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Portfolio from the Old School TT Scrambles at Glen Helen

| 10 January 2018 6:24 pm

Old School TT Scrambles
Glen Helen Raceway Lucas Oil Pavilion

Story and Photography by Tom Corley/tcestudios@netzero.net
SAN BERNARDINO, CA, DEC. 3, 2017

You go back, Jack, do it again,
wheel turnin’… ’round and ’round
you go back, Jack, do it again….

So goes the 1973 Steely Dan song. Today, you could say that Jack came back to the track… in fact, a drove of off-road racers came back for the second Old School TT Scrambles held at the Glen Helen Lucas Oil Pavilion. Honestly, there’s nothing else like this in Southern California – an event in which 1950s- and 1960s-style racing is featured. People are hearing good things and saying good things about it, such as the following quotes from those who were there to experience it…

“We came all the way out from Lodi, California,” said William McDonnell, “and now we’re hooked and I want to come back.”

“I’m proud to help provide a fun but competitive racing atmosphere to guys and girls who want to go fast and win, but still need to show up to work on Monday morning,” track announcer Greg Barbacovi said with sincerity. “The track that Gary Jones designed at ‘The Glen’ lets racers go fast, slide through turns, and even catch some air without the risky obstacles found on many MX and SX tracks.”

“Racing was a blast,” Eric Casas exclaimed, “and [it was] challenging not to break that little pressed-together frame [of his restored Yamaha 80] in two. Overall, I placed as the first loser to my friend Carl [Yokol], who I came out with, who took the top box, and I can’t wait to redeem myself next round. Thanks to Gary Jones, Tami Greenhill and Mark [Carlton] at Reign VMX for having me. See ya at the next race!”

And Gary Kortz, owner of So Cal Maico, gave quite a shout-out to this event: “Racing a TT Scrambles is more fun than you can imagine: high-speed front straightaway, and not a section on the track you can’t attack. This may be the future of Vintage racing. Don’t get me wrong – I still like MX, but this is so much fun! I’ll be 70 next month; I still plan on racing!”

There are others who proclaimed how great this event was, and in this portfolio we’ve got views of sidecars, quads, minis, and vintage and modern machines.

Please enjoy this presentation of the Old School TT Scrambles, which is best viewed on a large-screen computer…

Major players: A team of qualified people make this Old School TT Scrambles event what it is – special! To the left is legendary motocross racer Gary Jones, who made the layout of this track; at center is promoter Tami Greenhill; and at right is Rolf Greenhill, who worked the day’s tech inspection. Now, just to be clear, these three people aren’t just letting everyone else have all the fun – they are out there racing, too!

Major players: A team of qualified people make this Old School TT Scrambles event what it is – special! To the left is legendary motocross racer Gary Jones, who made the layout of this track; at center is promoter Tami Greenhill; and at right is Rolf Greenhill, who worked the day’s tech inspection. Now, just to be clear, these three people aren’t just letting everyone else have all the fun – they are out there racing, too!

Tech inspection is under way, and the man in charge of that is Rolf Greenhill. Apparently, the bike of Scott Tremblay (28X) got the nod of approval from Rolf.

Tech inspection is under way, and the man in charge of that is Rolf Greenhill. Apparently, the bike of Scott Tremblay (28X) got the nod of approval from Rolf.

“Tech inspection is so important at these events,” explained Rolf Greenhill, “not only to make sure some bikes are within their year ranges, but, more importantly, to be safe and sound to be raced. We also check the riders’ helmets to make sure they are safe and within the right year range as well.”

“I won the 250cc CZ World Championship way back in 1992, when I knew how to ride,” said Scott Tremblay. “Today was my first race in 18 years, and after a bad crash this past year that had me in a wheelchair for a couple of months, I had a great time!”

The riders’ meeting is where everyone gathers around to hear everything you need to know about the day’s racing. The guy in blue behind the bike happens to be announcer Greg Barbacovi. The guy on the bike happens to be Elsinore pilot Stacey Porter.

