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Cycle News 1982 11 17

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hooded sweatshirts, four hooded Tshirts, fOUT regular T-shirts, a pair of touring boots and a pair of MXDoots.. Meanwhile, closer to the office, Randall Jordan of the House of Handlebars in Long Beach has donated two $40 merchandise certificates. DG Performance is having a big warehouse sale on Nov. 13-14, hm8a.m. t05p.m. Theiraddrell is 1230 La Lorna Circle, Anaheim, CA. The phone number is 7141 630-5471. Rocky Williams, ace Maico tuner formerly with the late Gaylon Mosier, has taken over sole ownership of RG Cycle West, having bought out former partner Guenter Gmelin. Rocky says that RG Cycle West (16868 Stagg St., Van Nuys, CA 91406 213/ 782-5857) is a full service Maico dealership offering sales, service and state of the art mods for engine and suspension. $0-4 Q) ..0 S Q) ;:> o Z DIrt BIke magazine's Tom Wet»b Along with the other things happening in regards to the Cycle News Barstow to Vegas Motorcycle Road Ride and, Poker Run is an attempt at a world record. Wheelie King Doug Domokos will point the front wheel of his Honda skyward and proceed to attempt a l00-mile wheelie on the way to Las Vegas. The wheelie will be done to benefit the Ray of Hope charity in Tustin, CA, and prior to B-to-V, both Domokos and speedway champ Bruce Penh~ll will appear at their Wheelathon special event on Nov. 20. Our apologies to Honda tuner Steve Carter (Dot Clark) for getting his name wrong in coverage of The Superbikers race, whe,. he turned the wrenches on Danny Chandler's winning mount. We learned that ABC will telecast the 1982 Carlsbad USGP on Saturday, Nov. 27. Showing of The Superbikers is scheduled for some time in January. - . In a move that caught the recipient himself by surprise, the AMA announcedthatmotoe~SI8~turned dirt-tracker1 road racer Steve Wise was the winner of the AMA Pro AthleteoftheYear8ward.ln making the announcement at the AMA awards banquet, AMA Executive Director Ed Youngblood Aid, "This year there were more deserving candidates for the 8Ward than I could pollibly list here. However, the recipient, in his first year of such' competition, wes the Winston P~ Series Rookie of the Year, finished second in the Formula One Series, fifth in the Superbike series and 11 th in the Winston Pro Seri8l." Wise, who thought the award he was to receive was the WPS Rookie honor, was asked what the most memorable moment of the I88son was. Wise replied, "Going 165 mph down astraightaway at Daytona - and then running off onto the grail'" 2 Humor was a highlight of the awards banquet. Darrell Shultz, while mentioning the people he wanted to thank for helping win' the 500cc National MX crown, mentioned Mr. Kezuka, head of Honda's racing department. "I know Mr. Kezuka is really appreciative of me winning the title, so I want to thank him in advance for the new 750 Interceptor." World Speedway Champion Bruce Penhall noted, "I really want to thank the man who made it all possible: Kenny Carter. I'm,sorry he couldn't be here with us tonight." Two days before the banquet, and in.a hotel two blocks away, the AMA Board of Trustees held a . regularly scheduled meeting and then met with a g~up of AMA ~oters.The promoters had met among themselves the day before, and following a sometimes stormy open l8IIion, five promoters representatives met with the AMA Board in closed l8IIion., The promoters reportedly asked for a Jiason committee with the AMA, a racing format in which 125, 250 and 500cc classes would all race 30-minute motos on the same day, suspension of the claiming rule and the full 26-rece I88IOn. According to John Hasty, the Board's treasurer, this was the position of most of the representatives, although Stadium Motorsports p~ moter Mike Goodwin wanted an autonomous, rather than advisory, board. "1 have no problems with a liason committee," said Hasty, "we agreed that there would be a committee, at least for the meantime advisory, for liason purposes. We told the p~moters that there would be a meeting scheduled for December so we can begin to make a decision on how to structure it." Hasty also said that negotiations with manufacturers are continuing, on two levels. The first level involves the 1983 racing season, the other is over the settlement of the AMA lawsuit against Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha. The negotiations are being carried .on among the principals, and although no details can be discussed, Hasty seemed optimistic about a breakthrough on one of the levels. We'll have more details on the issue next week. 1983 may well see R.J. Reynolds involvement in p~fellionalmotoC~II. RJR is better known in these shores for the Winston Pro and (now) Camel P~ Series, although they've backed European MX for several years. A p~pol8l now being looked into would make selected MX nationals next year "Camel World Qualifiers," or another name. Top scorers from those events would be picked for the U.S. T~phee and Motocroll des Nations squad, with Camel paying the team's way to Eu~pe. Our thanks to Hi-Point's Dave Duarte for the contribution of $450 in merchandise to our growing list of prizes for the Barstow to Vegas Poker Run drawings. Hi-Point donated four had one heck of a weekend Nov. 