Supermoto circa 1970

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Doug_Klassen.jpgConventional wisdom holds that ABC’s Superbikers was the genesis of modern supermoto. But ABC had to get the idea somewhere; it turns out the Brush Barons Motorcycle Club beat them to it in 1970.

Held at the Carlsbad Raceway, the same track ABC would locate
Superbikers at a decade later, the Brush Barons M/C Carlsbad Motorcycle
Grand Prix used a mix of dirt trails and part of the paved circuit to
hold a race for dirt bikes.

We’ll let Doug Klassen, a member of the Brush Barons, explain.

After the previous year’s Elsinore Grand Prix some of my fellow club
members thought that it would be possible and fun to host an Elsinore
GP-style event at Carlsbad Raceway in Carlsbad, CA. Carlsbad was the
home of the USA round of the FIM Motocross World Championship, also a
well known 1/4 mile drag strip, and weekly motocross racing under the
auspices of the CMC, an upstart sanctioning organization in those days.
Someone in the Brush Barons had an in with the owner of Carlsbad
Raceway so the details of using the facility were arranged. The only
caveat was that we could not use the actual Carlsbad GP MX course as
that was contracted to other people.

via Forty Years on Two Wheels

  • Lee Holth

    Got any old pics of Don’s Yamaha from when we worked together? You were the ACE of riding the Honda Mini backwards in the paint store parking lot next door. I see you’re buddies with Uncle Bill; a member in good standing at the Cousiweedy Group. I live in Nevada now; last of my family. Always figured to be the first. That old ” If I’d known I’d be around this long Ida taken better care of myself”….. NAAAHHHHHHHHH! Good to know you’re doing good. See ya……Lee