O.K. I've read all the blogs on California Motocross from back in the '70's and '80's, with great enjoyment I might add. I got to do some serious reminiscing.
I feel the need to bring some attention to a huge gap in the history of that time. There is very little mentioned of CMC Motocross and how it affected the development of Motocross.
First I'd like to pay homage to the most important influence in early MX racing: MX Hall of Fame member, Stu Peters of CMC from southern California. He presented races throughout the 60's, 70's, 80's, etc. at Saddleback, Carlsbad, and many other tracks. These were quality events that drew huge turnouts of riders, most notably, all of the Pro's that went on to national MX. Without Stu there would have been only a few club races rather than the well-ordered continuing program that he offered.
As for northern California, MX – During the 70's, CMC, namely Boss Motocross, pretty much dominated the racing scene. In the spirit of full disclosure, my name is Fred Dion and I promoted races under the name of Boss MX. Boss, during the 70's, promoted some 300 races at such diverse tracks as Sand Hill, Dixon, Prairie City (old McGill), Plymouth, Helvetia Park, Marysville, Sunnyville Pal, Mammoth Bar, Sacramento Raceway, T Car Speedway, Prison Hill in Nevada, and others. My average turnouts were 300 riders including full gates of the best of the D36 pro's. My wife, Mary (she passed away a few years ago) and I were involved in a number of important Pro races, including White Rock at McGill, White Knuckle at Dixon, and the Golden State series. These races drew large numbers of Pro's (as many as 200), as well as 600 to 700 sportsmen. They were mostly two-day events with bike giveaways, Saturday night bands, barbecues, etc. Great fun!
I count a large number of the racing community among my friends. A few that come to mind are Danny “Magoo” Chandler, Danny Turner, The Cantaloupi’s, Tim Aston, Darrell and Dean Schultz, Robert and Gaylon Norton and family, Mark Hilton and family, Buel and Billy Campbell, Allen and Tony Berluti, Dick Mann, Jerome White, Dave Coupue, and many, many more.
Anyway, this is my attempt to help fill the gaps in the record and to point out the contributions that CMC made in the development of motocross racing in the Golden Days of the sport.
As for me, I'm an old man (72) with some great memories. I'm in good health, still kicking, still love motocross, and I can say I always did my best for the sport. I cherish those days.
DANNY CHANDLER R.I.P.
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