The riders’ meeting is where everyone gathers around to hear everything you need to know about the day’s racing. The guy in blue behind the bike happens to be announcer Greg Barbacovi. The guy on the bike happens to be Elsinore pilot Stacy Porter.

Throughout the day, announcer Greg Barbacovi plays just the right music for us Vintage guys – such as a bit of Johnny Cash. (A little wind was blowing, and sure enough Greg had a little dab of Preferred Stock cologne on.) Above all, Greg was there all day, calling the racing action, and he was presented with an Extreme Sports Pioneer Award for doing such a great job throughout the decades.

There goes Stacey Porter (77) over the finish-line jump.

There goes Stacy Porter (77) over the finish-line jump.

Stacy Porter took first place in both motos for the Over 50 Novice-class overall victory, ahead of Randy Okada and his 2-2 finishes.

“I thought the track at Glen Helen was a really nice track,” Porter concluded – brief and to the point.

How about a picture of Randy, too? Coming right up!

Two riders take the checkered flag in Race One: With his wheel already to the ground is Randy Okada (182), while Gary Cass (D15) still has his front wheel off the ground.

Two riders take the checkered flag in Race One: With his wheel already to the ground is Randy Okada (182), while Gary Cass (D15) still has his front wheel off the ground.

In Race One, Gary Cass won the Over 60 Expert class, while Randy Okada was runner-up in the Over 50 Novice class.

“That nonexistent sixth gear would have helped a 125 [his Yamaha] stay ahead of the 250s nipping my tail!” Okada exclaimed.

Randy Okada (182) trails a talented rider named Chuck DeRan (74V) in Race One.

Randy Okada (182) trails a talented rider named Chuck DeRan (74V) in Race One.

“The events held at the Glen Helen Lucas Truck track have been the best in the series so far,” said Chuck DeRan about this racing event. “I believe [promoter] Tami [Greenhill] has found a venue that is as close to an old-school scrambles event as possible. For me, there is a lot less pressure and just more fun with the scrambles event than MX tracks, which vintage bikes have to run on nowadays, with all the jumps.:

On the day, DeRan scored third place in the Over 50 Intermediate contest, while Okada placed second in the Over 50 Novice ranks.

Going around the final corner of the track before going wide open on the finish stretch is quite a rush, and here, in Race Three action, Chuck DeRan (74V) leads Marty Eisen (232).

Going around the final corner of the track before going wide open on the finish stretch is quite a rush, and here, in Race Three action, Chuck DeRan (74V) leads Marty Eisen (232).

DeRan compared this event with the last one here at Glen Helen: “This event, I rode two classes to get more track time, Over 60 Intermediate and Over 50 Intermediate Sportsman. The first scrambles event, I had a 54- to 57-second lap time; this time, the track was lengthened to where, with the same bike, I was doing one minute 15 seconds or so per lap, which, again, is more riding time. I believe there were more Vintage MXers giving it a try – good to see them coming out.”

In Race Three, DeRan placed first in the 500cc Intermediate class, while Marty Eisen won the Sportsman 250cc Novice contest.

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Tanks for the Memories: A row of gas tanks from vintage bikes of the past. If only we knew their history and who their owners were.

Tanks for the Memories: A row of gas tanks from vintage bikes of the past. If only we knew their history and who their owners were.

Now, if you don’t have a bike to race, no problem! You see, the TMC Co. will be happy to rent you a sweet-looking Husqvarna that is race-ready. And yes, we’ve got a picture of a customer who just rented a Husky 250. After all, not everyone can afford to own a motorcycle. Who could this rider be…?

Now, if you don’t have a bike to race, no problem! You see, the TMC Co. will be happy to rent you a sweet-looking Husqvarna that is race-ready. And yes, we’ve got a picture of a customer who just rented a Husky 250. After all, not everyone can afford to own a motorcycle. Who could this rider be…?

Many of you who know him won’t believe that the rider who rented the Husky is none other than eccentric bike collector Bob Tocco!

