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Cycle News 1977 11 30

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o C(") M Q,) ..c 8 Q,) > o Z Russ Collins, champion cycle racer of Gardena, CA is now the world's record holder of the first 7-second quarter mile on a motorcycle. Collins . lIeftl is being congratulated on the performance of his $35,000 Honda by Don Nelson of Nikon cameras. Motorcycle Industry Council has a number of free booklets about how to control motorcycle noise. For example: "Enduro Noise Control Program" and "Racetrack . . Noise Control Program:' Write for them to MIC, 4100 Birch St. Suite 101, Newport Beach, CA 92660 or call 17141 752-7833. Spectators leaving the Sears Point race faced an interminable traffic tangle, many remaining stopped for 30-45 minutes at a time. Aggravation, aggravation. BMW is enlarging their factory in Berlin to double the output of the big German twins. They are earmarking almost $100 million to raise motorcycle production to 60,000 bikes per year. John Adams of Milwaukee. WI has invented a crash helmet with ai r vents to relieve heat bu ildup and is look ing for a manufacturer. WERRA's Grand National Final at Palm Beach, FL is over the new year weekend. Already preentered are Gary Nixon and Gary Scott. . Western AMA pro racers got $5 .991 in points money , with most going to the' novice division . Big winner was novice Ray Dugan ($862). Top junior was Jim Menens ($473) and the boss expen was Randy Skiver ($290) . If you were rooting for Mike Bell to win the Supercross finals at Anaheim, but were shocked when you couldn't find him at the end of the race, then you knew just as much as Mike did . In his second fallon the first lap, with Ellis and " WISe, Mike busted his wrist and didn't even know it. Richmond Ramblers M .C . has postponed the Grizzly Bear I-Day Endurance Trial, originally scheduled for Nov . 27, until March, 1978. "The weather and trail conditions do not merit an event we would like to put on," said Jim Hutzler of the Ramblers. Pat Manning, head of Manning RacIng, and promoter of southern California road races, had considilred dropping the . Willow Springs ·venue. However, due to what Manning termed a "fantastic response" of phone calls and letters, " he has scheduled four races at the Rosamond, Calif. track for 1918. 2 British bobbies will be riding BMW motorcycles. The London, England police dept. ordered 50 BMW R8017 models , citing better range and serviceability as their reasons for paying' higher prices for the imports. Sierra Clubbers are mounting a campaign against California's junior Senator S.I. (Saml Hayakawa .because Of his stand against the socalled Endangered American Wilderness Act. "A wilderness .designat ion actually reserves a parcel of land for an elite group those who have the time, money and interest for rugged hiking, camping and fishing without any reliance on transportation into the area," said Senator Sam. Upper Table Rock area in Jackson County, Oregon is closed to motorized vehicles .until Dec. 30 , 1978 , maybe permanently. "Destr oyed plant life , wildlife habitat, and excessive eros ion " are cited by District Manager George Francis , BLM , 310 W. 6th si.. Medford , OR 97501. A record purse of over $100,000 is up for the '1978 running of the Daytona, FL 200 Classic March 12. Possibly the largest hare scrambles race in the country, the Wilseyville, CA Hare Scrambles Open Expert Sweepstakes trophy was won by Yamaha factory ISDT rider Chris Carter on an IT400. Maybe this is the start of a whole new thing for Yamaha, as in more enduro and desert rider support. Fourth was also an ISDT rider, Gary Vanderpool on a Husky. Mr. Pibb, Coca-Cola's answer to Dr. Pepper, has signed up to sponsor the next Superbowl of Motocross in Atlanta, GA. NBC wiII broadcast the recent Anaheim Supercross in a 45 -m inute special the third or fourth week in January, 1978 . Stay tuned. Joe Viera, former publisher of defunct MX West. is producing a 13-week TV " show called "American Motocross USA." It's scheduled to start broadcasting in January from station KBAK, the ABC affilil!te in Bakersfield, CA. McCulloch Corp, about to become • the third _ U.S . "motorcycle" manufacturer.