Volume 13, Issue 1 SoCal OTMX Newsletter (A MotoPhoto LLC Publication) Winter Edition 2011
SoCal OTM X NewsMag
S o C al Ret u rns to I- 5!
It had been quite a few gan to challenge his hero
years since the SoCal Club for position. At I-5, Bruce
had sampled the wares of the did the heretofore thought Inside this issue:
I-5 Motocross Track in Hun- impossible. . . He swept
gry Valley, Gorman. The last both motos over his idol, Secretary’s Notepad. . . . . . . . Page 3
time we were there, on June taking the overall win in Kevin852 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 4
22, 2008, there was a ques- the 50 Master Class.
Wrighty-O . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 6
tion if we would ever return.
As impressive as Ash- Ask Lawndart . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 9
The track operator was more
more‟s win was, the most
interested in practice days VP Ramblings . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 10
impressive rider of the day
than racing, and appeared to From the Prez. . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 11
was Big Dan Berg. Dan
be lukewarm to prepping the
smoked to some very fast Rider of the Month . . . . . . . .Page 12
track to SoCal‟s standard.
laps, winning the Master A
Fast forward almost two class over a game Sofka,
years, with the track now un- Jr.
der the US Forest Service
Other Master and Ex-
control, and the club decided
pert class winners were
to give the facility a new try.
Randy Blevins in the Mas-
Through the efforts of our VP
ter 50B class, who traded
in charge of Operations, Kurt
wins with Dan Caneva SoCal Club Reminders:
Sofka, Jr., three racing or- Eropkin. Bruce admired Dave, (Randy took the overall by win-
ganizations experienced an and thought of Dave as his Transponders have an 18-
ning moto 2), Tom Baker, win-
outstanding day of competi- favorite local pro rider. Little did hour charge cycle. . . Plug
ning the Master B class over
tion on a suburb track. The re he know that, when joining the them in Thursday for a
Mark Pledger and Alan Burtt, Saturday race, and Friday
-organized Los Angeles Old SoCal Club, he would find him- and Michael Cosaert, winner of for a Sunday race. When
Timers‟ Club, the Over the Hill self beside his hero on the the Expert 40 class over Court- fully charged, your trans-
Gang, and of course our So- starting gate. Bruce has always ney Gannett and Larry Fine. ponder indicator light will
Cal OTMX Club all arrived at been a fast, competent rider.
Hungry Valley to do moto. The Expert 50 class was turn to a sold green in the
Earlier this year he sold his charger.
2010 Yamaha and acquired a dominated by local rider (and
On this fine February
new 2011 CRF450 Honda. SoCal member) Tom Ernsdorf.
13th, Bruce Ashmore had a
Something about this bike Tom stood atop the podium with Gilliam, Jeff Collins, Dee Vond-
day to remember. As he was
suited Bruce and suddenly he Don Faron and Chris Cumbo racek, and Ron Verbeek were
growing up, he was con-
found himself significantly taking the second and third all very competitive!
stantly reading about a great
faster to the point that he be- tiers. Fast SoCal riders Jack
rider by the name of Dave Continued page 2
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riders taking the gate. Dennis Tooman, re-
SoCal REtursn cently moved from the Expert to Amateur
to I-5 (from page 1) class, swept both motos over a very fast
Gary Doll (SoCal) and Gary Colbert (who
The Expert 60 class was a shootout made the trip from Bishop to ride this event).
between Lyle Sweeter, Gary Willison, Other notables in this class were Paul Lax
and Jim Oneal. Gary led the way moto and Bruce Hoover, both of whom demon-
one with a tight win over Oneal. Sweeter strated very fast lap times!
was on the gas moto two, and improved
his position from third first moto to the The Novice 50 class is fast becoming one
win, with Oneal edging out Willison for of the most competitive in the club. Denny
second. Sweeter found himself with the Ryan, an independent rider, swept both mo-
overall! Steve Dunlap and Jack Kell were tos. Denny will ride Amateur the next race
also quite competitive in this class. he has with SoCal. Chasing Denny, with
very fast lap times, was SoCal‟s Bob
Jeff Hawthorne made his comeback Walpert. Bob exhibited such speed and
to racing after quite a few months off due jumping ability that will also find himself in
to injury. Jeff was the past president of the amateur class soon! Don Meiner and
the LA OTMX, and was instrumental in Tony Parsons continued their rivalry, with
keeping that club organized for many Owin Wright inserting himself into the mix.
years. He rode hard to fourth overall be-
The Novice, Amateur, and Beginner 40
classes all ran in the same motos. Michael
Long took the beginner class over Gil Verity
Jeff Hawthorne made a return to and Ian Staton. Tim Marshall ran away with
racing at Hungry Valley the Amateur 40 class, with 1-1 motos over
Marc Mazza‟s 2-2 and Carlos Palomo‟s 3-3.
Danny Ramired took the Novice 40 class.
was Chuck Ramsey, Sr., and Richard The I-5 track received rave reviews from
Lyons. the racers, and plans are being made to
return to I-5 later in the year (possibly after
These fast 70+ riders were not the
the SoCal Summer Night Series at Comp
oldest of the meet, however. John
Edge). Thanks go out to the I-5 track crew
Webb again took that honor. John, 83
for their track preparations, to Sofka, Jr. for
years of age, took the 80+ class with 1-
his scheduling efforts and his patience with
the Forestry Service, and to all the riders
The Amateur 60 class was one of who showed up to make the Hungry Valley
the largest in numbers, with eleven race a success.
