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10/12/2011 12:52 PM

therealemoney wrote: Slippy, all the fast guys never rode pay to ride prepped tracks back then. It was all poach-moto on filthy rough tracks. These are just some of the places I remember...Felton, Spider Mtn, the Quarry in Scotts Valley, Fort Ord (my fave), Hollister river bed, junior jackson's place in hollister, 3rd ave in San Mateao, SFO...Heck at the Fort you could pick from at least 3-4 tracks...
Here's a few names...
Tim McClintock
Team US
Danny Boles
Jimmy Olsen
Rich Mythen
John Dauth
Danny Paladino
Hmmm...I'll think of more later.

Oh ya I remember 3rd ave in San Mateo that place was awesome. So was that place right on the water in Brisbane now its a huge building (Hitachi) that brisbane place was epic after it rained. Flying tigers at SFO airport was good but had some gnarly parts to it. There was also the quarry in Santa Cruz and my personal favorites in Halfmoon Bay and Moss Beach.
Now you get a ticket for starting yur bike in the garage it seems. Remember Paul riggy or Bill Holloway? There wewre local fast guys from San Bruno.

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10/12/2011 6:25 PM

ocscottie wrote: Nealer and I in '82

Classic Nealer, haven't talked to the Oregon transplant in awhile,think I'll give him a yell

FreshTopEnd

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10/12/2011 6:42 PM

This thread has been great, a couple more names from the way back machine I didn't catch, Jim Turner, Danny Turner, not just Billy Grossi, but Bob, too, Bill Johnson, my buddy Rich Wilson. The Labor Day races at Argyll had a real north south battle feel to them for a couple years. It was a great time to grow up moto, especially in the coastal hills tracks in winter and spring. Didn't keep up with it much after the early 80's

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10/12/2011 6:51 PM

...and we should mention the Richmond Ramblers and their pre Tran AM mini race... Now that could not happen today...

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10/12/2011 7:00 PM

The Ramblers races were cool. Pure local for me and where I learned to and spent a lot of time riding until they closed it down. There were about 100 people at the first one. Looked next to me and DeCoster was standing at my elbow with his wife. I crapped.

Got pretty big over a few years. The clubhouse is still there and the Ramblers exist, but no riding at The Point. There's a pic of Lackey at an early race here. http://www.wsmchof.com/brad-lackey.html#

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10/12/2011 7:02 PM

neverwas wrote: Anyone remember Jerome Heiberger,pretty fast Nor Cal rider back then.
Rode Maico's and rode the claimed Marty Tripes Factory Honda for a bit.
check out this little story about him and the bike.
http://www.vintagefactory.com/marty_tripe.htm

I think I've probably told this story on here before. 4 or 5 years ago I had this guy from a company that builds heating elements come over to my shop to look at building a new element for one of my machines. He saw a piles of jerseys or shirts sitting on a table and knew I was involved with the motorcycle industry. He starts telling me he used to race and had a works Honda that he raced a few times. I figure oh great, here's that guy that always stops to talk at the gas station because he used to ride for Honda. The he tells me that his friend John claimed it, I knew the story already. It was Jerome Heiberger. He said he didn't ride much anymore but was racing mountain bikes.

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10/12/2011 7:06 PM
Edited Date/Time: 10/14/2011 9:17 AM

FreshTopEnd wrote: This thread has been great, a couple more names from the way back machine I didn't catch, Jim Turner, Danny Turner, not just Billy Grossi, but Bob, too, Bill Johnson, my buddy Rich Wilson. The Labor Day races at Argyll had a real north south battle feel to them for a couple years. It was a great time to grow up moto, especially in the coastal hills tracks in winter and spring. Didn't keep up with it much after the early 80's

Let me throw you some more.... Mark Green, Chalma Roberts, Arnold Plant, Pat Wilson, Jimmy Graham, Jim Fisk, Jimmy Robertson, Big guy on Huskys back in helvetia days... Rogers and Tadpole

" Passion is a beautiful thing until you're blinded by it "

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10/12/2011 7:08 PM

Bob Shoreen Eddie Brown

" Passion is a beautiful thing until you're blinded by it "

Clutchy

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10/12/2011 7:09 PM

Brad Harrison was a good 125 rider

" Passion is a beautiful thing until you're blinded by it "

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10/12/2011 7:13 PM

ocscottie wrote: I still talk (email) back and forth with Deano on occasion, he is back using his real name (Varni) Dean and i go way back to when we were just kids, those were good times!

