On December 4 and 5, 2010, motorcycle racing will return to Catalina Island for the first time in 52 years. Held for a span of eight years between 1951 and ’58, the Catalina Grand Prix was sort of an early ancestor of supermoto, with bikes racing both on and off-road in a single race. Organized by AMA District 37, the format, route and other details of the event have yet to be determined, the Avalon City Council only approved the race on May 4 and it hasn’t yet been officially announced.
Located 22 miles off the coast of Los Angeles, Santa Catalina Island
only has a tiny population centered in Avalon, its only town. Bicycle
and even hiking access to the island’s preserved wilderness is heavily
restricted. It’s logical to assume that the Grand Prix will be
restricted to land controlled by the town and not the Catalina Island
A website for the Grand Prix is expected to go live in June, revealing
all the details. Avalon has only granted the race a permit for a single
event. For it to reoccur, the race will need to prove a financial
success for the town, attracting racers, spectators and their wallets
from the mainland. We’ll keep you updated as details become available.
Here’s a few old videos to give you and idea of what made racing on
Catalina so special.
via District 37