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Cycle News 1965 12 23

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VOLUME II. NUMBER 41 THURSDAY. DECEMBER 23. 1965 . SPROCKETS TT A fair turnout of spectators and riders were undeterred by cold , foggy weather at Bakersfield and had a good day's sport on a course which was, as usua l, in excellent condition. A new addition has been made to the circui t, extending it to one-sixth of a mile . Original plan was to run the 50ec and 90cc classes on the old shorter course, leaving the bigger machines to try out the new one. But after the 175's and 2oo's had finished it was realized that the new jump was getting them off the ground a little too high, resulting in disaster to bikes in general, and rims in particular. The rest of the program was staged on the old course, but the new one will be used in future after some modification to the offending jump. The Expe rt Open was the ulti mate in racing entertainment. In splendid form, Sid Payne had the pleasure of putting the great Eddie Mulder into second place in his heat. And in the Final he again took the lead with things looking bleak for Mulder. But Romero sitting on the starting line with his hand raised caused the flag- man to call them all back. on-'the re-run the champ made no mistake and Sid had to be content with third place. There were further starting troubles in the Novice 250 Main, but at the third time of asking Dan Reed finally won . Another novice worthy of mention was John Scantlin who made a good job out of taking the Motocross on his H -D Sportster. This, after looping it on the line in the first runoff, and bending his elegant fibreglass fender. Clamour was not to be outdone when the outstanding Peggy McGill of Stockton appeared on her Yamaha . She has an imposing array of trophies at home, mostly Firsts, and has ridden in Enduros, English Trials, Scrambles, and even given Speedway exhibitions. In fact, she rode her first race one week after being taught to ride by her husband, compe tition rider John. Even does her own tuning, ring jobs an ' all. Which all makes us very sad to report she had engine trouble on the day! (P"otos on Page 8 } (Results on p age 8 ) Jack Rabbits Hare Scrambles DESERT SIDEHACK CREW MANIPULATES THE SAND. by Larry Haley The banner dropped at 10:35 and released over 300 eager greyhounds from the trap to chase the hare at the Jack Rabbits even t. The course consisted of 3 loops each of 26 miles. There was some faint disappointment among the riders with past experience of Jack Rabbit trails, the usual 'unrideable' downhill section was missing on this occasion. Creeves-mounted Cary Conrad snatched the lead and held it to the end. I think he should be made a member of the Jackalopes . . . J:Uys with the speed of a jack rabbit and the grace of an antelope. We had a fine display of sportsmanship during the day. Steve Hurd took a really hard tumble ju;:t afte r the smoke bomb and Ron Nelson sacrificed his chances of winning when he stayed to give a helping SANTA RIDES AGAIN! MIKE COUCH, TOP SOc< .IDER OF DIST.36A WITH TUNER ROSEBERRY AND POnNT YAMAGUCHI. , OPERATION MAIL CALL Nine thousand pou nds of Christmas gifts are on the way to the American boys in Viet Nara via the Air Force's "Operation Christmas Star. " It all began when Mrs. Maynard Jenlcins of 18461 Coodwin Lane, Huntington Beach threw open wide the doors of her home to many of the Marines training in nearby .Camp Pendleton. "Mom", as she is affectionately called by the boys, began it as a simple job which she called "Operation Mail Call." From there it snowballed into a project that called for many helping hands as over 700 peop le volunteered to write letters, bake cakes and cookies and send gifts . CYCLE NEWS is happy to play a small role in this wonderful display of generosity. With two bikes in the family the Jenkins are only too happy to include 250 copies of our paper in their goodwill frei~t every week. We are, of course, con tin uing with our usual 750 copies sent through other chan nels. To the Barnett Tool and Engineering Compan y we say a hearty th ank you for their kind donation of tw enty-five dollars worth of posta ge to our project. The Roadriders turned out in force for their Good Deed Run, bringing gaiety and gifts into the lives of the handicapped children at Hope House, Covina, and a new venture, the Samaritan Home at Valinda. Santa Claus arrived at both homes in the shape of David Case on his Harley. A pretty girl riding behind was certainly a new slant for the ever-popular Old Gentleman. For some 'of the children it was the first Christmas they had ever known, and their happy faces were reward enough for all the hard work put in. Every one of the Samaritan lciddies are spending the holiday with a motorcycling family. This particular Home is faced with just that for all concerned. There was a darned good attendance by riders and spectators, considering the unkind weather, and a better organized meeting would be hard to find. Th e Wilmington Dusters and Coachella Valley M.C. are to be congratulated. If this is a sample of co-sponsoring let's have more of it. With a more than adequate supply of help the safety precautions were well taken care of, and so well organized were they that trophies were presented after each race . Even the winners' names were em- hand. Ron was holding fourth place at the time and had a tough task to pull back into a final placing of fourteenth. John Steen also took time off to aid Bud Ekins who also 'went in: Cost to John was a one loop deficit on the leaders. Hard for a man who is usually to be found among the top ten. Ritchie Thorwaldson was plagued by engine troubles and Larry Berghtst had a burnt-out clutch .to report. With only one more desert even t for 1965 the battle for the big bikes number one plate is between Milce Patrick and Bob Ferro. At the time of writing Bob leads by a slim 60 points. No room for a boo-boo he re! Cary Conrad leads for Ii!:htweight by several hundred points. Earl Roesler took the Trailers and, in this category we had two charmers, Jan Ditson and Rosemary Martino, who managed 10th and 15th places respectively. (Results on page 12.) (P"otos on Page 9) a lean spell for the near future and the Road Riders are pulling out all stops to help them. Ivan Cay is the man to contact if you can help with donations, clothes (new or used), blankets, toys, etc. Just phone CA 3-2058 and he will do the rest! bossed and fixed to the trophies in time. The humble Press was thought of, too, for a change, and CYCLE NEWS had the pleasu re of being escorted by two charming girls who helped us in the sometimes exasperating task of prying results out of officialdom. The outstanding rides of the day were the devastating two out of three motocross win.' by Bill Riley in the 650 Open Experts. He came from way back in the pack to win . (Results on page 12.) BILL RILEY. ALL ALONE IN fRONT. PERRIS SETS A The advance notices pro mised the show would go on 'rain or shine', and it did . Pity they didn 't mention low tempe ratures and wind, for afte r th ree o'clock it beeame SOME OF THE LIGHTWEIGHTS MIXING IT UP IN THE FIRST TURN AT PERRIS SUNDAY.

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