How about Robbie Hammernack? do you remember him?

machine wrote: How bout Jeff Pestana and a good friend of mine from way back Allen Silhanek.

ocscottie wrote: Dude, the Silhaneks are practically family!! His pop Big Al, i loved that dude!

Just a few weeks before i got hurt, Jeff and i were riding out at Hollister and a guy was filming us hitting this table jumping side by side. The guy offered me a copy of the tape and i blew it off like, why would i want that? I would kick myself right now if i could!

Hey Scott I just talked to Allen and he said to say hi. I told him about this thread.

Machine what is your real name? You can PM me if you want.

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10/12/2011 7:21 PM

SouthwestMfg wrote: FactoryPhoto ? might know you, can you forward my e-mail address to McKenna, if so pm me.

Sondy, I don't know you but met your dad from Jan Houtermans of Euro-Cycles. Both good guys, if there was a Golden State series or Trans-Cal again I'd find a bike and a rider to put on it just to go racing again - my "wrenching" went a lot bigger than my racing! Oh and Eric might have been a prankster, or he was trying to swoop you.

There is a "LOT" of national level names from Nor-Cal, saw some of the oldest, Lackey, Kevin Henry, somebody forgot Dave Longor and Bob Grossi. I got to work with McKenna, Randy Losh & Randy Pockrandt but latter with Jerome Hieberger and even a couple races with Rodney Smith. All realy good guys, lots of fun times - can't say fun times without thinking of Allen Burlutti, ok an endless supply of funny stories (some not so funny) tied to Allan. Don't post much but this thread is far-out, thanks to all who’ve posted and "HI" to all the riders mentioned even If I don't know you

Almost forgot Joey Shlag - KTM USA team in 1982, Donny Cantaloupe, Joey Shlag and John Finkelday.

Andy - if you read this far see how fast you can post 40 local pros names, I know there in your head.

Clutchy wrote: Andy - if you read this far see how fast you can post 40 local pros names, I know there in your head.

