Is this Indian Dunes Raceway?

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9/7/2018 8:57 PM




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9/7/2018 8:59 PM
Edited Date/Time: 9/7/2018 9:01 PM

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And there goes Jeffro. One of God's own prototypes. A super high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.

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9/7/2018 9:01 PM

Dan Dunes would know. Hell he could of been a little kid standing there while it was being filmed.

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And there goes Jeffro. One of God's own prototypes. A super high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.

Pimpin' Ho's , Rollin' fatty's......drinkin' beers , beers , beers!! ~ Ja

9/7/2018 9:02 PM

Yup
Ronnie Densford was one of the kids up front.

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9/7/2018 9:06 PM

I know the track was near Castaic junction but I always wondered where exactly. Can anyone point me specifically to the area?

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Also, do you guys remember the CHiPs episode where Bruce Penhall was riding a motocross track? Is there a youtube video of that?


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9/7/2018 9:31 PM
Edited Date/Time: 9/7/2018 9:31 PM

mx_563 wrote:

I know the track was near Castaic junction but I always wondered where exactly. Can anyone point me specifically to the area?
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Bottom left corner is the edge of the property

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9/7/2018 9:34 PM
Edited Date/Time: 9/7/2018 9:36 PM

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1. International Track
2. Mini Track? Not sure about that. Never raced minis.
3. Speedway Track.
4. No clue. Never saw that one.
5. ½ Mile (I think) Oval. Tested a Midget there once.
6. Don’t know.
7. Shadow Glen Track. My personal favorite.
8. Play area. GP’s would cross the river, but I don’t remember any tracks on the south side of the river.
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9/7/2018 9:51 PM

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I’ll have to dig out my original tank map of Indiana dunes.
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9/7/2018 10:00 PM
Edited Date/Time: 9/7/2018 10:04 PM

I liked shadow glen a lot also. The GP track and the International track were sort of next to each other, but I think that was after the photo.
There are some guys in old school moto that probably remember better than me.

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9/7/2018 10:07 PM

langhammx wrote: Photo

1. International Track
2. Mini Track? Not sure about that. Never raced minis.
3. Speedway Track.
4. No clue. Never saw that ...more

1. International Track
2. Mini Track.
3. Flat Track/Speedway
4. Practice Speedway (tried it a few times and sucked haha)
5. 1/2 Mile Oval
6. Was just a start area near the Shadow Glen, They ended up building another practice track over there.
7. Shadow Glen (mine too Shawn)
8. Play area. We did build a couple cool little tracks up there.

That about recaps my 500+ races there hahaha.

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9/7/2018 11:05 PM

Yep. Indian Dunes mini track. Below is pictures from 72 and 74. The track layout is a little different in the later video. When I rode on it, it had a long straightaway where the kid in the video gets taken out. The first NMA World Mini Grand Prix was on this track in 1972 I think. Then in got moved to the International track in 73 or 74. There is a Sports Illustrated article from the World Mini Grand Prix on this track with Kurtie Hendrickson on the cover from back in the day.
The track is right underneath the number 3, just above the 1/4 mile oval on Ariel photo that langhammx posted.

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9/7/2018 11:08 PM

langhammx wrote: Photo

1. International Track
2. Mini Track? Not sure about that. Never raced minis.
3. Speedway Track.
4. No clue. Never saw that ...more
RB624 wrote:

1. International Track
2. Mini Track.
3. Flat Track/Speedway
4. Practice Speedway (tried it a few times and sucked haha)
5. ...more

Hey Richard, didn’t O’Mara have a track up in the hills also?

I’ve heard so many stories from my pops about the Dunes. Wish us younger guys could have enjoyed it.

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9/8/2018 12:03 AM

langhammx wrote: Photo

1. International Track
2. Mini Track? Not sure about that. Never raced minis.
3. Speedway Track.
4. No clue. Never saw that ...more
RB624 wrote:

1. International Track
2. Mini Track.
3. Flat Track/Speedway
4. Practice Speedway (tried it a few times and sucked haha)
5. ...more

mattyhamz2 wrote:

Hey Richard, didn’t O’Mara have a track up in the hills also?

I’ve heard so many stories from my pops about the Dunes. Wish ...more

Yep. I think we had more fun up there then we ever had on the tracks.