6-7, as ·he won the District 36 Cowbell.enduro on Saturday and the 0-37 Bad Mountain endu~ on Sunday. Jon Miller also had a good weekend, finishing third behind Webb and Jeff Henning at the Cowbell and second ahead ofTracy Walters at the Bad Mountain. Complete coverage -in the local sections next week. HosPITal STOP: Southern California enduro rider Dan Morgan took a tumble at the District 36 Cowbell enduro on Nov. 6 and crushed a vertabra. Dan should be out of the Adventist Hospital in Ukiah by the time this hits the press, but he could sure use some cheer. He'll be at his home address: 31559 Hwy 18, x33, Lucerne, CA, 92356. The California Racing Club hosted the San Diego Amateur SUperc~1I at Jack Murphy Stadium the day after the big AMA SUperc~1Iand Tracy Meeks (Kaw), Mike Shoemaker (Hon) and Brian Fry (Hon) were the big winners, taking the 125, 250cc and Open Pro clalles respectively. Following Danny Chandler's impressive win in The Superbikers, several of the staffers here thought it would be neat for Honda to enter "Magoo" in the Feb. 6, 1983 TT race in Houston. All agreed that it would be quite a sight to see Chandler performing off the main jump, save for one pundit: "Remember," he intoned, "The Astrodome has a roof..." The British motorcycle prell recently carried reports that Eddie 'Lawson' would be going to Italy to test for Honda. "Is that right?" responded Lawson when we called for confirmation. "1 have no plans to do anything like that. As far as what's going to happen next year, I should know by the middle of next week." Our inside source at the Yamaha dealer meeting in Reno reported that the 1983 dirt bikes will be sold complete with a 30-day warranty. The new 1200cc V-4 Venture will come with a two-year, 24,000 mile warranty. HosPITal STOP: American MotocrOll Enterprises promoter Jerry Shore is listed in critical, but stable condition at the Henry Mayo Hospital in Valencia, CA, afteranacddent during track preparation at Indian Dunes Cycle Park. Shore was just finishing his work wheJ'l his bulldozer shifted and threw him out over the bucket, rolling up on him and stalling. Track personnel used another bulldozer to lift the first off Jerry and he is now doing his part by surviving two operations. Shore is still in intensive care, but cards and letters would be welcome. Please do not send him flowers as they would disturb him greatly. He can be . reached by writing to: Jerry Shore, clo Henry Mayo l:Iospital, 23845 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355. Larry Roeseler was working a check in the Baja 1000 this year instead of riding. Quite a change for a four-time 1000 winnerl It seems that Larry has signed a new multiyear contract for the new year with Husqvarna. Since he was only on a performance deal with Yamaha this year, he asked Yamaha to permit him not to ride in order to prevent conflict with his new employer. Yamahaallowed him to spectate this year. His new job will include the big distance races .and more local races. However, he also has the opportunity to progress in the company in the same fashion that Mark Blackwell has. Thad Wolff and Kevin Davis went out to Orange County InternatioNII Raceway in California a few clays before The Superbikers event to test the bikes they would be ridjng. Wolff rode his 490cc Maico through the strip in 12.6 seconds at 104 mph. Davis topped that running his 496cc KTM past at 12.1 seconds, 107mph. Theywere running on Goodyear dirt track tires. People have been hearing Papa's pleas for philanthropy in connection with the Cycle News Barstow to Vegas Road Ride and Poker Run. He has his squinty eyes on a lustrous new road lumberer and is warmed by those in the industry who care. Among those who care are: John Chase from the Chase Harper Company. They manufacture Compac motorcycle luggage products. He sent over gift certificates for $100 and $50 worth of their products, plus three coufOns for 30% off of the price of any Compac product. Marcel Fortney from Yoshimura sent four jackets, six caps and eight T-shirts for some lucky poker player. Charlie Morey of Dirt Rider Magazine sent 12 subscriptions to his new magazine. Those should be just the thing for the Cycle News reader who needs a little something to read while he waits anxiously for the pesky mailman to make his appointed rounds. Ron Kring of Unique Functional Products donated a Tuff 'N Lite motorcycle trailer that retails for for $3691 Winner need only pay shipping, taxes and bribe the governor for the piece of tin with numbers on iL Such a deal I More goodies are on the way from U.S. Suzuki, KV Products and Jardine Incorporated. International speedway star Bobby Schwartz won the U.S. Long Track Championship held at Ascot Park in Gardena, CA, on Nov. 5. Schwartz took the win with a margin over Lance King and defending champ John Cook. More coverage next week. Prairie City OHV }»~k in Sacramento, CA, chapged its operating hours as of Nov. 1. The park will now be closed Tuesday through Thursday and will operate from 8 a.m. to dark on Friday through Monday. Day use fees remain at $2/vehicle, $lIminibike and the Sacramento County Department of Recreation wants to remind all OHVers that even 4x4s must bring a helmet to wear or they won't be admitted.

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