That would be easy.................. make it sixty

Me? Okay

Magoo
Bob Myers
Darrell/Dean Shultz
Don/Cory Cantaloupi
Larry Wosick
Danny Turner
Pat Wilson
Charlie Marshall
Bugsy
Charlie Sexton
Kevin/Scott Henry
Dave Duarte
Dave Longcor
Eric McKenna
Dave Coupe'
Jim Moe
Billy/Jimmy DaPrato
Bob/Billy Grossi
John/Jack Keese
Jeff Watts
Mike Marquez
Rob Stuart
Mark Zeissler
Kevin Booth
Randy Pockrandt
Randy Chapman
Dan or John Dossey(maybe both)
Doug/Brian Veerkamp
Dana Waxham
Dana Bray
Dana Wiggins
Joey Schlag
Jim Lesniewski
Rodney Greener(2 other bros raced)
Don Ferraro
Danny Olsen
Jon Boyette
Ronnie Combs
Brian Jodry
Randy Losh
Doug Hart
Kim Reeg
Bill Hill
Bruce Logan
Tony Tamagni
Ricky DeLong
Pat Crose
Eddie Brown
Arnold Plant
Roy Seiler
Chalma Roberts
Brad Harrison
Spoof Pena
Mark Zeissler
Billy Jamerson
Harry Bradwell
Leon Ellis
Tommy Odekirk
Jimmy Fisk
Gary Morris
Andy Warnock
Neil McDannald
Neil Snarr
Danny Waller
Pat Crose
Robert Norton
Mike Hersmans
Larry/Lance Coleman
Berluti's
Robbie Hadlock
Jeff Cloutier
Eugene McKenzie
Ken McKenzie
Greg Muscatell
Curtis Crosbie
Dave Bollinger
Tim Alarcon
Duane Joyce
Rich Buttner
Jimmy Graham
Wayne Reedy
Don Sandretto
Mike Spratt
Shawn Hybarger
Jerome Heiberger
Jim Ellis
Tom McKinney
Mike Mennig
Ron Allen
Tony McGrath
Pat Gomm
Greg Tierheimer
Rob Forsberg
Jimmy Robertson
Jack Azevedo
Clayton Blood
Sean Conley
Shawn Freiling
Kim Jorgensen
Terry Bostard
Joe Bruce
Dustin Bloomfield
Dan Paladino
Tom Sweeney
John Stark
Steve Lamson
Tyson/Tallon Vohland
Kelly Andris
Chad Burleson
Danny Nelson
Ricky Lutz
Ray Crumb
Casey/Jason Johnson
Jim/Shawn Wooten
Justin/Nate Tierney
Auggie Rodriguez
Jake Windham
Craig Truijilo
Steve Mertens
Scott Davis
Tyler Evans
Jeff Northrup
Evan Laughridge
Jeff Pestana
Dean Matson
Ricky Ryan
Rodney Smith
Timmy Aston
Rodney Harriger
Joe Wright(when he lived with Jody in WSac)
Mike Preston
Jim Zack
Don Wilson
Danny Dennis
Scott Rodgers
Ted Rogers
Ricky Rogers
Jerry Brown
Steve Edwards
Jerry Wright
Larry Dashiell
Scott Rebuck
Steve/Greg Vlahos
Mike Brandes
Rusty Holland
Beau Judge
George McNamara
Don/Joe Cody
Renny Bruns
Rick Woodson
Pat Yoho
Dan Geery
Don Franklin
Ted/Ernie Cabral
Josh Boykin
Jerrad Fisher
Rodney Smith
Kelly Andris
Justin Quinn
Shane Esposito
Nathan Woods

andymoto

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10/12/2011 7:33 PM
Edited Date/Time: 10/12/2011 7:57 PM

John Minor, Jim Sisco, Ben Crocco, Phil Douglas, Dennis Vetter, Jeff Spoor, Ray Spore, Scott Scooter McElroy, Mike Wentzel, Mark Hilton, Larry Rippenkroger, Greg Hubbs, Inglebright, Becker, Ron Junkert, Tim Worth, Milan Garrett.

Good stories Eric!

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10/12/2011 7:57 PM

Norcal has a hard time with the lack of free riding now it's so expensive to ride everyday like we used too. I grew up riding with Danny Paladino Pete Piantindia Rodney Smith Joey Shlag and a ton more fast guys at The Antioch pits, Oakley sand tracks, my dads track in Brentwood and the hills next to concord "Erope" and the best one was sewer ponds in Martinez. Haha!! But now days kids ride prepped tracks and they don't know what it's like to just free ride in Norcal. And I beleave it's the reason Norcal has suffered with talent.

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10/12/2011 8:35 PM

don't forget my boys Dave Lodermeier, Chris Vendley, Jason Sturdevan and Calvin Andlovec

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10/12/2011 8:37 PM
Edited Date/Time: 10/13/2011 8:22 AM

SouthwestMfg wrote: FactoryPhoto ? might know you, can you forward my e-mail address to McKenna, if so pm me.

Sondy, I don't know you but met your dad from Jan Houtermans of Euro-Cycles. Both good guys, if there was a Golden State series or Trans-Cal again I'd find a bike and a rider to put on it just to go racing again - my "wrenching" went a lot bigger than my racing! Oh and Eric might have been a prankster, or he was trying to swoop you.

