89' Golden State Nats - SANDHILL RANCH

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4/14/2020 1:44 PM

OK everyone, thanks to COVID19, I finally ran out of excuses, quit procrastinating and digitized some old video footage. This is Sandhill Ranch in Brentwood California in all of its 1989 Golden State Narional motocross glory.

I must add a disclaimer though: I was just a prepubescent kid in 1989 and I was terrible with a camera. So the footage....admittedly...sucks. But if you are patient, you'll spot some national stars like Ward and Antunez, as well as some local stars like Chris Neal. Maybe others too!
Also, I'm Polish so when my dad and I are talking in the background, you probably won't understand WTF we are saying.

I hope this brings back some fond memories....as far as I know this is the only old-school footage from Sandhill on the net right now...

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4/14/2020 2:36 PM

Year I went there it was foggy and like 33 degrees and your hands went numb. Was no fun.

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4/14/2020 2:45 PM

Mr. Info wrote:

Year I went there it was foggy and like 33 degrees and your hands went numb. Was no fun.

Sounds like classic sandhill ranch. The smell of premix and the sound of 125s in the fog,,, gnarly rough offcambers, ,,

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4/14/2020 3:22 PM

I was there that day too. Donnie Schmidt was there on a honda 125 and 250 with his own $. Gave Ward a run for his money in the 250 pro class till he almost swapped out on an uphill at speed! Good times.

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4/14/2020 3:41 PM

mx_563 wrote:

OK everyone, thanks to COVID19, I finally ran out of excuses, quit procrastinating and digitized some old video footage. This is Sandhill Ranch in Brentwood California in all of its 1989 Golden State Narional motocross glory.

I must add a disclaimer though: I was just a prepubescent kid in 1989 and I was terrible with a camera. So the footage....admittedly...sucks. But if you are patient, you'll spot some national stars like Ward and Antunez, as well as some local stars like Chris Neal. Maybe others too!
Also, I'm Polish so when my dad and I are talking in the background, you probably won't understand WTF we are saying.

I hope this brings back some fond memories....as far as I know this is the only old-school footage from Sandhill on the net right now...

Schlag in there?

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4/14/2020 4:23 PM

What was the best way to digitize?
I have ton of video8 from that same time I want to do as well

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4/14/2020 4:31 PM

MX Culture wrote:

What was the best way to digitize?
I have ton of video8 from that same time I want to do as well

I sent my stuff to this guy: www.DigitalScanSolutions.com

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4/14/2020 4:47 PM

Coming from a SoCal guy, Loved that track !

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4/14/2020 6:02 PM
Edited Date/Time: 4/14/2020 8:00 PM

Awesome.
I have a stack of tapes i'm going thru right now too.. all socal CMC and GFI stuff from 1989 thru 1991.

ps, Costo does it too.. $20 for a 90 min vhs tape to dvd

this is Perris Raceway Feb. 1990. I had just gotten a new 1990 KX250. I believe this is the 25+ nov and 25+ int. combined gate. #7 on green smile good times...


i also found some footage of Chicken and Micky Dymond going at it on KX500's




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4/28/2020 4:46 PM

ninety3 wrote:

Coming from a SoCal guy, Loved that track !

Just came upon this thread. Since Sandhill was my "home track", it's nice to hear a SoCal guy recognize what a great place it was. I grew up about a half hour away from there and raced there many times from '75 through '81. One memory to share... I think it was around '78, and Dick Man shows up in a cool old pickup truck with a Yamaha TT500. Won both the Open Expert and Vet Expert classes. The dude must have been at least 50 then, was faster than hell on that tank of a bike. Great memories also of BobbyM blowing everybody away, many times. And... there was a guy that was always there, think his name was Machado, owned the Vet class. It was such a great place, but Tom Anderson had a bad habit of watering the start straight and first turn, usually just before my moto. It would be slicker than an oily garage floor and the pile ups would typically include me and at least 10 other novice sguids. Probably great entertainment for the fast guys to watch... Thanks for the great video!

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4/28/2020 10:03 PM

MX Culture wrote:

What was the best way to digitize?
I have ton of video8 from that same time I want to do as well

I did all mine myself with a stand alone Panasonic dvd recorder, but I hear that they don't really make/sell dvd recorders anymore for some reason. I've heard that the preferred method to store old video is on hard drives these days. You can take 'em to a shop and have them done, but it can be costly if you have a lot.

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RIP Danny "Magoo" Chandler 1959-2010