Hell on Wheels – Vintage Motocross

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Hell On Wheels Riverside, CA

 

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Hard-Tail

Another BA Moto rider was, Connett Brewer, who, we can’t decide if he had some seriously big balls or a was just a glutton for punishment as he rode the only hard-tail at the event. His 1966 BSA 650 lost its seat on the freeway while being hauled on the back of the truck to the event, so he used leftover military sleeping cloth over with a healthy amount of duct tape. Major props to him.

The bare-metal chopper was an enjoyment to watch as Connett slung it around with the best of them. It wasn’t the bike’s first time on the track, as it was run over by a Harley Sportster at the Costa Mesa Speedway in San Clemente, CA a few months ago. Dude didn’t miss a step. According to Connett, the Sportsters started the race too hard and lost control, clipping the BSA and then running over the tank. If you notice, there’s faint tracing of welds where he recently replaced the damage.

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Jamie

Former RideApart contributor and MotoGeo series host, Jamie Robinson was having a ball with a dirt-filled grin and bare chest, and, of course, if you knew Jamie, his charming English accent bellowed over the house PA all day, only stopping when he’d sneak away to ride. Jamie was a blast to watch. After showing up late because his ride fell through, he had to rent a U-Haul truck just to make it there. Jamie was riding an oddball 1979 Yamaha 400 – one of the first mono-shock dirt bikes, where the rear shock travels under the tank and seat, all the way to the neck. He didn’t know where he finished in the end, but did it matter, he had a blast on the track and that’s all that matters.

Hell_On_Wheels_Motocross_03A Family That Rides Together

Not like a rough and rowdy biker club meeting from back in the day, the Hell on Wheels event seemed like a gathering of families, those related and those not. Wife and Husband duo, Hayden and Dorinda Roberts competed on their two Triumphs. Dorinda was first up in the all women’s’ class sporting a vintage jump suit and Bell Moto 3 helmet on her 1965 650 Triumph, formerly raced by flat tracker, Ben Fekkeldy in the late ‘60s. Dorinda has only been racing the bike since May, she finished fourth in her first event and second in her main.

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Their racing relationship showed the variety of the bikes in attendance, Hayden’s custom 1976 Triumph Bonneville 750 (pictured left) caught our eye as soon as we arrived. Like a modern take on a flat tracker, coated in a gloss baby blue and burgundy paint scheme it features an aluminum shock, Mikuni race carb, and race magneto along with BSA MX wheels and a BSA B50 front end. Anything not a necessity was removed including a lot of the wiring,

“Stripped down as you can get one,” said Hayden.

He built the bike to compete in the Baja 1000, along with some of the crew from Deus Ex Machina in Venice Beach, CA. They had planned to pre-run the event this year, but life has gotten in the way and they are setting up for next year. Hayden was knocked out of his main event after his break lever snapped off, locking his rear brake.

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  • atomicalex

    ThunderDrome in Detroit. Fun story, but maybe some grammar/spell check?

  • http://batman-news.com Aaron

    The last pic hurts my kidneys.

  • Bryan Woody Wood

    The rider in the black/red/white checkerboard was Dimitre Coste, who raced with Jamie and me as well at the Catalina Grand Prix, back in 2010. Check the Ride Apart Archives –
    Me – http://rideapart.com/2010/12/racing-the-2010-catalina-grand-prix/
    Jamie – http://rideapart.com/2011/04/racing-catalina-on-a-650-yamaha/
    Dimitre – http://rideapart.com/2011/12/watch-a-dandy-race-catalina/

    All 3 of us on the same bikes we rode at Catalina too, I think.

  • http://pinkyracer.com susannaschick

    That was so much FUN!!! It was my 2nd day ever of dirt riding and my first MX race. Can’t wait to go back for more! But Jesse, please spell my name correctly. ;-)

    • Bryan Woody Wood

      If you are interested there are at least 2, maybe 3 other clubs that race vintage dirt bikes around southern California. CALVMX is at the Cahuilla Creek MX Park in Anza, CA this Sunday. Not sure about the electric bike, but they usually try to find a class for everyone and anything they want to ride. Its not quite as laid back as the HoW events, but they are all perfectly nice people – https://www.facebook.com/events/400607176744024/

      • http://pinkyracer.com susannaschick

        cool, thanks Bryan!

  • Paolo

    I’ve only ridden enduro bikes once (a cool WR250) but MAN WAS IT FUN. This kind of event looks awesome.