Bruce Ashmore on his new Honda!
hind SoCal‟s John Bosanko, independent
rider Jim Jeffries, and SoCal‟s Kent
Five over-70 year old riders signed up
and took the gate in the 70 class. This
class was the surprise of the race day,
with passing and dicing going on from
gate to checkered flag. Barry Simon
wound up the winner with 1-2 moto fin-
ishes, over a fast but unlucky Phil Black
(4-1), and new SoCal member Ron Claw-
son. Ron is from Tulare, CA, and runs
the Central Valley OTMX (Ron belongs Rich ―Photoman‖ Stuelke flies over Frink Derby in the 60 AMA race.
to two OTMX clubs). Finishing after Ron A Randy Blevins Photo
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Harlan‟s mom, my friend Monica.
These four door pickups are known
ARIZONA INTERNATIONAL as crew cabs since they are more
satisfactory to the passengers,
Or Bust thereby keeping the crew happy and
thus reducing the instances of mu-
Someone once said; “Getting there is tiny on the Interstate. It‟s a nice
half the fun.” truck, a 2004 King Ranch Edition
I want to meet that person and tell them Ford F-250.
about the fun that the Old Fat Bald Guys Arizona Cycle Park had practice throttle but it didn‟t move. No problem, I
Racing Team had getting to the Arizona scheduled for noon to 4 on Friday so thought, must have left a wheel chock in
Oldtimers International at Arizona Cycle the plan was to arrive Friday morn- place. Jumped out (it‟s quite a drop for old
Park. ing, get set up, practice and be all knees) and checked; no chocks. Simple, I
As is often the case with the Interna- ready for the usual Friday night Inter- figured, the answer was MORE THROTTLE.
tional races, HONEST PAUL‟S MOTORCYCLE national SoCal potluck. Bradley was Now it moved, but not well and as soon as I
TRANSPORT was taking other people‟s coming down from his home in the eased up on the throttle it stopped like the
bikes, and in this case other people, to the Bay Area after work Thursday, plan- brakes were on. Hummmm, brakes? There
event. Ken Fuelner‟s bike was loaded in the ning to arrive around midnight. I had are a lot of ways to see if the brakes are
bed of the truck and there was a place the trailer hooked up, everything locked, mine is to open up the truck, go 20
saved in the Former Monkey Mobile for Jeff loaded, ready to go by about 7 p.m. feet of so, then get out and see if there are
Collin‟s orange bike. And Jeff was going to and thought I‟d just pull the rig black marks where the locked trailer wheels
ride to the event with myself, Bradley and around in front of the house and were skidding. Yep. Trailer brakes are
Patricia. The Dodge that usually pulls the head it toward the freeway so when locked.
FMM (Former Monkey Mobile) to the races Bradley arrived we‟d roll his bike in So, I crawled under the trailer and discon-
is what they refer to as a club cab, so-called and go. Jeff knew that we were nected and cleaned all the connections on the
because you sometimes need to club peo- planning to pick him up between 1 trailer brakes. Back in the truck, rock the rig
ple to get them to ride in the smallish back and 2 a.m. I jumped in the truck (I once in reverse, and shazamm! no problemo.
seat. In an effort to improve the customer have to jump, it‟s a 4-wheel drive I‟d lost the better part of an hour playing with
service, HONEST PAUL‟S MOTORCYCLE and taller than the Dodge) fired it up, that, but there was still time for a nap before
TRANSPORT borrowed a crew cab from dropped it in gear, gave it some Bradley was due.
Midnight. Bradley arrives, we load his stuff
and we‟re off. Still on schedule for an 8 a.m.
arrival at Buckeye. Got to Riverside and
loaded up Jeff and his stuff. But the power
was out in the trailer – no lights. Checked and
it had blown the 30 amp fuse that feeds the
12v power to the trailer. No problem, we got
lots of fuses. And we‟re off. (Turned out to be
a good thing – we used 5 fuses over the week-
end. I‟ll fix it before Tulare, just stick a piece
of copper wire between the fuse terminals
and watch for the smoke.)
It‟s about 2 a.m. and we‟re near Palm
Springs. A car pulls up on the left, turns on its
dome light and points at the trailer. OK, I
figure, we‟re dragging something or have a
light out or some such thing. Wrong. A check
of the right side of the FMM confirms the
cause of the pointing. The FMM is a tandem
axle, you know, 2 tires on each side. But
there was only one on the right side. On the
(Continued Page 5)
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Bardaman Speaks (aka Kevin852)!
have different skill sets, and some even
climbing? No. Perhaps I should try party- ride 2-strokes (Punk & 111), we all share
ing with Charlie Sheen? But as well know the same passion for all things moto. We
this sport just supplies a thrill that most, or may not all agree all the time (Was
all, of us just can not find anywhere else. Reed’s move dirty?) we all agree that
That is why usually the first thing we say to there is no where we would rather be on
a friend after they crash is ―so when are Sunday am then at the track talking
you back on the bike?‖ smack to our moto brethren.
So the problem I face is running competi- So go out there and get your moto on. I
tively is my other love and the two just do know I understand how it is more than a
not mix well. It is so hard to train for run- hobby.
ning at a high level if you have any kind of
Hello All. When Rich asked me to write
small nagging injury (which is so easy to Kevin
get with MX). I will be averaging over 80
this month’s article I was going to write miles a week and yet somehow I still want
about how I was quitting riding/racing to squeeze in MX. So you can see how if I
for most of this year to concentrate on twist an ankle or knee, get a bruised rib,
my running. I have a marathon May 21st, etc. it will negatively effect my running.
another marathon Oct 9th, and then And when you spend 15 hours a week
cross country national championships training it seems stupid to risk it for two 20
Dec 10th. But After writing that article minute motos on Sunday. Yet, there I am
and emailing it him I had a change of at the sign up table early Sunday. Go fig-
heart. Moto kind of does that to us. ure.