Many of you who know him won’t believe that the rider who rented the Husky is none other than eccentric bike collector Bob Tocco!

“I got to ride a real bike at the TT,” Bob Tocco explained. “They [TMC Co.] rented me a Husky WR250! I ended up winning the 250cc Expert class! I’m hooked now! The bike was awesome!”

You see, Bob has more than 200 motorcycles over at his place in Pearblossom in California’s Antelope Valley. That must be why the onlookers in the photo above, Joe Root and Bob Seki, are shaking their heads…

Look at this little guy who’s got a cool bike and is attempting to go downhill – which wouldn’t be wise. Don’t do it, son, or you might end up like that daredevil behind you, wearing a red jersey – Bob Tocco! Then it would be all downhill from there.

Look at this little guy who’s got a cool bike and is attempting to go downhill – which wouldn’t be wise. Don’t do it, son, or you might end up like that daredevil behind you, wearing a red jersey – Bob Tocco! Then it would be all downhill from there…

Here’s a spectator’s view of the starting line, with Bob Tocco (164) and Brad Russell (81G) closest to the camera.

Here’s a spectator’s view of the starting line, with Bob Tocco (164) and Brad Russell (81G) closest to the camera.

Now it’s Brad Russell’s turn to give his report on how the day’s racing went: “For the second race of the Old School Scrambles, I showed up for practice on Saturday to test out the changes I made after the heat races on my 250. I don’t think we changed anything on the 440. I rode 40 or 50 laps on Saturday and was ready for Sunday’s race. I signed up for the Historic 250cc and Sportsman 500cc classes, with back-to-back motos for the day, so I was busy.

“First up was the 440,” he continued, “I got the holeshot in both motos. I had fun battling Bob Tocco, eventually taking the overall in the class.

“On the 250,” he added, “I was lined up against Parker Jones – who beat me in the first race – and Grant Langston, on Gary Kortz’s So Cal Maico 1981 490. I got a good start and was second into the first turn, behind Grant, and Parker was right behind me. Parker got around me after I made a mistake, and I settled in behind him for a few laps until he had a mechanical failure – a broken shift shaft. Grant was checked out by this point, so I just put down consistent laps and had fun, eventually winning this class also. Both my So Cal Maicos ran flawlessly today.”

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Race Eight finds William McDonnell (26M) getting a clear holeshot. Right behind McDonnell is Bob Tocco (47), now racing one of his many minis.

Race Eight finds William McDonnell (26M) getting a clear holeshot. Right behind McDonnell is Bob Tocco (47), now racing one of his many minis.

William McDonnell from Lodi, California, has been racing since 1970, and he started on a Bultaco 100. He progressed in racing and did the Sacramento Mile. His sponsors are Drake Schmid, Bud Riddle and Double D Cycle in Lodi. On the day, McDonnell placed second in the Four-Stroke Historic Novice class.

“The Mini class was epic!” exclaimed Bob Tocco. “Grant Langston joined in on the fun and rode one of my mini bikes in the second moto. He rode Lori Payne’s XR100 in the first race, which wasn’t fair, so I gave him a 150R to go smoke us all! I still got the overall with a 1-2 finish. Great fun, Grant! See you all February 11.”

Grant Langston had a full day of Vintage racing and rode two minis, one stock and one hot rod, to impress all with his performance. Next, we’ve got him leading everyone, mounted on a So Cal Maico bike courtesy of Gary Kortz…

Grant Langston had a full day of Vintage racing and rode two minis, one stock and one hot rod, to impress all with his performance. Next, we’ve got him leading everyone, mounted on a So Cal Maico bike courtesy of Gary Kortz…

Grant Langston (8) gets some air over the big TT jump, with Brad Russell hidden on the other side. Say, that’s Lori Payne and Michael Bierman watching from that perch!

Grant Langston (8) gets some air over the big TT jump, with Brad Russell hidden on the other side. Say, that’s Lori Payne and Michael Bierman watching from that perch!