« They'll be producing the 49cc engines for AMF's new moped from their pla~t in Lake Havasu , AZ. What next, moped racing? Lakewood, CA recently had to pass an ordinance against powered pedal-cycles motocrossing in their city parks after a 9-year-old girl was injured by an out of control Mobylette. That blas t from Bill Benck and the AMA Speedway Control Board Western Division ("Congratulations, you just blew two years worth of work. ") printed in Voices recently was not directed at the Cycle News coverage of the Oct . 28 Ascot speedway races . Instead , it was a copy of a telegram sent by the board to the AMA. They blew it , said Benck, not us. Whewl CES Promotion's Charles Schafer is putting together a four race series to guarantee a certain number of start positions for the Dirt Diggers North Hangtown Classic sportsman MX. The four races, to be held Dec. 18, Jan. 8, Jan. 22, and Feb. 12. 1978 will all be run at Plymouth Raceway, the Hangtown site. Contact Schafer at (2091267-0312 after 6 p.m. Contrary to what was thought at the conclusion of the Nov. 13 CMC race at Carlsbad, CA , Mike Bell did not win the number one plate in the 250 class. That award went to Tim Lunde. The. points totals which showed Bell leading in points coming into the race were later found to be in error. Bell , however, was assured by CMC officials before the event that he d id have the lead, so he went ahead and rac ed two motos with a broken wrist suffered th e previou s night a t Anah eim and finished fifth . Lunde finished ' third and won th e championship by 10 points, a bitter blow to Bell , who raced in so much pain that tears filled his goggles at the end of the second moto, Sears Point Trans-AMA winner Brad Lackey was in the car that Jimmy Weinter rolled Sunday, Nov. 13. Weinert got a slight fracture of a neck bone and showed up with a neck brace to help announce the Sears , Point race. Lackey only got a bruised leg. Reportedly, they were out hillclimbing the car on Brad's Pinole, CA ranch. CMC announced the dates for their $21,000 Golden State MX series. Each of seven 'races carries a $3 ,000 purse for pros in the 125, 250, and Open classes. It starts at Saddleback Park Jan . .8 , then to Fresno Jan. 15, Sears Point Jan. 22 and back to So Cal Jan 29 . Then up to Sacramento Feb 5, Fresno Feb . 12 arid concludes at Helvetia Park (Sacramento) Feb . 19. For details watch the CN Calendar or write to CMC , Box 1402 , Costa Mesa , CA 92626 . AMA's 1977 Professional Hillclimb Champion Earl Bowlby gasses his BSA elevator up the Devil's Staircase in Oregonia, Ohio last month. He won the 750cc National title. John Hamilton won the SOOcc Pro title with a Triumph. Sled Riders M.C . are having a drawing to benefit Mitch Payton, who was injured in a Sept. 25 crash. The raffle tickets sell for $1 apiece, with the prize being an eight-day, seven-night trip for two to Hawaii. If the winner doesn't want to go to Hawaii , he /she can give the trip to a Cycle News ed . . . no , he /she can take $700 instead. Each raffle ticket is worth $2 off on a pizza . The drawing will be held March I , 1978 . Get tickets from Mick Thorpe, 1851 Adrienne. Corona, CA . Saturday, Dec. 3 you're invited to the free taping of the 1977 Hollywood Stunt Competition at the Paramount Movie Ranch on Mulholland Hwy. near Agoura, CA. Highlight will be a motorcycle raca on Suzuki RM250s. Show begins at 7:30 a.m. Dress warm. Saturday's ponion of the AMA 0-117 Toys for Tots Grand Prix will be filmed by L.A. area station KNBC (Channel 4) for inclusion on their program "Sa tu rd a y," which airs at 11:30 p .m. The footage will be shown the same day, Dec . 3. Entries for the Toys for Tots have been extended to Nov. 25, reports Keith Brown of the sponsoring Maywood M.C. Also, anyone bringing a donatable toy to the Saddlebeck Park gate on race wekend (the event runs Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3·41 will be admitted for only $1. •

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