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9/8/2018 12:12 AM

Thats on the minicycle track,I must've put in a million laps on that track as a kid in the 70's.
For those who were lucky enough to ride at Indian Dunes,who remembers the snack bar right next to the mini track? Best chili fries in history! Photo

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9/8/2018 1:29 AM

scored my first, first place trophy at Indian Dunes. 1983! Shadow Glen

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9/8/2018 5:21 AM

Anyone ride the viewfinders grand prix in the early 70's at the Dunes?
I can't remember if it went up into the hills or just crossed the water a few times.
I think the start was in the sand and was real long? getting old, can't remember stuff anymore.

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9/8/2018 5:23 AM

Oh yea, how about the NMA "World Muddy Grand Prix" in 74?

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9/8/2018 8:33 AM

Loved when the GPs ran through the old Black Sheep Squadron TV set right past the Shadow Glen track!

Damn, I’m so old, but thank you all for the fond memories this morning! I loved The Dunes! Spent damn near every Friday night and Sunday there trying to go faster!

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9/8/2018 8:51 AM

langhammx wrote:

Yup
Ronnie Densford was one of the kids up front.

I might know that guy. wink

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9/8/2018 8:53 AM

SwingHard wrote:

Thats on the minicycle track,I must've put in a million laps on that track as a kid in the 70's.
For those who were lucky ...more

It was the worst having to go do slide turns on the oval tracks AFTER racing all day.

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9/8/2018 9:18 AM
Edited Date/Time: 9/8/2018 9:49 AM

imissrc wrote:

Anyone ride the viewfinders grand prix in the early 70's at the Dunes?
I can't remember if it went up into the hills or just ...more

My first race was the ‘77 Viewfinders GP.
Up in the mountains, water jump, water crossings, dead man start in the sand wash.
What a crazy 1st race... I had no idea what I was in for. 2 hours+ long.
I won the 80 beginner race, there were 25 guys in my class. Good times !!

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9/8/2018 9:24 AM

Dreamland! Pure heaven for the moto.

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9/8/2018 10:09 AM

Looks like Indian Dunes. I think the reason for confusion is this race actually took place on 3 different tracks located within Indian Dunes; The start of the race looked like it was filmed on the mini track up in flat middle of the park, Jumped to the Shadow Glen track down by the river, then the race moved to the International track but they were running backwards from how it was raced every Sunday

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9/8/2018 10:32 AM

Ozy wrote:

Looks like Indian Dunes. I think the reason for confusion is this race actually took place on 3 different tracks located ...more

That's what I wanted to think, it was a long time ago! HA ha

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9/8/2018 10:41 AM
Edited Date/Time: 9/8/2018 10:48 AM

langhammx wrote: Photo

1. International Track
2. Mini Track? Not sure about that. Never raced minis.
3. Speedway Track.
4. No clue. Never saw that ...more

#3 identifies the speedway track, the mini track is underneath the #3 in the pic (above the speedway) I don't believe what is labeled as the mini track is correct, that is either outside the park or was used for pits on race day

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9/8/2018 10:41 AM

At one point didn't they have a tt style track sort of near the entrance, possibly near #4?

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"If you are going through HELL, keep going."-Winston Churchill
"A man needs a little madness or else he never dares cut the rope and be free"-Zorba
Blur the technicolor

9/8/2018 11:55 AM

oldblood wrote:

At one point didn't they have a tt style track sort of near the entrance, possibly near #4?

Yes they did, it was across the road from the Shadow Glen. That TT track was fun.
Damn we had it good,2 really good Moto tracks,the TT track,the river bed & sand wash,plus the hills across the the river.

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9/8/2018 3:11 PM

Ozy wrote:

Looks like Indian Dunes. I think the reason for confusion is this race actually took place on 3 different tracks located ...more

I don't know. I watched it a few times and recognize every part of the film as being on the mini track. From about 37 sec to 40 sec it almost looks like the International track but its a couple edited shots coming down the hill where the start straight meets up with the main track at the bottom. You can see the backside of the wooden wall for the 1/4 mile ( 3/8 mile ? ) oval in the background of the left hander at about 40 sec.

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9/8/2018 3:14 PM

jeffro503 wrote:

Dan Dunes would know. Hell he could of been a little kid standing there while it was being filmed.

Actually I thought Dan Dunes or someone whos Dad managed the track or something was actually one of the kids riding in the film. I remember a post about it.

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9/8/2018 3:16 PM

mx_563 wrote:



Yep, Dunes minicycle track. That track was packed on friday nights with mini heros.

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