Grant Langston has achieved several titles in his Pro career, including 2000 FIM World 125cc Champion, 2003 AMA 125cc MX National Champion, and 2007 AMA 450cc National Champion. On this day, he returned to Vintage racing, and he won the Post-Vintage Expert class on his So Cal Maico ride.

After racing in two classes, Grant Langston proudly stands behind the Maico from So Cal Maico that took him to the Post-Vintage Expert victory.

After racing in two classes, Grant Langston proudly stands behind the Maico from So Cal Maico that took him to the Post-Vintage Expert victory.

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There was plenty of Mini action going on, with a class for everyone. Over the big TT jump, these riders handed it with ease, and it looks like fun. Gabriel Baugham (16) and Carl Yokol (11) are in front. Hidden over to the left is another rider who had plenty to say about this event and his racing, and that is Eric Casas (1).

There was plenty of Mini action going on, with a class for everyone. Over the big TT jump, these riders handed it with ease, and it looks like fun. Gabriel Baugham (16) and Carl Yokol (11) are in front. Hidden over to the left is another rider who had plenty to say about this event and his racing, and that is Eric Casas (1).

Is this Bob Hannah? That’s what it says on that jersey! But nope, it’s Eric Casas.

Is this Bob Hannah? That’s what it says on that jersey! But nope, it’s Eric Casas.

“For this event,” said Eric Casas, who is a great builder of replica motocross bikes, “I set the flux capacitor to the late ’70s on a box-stock ’77 YZ80D that I picked up for $200. It was grenaded and left out to consume itself in the elements and was missing parts and the wheels were bent. I coupled it with a matching-era Hurricane ensemble for good measure.”

And how did he like the course?

“The track layout is a complete party, in that it’s not dug 18-inches hillbilly deep so we can all go in three of four bikelengths wide again, and it has great flow.”

Okay, now let’s see how Eric looks out on the track with his new creation…

With this Pro turning style and the Yamaha outfit, it sure looks like Bob Hannah. Yes, Eric did a perfect job of making this replica and riding like the legend.

With this Pro turning style and the Yamaha outfit, it sure looks like Bob Hannah. Yes, Eric did a perfect job of making this replica and riding like the legend.

Casas made it clear that he would be racing the next event.

“Oh,” he declared, “next round, I’ll be setting the flux capacitor for the early ’90s. Keep your eye out for a James ‘Bubba’ Stewart/ Chevy Trucks mini replica combo complete with the cool fuchsia stuff.”

Jeff Snyder (22) leads Tom Cortino (157), who took second in the Sports 250cc Intermediates.

Jeff Snyder (22) leads Tom Cortino (157), who took second in the Sports 250cc Intermediates.

Jeff Snyder had an adventure on this day.

“I didn’t know what to expect,” he explained. “It was different from the first one out in Victorville. It looked like it was going to be a real high-speed race, but there were enough tight twists to keep the speed down. I was doing pretty good, but that long stretch gave the bigger bikes a real advantage over the 125. Fortunately, I only had to race against Rick Guilmette, as it was his first outing on his new bike and he hadn’t raced for quite a while.”

On the day, Snyder topped the 125cc Expert Intermediate class.

There was a fast home stretch but plenty of tight turns like this one. Gary Cass (D15) won the Over 60 class on his Triumph. Trailing Cass is Rudy Gil, the well-known checkered-flag man at Perris Raceway.

There was a fast home stretch but plenty of tight turns like this one. Gary Cass (D15) won the Over 60 class on his Triumph. Trailing Cass is Rudy Gil, the well-known checkered-flag man at Perris Raceway.

On the starting line for Race Three, with CZ rider Cody Souisa in the foreground. The riders would be taking off and heading over a TT-style jump before making a left-hand sweeper.

On the starting line for Race Three, with CZ rider Cody Souisa in the foreground. The riders would be taking off and heading over a TT-style jump before making a left-hand sweeper.

In Race two, both the Sidecars and the Quads raced at the same time. In this turn before the finish is Mark McDade (Z1), who won the Sidecar Expert class. The rider on the inside is Kyle Eurto (312), who was fourth in the Quad Expert contest.