I think we all must be insane to partici- So when trying to explain yourself to your
pate in a hobby which is so dangerous. non-moto friends, new girlfriend (―Why
As the saying goes ―it is not IF you are are you always riding that stupid motorcy-
going to get hurt, but WHEN and how cle?‖ hahaha), boss, etc. I have now taken
bad.‖ Yet every weekend and sometimes the approach of just not trying. I just say
during the week we suit up and go out ―You would not understand‖ and leaving it
there with a reckless abandon. Go figure. at that. You have to do it to get it. And we
But try as I have I have never found any- all know that.
thing that gives the same thrills. Skydiv-
ing? No. Bungee jumping? No. Rock So even though we all go different speeds,
Celebrity of the
Heather called this one. . . Although she
had an unfair advantage! She won last
issue’s contest by correctly naming famed
women’s MX champ Tami Rice as Name
that Celebrity! However, I don’t think she
added Tami’s current last name:
Who is the celebrity/VIP on the right,
and what does he do? First correct an-
swer posted on our website will receive
one of our new ―Chubbybucks‖ good for
$10 off your next race entry! To make
this one is even more challenging. . .you
also must state this racer’s current riding
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S e c r e ta ry ’s N ot e pa d (From page 3)
front axle was a remnant of the tire that wheel. So by 10:30 we have a replacement
had been there when we left Riverside. truck on the way from Tucson, a brother
We‟re right at the Indian Canyon exit so looking for a wheel and tire to bring to Buck-
its into a parking lot and time to deal eye and the AAA on the way with a flatbed
with the situation. The good news, I tow. Tow truck arrives, we unload bikes and
have a good spare. The bad news, I left gear from the dead Ford, load it on the truck,
my 4-way lug wrench in the Dodge and I and with me in the passenger seat of the tow
don‟t even know where the lug wrench truck, head for the Ford dealer in Buckeye.
is on Monica‟s Ford. No problem, we got It‟s about 11:00. The replacement truck has
a box of tools. Except the tools are met- to come from Tucson, about 240 miles. Now
ric, and nothing fits close enough to get the objective isn‟t practice, its getting there
tight lug nuts off. Besides, its about 22 in time for dinner.
degrees and the wind is blowing about
I knew Photoman was behind us on the
22 mph. Bradley had the good idea –
road, so I called Sofka to get Rich‟s number
and called Rich to see if he would detour a
Apparently it takes awhile to find a few miles to pick me up from the Ford
AAA service driver at 2:30 in the morn- dealer. Rich and I arrived at the track about
ing, but eventually one shows up. It 2 p.m. But the FMM, the bikes and Jeff,
took the winch on the tow truck to pull Bradley and Patricia are still by the road at
the remaining tire carcass out from milepost 10. I did call Ken Fuelner and let
around the wheel. But he eventually got him know that he needn‟t rush to the track
that clear and with the spare on, off we to practice.
go. Even with losing 2 ½ hours, we are
Meanwhile, back at milepost 10, the
still looking good for arriving in plenty of rives at milepost 10, they adjust the hitch (this
castaways were making the best of the situa-
time to make practice. Breakfast in truck is even taller) and the FMM with the bikes
tion. Got the chairs out, made sandwiches,
Blythe and back on the road at about 7. and passengers is on the road again. It did
sitting in the sun and drinking beer.
Into Arizona when I look down and the arrive in at the track in time for dinner, sort of.
(Practice Friday afternoon had been
engine temperature gauge is rapidly The bikes, passengers and the FMM arrived
scratched from the itinerary by this time.) An
moving to the peg. Pull over and pour about 6. Eighteen hours from Tunafish Canyon
Arizona Highway Patrol officer stopped and
water in while it cools, then shut it down to Buckeye. We pushed dinner back about 30
asked how they had picked that particular
for awhile to let the pressure drop, fill minutes.
spot to camp. Bradley assured him that the
the reservoir and we‟re back on the
plan was to move on before the 14 day limit I go to a lot of Internationals, but Arizona is
road, probably lost another 30 minutes.
on camping was up. the one where the Laxes get together. Brother
I figure the coolant must have been low
to begin with and pulling the grade At about 3:00 the replacement truck ar- Russell arrived Friday night with a replacement
caused it to overheat. Now with the spare. Brother-in-law Larry was driving Son-in-
system full, we should be good. law‟s truck pulling the FMM. My dad and
Brother Todd showed up Friday night in their RV
No. The FMM is heavy, and we‟re with Todd‟s 2 daughters and Bradley‟s grand-
loaded pretty well, but I know I should daughter. My sister Susan, Bradley‟s daughters
be able to make more that 30 mph up and one more son-in-law showed up Saturday
the grade. I glanced in the mirror and morning. Once breakfast was out of the way
saw nothing, no traffic, no highway, just Susan and Brad‟s daughters began putting out
billowing whiteish-blue smoke obscuring food and everyone pretty much munched away
the freeway. Pulled off the shoulder and all day. (I‟m not sure the chili verde burrito and
well off the road and was trying to de- the strawberries and whipped cream really
cide if it would be better to shut it off or helped my endurance in the second moto.) We
let it idle when Bradley advises that had a good campfire Friday night and again
along with the smoke there is a fair Saturday night. Excellent bench racing with the
amount of flame coming out of the ex- SoCal crew. Good racing Saturday. It rained
haust. Easy decision, shut it down. Saturday night like a cow pissing on a flat rock.
