Jamie Robinson does the Elsinore Grand Prix

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I’ve wanted to race the Elsinore Grand Prix ever since I watched Steve McQueen and Malcolm Smith blasting on and around the streets of Elsinore, California in the ’70s movie On any Sunday. So, when I found out there was a vintage class at this year’s event, I instantly booked myself in and turned up very early in the morning in the Pussy Wagon, complete with my ’79 YZ 400, dog and my very pregnant girlfriend.

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The full day of racing scheduled meant I was on the start line at 9:30am and racing the brilliant 8-mile race course early in the morning. Soon I was blasting down long bumpy straights, around loads of corners and right past Lake Elsinore as the sun came up above the surrounding hillside. The races to follow were Women, kids, modern stuff plus sidecars and even quads racing. Even a few pros turned up to hopefully win the $5,000 1st cash prize which went to the winner of the ‘Harvey Mushman 100 mile’ main event.

For me it was just a massive thrill to be blasting around this historic course and scaring myself repeatedly as I took the YZ on another brilliant adventure, it was an epic day of pretending to be Steve McQueen and feeling a part of the Elsinore history while my gorgeous girlfriend patiently timed her contractions and thankfully waited till after the event and our journey home to give birth to our beautiful baby boy, a future motorcyclist.

  • M

    congrats!

    …and good on you for the kid, too… ; )

  • http://www.tripleclamp.net Sasha Pave

    Fantastic video! Thanks Jamie, it’s certainly one of the last few “wild west” kind of races left.

    I raced it for fun many years back with a few GS buddies. It was a different course back then which involved a downtown section. Here’s a shot of me getting passed by a novice on a CRF 230.

    I hope races like this, and its close sibling the Catalina GP, remain for generations to come. California treasures.

  • Donovan

    What’s the story with the guy in photo #6? I’ve never seen offroad wheelchairs.

  • pplassm

    She’s gonna kill you for publishing that photo. :-)

  • http://www.damiengaudet.blogspot.com damien

    congrats, dude.

  • pbngelly42

    Congrats! Another excellent slice of life.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/Adeysworld adeysworld

    Looks like your baby is already wearing a helmet inside that belly;) Congratz homie!

  • boxofbits

    Congratulations to you both! Elsinore Robinson does have a certain ring to it…

  • moshaholic2

    Would love to go Yeee Haaaw at a race like this on an old 250r ATC / Tecate / Tri-Z

    good old fashioned 2-stoke, 3 wheeled red neck fun!