on down the trail E-Street Race
VDR's Editor heads South for the Ahrma Post-Vintage National in Marysville, California December 8th 2002
big money saving plan
The rescheduling of this race was a source of tremendous annoyance itself as I had driven all the way to the Bay Area for this race last month only to have them call it off a few hours after a two day drive. Rained Out
Actually the more specific (ie different) reason given was that they couldnt get the equipment there in time to prep the track. We saw lots of giant equipment driving around at Hollister the next day prepping SOMETHING so that also obviously wasn't the real deal. Hmmmm.
I couldnt decide whether to bother coming down for this race- rescheduled for December 8th, not for Hollister, but for E-Street Bridge track in Marysville, east of I-5 near Sacramento. As it later turned out, the race wasnt called off because of Rain.
This is a idiotic story, but evidently some cretin on a modern bike with five miles of suspension travel managed to fall OFF his motorcycle when he hit a garden hose (?) on a Wednesday no less, as he roared around a deserted track by himself, and got hurt.
He then had to decide whether to lose his shirt, or ruin the sport for everyone, and he chose B), and he sued the owner of the track.
The track closed, and all the insurance carriers in California had a fit. So it seems that Hollister was canceled about Insurance, not Rain or Equipment.
The Race Date was rescheduling for December 8th, and I couldnt find anyone going, and I couldnt bring myself to ask Jonathan again for his truck again- (hed kindly lent it to me for the November junket) , and so I began to imagine my little car w/the YZ400D in the back.
A few suggested Id never get it in- but in fact on Thursday night Reg came by, and after having taken the wheels/forks/seat/tank/fenders off the bike, it went right in. I had picked up two new tarps so the car would be protected. Driving through the darkening country, I was happy for my little Honda- which I never have to worry about. The temperature sits on the floor, and stayed there the entire way to California and back. Friday night I was in Corvallis by 7:40pm, and stayed with an old friend there - up at five by myself to start the drive south. It was sharply freezing cold, and quite foggy, and I got lost temporarily in Corvallis even on the familiar route through town because I couldnt see anything. On the freeway the fog was thick as soup, and I hung on to the tailights of a pickup who was doing about 85 in 40 foot visibility. But he was gone. The dark trees whipping by- FOGGY dew!
But it began to get light. And chasing a white Bronco who was going about 95mph I got up almost to 100. But I was thinking that maybe I should slow down. Then I saw an Oregon State Patrol Car come whipping across the median and zoom away ahead of me. I nipped off the road to hit a rest stop- and once going again I saw the White Bronco sitting by the way with the OSP behind it. Suddenly in Ashland I drove out of the fog into bright sunlight, and before I knew it I was there.
Donny lives just inside the Oregon California border , and he was yanking
an RM500 motor or something out of a old frame. He was wearing a tan
jumpsuit. A superbly decent guy- we put the YZ together in short order,
loaded up and were leaving by elevenish. Donny did all the driving for
which I was happy. We drove till the shadows got long which remember
it was December so by 3:30 it had started.
I was on the fence- normally I wouldnt have a problem sleeping outside, but apparently the trains kept a-rollin' through all night, and when I said it IS December Donny said that is a key factor... which made me laugh. The Super 8 was $50, and I said hell with the the 25 bucks. Bed & Shower? No problems.
Race 2 Plus 40 Post Vintage - heat (moto 4) I think it was this race that I was chasing someone- and I hounded him until a proper moment to pass. It was Tracy Kehoe - a quiet guy on one of the Maicos. As I went by we almost came together- me going around the outside , and him drifting out. It was as much the looseness of both of us trying to control our bikes as the track was very very choppy with potholes and ruts. Of course it makes me appreciate Woodland a great deal all over again.
Race 3 Intermediate Open Historic - main (moto 4) On the line I imagined the holeshot to see if I could will it to happen. But then strangely the bike began to falter and no matter what I did the revs got lower and lower... I now think the engine was loaded up but at the time all I could think was that it was the plug fouling. In desperation I tried revving it, babying it, but to no avail, and the gate went down- I putted slowly to the first corner and pulled off and managed to get it back to the truck at 58rpm, and changed the plug right quick. I roared back out and chased Greg Kendrick for a bit passed him and finished of course 3 laps behind him. Unbeknownst to me Greg wins- he had entered Open Historic after all. Christy Bliss as I said who was taking pics probably wondered where the hell I was... Afterwards I apologized for dispatching her to take photos of me when I wasnt on the track but ignominiously changing plugs back at the pits.
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Race 4 Intermediate Open Historic - main (moto 4) moto 4 Now nervously revving the bike, I now again imagined the holeshot, and amazing but dumb I almost got it! I got an incredible launch off the startline, and arrived at the first corner along with Keith Geddis and Mario Andreini.
Woodland is all about flat cornering, so this was familiar territory for me, and again I got an awesome drive out of that corner, and found myself slipping right through the two men ahead of me. Wow! I pass the leaders Mario and Keith, and lead for 4 corners - and as I did I thought this isnt going to last, but hey! and I let out a long whoohooo inside my helmet. It was so NICE!!!
back to earth- This lasted for 4 corners I think before the swarm came
by on both sides, and when we got to the double I let them go.
Christopher on December 8th 2002 bike 1977 YZ400
Open Historic heat Decent Race with me between the packs, which seals
the Open Historic Championship for me. 1st
+40 Historic heat - uneventful Race - 1st
was incredibly sweet- one huge family- I've rarely met as decent a gang
of racers- and here is what we looked like afterwards.
Maico & CZ Western Region Post-Vintage MX Series Round 8
of 8 Dec. 8, 2002 "E" Street Track, Marysville,
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