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Cycle News 2021 Issue 27 July 7

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Q uartz Hill is a little burg in the California's High Desert region of the Antelope Valley, some 60 miles to the north of Los Angeles, nestled up against the north face of the San Gabriel Mountains. Motocross great Bob Hannah grew up in Quartz Hill and honed his riding skills in the nearby desert and mountain val- leys. Right down the street from the Hannahs lived a buddy of Bob's dad, Larry Wilburn. Before Hurricane Hannah came along, Wilburn could very well lay claim to being the best-known racer from Quartz Hill. Wilburn, who is best remem- bered for finishing second to Mark Brelsford at the famous Ascot TT Grand National in 1969, never became a big name nation- ally. A major crash in the Houston TT in 1970 put the clamps on him chasing the national series, but during his racing career Wilburn gained the reputation of being CN III ARCHIVES P118 Larry Wilburn The Original Quartz Hill Flyer BY LARRY LAWRENCE Larry Wilburn leads Skip Van Leeuwen in one of their many battles.

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