Now it‟s about 8:30. We‟re at mile- Got to go and play in the mud trying to get
post 10, about 110 miles from the around the track Sunday morning.
track. Fortunately, Arizona is not only I used the replacement truck to get home.
the Grand Canyon State but is also the Still have to get that back to Tucson. Status on
ancestral home of Laxes. I called my bringing the dead Ford back to life is $2700
brother-in-law to see if he can drive out and climbing.
to bring another truck. Brad calls his
son-in-law to see if his truck is available. It was all worth the effort. But in this case,
I call my brother Russell and send him while getting there was more than half the
in search of a replacement tire and Dinner still went on as planned! experience, most of the fun came later.
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Wri gh t y- o (or the pen is mightier than the mouth!)
Editor’s Intro: things to others. To riders who just were ridding in the upper classes. For
For those of you who do not frequent might find themselves staring down at a a variety of sound reasons, these
the SoCalOTMX.org message board, let starting gate about to drop. The starter folks are ridding the novice classes
me introduce to you Owin Wright. points a warning, engines screaming, now. With many years of racing ex-
Owin is one of our newer club mem- heartbeat doing the Hawaii 5-O theme, perience, there won't be much here
bers, who has brought an amazing and they‟re asking themselves "what'n- for them, either. That leaves just us,
amount of excitement and enthusiasm na-hell-am-I-doing-here?" Except the True Novices.
to our meetings, message board, and that...you wouldn't be, couldn't be, any- So you want to race, and you want
events! Here is one guy who really loves where else. to get better at it. As with all motor
SoCal and Moto! He also is a talented Since that day, I've learned quite a lot sports, what we do is intense, com-
scribe, and his humor is infectious. I had about our beloved sport. I've done about plex and dangerous. Because we do it
to get him to write a column for our 20 races, most with SCOTMX, and a on two wheels, often airborne, and
Newsmag, and here is his first!
couple with Frank and the good people without a steel cage wrapped around
Thanks, Wrighty-O! at REM. I got to the point where I could us, it's tends to be all that and then
run with the fast guys in my class, took some. Well, here are four major ele-
some thirds and seconds, won a couple ments that will pay you the biggest
of motos, and even snagged a first dividends, if you pay them the most
overall. Along the way I've made most attention and effort:
of the standard-feature mistakes a 1. GET IN SHAPE AND RIDE.
rookie can make, plus a few idiot- MX is one of the most physically
originals I'm proud to call my own. What demanding sports on the planet. We
follows is the boiled-down essence of all know this, but do we really do any-
what I've found, going through what has thing about it? At the 2005 Glen Helen
to be the steepest part of the motocross National, I had the opportunity to
learning curve. My thinking is...if any of speak briefly with The Goat,
this helps some other rookie, then that Ricky Carmichael. It was late after the
For the True Novice is good. Being a teacher by nature and race, the crowds had thinned, and
It's raining right now, really pouring. profession, explaining "the way it is" to there he was in the Suzuki pits, just
But it's ok, because we've got a bit of others comes naturally and obnoxiously sort of standing there. As I ap-
a lull in the clubs' racing calendar. to me. However, I need to be clear proached he saw I was a flagman and
There are a couple of International about one thing right from the get-go. actually said 'thanks' for the work we
events, but my work schedule won't These observations are for true begin- did. I said it was an honor to flag
permit me to make either of ner-novice mx racers. I race the 50 Nov- for him and the rest of the worlds'
these. So it's quiet now, except for ice class, and everything that follows best. I mentioned I was planning to
the rain. No one races in weather like here is for us …the poor, awk- race moto in a year or two, and could
this, unless they have a factory con- ward, goon-ridding beginners that are he give me the one “best thing” I
tract and are chasing national cham- just trying to figure this whole thing could do to be successful. He did not
pionship points. So it seemed like a out. Amateurs, Experts and Mas- hesitate..." Get in shape". I looked
good time to reflect on the last nine ters...why are you reading this? Go find down at my middle-aged burger belly
months. Wow, it really has been that something else to do. Clean out the rain and chuckled. 'Yeah Ricky, I've heard
long. You see, that's when I entered gutters or shampoo your cat. There is that from friends of mine, the ones
my first race, May 22nd, at Cahuilla nothing for you here. I've seen you ride. who don't even ride'. He smiled and
Creek. For reasons I won‟t go in to Armatures, you are so fast, I just stare took a step toward me, saying with
just now, it was and always will be at my bike after a race (even a good genuine sincerity...
one of the greatest days of my life. I one) and ask "where am I gonna'
will always be grateful to So Cal find the 6 to 7 seconds they have on
OTMX, more so than I can ever con- us?" Then, there's you Experts and
vey. Masters... Well, from a novice point of
I took 4th overall that day. Looking view, watching you race is like watching
back, I still can't believe I man- gods from Greek mythology throwing a
aged to finish on two wheels my first 2-kegger on Mount Olympus . I can see
time out. Which, I guess, is why I'm everything you do. I just don't compre-
sitting here typing these thoughts hend it, and I don't expect an invitation
out. Now seems a good time to re- any time soon. Oh yeah, there are a
flect and maybe, pass on a few number of racers, who in days earlier,
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if it was only one, more usually two or girls...jumps. Weather it's back-
Wri gh t y- o three. Ask any of the fast people (more looping the bike or the dreaded un-
on that later) to watch you ride and derwear wrecking endo, the key is
advise, and it will always be one or clamping the bike like you mean it
more of these five basics you're having right at lift-off. Do that, and all will
trouble with. Then watch them go be well. Fail to do this and life gets
around the track. They do them all, real ugly, real fast. (This, of course,
perfectly, as second nature and without does not include advanced tech-
a thought. That's why they are fast and niques like big seat-bounce
we are not. I got so tired of other riders launches and whips. So you experts
telling me the same thing over and w h o w e r e t h i n k i n g
over, I put all five into a verse. I often that...go finish your rain gutters).