In Race two, both the Sidecars and the Quads raced at the same time. In this turn before the finish is Mark McDade (Z1), who won the Sidecar Expert class. The rider on the inside is Kyle Eurto (312), who was fourth in the Quad Expert contest.

“We quad riders are always looking for somewhere to race,” contestant Bill Markel reported. “Back in June or July, I was at Glen Helen and saw what they were doing and wanted to be a part of it. [Promoter] Tami [Greenhill] was nice enough to allow us to join them, so I gathered as many friends as I could, and we had a blast – as a matter of fact, so much that I decided to sponsor the Quad Championship Series within this old-school race.”

Side by side are Rolf Greenhill (163) and Rudy Gil (35) as they go around the first turn in Race Six.

Side by side are Rolf Greenhill (163) and Rudy Gil (35) as they go around the first turn in Race Six.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my first TT Scrambles event at Glen Helen,” said Rolf Greenhill. “The track layout by Gary Jones was over the top. I can’t wait for the 2018 season to start and don’t plan on missing any of the five rounds scheduled of the newly announced TT Scrambles Championship Series.”

On the day, Rolf rode his BSA to a 1-1 win in the Classic C class. Rudy Gil rode a Maico in the last event, but on this day he was also BSA mounted, and that mount carried him to a first-place finish in the Classic 500cc Intermediates.

Greg Jones (242) and Jon Rice (1, in red and gray) in action.

Greg Jones (242) and Jon Rice (1, in red and gray) in action.

Two of the hottest riders of the day who also had some connection to the staff behind the event were Greg Jones, who is the son of Gary Jones, who designed the course, and Jon Rice, who is the son of promoter Tami Greenhill – and she sure trained him right (although she noted that her son should be nicer to the MX girls while out on the track). Also out there in the action was Justin Jones, who is also the son of Gary Jones. Overall on the day, Greg won the Modern Support Expert class with a 2-1 finish, while Jon claimed the Modern Support Intermediate victory with a 1-1 score.

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With the racing done, it was time for some casual family portraits. This is the Jones family, and they are a true racing family: (from left to right) Justin, Greg, Gary, Breanna and Reese.

With the racing done, it was time for some casual family portraits. This is the Jones family, and they are a true racing family: (from left to right) Justin, Greg, Gary, Breanna and Reese.

The Rices are another true-blue racing family: (from left to right) promoter Tami Rice Greenhill, legendary racer John Rice (www.JohnRiceMX.com), and Jon Rice, who raced today.

The Rices are another true-blue racing family: (from left to right) promoter Tami Rice Greenhill, legendary racer John Rice (www.JohnRiceMX.com), and Jon Rice, who raced today.

The club has a T-shirt for sale at each event. This reporter likes this one!

The club has a T-shirt for sale at each event. This reporter likes this one!

As this shirt says, “It’s Always A Race” – and yes, it is! And the next Old School TT Scrambles race will be held on February 11 at The Glen.

As this shirt says, “It’s Always A Race” – and yes, it is! And the next Old School TT Scrambles race will be held on February 11 at The Glen.

The sponsors who make this series possible…

The sponsors who make this series possible…

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

Race 1

50+ NOV: 1. Stacy Porter (Hon); 2. Randy Okada (Yam); 3. Bob David (CZ); 4. Guy Menanno (CZ); 5. Andre Souisa (CZ).

50+ INT: 1. Steve Souisa (Yam); 2. Rudy Gil (BSA); 3. Jim Barker (Hon); 4. John Woolsey (Yam).

60+ NOV: 1. Mark Obert (Hon).

60+ INT: 1. Keith Speir (CZ); 2. Norm Himaka (Mai); 3. Chuck DeRan (Yam).

60+ EX: 1. Gary Cass (Tri).

70+ NOV: 1. Ed Ott (Yam).

70+ EX: 1. Mike Brooks (Oss).

