riders sure came out to see Ed, who received plenty of handshakes and hugs. For those who don’t know, while racing on the Glen Helen REM track, Ed came over a jump and landed off course, which put him in the hospital.

“Ed is a phenomenal guy, and it was great to see Ed back out at the track,” Musgrave said, expressing feelings that were shared by all present.

The notorious Furman brothers, Steve and Craig – a.k.a. “Team Blaze” – were loose on the track, and we’ve got so many good pictures of them racing in this portfolio that we could also call it “Team Blaze Day.” Along with Ed Tashjian and Team Blaze, we’ve got pictures of the soaring Suzukis piloted by Gary Faxon and Scott Burnworth, a couple of harmless falls, and then the finale awards presentation, with the winners’ medals emblazoned with an image of Ed Tashjian.

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When Ed Tashjian was injured during another club’s event, all the CALVMX riders and the entire motorcycle community who knew him were saddened to hear that his condition was serious. Being the winner that he is, Ed rose out of that hospital bed and returned to the track to let everyone know that he is on the way to a full recovery.

When Ed Tashjian was injured during another club’s event, all the CALVMX riders and the entire motorcycle community who knew him were saddened to hear that his condition was serious. Being the winner that he is, Ed rose out of that hospital bed and returned to the track to let everyone know that he is on the way to a full recovery.

Why save the best photo for last? Guest of honor Ed Tashjian poses with the pretty CALVMX ladies and that, along with his recovery, sure helped him to smile again. From left to right are Debbi Vrettas, Roni Faxon, Astrid Logan, Susan Gariepy, guest of honor Ed Tashjian, Lori Payne, Penny Bridges and Erika Truchinski.

Why save the best photo for last? Guest of honor Ed Tashjian poses with the pretty CALVMX ladies and that, along with his recovery, sure helped him to smile again. From left to right are Debbi Vrettas, Roni Faxon, Astrid Logan, Susan Gariepy, guest of honor Ed Tashjian, Lori Payne, Penny Bridges and Erika Truchinski.

The Team Blaze boys – Steve Furman (left) and Craig Furman (right) – are amazing, racing and blazing! When they get behind you, it’s best to get out of the way, because they are on fire! Whether it’s speedway, flat track or motocross, they’ve done it all and take top honors.

The Team Blaze boys – Steve Furman (left) and Craig Furman (right) – are amazing, racing and blazing! When they get behind you, it’s best to get out of the way, because they are on fire! Whether it’s speedway, flat track or motocross, they’ve done it all and take top honors.

Stylish Steve Furman (6) smacks this berm on his way to a victory in the GP 100CC Stock Intermediate class.

Stylish Steve Furman (6) smacks this berm on his way to a victory in the GP 100CC Stock Intermediate class.

“It was my first time racing in two months,” said Steve Furman, “but the new track was awesome going backwards!”

First-turn action, with Tim Hoole (54) getting the holeshot, while Steve Furman (6) goes after him. Can he make the pass? Let’s see what happens!

First-turn action, with Tim Hoole (54) getting the holeshot, while Steve Furman (6) goes after him. Can he make the pass? Let’s see what happens!

Steve Furman (6) does it and passes Tim Hoole (54).

Steve Furman (6) does it and passes Tim Hoole (54).

About his bike, Steve exclaimed: “It went super fast and killed them in the 100cc.”

How did he do in 125cc racing against his brother Craig…?

Despite apparent motor problems, Steve Furman (5) has the lead here, ahead of Craig Furman (22) and a Kawasaki jockey.

Despite apparent motor problems, Steve Furman (5) has the lead here, ahead of Craig Furman (22) and a Kawasaki jockey.

In GP 3 125cc Intermediate and Expert racing, Steve Furman made it clear: “In the 125cc class, it [his Honda] sputtered at top end, so the other half of Team Blaze [his brother Craig] got the best of me.”

“My brother Steve got the holeshot on me going uphill on the first lap,” Craig Furman said about his first moto, “and then I went to the inside of him and passed him off a jump. Around a turn, I had too much speed and flew off the track and got back on right away and followed by brother to the checkered flag, so he won the first moto.”

Steve Furman (5) and Craig Furman (22) battle in the second GP 3 125cc Intermediate and Expert moto.

Steve Furman (5) and Craig Furman (22) battle in the second GP 3 125cc Intermediate and Expert moto.