chant the damn thing to myself when "Sit forward for corners" again
I'm racing or practicing. It goes like means just that. Corners, steep up-
"No… no that's not what I meant. Get in this: hills, and the start are pretty much
the best shape of your life. The better Stand on the pegs the only places you sit. When you
your conditioning, the better you'll ride. Grab the bike with your legs do, take note of how far forward the
It helps everything. It's way more impor- Sit forward for corners seat goes on a modern mx bike.
tant than trick'n out the bike or anything Elbows up I wondered about that when I first
else. You'll improve faster if you ride as Look ahead came back to dirt bikes after being
much as you can, and get in super-good Now, the rocket people will look at this away for 27 years. Thought it was a
shape." and know immediately what each line real neat place to put the gas cap
He autographed my hat, and I said is trying to convey. But for us true nov- during re-fueling or something. One
'thanks' and wished him well. I am just ices, a little explanation is in order. day, I was practicing on the vet
beginning to see how right he First, "Stand on the pegs" and your track at Racetown 395. After about
was. Obviously, ridding is the best exer- thinking "Duh, were else do you the 34th time I fell down, a real nice
cise for racing. Do it as much as you stand... on the swing-arm?" No McFly, kid on a Kawasaki came over and
possibly can. Time on the bike is key. it means stand up and move! And not pointed it out to me... that the seat
Every chance you get, ride! When like you were trying to order a frozen covered the whole top of the
you're at a track practicing, put in as malt at the ball game. Move your feet bike. "Place to put the gas cap?' I
many laps as you safely can before you on those pegs, standing just behind the said. He explained I probably
load up and go home. While other guys balls (of your feet) for the whoops and should be sitting way up there, by
are bench-racing, playing with clickers rough stuff. More toward the center the gas cap, in the corners and
(more on that later), or whatever, you of your arches for jumps. Weight the stuff. That way, he went on,
ride. Ride and then rest. Then do some outside peg in turns. Whatever, you'll the other riders could get some
more laps. Don't go back to the truck figure out what's best for you. You practice in, and the flagmen could
every time you rest. Pull off the course should be standing up 75% of every get some rest. I thought he was a
and find a safe spot. Watch others who lap, and moving around on the bike. real nice kid.
are faster than you while you rest on the Stand up and crouch low in the "attack” "Elbows up". Honestly, I don't get
bike. Then do some more laps before position. Your quads will start burning.
you head back to the truck, take your Burning real bad. That‟s good. You're
helmet off, hit the cooler and flop down doing it right. Now quit your whining
in a camp chair. At home try, no really and get in shape. (See how this stuff
try, to get into some sort of exercise dove-tails?)
routine. I know it's tough to find the time. Next, "Grab the bike with your legs"
But Ricky was right...the rewards are means exactly what it says. The more
worth it. you squeeze the bike with your legs,
2. MIND THE FIVE BASIC TECH- the more control you'll have in almost
NIQUES every situation. It's awkward at first,
Since the first practice lap I ever because you're using muscles not nor-
rode (back in the early 70s), to this very mally used outside of freaky acts of...
day, the basic riding techniques that well, never mind. Honestly, of all the
make a motocross racer successful basics, this was the one thing that
have not changed. When something brought me the most improvement the
goes wrong on the track, and I'm getting quickest. Oh, and while we're at it,
up from a dirt nap, it's always "OK, what's the single scariest thing we face
which of ‟The Five' did I blow?" I'm lucky on the track? That's right boys and
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I got news, boys...unless you've lost 70 that I could actually move my hand
Wri gh t y- o pounds since last weekend, or your position when I gripped the throttle.
shock blew up when you loaded the Apparently, I was ridding entire mo-
this one. I know we're supposed to do it. bike into the truck, the sag hasn't tos without moving my throttle hand
I see the pros in photos in all the maga- changed! on the grip... ever. Told you I had
zines do it. But I don't know why and Look, get the bike reasonably well set some idiot-originals. Figured it out
keep forgetting after people tell me. I up. If you're 6'2", get the appropriate about two days later. I think Ron is
also ride off the course and fall down a bars and a tall seat. If you weigh more a real nice guy.
lot. Yeah, the fast people do it. Suppose than the bike, you'll need some bigger Motocross is a kind of brother-
to have something to do with balance or springs in the forks and shock. Actu- hood. Brothers and sisters help
whatever. I'll get back to you on this ally, suspension is the one place I each other. I'm sure I drive people
one. But „till then, we should probably would advise anyone, no matter the nuts with my constant questions
do it anyway. skill level, to get customized. It's a about what line to take in this cor-
"Look ahead". Next to standing up and safety thing if nothing else. I am con- ner... 2nd or 3rd gear to launch that
leg-grabbing the bike, this one brings stantly amazed at what these tuners jump...what tire pressure for this
the most improvement the fastest. It's can do to make the boingers better for dirt... what dounuts do Rich, Randy
real simple... A car will go where ever a given rider. In this matter, go forth my and Kurt like, etc. But they have
you turn the steering wheel. But a mo- children and spend the money. Now, always been there to help… even
torcycle will go where ever your eyes after you have the bike properly set up, guys in my own class. Guys who
are looking. Look right in front of you, don't go screwing around with it! I don't know that if I do what they say, it
and that's right where you will fall down. want to hear excuses about why you will just make more competition for
Remember, when you‟re racing you aren't getting any faster in turns. I can them. That‟s the brotherhood.
might find that you‟re kind of in a hurry. see the problem. Your engine is cold. That‟s why this is the greatest sport
So look where you're going to, not The reason you get arm pump is not on the planet. These fine folks actu-
where you are. I first read that in the because of unbalanced steering trail ally enjoy seeing you get better.
