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NUMBER 45 November 24, 1970

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World 500cc Motocross Champion, Bengt Aberg eeked a split-second victory over rival Ake Jonsson Sunday at the Phoenix, Ariz. Inter-Am. And Ottakar Toman managed an overall victory in Texas Inter-Am competition without winning a moto. However, the big news for California motocross fans was at Saddleback Park Sunday, where World 250cc champion, Joel Robert, showed the Trans-AMA competition and some 5000 spectators exactly how it's done. Inter-Am coverage begins on page 8, with details of the Trans-AMA appearing on page 16-17. And for those of you who yen for something more than hard-core race reports, check out Ron Schneider's account of this week's desert event, entitled, Gene Gets Trophy; Terry Gets Bird; Rich Gets Truck".

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REGULARLY SCHEDULED EVENTS

ATTENTION PROMOTERS:

For Listing in this column call or write: Tom Walsh at CYCLE NEWS

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EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT CLASS A Speedway Racing at Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa. Gates open 7 p.m., Racing 8 p.m. Free parking and programs.

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EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT TT RACING, Elsinore Race Track. Gates open 3 p.m., races start 7:30 p.m., Off Hwy. 71 in Elsinore, Cal.

1st AND 3rd SUN. OF EVERY MONTH

Deadman’s. Point, Apple Valley, Cal. 3rd Sunday, Motocross all classes, 8 a.m. prac. 10 a.m. start. $1.00 Entry Fee Info: (714) 247-7473 (eves.).

COURSES FOR RENT ADELANTO T.T. TRACK- Available for club meets (sanctioned events only). Suitable for cycles and mini-bikes. Hwy. 395, 8 miles West of Victorville.

For info. (213) 927-3860. THURSDAY, NOV. 19

MEETING for Valley Observed Trials Enthusiasts at Warren Wilson Motors, 9000 Sepulveda Blvd. at 8 p.m. New club forming for San Fernando Valley area.

FRIDAY, NOV. 20

CMC MOTOCROSS at Ascot Park, Gardena, Calif. Gates open 5:30 pm, 1st race at 7 pm. CMC membership and three readable number plates required.

TT AND FLAT TRACK at Trojan Speedway, South Gate, Calif. 100, 125, and 250cc classes. Gates open 6 pm, 1st race at 7:30 pm. Info: (213) 923-9132.

SATURDAY, NOV. 21

INDOOR.SHORT TRACK by Bob Barkhimer at San Jose, Cal. on Tully Rd. between Frwy and Monterey Hwy. Warmups at 7 p.m., racing at 8:30; 1/10th mi. asphalt track. Info: 14 Camp Evers, Santa Cruz, Cal., 95060; (408) 438-3210.

MINI! BIKE at Trojan Speedway. Pract. noon to 2, racing and qualifying at 2. All classes. Entry $3, admission $1. Mini bike classes (11) can.be obtained from Southern Ca. M/B Assoc.

TT RACING at Elsinore Race Track. Gates open at 3, races at 7:30. Off Hwy 71 in

Elsinore, Cal. Handles

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Classes: 1 through 3 HP/4 through 6 HP/7HP and over All ages.

Starts at 8:00 Practice, Tech & Qualifying

SAT. & SUN., NOV. 21 & 22

RALLY by Mary's Men M.C., 3rd Annual at Brawley, Calif. Signup Fri. 6 p.m.-midnight, Sat. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Field events Sunday; parade and judging Saturday. AMA sanct., SDCRR point run. $3.25 mail entry to Mary's Men M.C., 7068 San Miguel, Lemon Grove, Calif. 92045. $4 post. with mail deadline Nov. 16.

SUNDAY, NOV. 22

CMC NORTH MOTOCROSS at Champion Speedway, across from Candlestick Park. Mail $5 entry to P.O. Box 1451, Santa Cruz, Calif. 95060; closes Nov. 18; $10 post. $2.50 admission. Info: (408) 335-4292.

TT SCRAMBLES by Simi Valley M.C. at Adelanto. Dist. 37 pts. $2 entry with signup at 7:30. $1.25 admission. Ultra-light pract. at 8, Ltwt. at 10, Hvywt. noon, and side-hack at 2. Info: (805) 526-7971.

INTER-AM MOTOCROSS by International Motocross and U.S. Marines in Honolulu, Hawaii. Info: Dave Rochlen (808) 538-3632.

