Saddleback park hearing ??

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9/13/2019 6:06 PM

Figured more people would have posted about this. 35 years closed and could possibly open again,

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9/13/2019 6:08 PM

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If you are going through HELL, keep going.

9/13/2019 6:10 PM
Edited Date/Time: 9/13/2019 6:11 PM

Good luck. There are wealthy landowners all over that area now. "Not in my backyard!"

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Braaapin' aint easy.

9/13/2019 6:21 PM

It's on Racerhead.

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9/13/2019 6:30 PM

"Exciting News. Saddleback Park might just hear the roar of motocross bikes again. Orange County Parks will be having an open meeting soon to discuss plans to reopen the park. Stay tuned to see how you can help."

Wow, that is awesome to hear! looks like an amazing piece of property, hard to believe it stayed undeveloped all these years.

Link here
https://racerxonline.com/2019/09/13/racerhead-37

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2017 CRF450r

9/13/2019 6:53 PM

I was there 40 years ago. Love to have another go there.

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9/13/2019 7:36 PM

hubbardmx50 wrote:

"Exciting News. Saddleback Park might just hear the roar of motocross bikes again. Orange County Parks will be having an open meeting soon to discuss plans to reopen the park. Stay tuned to see how you can help."

Wow, that is awesome to hear! looks like an amazing piece of property, hard to believe it stayed undeveloped all these years.

Link here
https://racerxonline.com/2019/09/13/racerhead-37

What's with the racer x link, it says/states nothing about saddleback.....

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9/13/2019 7:38 PM
Edited Date/Time: 9/13/2019 7:43 PM

barnett468 here

Doubt it will happen but only time will tell. I'd love to race out there again. I raced there many times in the mid 70's thru about 81, and my girlfriend owned AMC which ran there every other weekend. Malcolm Mcassey raced with her club and traded dinner for 2 plus free drinks at his Captains Anchorage restaurant for his race entry, so her and I would go there to eat steak and lobster after every race he entered.

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9/13/2019 7:44 PM

hubbardmx50 wrote:

"Exciting News. Saddleback Park might just hear the roar of motocross bikes again. Orange County Parks will be having an open meeting soon to discuss plans to reopen the park. Stay tuned to see how you can help."

Wow, that is awesome to hear! looks like an amazing piece of property, hard to believe it stayed undeveloped all these years.

Link here
https://racerxonline.com/2019/09/13/racerhead-37

Fabtechprerunner wrote:

What's with the racer x link, it says/states nothing about saddleback.....

yes it does. you have to scroll down a ways.

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9/13/2019 9:19 PM

hubbardmx50 wrote:

"Exciting News. Saddleback Park might just hear the roar of motocross bikes again. Orange County Parks will be having an open meeting soon to discuss plans to reopen the park. Stay tuned to see how you can help."

Wow, that is awesome to hear! looks like an amazing piece of property, hard to believe it stayed undeveloped all these years.

Link here
https://racerxonline.com/2019/09/13/racerhead-37

Fabtechprerunner wrote:

What's with the racer x link, it says/states nothing about saddleback.....

SADDLEBACK? (DC)
And speaking of Lechien, "The Dogger" won the last 250 national ever held at Saddleback in 1984, with his Honda teammates and fellow AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers David Bailey and Johnny O'Mara winning the 500 and 125 classes, respectively. The race was held on April Fool's Day, April 1—which was not a good omen. Some five weeks later, the Irvine Company, the landowner of Saddleback Park, closed the front gates for good. Despite rumors, speculation, and just plain wishful thinking, it never came back. But it's still there, undeveloped, and not far from our own Simon Cudby's house. If you know where to look, and what to look for, the skeletal remains can still be found.

Now, 35 years later, there are once again whispers that it may have a very long shot chance at coming back. Our friend and contributor David Dewhurst posted this on his Instagram page:


"Exciting News. Saddleback Park might just hear the roar of motocross bikes again. Orange County Parks will be having an open meeting soon to discuss plans to reopen the park. Stay tuned to see how you can help."

We will keep our eyes and ears open to this out-of-nowhere possible return of the former mecca of Southern California motocross, though it’s a very, very long shot.

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Ed Johnson

9/13/2019 9:25 PM

It would be cool to have it back in whatever capacity. With Prado Raceway in the works, there would be 2 tracks within a couple miles.

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9/13/2019 9:33 PM

Highly doubt it will happen. The land/homeowners in that area no matter how close to the park will complain that it's ruining and impacting their way of life. Never mind the noise, traffic and dust caused by the menacing outlaw dirt bikers. Plus environmental freaks will want to save the native grasses and pink spotted western beatle migration.

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9/13/2019 9:44 PM

That’s good news! Place was rad back in the day from what I’ve herd. I’d imagine now it will just be packed like Disneyland and get closed by lawsuit happy posers... again.

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9/13/2019 9:53 PM

E-bikes could give new life to many closed tracks in future but as there are no bikes out yet it will be in distant future sadly.