October 1975 issue of Dirt Bike maga- relative to the triple clamps' polar mo- Take advantage of their experience.
zine. It was true then and just as true ment of inertia. You get arm Make it yours. Soon enough, you
now. When I drop the bike in a turn, this pump because you always bring 5 gal- won't have to ask them about this or
is almost always one of the reasons. lons of gas to practice, and go home that. You'll know, and it will show,
3. AVOID THE TECHNO DISTRAC- with 4.8 gallons. Shut up about your because you'll be getting faster.
TIONS cool new laser guided sprocket bolts This will make the fast ones proud.
Ricky C mentioned this, and I've al- and just ride the freak'n bike. Then you will have new questions to
ways thought it sort of obvious. Yet, it 4. ASK THE FAST PEOPLE ask. Not to worry for they will be
effects many novice riders and holds us Seriously, this is a complicated and answered, by the experts, or mas-
back. As alluded to earlier, modern mx dangerous sport. Take advantage of ters. And that's ok, too. You see,
bikes are highly refined. They are the the very hard-won lessons of others. now you can field the rookie ques-
product of 40 years of constantly ad- Don't suffer alone. If you have a ques- tions from the new guys.
vancing technology. The performance tion about anything, go ask 5 people. So it is that the torch of motocross
they are capable of is far beyond a nov- Take the mean average from the an- knowledge is handed down from
ices' ability. The idea that "I could faster swers, and there is your solution. one class to the next...from one
if I had a so-and-so pipe," or this tire, or Yeah, and don't go arguing with them, moto generation to another. As long
that race fuel... is just not valid. We all either. One day at Glen Helen, Ron as Two Strokes howl and Four
do it, get caught up in the latest after- Lawson tried to explain it to me. You Strokes roar, this torch shall burn
market mods we think are really trick see, I wanted to move the position of mightily. Upon final reflection, how-
and all. It's part of the sport and keeps the front brake lever (rotate it up), but ever... keep that stink'n torch away
the economy healthy. It just doesn't couldn't because it made contact with from my bike 'cause I saw "On Any
make us any faster. Simply stated, the the throttle cable housing. “Simply ro- Sunday" about eleventeen times
bikes are so much better than we are at tate the throttle,” says he. I said "No and it still pisses
this level, those trick parts are really just can do. It will move where the throttle me off they flam-
a distraction, and an expensive one at stops and starts, and I can't béed a perfectly
that. It goes back to ridding the bike, not change that right before a race! I‟m good Husqvarna
dinking around with it. Keep it in a good, used to where it is and will surely kill while I was ridding
healthy state of tune. Keep the filters myself several times if I do that" He, this crappy AT3
clean and the chain adjusted, and ride and other club members tried to ex- Yamaha and...
the thing! I know guys who mess plain it didn‟t matter where I put the Perhaps a story
with clickers, re-set or change the stinking throttle. It always started and for another time...
sag, mess with the fork height, etc. stopped in the same place. Further,
every time they show up at an mx track.
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Dear Lawndart, the primary area of weight gain of the
bike. We start with atmospheric air,
I seem to be having an increasingly
mostly Nitrogen and Oxygen. But during
difficult time loading my motorcycle in
the pounding the tires take it breaks
the truck after the races. Seems very
down the molecules which then re-
strange. When I am loading everything
combine as the tire cools to form lead.
up on Sunday morning I can get the
Little known fact. I learned this from a
motorcycle up the ramp with no prob-
mailman in a bar in Boston. Real foun-
lem. But somehow, it seems to gain
tain of knowledge.
weight during the day. As first I
thought it might be my imagination, OK, so now that you know what
but I’ve kept track for several weeks and causes it, what can be done. I have dis-
it is definitely harder to load to go home covered two solutions, either of which
Secretary’s Observations from the races that it is to load up to go
to the races.
will likely work for you. One, buy a
trailer. Bike trailers are typically lower
Some of you may have noticed that I have not and the angle to load is more manage-
Can you give me some ideas on how
been around for a few months; not at the able. But, good trailers can be expensive,
to handle this?
races, not at the meetings, not even on the so you might want to consider the sec-
message board. It was a combination of cir- ond option, get a girlfriend or your
cumstances, first medical then work-related, Pooped in Phelen spouse to go to the races so they can
but it kept me away from the races. I knew I help you load up at the end of the day.
missed racing, I just didn’t know how much Don’t worry about them being willing to
until I got back on the bike and back on the Dear Pooped, push. Remember, at its normal morning
track at Glen Helen on January 9. As the say- weight, you can load it by yourself, avoid-
ing goes; ―Boy, I needed that!!‖ You are not alone. I myself have ing the possibly dangerous activity of
noticed this strange phenomenon of waking a member of the opposite sex
It was really nice to see people that I just en- motorcycles gaining weight at the race before dawn to push a motorcycle. At
joy being around. I’m lucky that I like my job, track. My KX450F weighs just over 230 the end of the day, she’ll be happy to
and the people I work with. But it’s not the lbs on Sunday mornings, but dramati- push it, anything to get out of the wind,
same as hanging around the pits with the cally gains weight at the track so that by noise and dust and get home. And the
guys you race with. And I surely missed rac- the time I leave it is as hard to push as extra benefit is that you will get to use
ing. I actually had a pretty good day, a third my Harley at 850 lbs. After exhaustive the car pool lanes. However, do avoid
and a fourth. But mostly its just the fun. And research, I have discovered the source thanking her by saying ―you’re the best
the adrenalin rush when the gate falls really of the phenomenon. When you load in carpool dummy I ever had.‖ For some
helps clear your head of all that stuff that piles the morning the bike is lightened by a reason, this seems to irritate them. Trust
up on a daily basis and never seems to go feeling of optimism, this is the day you me on this one.