INTER-AM MOTOCROSS at Portland, Oregon. Info: Allied Motors (503) 235-5405.

TRANS-AMA MOTOCROSS by Bruce Cox, Tripp Cox Associates at Carlsbad. Info: c/o Motorcycle Weekly, Box 822, Paramount, Cal. 90723.

SHORT TRACK, sportsman lightweight, by Westside Eagles M.C. at Turlock Fairgrounds. Riders may ride 2 classes. $2 ride or watch, under 12 50 cents. Pract-signup 9-11, race at noon. AMA sanct. Cancel if rain. Info: (209) 537-2426.

HARE & HOUND by Buzzards M.C. In Hinkly, Cal., limed from Hwys 395 & 58. AMA sanct. Dist. 37 pts. $4.25 post, 10 a.m. start. 80 mi., 2 loops; sidehacks welcome. Info: (213) 359-7964, 256-3327.

TT RACES by HRA at Huntington Beach Cycle Park. Signup 9-10:30. $2.25 members, $2.50 non. 3 HRA plates or ride expert. 7561 Talbert. Info: (714) 897-4458.

EUROPEAN MOTOCROSS by Stump Jumpers at Saddleback Park. Mail $3 entry (Dist. 37 only) to 1682 W. Orangewood Apt. D, Anaheim, Cal. 92802. Post $5; $1.50 gate fee per rider on race day. AMA sanct., Dist. 37 pts. Two 25-minute motos, long sleeves and 3 No. plates required. Signups 8-9, racing at 9:45.

ACA TT-HALF MILE at South Bay Speedway in San Diego. 125/250/open both courses. 40% gross gate purse. Open at 8:30, racing at 11. Info: Rod (714) 469-6092.

ALTA WORLD'S FINEST Ultra-Lightweight Trials Bike $575.00

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Post entry closes 9:00 AM Dec. 13th No qualifying Dec. 13th

Pre-entries must be postmarked no later than midnight Dec. 8, 1970.

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MOTOCROSS by Feather River M.C. at Marysville, Cal., under “E” St. Bridge, AMA sanct. 3 No. plates required, $2 to watch, $4 to ride, late signups $5. Signup & practice 7-10, race at 10:30. Trophies, prizes, Mini Moto. Info: (916) 742-7785, 743-5282.

SCRAMBLES by Rainier Sportsman M.C. on Hwy 507 twix Yelm & Tenino (watch signs), Rainier, Wash. AMA sanct. Practice at 11; race at noon. 125/200/250/open/M-B/PP. Info: (206) 446-2401.

ENGLISH TRIAL by PNTA at Lyons Ferry, Wash., N. from State Penitentiary at Walla Walla through Clyde to area, 2 mi. S. of Lyons Ferry. Signup at 9, meet at 9:45; novice at 10; Am/Ex. at noon. $1 admission, $2.50 entry for members; $3.50 non. Info: (503) 566-3526.

MOTOCROSS by Nevada Trailblazers on Pyramid Lake Road, 25 mi. N. of Sparks, Nev. AMA sanct. signup 9-11, race at noon. 125/250/open. Info: (702) 323-8846.

THURSDAY, NOV. 26

TURKEY DAY RACE at Trojan Speedway in South Gate, Calif. TT and Flat Track, 100/125/250cc classes. $4 entry, 1st 100 riders. 50% gate in trophies. Gates open at 4 p.m., race at 6. $2 admission, 8-10 $1, and under 8 free. Info: (213) 923-0132, 862-0229.

SATURDAY, NOV. 28

ENGLISH TRIALS by PITS at Cycle Hills, SW of Morgan Hill, 1 mi. S of Coyote, 6 S. of San Jose, Hwy 101 to Bailey Rd; limed from Bailey Rd. $4 riders fee, signup at 8, start at 10:30. Info: (415) 325-8064.

INDOOR SHORT TRACK by Bob Barkhimer at San Jose, Cal. on Tully Rd. between Frwy and Monterey Hwy. Warmups at 7 p.m., racing at 8:30; 1/10th mi. asphalt track. Info: 14 Camp Evers, Santa Cruz, Cal., 95060; (408) 438-3210.

HARE & HOUNDS Barstow to Las Vegas by San Gabriel Valley M.C. limed off Vegas Fwy. AMA sanct., dist. 37 pts. $7 post entry. 145 mi. course ends in Las Vegas. Info: (213) 445-0997.

