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OMG what a great weekend. Anybody that had anything to do with offroad motorcycles was there. Great vintage races and the pro race on Sunday was fast. This was the first time it has been run sense 1958. I hope they do it again next year. I can't wait to see if pictures get posted.

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OMG what a great weekend. Anybody that had anything to do with offroad motorcycles was there. Great vintage races and the pro race on Sunday was fast. This was the first time it has been run sense 1958. I hope they do it again next year. I can't wait to see if pictures get posted.

I knew I should have done it! Damn!

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so how did it go in terms of wqho got to ride this? I had heard it was gonna be pors and invite type of thing. Anyone know how it turned out in the end? Can anyone sign up if it happens again?

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I was selected for the second race but couldn't figure how to manage to haul my bike down to L.A. by November 30 and then return for the event on December 4th and then back again three days later to pick it up. Three trips to L.A. for a 45 minute race seemed a bit difficult and expensive. :blah: I'm sure it was fun though! :thumbsup:

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This would have been a great opportunity to ride on Catalina Island. Wish they would open it up for riding in general but I don't think that will happen anytime soon..

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There were 800 bikes shipped over, some invites and the rest first come. The regular racers were $250.00 to enter and the Pro race $300.00 with $5000.00 to the winner.

Everyone said the course was fun but tiring, most classes did 4 laps about 1 hour and the Pro's rode for 1 1/2 hours maybe 10 laps. Us desert guys were slower on the moto side, we could have changed gearing and jumped better.

This was great for the Island, the place was packed - Hotels, Resturants and Bars. Even the locals that didn't want the race were impressed, so it might happen again.

Travis P. showed his new movie Saturday night at the Casino, I didn't go cuz I was in the bar, but everyone liked it.

JCR had his helio there circling the course both days.

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EPIC!

A lot more can be said about this event but really, epic.

Sure the entry was steep (i couldn't afford it, but a "sponsor" generously offered), and some people complained about it, but when I dropped off a load of bikes (including bikes for racers from GA, NC, and local friends) at the port I knew we were in for something special.

Arriving on the island confirmed it!

The organization and manpower they had to pull this off was incredible.

The track was really fun with a nice mix of terrain. It was watered (some parts too much) & groomed, both days had light rain, and it was overcast most of the time so the dirt stayed pretty much perfect.

I was a bit intimidated looking at the MX track but after 2 laps the XR650 was clearing both tables & 4 of the 5 doubles (one of which was the triple). I'm regretting not trying to clear the triple... that would have been good entertainment, the giant bike with little rider clearing that (or not!).

My race (+40 A) didn't go so great, but that's OK because if I was closer to the front and dicing it might not have been as much fun. My 1st lap was one to forget with a stall (7+ kicks to refire) putting me in last place then a stupid slide-out in a wet turn putting me even farther back & into the next line of riders. But oh well, after that I had a blast! 19th out of 34, yeah, so who's counting...

Pro race

Caselli had everyone covered without worry until his bike blew up at the 1+ hour mark. He had such a big lead he could have slowed way down and cruised to a win, but it wasn't to be. Watching Caselli race is breathtaking.

Kendal raged hard and consistent as usual and once again proved the X is a great bike. I was a bit worried for Kendal because Sean Collier was killing it coming up thru the pack after a crap 1st lap and a few mistakes. Collier just wasn't consistent enough. If Collier had had a good 1st lap Kendal might not have pulled-it off and the crowd for sure would have witnessed an insane battle between those two.

We had to leave short of the Pro race finish to catch the ferry, but still awesome to watch these guys.

Everywhere we went for 3 days we were constantly bumping into people we hadn't seen or talked to in many years. So many great memories and talk.

I think the coolest part of the weekend was seeing so many incredible old bikes and the riders who were 70+ years old. I'm not sure if the history in 1 place can be matched.

My wife took her race bib and had a bunch of the old guys sign it (and hugs too). Most wrote all the years they had raced the Cat GP. These original Catalina racers were living their dream, it was super special to see the smiles and look in these guys eyes.

I know my wife will be pissed & embarrased that I write this, but she got an autograph on the bib from one older fella (+-78 yrs) and they were talking about the generations of families riding and this man started to cry which of course made my wife cry and more people cry as she told the story later.

It was super special.

The only things I can criticize would be the dirt path up to the Start that was a mess with bikes going both directions, golf carts, pedestrians, and lack of shuttle service for handicapped (one in our group) or elderly, and also spectator access to parts of the track could have been easier.

Oh yeah, and maybe the older riders on older bikes could have raced a modified course, excluding the MX track.

Also, I peeled off some moto-related stickers from around town (like on light pole, display in a store, etc). Stickering-up the town was completely LAME to do! This isn't Baja people, don't tag the island! One of the stickers was from a D37 club, WhatTF?! I guess some people don't care about making a good name for bikers or want the special race back.

IF this happens again there is no way our family is missing it!

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Great ride report Tim, you said very well what I couldn't.

I too talked to many old timers at at lunch, dinner and in the bars that came from all around the country to re-live this event. The stories were incredable. There were just so many people to get caught up with everytime I turned around.

I was amazed to see all the old riding gear that still seemed to fit, as well as all the old and new clubs that were represnted.

For a "first time" race I thought it couldn't have been better. I'm still feeling the magic that happened last weekend. Hope we get to do it again

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I wasn't able to be there... but my wife took a bunch of pics... when her battery died she kept shooting with the cell phone. Even though the image quality isn't great I still got chills looking through her photos. It looked like a great event.

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This is a response from our 4WD Club coordinator after viewing your link:

Once orgs such as The Center for Bio-Diversity find out about this race, they’ll be looking to petition the Feds with some species that’s only found on earth in Catalina. The Catalina Buffalo Chip Fly for example.

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There are LOTS of rumors flying of course... but the Island is largely run by the remnants of the Wrigleys... and that this was a one time event to allow the Island to make some money in a terrible economy... and to use the ground breaking required for the race course, paid for with event dollars, as a way to break land needed for a new golf course. It's called a rumor for a reason... but so far my wife's sources have been dead on.

I doubt Eco-Nazis will have a hand in it one way or another.

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There are LOTS of rumors flying of course... but the Island is largely run by the remnants of the Wrigleys... and that this was a one time event to allow the Island to make some money in a terrible economy... and to use the ground breaking required for the race course, paid for with event dollars, as a way to break land needed for a new golf course. It's called a rumor for a reason... but so far my wife's sources have been dead on.

I doubt Eco-Nazis will have a hand in it one way or another.

The economy will be just as bad if not worse this time next year.

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to use the ground breaking required for the race course, paid for with event dollars, as a way to break land needed for a new golf course.

that's a win/win:banana:

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Once orgs such as The Center for Bio-Diversity find out about this race, they’ll be looking to petition the Feds with some species that’s only found on earth in Catalina. The Catalina Buffalo Chip Fly for example.

Don't think they didn't try. None of the race was on the Conservatory land. I think it was the red spotted fox they threw out there as being in harms way.

I wish they would just go to hell.

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