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Cycle News 1978 02 08

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Patrick and Malcolm Smith. "Off-road vehicles heavily damage deserts in state," reads .a headline in the Jan. 24 Valley N ews, a Van Nuys, CA daily newspaper. The article refers to a public affai rs report published by th e Institute of Governmental Studies on the University of California, Berkley campus. The article quotes the report as calling 1974 Barstow to Vegas motorcycle race "the greatest single insult" to the desert. Valley News' address is 14 5~9 Sylvan , Van Nuys, C:A 91411. 21~ /873-2051 . THE LATEST New office hours for the Continental Moto-sport Club a re 10-3 on Monday, WednesdayFriday. CMC honchos Stu Peters and Kelv in Franks w ill be on duty and able to help with your questions/needs. Don't calion Tuesdays or weekends, 'cause they won't be there. . .Seven nights of speedway racing accomp any the Daytona Speedweek festivities this year , run ning for th ree nigh ts at Memorial Stad ium (Mar. 57) and then moving to the Volusia County track for the final four nights (Mar. 8-11). Cont act Ed Otto or Bill Heiserman at Rt. 5, Box 72, Lot 24, Daytona Bch.. FL ~2014 , 904/255 2750 for more info . Watch for the San Jose BMW Motorcycle Center-sponsored entry in this year's AMA Superbike program. SJBMWMC owners Dean Lear and Ron Lang will field an updated RgoS ridden by Harry Klinzmann and wrenched by Ch ris Hodgson against t he " hypertechi'loid" four and six-cy linder Japanese monsters. Hillclimb fans should start planning for the infamous Widowmaker Hillclimb to be held on Apri l 22. Suzuki's latest update on the successful RM250 motocross bike, the RM250C2, hits the dealers' showrooms about now. The new model features a box-section aluminum swingarm with 9.6 inc he s of travel at the rear wheel and 9.8 up front. Alligat or leavesJai Ali Front on . That's the 29th Alligator Enduro at Daytona , and th is year it'll start at the Jai Alai Fron ton where the Daytona International Motorcycle Show is held . Registration opens on Mar. 8 at the show for the Ma r. 9 enduro. What would you think If a guy w a lked in and set a plastic carburetor in front of you? That's what we thought too. So, we got him to step outside and drop It off our second story balcony. It bounced, but that's about it. Try it with an old metal-bodied unit sometime. The Selachii-CP I carb, not yet in production, Is actually made of General Electric ValoxCB> 420 polyester resin. We'll keep ya posted as to w hen you can get one of the center-opening, constantly symmetrical venturi, trick-as-heck carbs. T oyota Motor Sales, the people who make ' those trick littl e trucks, has announced they'll put up a $50,000 point fund for the 1978 AMA stadium series, now officially entitled . the To yota Supercross Series. Also in works is a contingency program for the AMA National MX and AMA Grand National Championship/Camel Pro Series. No, you don't have to be driving a Toyota pickup to qualify for the contingency money; just be wearing a Toyota patch on your je rs e y or leathers, Papa Wea ley heard th at the involvement with AMA racing is the largest single promotion Toyota Motor Sales has ever un dertaken. Including all the above menti oned coins. plus their advertising budget, the total figure will hit ' the low seven-digit figures: Over $I ,OOO,OOO! 2 Preparation it ~ l l ", continues '!;":~ i! l~ ll. for the i 'Jre l ioJ( I '{ Sammy Miller, 11-time British observed trials champion, w ill join the Italian SWM company as British team manager and development ride r. Miller headed the British Honda tr ia ls effort unt il was recently disbanded. it However, Ron Shepard, originally dismissed along w ith Miller, w ill cont inue riding fo r Honda in 78, sponsored by the - British Ho nda concern, ins t e ad of Honda of Japan as before. second annual Int e rn a t ional Grand National Championship of Motocross Finals slated fo r Mar. 19 in t he Houston Astrodome. Three minibike c lasses, a 100cc race, three classifications INov.llnt./Exp.l of 125 and 250cc racers, and Open classers will be included, For more info, contact Jerry