MINI BIKE at Trojan Speedway. Pract. noon to 2, racing and qualifying at 2. All classes. Entry $3, admission $1. Mini bike classes (11) can be obtained from Southern Ca. M/B Assoc.

TT RACING at Elsinore Race Track. Gates

open at 3, races at 7:30. Off Hwy 71 in Elsinore, Cal.

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1970 TRAIL BIKE

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RACES DECEMBER 5th

A Cross Country Race Just For 100cc Trailbikes

Classes Expert-Amateur, Novice, Over 40 years old, Under 16, Powder Puff, Non-racers (not raced previously)

Separate course for different

skills many contingency awards & trophies finisher awards all cards accepted.

Full publicity plus sponsor awards 'sponsored entries $2.00 extra to qualify. Any reguler entry blank with $6.00 fee to: RV Enterprises P.O. Box 3882 Torrance, Calif. 90510 (213) 370-8234 North of Adelanto on Hwy. 395

SUNDAY, NOV. 29

INTER-AM MOTOCROSS at Livermore, Cal. Info: (714) 460-4289.

TRANS-AMA MOTOCROSS at Raceway Park, Meridian Ave.,-Fun Field, Puyallup, Wash. Info: Clark Marshall, 1044 W. Lake Shamm. Parkway N.E., Bellevue, Wash., 98008. (206) 747-7550.

TRIALS by Central Ariz. Trials, limed to staging area, N. from Cave Creek & Bell Roads, Phoenix, Ariz. $2 entry for members, $3 non. Signup 8-10. Jr/Sr/PP/125/250/Open. Info: (602) 956-6005.

EUROPEAN SCRAMBLES by Trail Trotters M.C. limed from Coalinga & Hwy 33 in Coalinga, Cal. AMA sanct., dist. 35 pts. $3 entry. Info: (209) 935-3311 or PO Box 414, Coalinga, Calif., 93210.

INDOOR SHORT TRACK by Nevada Trailblazers and Al Lockett Enterprises at Washoe Co. Fairgrounds Pavilion Bldg. on Wells Ave., Reno, Nev. AMA sanct., full feathers, no big knobbies. PP/100/125/200/250. Signup 9-11; practice 10-noon; race at 1. Mail $2.50 entry on AMA blank or equivalent to Al Lockett Ent., 670 Hood Ave., Reno, Nev., 89502; closes Nov. 20. $3.50 post. Info: (702) 323-6055.

CMC MOTOCROSS at Carlsbad. $5 mail entry to CMC, Box 1402, Costa Mesa, Cal., 92626 closes Nov. 24. Post $10. Gates open at 7:30, race at 10. 3 No. plates.

TRIALS by Rocky Mountain Trials Assoc. at Sprucewood Inn, halfway between Deckers and Sedalia on Colo. 67. Nov. at 11, Ex. at 1:30. $3 entry, $2 for members. Admission free. Info: (303) 442-5362, 447-9656.

ENDURO by Napa Slo-Pokes M.C. with start and finish in Lucerne, Cal. $4 mail entry to Napa S-P, 2758 lowa St., Napa, Cal., 94558 with 2 self-addressed, stamped envelopes, closes Nov. 24. $10 post. Team (3 riders) entry use separate entry blanks. 120 mi., 24 mph average. Arresters and helmets. Start in order of entry.

SATURDAY, DEC. 5

CAL. TRAILBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP, cross country, limed N. of Adelanto on Hwy 395. 3 courses. 0-100сс. Nov/Am/Ex/PP/Under 16/Over 40/Non-racers. Nov. go 60 mi.; Am/Ex. 75 mi.; others 30 mi. Trophies, finisher pins. Mail $6 entry on any standard blank to RV Enterprises, Box 3882, Torrance, Cal., 90510 add $2 for sponsored rides eligible for awards & publicity. Info: (213) 370-8234, (714) 735-4641.

INDOOR SHORT TRACK by Bob Barkhimer at San Jose, Cal. on Tully Rd. between Frwy and Monterey Hwy. Warmups at 7 p.m., racing at 8:30; 1/10th mi. asphalt track. Info: 14 Camp Evers, Santa Cruz, Cal., 95060; (408) 438-3210.

