Trailblazers Club had the opportunity to return to Corriganville
Regional Park to display vintage bikes
and inform guests of the Rhythm and
Brews Festival of the historical significance of the festival
The Festival is sponsored by the Simi Sunset
Rotary Club and is an annual event.
Movie Ranch in Simi Valley, California was the site of AMA District
37 Grand Prixs starting in 1962.
It is also considered to be the
birthplace of motocross in America. In the fall of 1966 (AMA
history), at the end of the Grand Prix season,
Edison Dye brought to America world
champion Torsten Hallman to ride in exhibition races up and down the
John Hateley described to me the
incredible event he witnessed of Hallman walking around in the famous
mud hole under the Big Oak tree.
Hallman had on buckle boots, which the
Americans had never seen before, and he surveyed the water-mud hole
from one end to the other.
Keith Mashburn, who is a long time
Simi Valley resident and raced here, has hopes of promoting
some kind of vintage
racers reunion on these hallowed grounds.
Byron Farnsworth brought Huskies, CZ's
and posters from the Early
Years of Motocross Museum.
John Hateley brought three Triumphs,
one of which is a 500cc Cheney he rode at this track
Received this note via email from Don Kemp - dennis
A side note to Corriganville...the AMA revoked the Dirtdiggers charter for joining the FIM [the international sanctioning body]
was necessary for the Europeans to participate in the 'Diggers race.
After legal action the AMA changed their mind and reinstated the club.
Leeuwen, Keith Mashburn, Byron Farnsworth, John Hateley and Tom Horton.
Hateley on his Cheney Truimph in the famous Corriganville-Hopetown
water hole under the Big Oak tree!
This was the
pits under the Oak trees.
doing more PR.