The second stanza of GP 3 125cc Intermediate and Expert action racing was recounted by Craig Furman: “My brother Steve got the holeshot again on me, but I stayed with him until I was able to pass him. I finally found a hole and darted to the inside and got the pass. Meanwhile, we were battling for about two or three laps, and I could hear Bruce Sandzimier yelling at my brother. I knew he was getting mad because my brother and I were using up the whole track battling each other and he had nowhere to get by. Bruce finally made the pass on us, and then his bike seized on the lap before the checkered flag.”

On the day, Steve won the GP 3 125cc Intermediate class, while Craig topped the Expert portion.

“That’s okay brother, I’ll get you the next time,” Steve said at the end of the day. “It was good fun, good weekend and good racing.”

Two wild and crazy guys right here, and we’re talking about Craig Furman (left) and Steve Furman (right), who are Team Blaze Racing.

Two wild and crazy guys right here, and we’re talking about Craig Furman (left) and Steve Furman (right), who are Team Blaze Racing.

Craig provided some history and insight about Team Blaze Racing.

“Back in 1984,” he said, “when we started racing speedway, my brother Steve and I formed Team Blaze Racing. We raced speedway throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s. After returning from speedway, we got into Vintage Motocross with the CALVMX, and now I’m doing a little flat track with the Southern California Flat Track Association over at Perris Raceway. Team Blaze lives on from 1984 all the way ’til present, and when we go out to these events, my brother and I just happen to be in the same class – GP 3 125. We’ve always been really close as far as caliber, so we’re always battling in every turn, every jump. Who will get the holeshot? A little bit of sibling rivalry all the way from 1984 and it’s still going on, as sometimes he’ll win one and sometimes I’ll win one.”

Race five is under way, and in this view it’s eventual GP 1 125cc Novice winner Randy Okada (182) leading eventual GP 3 125cc Novice winner Steve Voznick (17).

Race five is under way, and in this view it’s eventual GP 1 125cc Novice winner Randy Okada (182) leading eventual GP 3 125cc Novice winner Steve Voznick (17).

“It’s fun going into the first turn,” said Randy Okada, “only to find out the guy on your inside doesn’t seem to know which way the track goes – CRASH!”

Did that really happen? Let’s see, do we have any “crash” pictures…?

Yep! We do have some crash shots. Hopefully, these riders’ scrapes and bruises are all healed up by now…

Mike Fry (119) and Don Hansing (88) are looking down to see if their fellow rider is all right. (Does anyone know who this downed rider might be? Let us know.)

Mike Fry (119) and Don Hansing (88) are looking down to see if their fellow rider is all right. (Does anyone know who this downed rider might be? Let us know.)

Oops! Here’s another downed rider, who fell as they rounded the starting turn. Rider Penny Bridges stops off to the side to check out the situation. Running to the rescue are Darrin Hammond (left) and Ben Eisen (right).

Oops! Here’s another downed rider, who fell as they rounded the starting turn. Rider Penny Bridges stops off to the side to check out the situation. Running to the rescue are Darrin Hammond (left) and Ben Eisen (right).

Team Swolen lady Penny Bridges looks good taking this turn.

Team Swolen lady Penny Bridges looks good taking this turn.

Penny Bridges was happy to be out at this event.

“It was great to ride with my Team Swolen sisters and my brother Guy,” Bridges said,” [and] also to honor Ed Tashjian.”

On the day, Bridges took second in the Women’s Open Novice class, behind Karen Gariepy.

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Kent Musgrave jumps toward the finish line – and the rocky hillside that tells you this is Perris Raceway. On this day, Kent took first place in the Over 50 GP Intermediate class.

Kent Musgrave jumps toward the finish line – and the rocky hillside that tells you this is Perris Raceway. On this day, Kent took first place in the Over 50 GP Intermediate class.

Team Weedy-jerseyed Dana Yenawine (Z75) racing in the Over 60 Vintage Intermediate class, against Tim Vasquez (78) of the Over 50 Vintage Novice class.

Team Weedy-jerseyed Dana Yenawine (Z75) racing in the Over 60 Vintage Intermediate class, against Tim Vasquez (78) of the Over 50 Vintage Novice class.

Some Pro turning style by Gary Faxon (25S).

Some Pro turning style by Gary Faxon (25S).

Gary Faxon and Scott Burnworth are putting together a few screaming Suzukis.

“The bike was out for the first time,” Gary exclaimed. “We needed jetting changes, but overall it’s a good first step.”

The Pro holeshot style of Scott Burnworth (8) can be seen here as he takes the first turn on the way to winning the GP 3 125cc Pro class.

The Pro holeshot style of Scott Burnworth (8) can be seen here as he takes the first turn on the way to winning the GP 3 125cc Pro class.

“The bike ran great all day,” Scott Burnworth reported. “I had some fun motos. Great day of racing!”