away. Racing will take care of that. After 7 will win the class – the day you will
months away, one day’s racing was like a clear all the doubles – the day you will Lawndart
mental enema. (Sorry for the unusual meta- actually use those knobs on the side-
phor, but it just seemed accurate.) walls of your tires. By afternoon, no
Although the excitement of racing comes matter how well you have done, there
back instantly when the gate drops, being in will be some element of the experience
reasonable race condition does not. By Tues- that does not measure up to your morn-
day evening I thought I had located a part of ing expectations. Just the slightest bit
my body that wasn’t sore, but I moved a little of disappointment. You sort of know
and found that I had not. And arm pump; I’m that although you were sure in the
so out of shape I got arm pump putting my morning that you would have to be
gloves on. careful not to drag the bars when you
hit the berms, when Rich’s pictures go
But it was great to be back and I’m going to up none of the pictures of you will
try to make all the races and as many Interna- evoke a feeling of movement.
tionals as I can this year. Also, get back to the
monthly meetings and do my job as secretary. This effect, commonly referred to as
In the meantime – see you at the track. ―Reality‖ is combined with another
more physical factor. I have now been
Paul A. Lax, Esquire and SoCal Secretary able to prove that the air in your tires is
Trust ―Honest Paul‖ for all your moto or
personal advice! Writing under the pen
name of ―LawnDart,‖ he will give you
up--front and personal replies to all your
questions about life and moto! PM him
on our website where he is known as :
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R am bl ings fro m th e V ic e pr e z!
with the gas prices being so high, Cool designs.
carpooling is a great idea. Effec- As most of you know. We will be
tively making your gas 2 bucks a having a SoCal OTMX points
gallon. We are all feeling the pain scheduled race at the LAOTMX Intl'
at the pump. I do believe it will at Comp Edge March 26-27. Fol-
come back down, may be a little lowed by the new Las Vegas
while. We do appreciate all of you OTMX Intl' at Sandy Valley MX,
supporting the race schedule and April 9-10. New track. I rode it and
coming out. Thanks. did all the jumps in 3 laps. What
On a better note, SoCal OTMX will does that tell? Be nice? Safe. Thats
be showing up very soon in a new what. The track was a blast. I think
sign up trailer. The girls are gonna you will all like it. I hope you can
love it. A/C for the summer. A bath- join us for a fun event at a new
roon and 18 feet of room inside. facility for OTMX racing.
I'm excited as they are. I even or- Well, Maria is calling me down-
dered with a shower. So I may
stairs. My Cinnabon must be ready.
camp out with a few of you from
time to time. I am not sure where See ya soon. Keep the rubber side
to mount the 42 flat screen, maybe down.
pigpen can offer a few sugges-
tions. Hey Pigpen?
Well here you are reading our wonderful Our new 50 Master B class is a hit.
news mag put together by Mr Rich It seems to be working out just
Stuelke. He is certainly doing a fine job. fine. Very happy about that.
And with our contributing reporters, this
news mag is alot of fun to read. So here I am just finalizing the 5 race night
is my contribution. series at Comp Edge. We have
Oneal gear, MTA WEST, MAXXIS,
We are having great turnouts. Certainly CTI tires, Scorpion Helmets, EKS
hope this continues. I would suggest Brand Goggles on board already. I
am still going to try to add to the
list. These companies are out-
standing. We need to support
them as they support this awe-
some club. And remember, as a
member you get great deals from
them. Do not hesitate to call them
to get what you need. Check out
our new T-shirts sponsor as well
from MTA WEST, "DIO VONTI".
Feb 6th. . . . Glen Helen
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Blast from the Past: 2006! The SoCal OTMX Club is a non-profit organization dedicated to
the over-40 motocross racer/enthusiast. Our club meetings are
held the first Wednesday of each month, usually at Keno’s Res-
taurant in Anaheim Hills (91 freeway/Imperial Highway/
LaPalma Ave). Guests and visitors
are always wel- We are on the web: come at our
meetings. We Socalotmx.org occasionally
have meetings at alternate loca-
tions. . . Check our website to confirm the monthly meeting loca-
tion. Our race schedule includes approximately 28 scheduled
races per year, with classes for all ability levels. We have a very
active website (socalotmx.org) that provides event information,
photos, our by-laws and rulebook, our event calendar, and an
informative and entertaining message board. Our club has
many fine supporters that are listed on our website!
to tell me they can not do anything to help.
But, if I call AT&T Yahoo Support, maybe
From the prez: they can help since it is email!
