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Cycle News 1968 08 08

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FEATURING IN THIS ISSUE: CASTLE ROCK SNEAK PREVIE W CZ ROAD T EST SAUNA S HILLCLIMB WILLOW SPRINGS ROAD RACE HIL L TOPPERS DESERT EVENT DRAG RACING & SCRAMBL ES ASCOT, WHITEMAN, CALISTOGA WEST 25C Fifth lap of the 20-Mlle National and Harley-mounted wlnn~r Fred Nix checks out his fantastic lead. By Carol Sims Photos by Dennis Greene PORTLAND , Ore. , J uly 14 There's something special about a one-mile dirt track •••particularifit it' s a National Champio nship event. And the 20-Mile AMA National at Portland Meadows was certainl y no exception. T hree laps to go In the Amateur final and #20x Tom Rockwood (Triumph) makes his move In lll 2nd pl..~ ahead 01 #41x Bill Cody (H·D) and #80y Jim Ri ce (BSA). Bart Markel, recei vi ng watch from lovely Mi ss Portlan d Speedway f or fastest qualifyin g time, fln l slled 2nd In 20-mlle r From the well-manicured track surface to the glass-enclosed, air-conditioned grandstands, everything about the race mee t was plush. Even a half-hour wait for rains to subside only added tu an exciting, suspenseful day of flrstrate competition. All the hotshoes on the National circuit were on hand, battling for a healthy $8000 purse and the all-Important points which will determine this year's Grand National Champion. QualIfications gave an indication of things to come. The four fastest men were Bart Marke l, Mer t Lawwlll , Fred Nix and Roger Reiman - each riding Harley-Davidson and each clad Inidentical factory team leather s. Triumphmounted National Number One Gary Nixon, with a time of 43.13 as opposed to Markel's quickest lap of 40.93, Indeed had his work cut out for him. Harl ey-David son and Mark Brel sford were the wire-to-wi re winners of the Amal eur 1O-mlle feature. Weather Worries Threatening skies forced a switch In the usual program schedule. Amateur riders drew lots for heat race starting spots, and then after the rains subsided, Expert heats were run of! before completion of the yellow-plate preliminary events. To make sure the 20-mller also got underway before the weather changed Its mind, the 20- man fie ld of top Expert contenders lined up, five abreast, ac cording to their heat race and semlmain finishing positions. Lef t: Gary Nixon tr ied hard, got 4th. CONTINUED ON PAGE 8 9080& I!UJOJIII:J ~1I :l 1a 8 2.., pJIUlnog q:lIlB :Juo, qlJON Ltt! SIMN Jl)!)

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