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9/13/2019 10:13 PM

surely they could at the least just have a few exhibition races a year (and on any ex national track thats not built out) how cool would it be to run a series with old ex pros on ex shut down national tracks

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9/13/2019 11:21 PM

That would be cool to see, but I’d be surprised. Heck, we can’t even ride eMTBs in OC Parks.

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9/13/2019 11:35 PM

It would be awesome to see open again.

It's just an old unused dump now, no plans to ever build there. There were plans of having homes all around Irvine Lake, and from Jamboree up to the toll roads on both north and south sides of Santiago Canyon. Those plans are reduced to one tract east of jamboree, south of Santiago. All the other land The Irvine Company has repurposed as wildlife refuge. Irvine Lake did just recently open up to fishing again, shore based only. Haven't heard anything one way or the other about letting boats back on it.

Even the early 2000s location of Saddleback Park is still dry, can see where some jumps were when driving by. Maybe that location is an option?

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@rk337

9/14/2019 12:06 AM

cablecable wrote:

surely they could at the least just have a few exhibition races a year (and on any ex national track thats not built out) how cool would it be to run a series with old ex pros on ex shut down national tracks

Why not a one off, or once a year, for the USGP? I’m dreamin’, but it would be great.

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9/14/2019 6:45 AM

GuyB wrote:

That would be cool to see, but I’d be surprised. Heck, we can’t even ride eMTBs in OC Parks.

That's just sad.

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9/14/2019 7:06 AM
Edited Date/Time: 9/14/2019 7:07 AM

I think I would be ok having a MX track that close to my house. As far as Prado, surprised no one even mentioned the dozen acres of dirt that’s been moved there. That’s just from what I can clearly see from the 91

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9/14/2019 7:34 AM

rk337 wrote:

It would be awesome to see open again.

It's just an old unused dump now, no plans to ever build there. There were plans of having homes all around Irvine Lake, and from Jamboree up to the toll roads on both north and south sides of Santiago Canyon. Those plans are reduced to one tract east of jamboree, south of Santiago. All the other land The Irvine Company has repurposed as wildlife refuge. Irvine Lake did just recently open up to fishing again, shore based only. Haven't heard anything one way or the other about letting boats back on it.

Even the early 2000s location of Saddleback Park is still dry, can see where some jumps were when driving by. Maybe that location is an option?

I used to ride that track it was fun, hope they get it open again!

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9/14/2019 7:56 AM

I love all the negative Nancy’s in here. Your glass always half empty?

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“Let the Good Times Roll”

9/14/2019 8:01 AM

Would love to see it happen

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9/14/2019 8:31 AM
Edited Date/Time: 9/14/2019 12:45 PM

GuyB wrote:

That would be cool to see, but I’d be surprised. Heck, we can’t even ride eMTBs in OC Parks.

Why is that the case with eBikes?
Who makes the rules? .....and who are these elected officials?

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9/14/2019 9:14 AM

wisey wrote:

I think I would be ok having a MX track that close to my house. As far as Prado, surprised no one even mentioned the dozen acres of dirt that’s been moved there. That’s just from what I can clearly see from the 91

Either of the two or both would be so nice for those on this side of the hill.

After seeing the post on this last night I did a little research and didn’t realize that I have driven by “Saddleback mx” several times which is funny because I wanted to take some time to go and visit the old Carlsbad track site one day.

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9/14/2019 4:07 PM
Edited Date/Time: 9/14/2019 4:08 PM

isn't SB II under water now ? To be honest, I liked the second one more than the first.

I was lucky enough to get to ride the last days of both tracks, and I'd love to be optimistic, but I can't see a 3rd one opening anywhere near the first two.

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9/14/2019 5:05 PM

Brent wrote:

isn't SB II under water now ? To be honest, I liked the second one more than the first.

I was lucky enough to get to ride the last days of both tracks, and I'd love to be optimistic, but I can't see a 3rd one opening anywhere near the first two.

Where was SB II located?

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9/14/2019 5:54 PM

Brent wrote:

isn't SB II under water now ? To be honest, I liked the second one more than the first.

I was lucky enough to get to ride the last days of both tracks, and I'd love to be optimistic, but I can't see a 3rd one opening anywhere near the first two.

brocster wrote:

Where was SB II located?

next entrance passed the old track entrance road. it was right next to the lake. You would use the same entrance as the lake and then cut left to the track instead of going straight to the lake... it was pretty cool while it lasted. Nothing like the original, though.. but it took a lot of effort to even get it open. it was appreciated, that's for sure, place got packed in the evenings...

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9/14/2019 7:08 PM

mb60 wrote:

Figured more people would have posted about this. 35 years closed and could possibly open again,

It hasnt been closed for 35 years...I rode it in the 90's and early 2000's

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9/14/2019 7:14 PM

It's on my bucket list. What can I do to help?

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