There is a "LOT" of national level names from Nor-Cal, saw some of the oldest, Lackey, Kevin Henry, somebody forgot Dave Longor and Bob Grossi. I got to work with McKenna, Randy Losh & Randy Pockrandt but latter with Jerome Hieberger and even a couple races with Rodney Smith. All realy good guys, lots of fun times - can't say fun times without thinking of Allen Burlutti, ok an endless supply of funny stories (some not so funny) tied to Allan. Don't post much but this thread is far-out, thanks to all who’ve posted and "HI" to all the riders mentioned even If I don't know you

Almost forgot Joey Shlag - KTM USA team in 1982, Donny Cantaloupe, Joey Shlag and John Finkelday.

Andy - if you read this far see how fast you can post 40 local pros names, I know there in your head.

Clutchy wrote: Andy - if you read this far see how fast you can post 40 local pros names, I know there in your head.

That would be easy.................. make it sixty

andymoto wrote: Me? Okay

Magoo
Bob Myers
Darrell/Dean Shultz
Don/Cory Cantaloupi
Larry Wosick
Danny Turner
Pat Wilson
Charlie Marshall
Bugsy
Charlie Sexton
Kevin/Scott Henry
Dave Duarte
Dave Longcor
Eric McKenna
Dave Coupe'
Jim Moe
Billy/Jimmy DaPrato
Bob/Billy Grossi
John/Jack Keese
Jeff Watts
Mike Marquez
Rob Stuart
Mark Zeissler
Kevin Booth
Randy Pockrandt
Randy Chapman
Dan or John Dossey(maybe both)
Doug/Brian Veerkamp
Dana Waxham
Dana Bray
Dana Wiggins
Joey Schlag
Jim Lesniewski
Rodney Greener(2 other bros raced)
Don Ferraro
Danny Olsen
Jon Boyette
Ronnie Combs
Brian Jodry
Randy Losh
Doug Hart
Kim Reeg
Bill Hill
Bruce Logan
Tony Tamagni
Ricky DeLong
Pat Crose
Eddie Brown
Arnold Plant
Roy Seiler
Chalma Roberts
Brad Harrison
Spoof Pena
Mark Zeissler
Billy Jamerson
Harry Bradwell
Leon Ellis
Tommy Odekirk
Jimmy Fisk
Gary Morris
Andy Warnock
Neil McDannald
Neil Snarr
Danny Waller
Pat Crose
Robert Norton
Mike Hersmans
Larry/Lance Coleman
Berluti's
Robbie Hadlock
Jeff Cloutier
Eugene McKenzie
Ken McKenzie
Greg Muscatell
Curtis Crosbie
Dave Bollinger
Tim Alarcon
Duane Joyce
Rich Buttner
Jimmy Graham
Wayne Reedy
Don Sandretto
Mike Spratt
Shawn Hybarger
Jerome Heiberger
Jim Ellis
Tom McKinney
Mike Mennig
Ron Allen
Tony McGrath
Pat Gomm
Greg Tierheimer
Rob Forsberg
Jimmy Robertson
Jack Azevedo
Clayton Blood
Sean Conley
Shawn Freiling
Kim Jorgensen
Terry Bostard
Joe Bruce
Dustin Bloomfield
Dan Paladino
Tom Sweeney
John Stark
Steve Lamson
Tyson/Tallon Vohland
Kelly Andris
Chad Burleson
Danny Nelson
Ricky Lutz
Ray Crumb
Casey/Jason Johnson
Jim/Shawn Wooten
Justin/Nate Tierney
Auggie Rodriguez
Jake Windham
Craig Truijilo
Steve Mertens
Scott Davis
Tyler Evans
Jeff Northrup
Evan Laughridge
Jeff Pestana
Dean Matson
Ricky Ryan
Rodney Smith
Timmy Aston
Rodney Harriger
Joe Wright(when he lived with Jody in WSac)
Mike Preston
Jim Zack
Don Wilson
Danny Dennis
Scott Rodgers
Ted Rogers
Ricky Rogers
Jerry Brown
Steve Edwards
Jerry Wright
Larry Dashiell
Scott Rebuck
Steve/Greg Vlahos
Mike Brandes
Rusty Holland
Beau Judge
George McNamara
Don/Joe Cody
Renny Bruns
Rick Woodson
Pat Yoho
Dan Geery
Don Franklin
Ted/Ernie Cabral
Josh Boykin
Jerrad Fisher
Rodney Smith
Kelly Andris
Justin Quinn
Shane Esposito
Nathan Woods

Hey! I made the LIST! I always diced with Brian Jodry and Kenny Sisler always beat me, dammit!

andymoto

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10/12/2011 8:38 PM
Edited Date/Time: 10/12/2011 8:52 PM

Brain was fading..lol. Brett Racine and Donovan Mitchell.....even Duffy Mag. Oops, Roth, Spud.