Surber, Nat" Director, Grand Nat'l Championship, 233 Pa lm ,Aire Dr., Friendswood, TX n546. British road raci ng jou rn alist Chris Car ter unveiled his top 20 list of road racers, which appears in both Motor- . course and Motor Cycl e. Ameri can s / Steve Baker and Kenny Robert s are listed third and fourth respectively, behind Barry Sheene and T akazumi Kat ayam a. Pat Henn en was rank ed nint h. The lack of America n road racers such as Gene Romero and Skip Aksland in the list was a rea l su rprise to Papa. Look for a rearra ngement of the top four after Roberts' first full year in Europe. T hree GNC qualifiers are scheduled for Southern Californ ia during the month of February at Barona Oaks, Elsino re and Saddleba ck. Former MX World -Cha m p io n Rolf Tibblin has o bvio us ly established himself as a top-level contender in off-r oa d a uto racing by w inn in g t he "Tl Cla s s 9 Cham pio ns hip Award. (Class 9 is cars w ith 1200 cc displacement/In '78 Ro lf moves up to Cla ss 1 to compete with the likes of Parnelli J ones, Mike J J ,I .;l I e It e , .. ~ 1 l,ll ,1 j j {'" ( ' .J • •I 'I ~ Gerard Rond and Andre Massant. , I .: .. J 5 :: to r ( I 1 r I } t 1 r oJ r j numbers two and three in the World 125cc Motocross Champion· ship standings, w ill be riding Hondas in 1978, sponsored by the Belgian im po rt e r. Notice: Sturgis has not been relocated to North Dakota . It's still in South Dakota despite an ything you ma y read in the cale ndar cent er section of th is paper. Sorry Sturgisians. (Sturgisites? Sturginisinians? Stu rgisers?) Marty Tripes showed up at this week's CMC/Suzuki Go lden State Series race on a new CR250R Honda MXer, apparently due t o some good contacts at the factory. Could be Marty's been g iven a chance to prove himself and earn a s lot on the team. HosPITal STO P: Tim Plant , #1 Ligh tweight CRC desert rider, crashed while leading his class at a recent CRC event and suffered a broken ba ck. Get well cards may be sent to T im at Kaiser Found ation Hospital, Rm . ~ 1 8 B, 1100 W . Pacific Coast Hwy. , Harbor City, CA 90710. Going to Houston 7 Be sure to stop by the Motorcycle and Accessory Trade Show and say hi to all the good folks who bring you your favorite cycling products. The Cent ral Road Racing Club, according to th eir clu b newsletter , will have a spot in the Hous ton Trade Show, and they'll be offering their famous collectors' item T -shirts. Their '78 schedule looks promising, so stop in and check 'em out . SoCal MXers won't want to mi s s the End Does M.C. Us a Christensen Memorial Motocross on Feb. 5 at DeAnza Cycle Park. Women ra ce rs will ride a parade lap to honor Lisa 's memory just before the opening moto of the Women's MX class. Bob Hannah will ride th e St. Petersburg round of die Florida WinterAMA MX Series, according to a Florida Wint er ·AMA press release. The release also registers its disapproval of the AMA Pro MX rule th at rid ers must pick and ride only one class in the '78 season . T he exact wording ca n't be quoted in this "family" paper. Have you seen Wilhelmina Krumpf7 And has your kid - age 610 - read this book7 Wr itten by Judith Chasek and illustrated by Sal Murdocca, Have you seell Wlihelmilla Krumpl? is a story about a young lady who disappears re g u la rly when she should be doing her chores. Where does Wilhelmina disappear7 She's become a motorcyclistl Sort of like all of us on the weekends. / Watch for Billy Grossi to be riding Carabela MXers th is year. A Germanlltalian team recently piloted a modified BMW R100S to four new World Speed Records. .J W ith t he mufflers removed, a different fin a l drive ratio, a lowered frame and a set of Metzeler racing tires, the bike clocked in a 131.52 mph average for 10 krn, 137.15 for ) 100 km, 119 .10 for six hours and 118.61 for a 12-hour ride. Well-known Nort hern Californ ia rider 2 Dann y "Magoo" Cha nd ler is looking for a sponso r to help him compete on the 125cc National motocross circuit. Benefactors can get in tou ch with Magoo at 916 /~67 .281~ . . , r" t c. t .: :: 1 t '1 ,• .! i i i, ( ,.. l :1 I" J .. r E 1 : I> It .: uI I \ , ; 1 n t , 1 II " \

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