Race 2

SIDECAR EX: 1. Jody Sanders (Yam); 2. Ace Kale (KTM); 3. Mark McDade; 4. Kevin Kale (KTM); 5. J.D. Nelson.

QUAD NOV: 1. Steve Kerchner (Yam); 2. Lance Lewis.

QUAD INT: 1. Hector Urias (Yam).

QUAD EX: 1. Roy Bloodworth (Yam); 2. Bill Markel (Yam); 3. Mikey Zavala (Hon); 4. Kyle Eurto (Yam).

Race 3

SPORTS 125 EX: 1. Jeff Snyder (Hon); 2. Rick Guilmette (Hon).

SPORTS 250 NOV: 1. Marty Eisen (Hon); 2. Mark Obert (Hon); 3. Mark Carlton (Kaw); 4. Cody Souisa (CZ).

SPORTS 250 INT: 1. Nick Awtry (Hon); 2. Tom Contino (Suz); 3. Jim Barker (Hon); 4. John Woolsey (Yam).

SPORTS 250 EX: 1. Bob Tocco (Hsq).

SPORTS 500 INT: 1. Chuck DeRan (Yam.

SPORTS 500 EX: 1. Brad Russell (Mai).

Race 4

POST-VINTAGE NOV: 1. Rychard Rosada (Yam); 2. Doug Childs (Hon); 3. Mike Curtiss (Mai); 4. Tom Taylor (Yam).

POST-VINTAGE EX: 1. Grant Langston (Mai); 2. Parker Jones (Mai).

250 HISTORIC: 1. Brad Russell (Mai); 2. Ron Lawson (Hon).

500 HISTORIC: 1. Gary Kortz (Mai); 2. Marty Mlakar (Yam); 3. David Froschauer (Mai).

Race 5

MINI SUPPORT: 1. Carl Yokol (Hon); 2. Eric Casas (Yam); 3. James Rust (Yam); 4. Bob David (CZ); 5. Gabriel Baugham (Yam); 6. Mark Millington (Gre); 7. James Nucitor (Hon).

MINI KIDS: 1. Dane Kortz (Kaw); 2. Ryder Van Es (Kaw); 3. Seth Kortz (Hon).

Race 6

SCRAMBLES LIGHTWEIGHT NOV: 1. Richard Myers (Gre).

SCRAMBLES 350 NOV: 1. Scott Tremblay.

SCRAMBLES HEAVYWEIGHT EX: 1. Allen Wenzel (BSA).

CLASSIC 250 NOV: 1. Nick Awtry (Hon); 2. Frank Van Es (Hon).

CLASSIC 250 INT: 1. Paul Chaffee (CZ).

CLASSIC 500 NOV: 1. Mark Millington (Gre).

CLASSIC 500 INT: 1. Rudy Gil (BSA); 2. Mike Wayne (Hon).

CLASS C: 1. Rolf Greenhill (BSA).

Race 7

WOMEN NOV: 1. Breanna Kell (Hon); 2. Amber Sklar (Hsq).

WOMEN EX: 1. Michelle Horton (Yam); 2. Lori Payne (Hon); 3. Tami Greenhill (Hon).

MODERN SUPPORT NOV: 1. Rychard Rosada (Hon).

MODERN SUPPORT INT: 1. Jon Rice (Yam); 2. Benjamin Woolsey (Yam); 3. Kraig Brooks (Yam).

MODERN SUPPORT EX: 1. Greg Jones (Hon); 2. Pete Goesinya (Hon); 3. Gary Jones (Yam).

Race 8

250 HISTORIC EX: 1. Brad Russell (Mai); 2. Ron Lawson (Hon).

4-STROKE HISTORIC NOV: 1. Marty Mlakar (Yam); 2. William McDonnell (Yam).

ADULT MINI: 1. Bob Tocco (Hsq); 2. Grant Langston (Mai); 3. Bob Seki (Hon); 4. Mike Bierman (Hon); 5. Ben Eisen (Hon); 6. Dane Kortz (Kaw); 7. Tami Greenhill (Hon).

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