Clutchy

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10/12/2011 8:53 PM

I had better throw my brother in there.... Dave Gomez

" Passion is a beautiful thing until you're blinded by it "

Clutchy

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10/12/2011 8:55 PM
Edited Date/Time: 10/12/2011 9:00 PM

Dude did you leave off Tadpole and Richter....? what gives lol

" Passion is a beautiful thing until you're blinded by it "

andymoto

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10/12/2011 9:01 PM

Had a brain fart...

Clutchy

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10/12/2011 9:04 PM
Edited Date/Time: 10/12/2011 9:07 PM

Does anyone remember Gary "Beetle" Murphy

" Passion is a beautiful thing until you're blinded by it "

fastener

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10/12/2011 9:45 PM

Andy, that's amazing! You must have one heck of a memory.

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10/12/2011 9:48 PM

Beetle Murphy, I believe was from Yuba City /Marysville. 125 expert on a Honda is my memory.

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10/12/2011 9:53 PM

mag23 wrote: don't forget my boys Dave Lodermeier, Chris Vendley, Jason Sturdevan and Calvin Andlovec

Aw Calvin and Lou Lopez my two trouble makers

S

andymoto

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10/12/2011 9:56 PM

fastener wrote: Andy, that's amazing! You must have one heck of a memory.

Forgot about Brad and Tony tho....sorry bout that Ron.

fastener

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10/12/2011 10:27 PM

fastener wrote: Andy, that's amazing! You must have one heck of a memory.

andymoto wrote: Forgot about Brad and Tony tho....sorry bout that Ron.

No worries Andy, I didn't think they were old enough to make the list. If you're going to list the younger pros, there are lots more that could be added.

ridge

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10/13/2011 12:39 AM

Slip, what was our buddy's name who uhm...built his own boxvan thingy? :D

Also, wasn't Smail a NorCal resident for a weekend? Lol.

SouthwestMfg

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10/13/2011 8:13 AM

Andy - that's far-out man, you rule, way cool. You Zeissler twice, not to worry. No Star Needham or Dave Woods. Way cool though, this thread deffinatly is the D36 expert role-call. I didn't know Jimmy Robertson had a fat-ass...... has he gotten older like the rest of us.

Paul Swinney - Part time Euro-Cycles..... Ah, the good stuff

Clutchy

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10/13/2011 9:23 AM

RexBackman wrote: Beetle Murphy, I believe was from Yuba City /Marysville. 125 expert on a Honda is my memory.

yup... that's beetle. also rode a 250.....Was one of the first really fast guy in that area.

" Passion is a beautiful thing until you're blinded by it "

Clutchy

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10/13/2011 9:37 AM

SouthwestMfg wrote: Andy - that's far-out man, you rule, way cool. You Zeissler twice, not to worry. No Star Needham or Dave Woods. Way cool though, this thread deffinatly is the D36 expert role-call. I didn't know Jimmy Robertson had a fat-ass...... has he gotten older like the rest of us.

I didn't know Jimmy Robertson had a fat-ass......

Jimmy was a chubby little fella on an 80 back in the day..... Thank god they made 100's......Him and Wilson had some good battles if i remember right.

Jimmy transitioned very well to a 250, and went quite fast.

" Passion is a beautiful thing until you're blinded by it "

mag23

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10/13/2011 9:56 AM

wasn't Jimmy Robertson the 'Kamikaze'? Not sure if John Leddy ever turned pro, but he was a fast kid
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