So I give up. I will have to face the wrath
think). Another BRAIN FART! They tell me of my beautiful Susie P. She is off to her
everything is gone and non-retrievable. AND quilting class. . . Maybe I can run out and
their system will not allow the same email grab some flowers or something for her!
address to be recreated! Try telling your
better half you lost all her stuff! Lucky for Brain farts can be serious. They cause
me, Susie P. knows to have backups. . . She stress, and heartburn, and they are a
has an AOL account that has much of the prime cause for grown men and women
same (but not all) of the info duplicated. No like us have the need to MOTO! There is
brain farts for her. . . She is too smart! nothing like MOTO to take your mind off of
you own personal brain farts! Moto is a
The UVERSE tech (from India) tells me universal cure for all that ails us. . . see
maybe I can retrieve her personal folders if you at the track for some therapy!
Brain farts. . . .everyone has „em. Saw
I contact YAHOO MAIL, so I call the number
a seat fall off a light‟s rider at a major
she provided. A YAHOO MAIL tech answers.
supercross. . . . BRAIN FART! He was his
. . Sounded like India again! He tells me to
own mechanic, too! Saw JS7 wad up his
contact UVERSE! Been there, done that, I
bike with a 6+ second lead on the fourth
told him. So. . . he says contact AT&T and
lap at Daytona. . . BRAIN FART! We all
gives me a number. Dialed it. . . and you
have had „em, for sure!
guessed it. . . another voice from India! This
Had to fix my wife‟s email account. tech says to contact UVERSE! I quickly give
“Richard” came up under the name in- him the old email address and indicate it is
stead of “Susie P.” There seems to be no an older ATT. He puts me on hold to “check
way to just change a first name. So it the email.” Two minutes later. . . Click and
makes sense to simply delete the sub disconnect! Frustration, to the max! So I go
account and re-enter everything using the online, back to UVERSE for an online chat
right first name. BRAIN FART, bigtime! with a tech. Another BRAIN FART! He (or
When the Photoman deleted the ac- she) is so sorry that I have this problem, but
count, all folders and saved emails were their system cannot retrieve deleted ac-
deleted, too. Got on the phone with counts. And I am sure I am again talking
UVERSE Tech (somebody from India, I with someone from India! So sorry to have
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Rider of the Month-Dee Vondracek
This quarter we honor our 2011 Number 1 rider, Dee ―Rooster‖
Vondracek as Rider of the Month. Dee has been recently bumped to
the 50 Expert class by our esteemed Race Director, Randy ―RaceDog‖
Blevins. Dee has come a long way from his first bike. . . 1n 80cc pressed
steel frame Suzy 80. His first true race bike was a 1973 Jawa CZ 125,
that he traded a Honda 350 street bike for. He used the CZ for
trail/desert riding; he did not enter any races until 1997. He rode that
race on a 1982 YZ 490!
Dee has come a long, long way since joining the club, both as a rider
and as a club member! Originally, the ―Rooster‖ was a very high-strung
individual, prone to tantrums. In fact, his ―Rooster‖ nickname was an
offshoot of his behavior
and his overwhelming will to win. Some might say Dee was too competi-
tive.. Chuck Woody, one of our respected club elders (in the over-70
age group), was listening to Dee, one race day, as Dee was cussing some
competitors out after an engag- ing moto. Dee’s demeanor left a little to
be desired. Chuck made the com- ment ―Dee, shut the freak up, you are
sounding like a crazy banty rooster!‖ The name stuck. Dee was at
that moment branded forever as the ―Rooster.‖
Since that time, with a little help from some of the club members and his
soon-to-be bride, Dee has morphed into one of the most likable
members of the SoCal Club. He will go out of his way to give you the
shirt off his back if you need it!
Dee, at age 56, realized that racing, along with his two boys and his soon-to-be
bride, puts meaning and purpose into his life, and that he needs to enjoy the ride!
Dee first joined the club in 2005. Prior to that, he was riding primarily Grand
Prix races (both Big 6 and SRA). He ran into a bunch of blue jerseys during one of
the SRA events, learned about Old Timer racing, and has been with us ever since.
Dee is very proud that he raised his two boys, Cory and Cody, all on his own. At
one stage in his life, Dee experienced substance abuse difficulties, but he is very
proud of his over 18 years sober record! His boys provided the incentive for him to
―Rooster‖ at a Glance:
stay dry, and his racing con-
Current ride: 06 Suzuki 450 tinues to provide him with
Started Riding: 1968 incentive now that his boys
are largely grown.
First Bike: Suzuki 80 (Pressed steel frame!)
First joined club in 2005 at age 51!
One of the biggest high-
lights in Dee’s life is yet to
Current Favorite Track: Cahuilla Creek Vet Track come: On May 7th the
First Race: Adelanto GP, 1997 (2nd, Beginner 40 class) Rooster will be wed to the
Favorite nemesis: Jeff Collins (2011 #2 Rider!) beautiful Vicky Levington.
Dee also credits Vicky as a
Married: Soon to be (May 7th!)
major factor in his new, mel-
Children: Cory and Cody (both race with us!) low character —she provides
Favorite Past Rider: Jeremy McGrath perspective to keep his self
control at its best!
Favorite Current Rider: Ryan Villopoto
Music: Alternative (Ozzy, Godsmack, Oingo Boingo)
Rooster—all your SoCal
Current job: Heavy Equipment Operator brothers and sisters are
Residence: Apple Valley, CA proud of you!
Favorite Food: Italian
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Race Photos from Comp Edge January 23rd
Ray Simmons’ Old School Scooter! Berg. . . Darrin, not Dan!
357Girl leads Pigpen
Berg. . . Dan not Darrin!
Owin Wright (Wrighty-O)
Chuck Ramsey, Jr!
Sweet shot of the 50 Masters’ Start!
Bob Walpert, Tony Parsons, Tim Marshall
See more SoCal OTMX photos on our website; click on the ―Race Photos‖ link on the mainpage!
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