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David Perrapato (23) clears this jump en route to taking third place in the GP 1 500cc Intermediate class.

David Perrapato (23) clears this jump en route to taking third place in the GP 1 500cc Intermediate class.

From Hodakas to Hondas to CZs, Jeff Snyder has them all, so you could say that he’s really into Vintage racing. Here, he is CZ-mounted, and he went on to race in two classes.

From Hodakas to Hondas to CZs, Jeff Snyder has them all, so you could say that he’s really into Vintage racing. Here, he is CZ-mounted, and he went on to race in two classes.

“I ran the Over 60 Expert and the Sportsman 125cc Experts,” Jeff Snyder said. “I was the only one in either class. In the first moto of the Over 60 race, I misjudged the gate; I’m pretty used to [starter] Dano and we had a new guy dropping the gate. So I hit the gate before it dropped. I may have been sixth or seventh going into the left-hander. Norm Himaka got the holeshot on his 250cc Maico. By the end of the first lap, I was in third. It took me most of the next lap to get by Norm Himaka for the lead. Even though we weren’t in the same class, it was one of the few times I’ve gotten the CZ 125 into the lead against 250s and open bikes. I was pressured pretty hard the last few laps by either Bill Davidson or Mike Korgan; I really never had time to look back.

“I got a much better start in moto two,” he continued, “as once again Norm got the holeshot, but I passed him pretty quickly for the lead. People ask me why I race 125s; it’s because I get to feel like ‘O’Show’ at the Motocross Des Nations.”

The hills that surround Perris Raceway tell the history of racing here. The Hilltoppers sign is the largest, and racing under it here are Vincent Laker (192) and Steve Voznick (17).

The hills that surround Perris Raceway tell the history of racing here. The Hilltoppers sign is the largest, and racing under it here are Vincent Laker (192) and Steve Voznick (17).

Vincent Laker races up to four classes per day.

“The new starter was in disbelief when I told him I was in race seven, eight and nine back to back and needed to switch bikes,” Laker said. “I really need to start pitting on the starting line.”

Brent Wilkinson (951) raced to a third-place finish in the Over 50 Expert GP Expert class, with Steve Voznick (17) closing in on him.

Brent Wilkinson (951) raced to a third-place finish in the Over 50 Expert GP Expert class, with Steve Voznick (17) closing in on him.

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Bill Davidson goes out on the track with a Husky and a CZ.

Bill Davidson goes out on the track with a Husky and a CZ.

“Race two: In the first moto, Norm Himaka got the holeshot and I was right behind him,” Bill Davidson reported. “I passed him after a few turns and had the overall lead until a half a lap later. I dropped my CZ in a muddy tight corner. I came back and got first in Open Age Vintage Intermediate. I won the second moto as well.”

Bill Davidson (55) flies over this jump against a competitive Stacy Porter (77).

Bill Davidson (55) flies over this jump against a competitive Stacy Porter (77).

“Race 4: In the first moto of the Open Age GP Intermediate class,” Davidson continued, “I got taken out at the start and slammed my head pretty good, seeing stars. I got a second in the second moto on my Husky. So, first place Open Age Vintage Intermediate at the end of the day.”

Now it was time for the awards. Bill Davidson holds up his first-place medal in the Open Age Vintage Intermediate class.

Now it was time for the awards. Bill Davidson holds up his first-place medal in the Open Age Vintage Intermediate class.

Wearing a bright orange shirt just like the helmet he wears while racing, Craig Walker won a second-place medal in the Over 60 Vintage Intermediate class.

Wearing a bright orange shirt just like the helmet he wears while racing, Craig Walker won a second-place medal in the Over 60 Vintage Intermediate class.

I think we just got Rickert Haag’s straw hat in the picture. Rickert took second place in the GP 1 500cc Intermediate class.

I think we just got Rickert Haag’s straw hat in the picture. Rickert took second place in the GP 1 500cc Intermediate class.

Here’s one final picture of Craig and Steve Furman …er, make that Team Blaze… leading the pack aboard their Hondas…

Here’s one final picture of Craig and Steve Furman …er, make that Team Blaze… leading the pack aboard their Hondas…

…And, as you can see by our picture of Santa Claus, he seems to prefer the Honda brand as well.

…And, as you can see by our picture of Santa Claus, he seems to prefer the Honda brand as well.

Happy Holidays! See you at the next CALVMX race at Perris Raceway in February.

[For more from this event, including race coverage, results and more photos, please see “Himaka and Awtry Top CALVMX Series Finale” by Steve Caro and Kathryn Caro… Editor]

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