Catalina Grand Prix will return in 2012

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Following an enquiry from one of our readers, a member of the Avalon City Council has confirmed to us that, while it’s cancelled in 2011, the Catalina Grand Prix will return in 2012. Last December, the Grand Prix returned motorcycle racing to Santa Catalina Island, off the coast of Los Angeles, for the first time in 52 years.

Photo: Sean Smith

The email to a reader reads:

Dear Tamas,

Thanks for your letter. Those of us on the City Council lobbied to have the race held again this year, but unfortunately it is on private property and the landlord has decided to wait until 2012 to allow the race again. We have to respect the decision, and are glad that at least it will not just be a one time event, which had been a possibility.  I am not privy to the reasoning, but I did forward your comments on to the landlord.  Your suggestion of electric bike racing is an excellent one.

Hopefully we will see you in 2012.  This is a wonderful island.

Sue Rikalo
Avalon City Council

And Sue has confirmed to us that this is factual, saying, “It has been announced publicly on the island, and the head of the board of Directors of the Island Company confirmed it with me.”

The 2011 event was apparently canceled by the landlord of the property where the race was held, not by any governing body on the island. The reasoning that led to the decision is unclear.

Sue concluded, “Those of us on the island were blown away by the consideration shown to the residents and the environment by the attendees of the race.  We are looking forward to hosting this event again.”

The organizers of the race could not be reached for comment.

Thanks, Tamas.

  • Denzel

    Great news… and everyone has an extra year to get their Hodakas in racing shape :-)

  • Christine

    Yes! Thank you for the good news.

  • parkwood60

    The land the race was held on is mostly owned by the golf course, I think. At least a good chunk, including the staging area and start finish are. While drinking in the bar with the best view of the parade lap last year some local told me that they were thinking of expanding it back up to a full 18 hole course. Perhaps they are going through with the plan? I imagine they could still have the race on top of the course, it would just take a little more prep.

    All I know is that I will be there for 2012 and my bike will be properly sorted.

    • Wes Siler

      Hopefully I will be too.

      • Restless Lip Syndrome

        If everything pans out, I will be racing. It killed me to sit on the sidelines and only watch.

        • Wes Siler

          That’s the idea. We should do some team HFL preps ahead of time to help each other out.

      • dave schuler

        hope ill see you there wes-Dave Schuler

  • Robert

    Good news – will be interesting to see when in the year they will do this. I would propose an “electric Spec” race – who has the biggest (and most shocking) balls…

  • dave schuler

    SAD NEWS (-catalina-daytona) Dave Oakleaf will not be with us in 2012 he lost his life at the LONG BEACH .wallmart-by a nut case using a baseball bat-he was dist 37 refferee and was a big force in the running of 2010 catalina g.p-he will be missed-lolv-godspeed-hilltoppers-Dave Schuler

  • dave schuler

    Electric bike race4-yeah right make Al Gore grand marshall-NOT