UPDATED: SoCal Vintage MX Classic 10 From Glen Helen Raceway

The SoCal Vintage MX Classic 10 was run at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino on Saturday, June 13th with a large crowd of young and old racers ready to do battle on machines older than this year’s high school graduating students. The vintage iron, and in some cases vintage racers, did battle like it was 1975. SoCal Vintage MX Classic #10 Race Results Race: 1 Finish Number Brand Member # Name City,State Moto 1 Moto 2 Points MCV Meis Cup INT (Vintage) 1 249 MAI Robbie Conklin Oceanside, CA…

Ford’s Awesome Transit Van They Refuse To Sell You

Spent May galavanting around Europe, or more precisely, Great Britain, Germany, The Czech Republic and Croatia. Noticeably absent from the roads traveled were pickup trucks. America’s standard bearer for laborers and weekend warriors is as rare as a baseball diamond in a village park. While the Euros never warmed to pickups, they adopted Sprinter-style vans in a big way. There were offerings from Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagon, Peugeot, Fiat, Nissan and Russia’s Gazelle. But the one that jumped out at me was the made-in-China Ford Transit Custom. Ford offers their big Transits…

South Dakota Get V.I.P. Motocross Treatment From A Few Legends

South Dakota’s Sturgis MX got three motocross legends to help design a new track. Jeff Ward, Micky Dymond and Doug Henry (three talented and super-cool motocross champions) put their helmets together to develop a type of track that all us Southern Cal riders dream about. They are having their first ride weekend on May 4th and 5th. Sure looks cool. Click here for more info.

Jody Weisel Presented 2018 Edison Dye Motocross Lifetime Achievement Award

Jody Weisel was presented with the “Edison Dye Motocross Lifetime Achievement Award” at Glen Helen Raceway during the World Vet Motocross Championships Sunday on November 4th. Jody was the 22nd recipient of the honor and joins the ranks of such motocross luminaries as Roger DeCoster, Ricky Johnson, Gary Jones, Bruce Brown, Jeff Ward, Joel Robert, Bob Hannah, Brad Lackey, Broc Glover, Torsten Hallman, Tony Distefano, David Bailey and Marty Smith. Jody is currently editor of Motocross Action Magazine, where he has established himself (and thrives) as the longest-serving editor of…

Jody Weisel To Receive 2018 Edison Dye Lifetime Achievement Award Sunday – It’s About Time

The 22nd recipient of the “Edison Dye Motocross Lifetime Achievement Award” will be Jody Weisel, the former Hodaka factory rider and editor of Cycle News. He is currently editor of Motocross Action Magazine, where he has established himself (and thrived) as the longest-serving editor of any motorcycle magazine in the world. Jody has dedicated his life to motocross racing and the advancement of the sport. You can read just a few of Jody’s accomplishments by clicking here. Jody Weisel joins Roger DeCoster, Ricky Johnson, Gary Jones, Bruce Brown, Jeff Ward,…

Harry Klemm’s “The DG Years, 1975-1976” – An 18-Episode Motocross Series

Harry Klemm was standing at ground zero when the Southern California motocross bomb exploded in the 70’s. In addition to being a highly-respected mechanic, engineer and tuner, Harry is a consummate story teller. Reading his manuscript, The DG Years, 1975-1976, is like looking into an unearthed time capsule for those of us who had the pleasure of living through those times. And there is plenty here for new generations of racers, mechanics and dreamers to learn from. I asked Harry if I could turn the manuscript into a serial format…

Harry Klemm’s “The DG Years, 1975-1976” – Episode 1: Understanding The 70s SoCal Motocross Atmosphere

It is said by many long-time motocross enthusiasts that the 1970s were the golden era of USA motocross…in particular the Southern California scene. I’m not wise enough to say whether or not it was a golden era, but I can say that the 1970s Southern California motocross scene was an erupting volcano of increasing participation unlike anything that the sport had ever seen before, and unlike anything it will ever see again. At the risk of over-simplifying it, the 1970s was an era of countless racing participants at every skill…

Harry Klemm’s “The DG Years, 1975-1976” – Episode 2: My Road into Motocross

In the early ‘70s, I often raced in SoCal amateur road racing. At that time, local road racing was a sport that moved at exactly the same relentless pace as the amateur motocross world. The bike preparation and traveling in 1970s amateur road racing took long hours, little sleep and offered even less pay. My thin wallet and a few broken bones helped convince me that it was much safer to be a road race mechanic and tuner, rather than being a rider. Along with that, being a tuner was…

Harry Klemm’s “The DG Years, 1975-1976” – Episode 3: Getting a Foot in the Door

My Riverside California 125-pro buddy Rick Stout and I took the 40-mile drive to the DG headquarters to meet with Gary. After the initial introduction, Gary was not too impressed with me. Then my friend Rick went into his “used car salesman” mode telling Gary how I was the tuner responsible for the Rex Staten USGP CZ400 (at the time, it was still big news in the motocross world), and Rick followed up with how fast I had made his YZ125 race bike. Yamaha Motor Corp. had provided a large…

Harry Klemm’s “The DG Years, 1975-1976” – Episode 4: Reality in the Race Shop

The next day at work I witnessed easily the most disorganized and chaotic shop atmosphere I had ever seen in my life. As I was moving in my rollaway toolbox, I realized this place was not a race shop, but a three-ring circus. There was a constant stream of racers wanting parts, bikes prepped and repair work. No one was in charge of anything. I was flabbergasted. Gary introduced me to a few race team 125 pro riders (Davey Williams, Bob Hannah and Gary Denton) who were all there at…