SAT. & SUN., DEC. 5 & 6

LAGUNA SALADA 200 for m/c and cars called “On The Sunny Side Of Baja” near Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, 30 mi. from the port of entry at Calexico, Calif. M/C run on Saturday, start at 10 a.m. 125/175/250/500cc and Open. Two 100-mile laps. $100 entry, 4096 purse of receipts. Mail entry to Bill Martin, P.O. Box 1803, Calexico, Calif. $125 post. Starting position by drawing.

PONDEROSA HARE SCRAMBLES by Greyhounds M.C. starts 15 mi. E. of Lancaster on Ave. 'J'". Race at 10, 40% trophies to trail/125/Open plus contingencies. Info: (213) 367-2907.

SUNDAY, DEC. 6

MOTOCROSS by Feather River M.C. at Marysville, Cal., under “E” St, Bridge. AMA sanct. 3 No. plates required. $2 to watch, $4 to ride, late signups $5. Signup & practice 7-10, race at 10:30. Trophies, prizes. Mini Moto. Info: (916) 742-7785, 743-5282.

LAST CHANCË ENDURO by CEA limed from Red Mountain, two 45-mile loops. AMA sanct., Dist. 37 pts. Mail $6 entry to CEA Inc., 7813 S. Blackford St., Whittier, Cal. 90606, begins Oct. 26, closes Nov. 28. Include 2 self-addressed stamped envelopes. Limited to 500 riders. Post $8, add $1 for each team member. Rescue 3. Drawing held Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. at Sid's M/C Service, 11015 Lower Azusa Rd., El Monte, Cal.

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By Bob Sanford

As almost everyone knows, the sport of motocross is growing by leaps and bounds in this country. From a very

small beginning some five or six years -

ago, interest has soared to the point that it is now probably the largest spectator and participant motorcycle sport in the United States. This last weckend, for instance, 8 out of the 20 listings in the Cycle News calendar were motocross events.

And along with this growth has come the introduction of a new breed of machinery; tough and dependable, but light and fast; machines build to take on the toughest of obstacles with the greatest of ease.

One of the new breed is AJS, who introduced the 250cc Y40 Stormer last year, and then came up with 370cc (Y50) model just one year later. If you've heard of Jim West or Doug Grant, you've, of course, heard of these machines.

A couple of weeks ago, Mike Jackson, the Norton Villiers stateside representive for AJS, invited a couple of us out to Saddleback Park to give the two Stormers a try. It was hardly a conclusive test, as we were unfamiliar with the bikes and were only aboard for a short while. But we did learn one thing: Both bikes are easy to handle, comfortable, fast machines, that can hold their own among the best of competition.

Unfortunately, one of the first things you experience with the machine is one of its few bad points: Simply stated, it's a beast to start. However, those more familiar with the bikes didn't have the same difficulty we neophytes had, and after going through the proper starting procedure, managed to get it running after several kicks.

From there, it was a matter of getting used to the shifting, which, for me, was located on the “wrong side”. It wasn't long, however, before I: was almost feeling at home on the 250cc machine, as I began to approach corners at about half the speed that Jim West would negotiate the same obstacle. Surprisingly, the machine seemed to have a sense of its own and, contrary to my own machine, gracefully slipped around turns, in spite of the bungling efforts of its rider.

As my confidence began to build, I started to notice a few of the things that were making this such an enjoyable ride. The handlebars seemed quite proper and were easy to reach, as were the spring loaded footrests. The saddle was comfortable and easily absorbed what was left of the smaller bumps after being handled by quite adequate front and rear suspension systems. And the clutch depressed easily, allowing quick shifts between the Ajay’s four gears.

Next, I jumped aboard the 370 model, essentially the same bike but with a bigger engine. Quite frankly, I was more than a little apprehensive, as I remembered the tales I’d heard about this machine only being suited for the “Expert rider".

I don’t know whether or not it was my prior experience aboard the smaller machine that helped, but, for whatever reason, the Y50 and I immediately became ‘friends (“Whoa, there, ol’ Y50. That's a boy. Nice Y50"). I sort of felt

p Jody Nicholas was also on hand to try the pair of Stormers.

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AJS STORMER

Y40 Y50 ENGINE 2 cycle, single cylinder Same BORE 68mm 83mm STROKE 68mm 68mm B.H.P. Over 25 Over 30 COMPRESSION RATIO 11.1 11.1 MAXIMUM TORQUE 22 Ib/ft at 5750 28 Ib/ft at 5500 GEAR RATIO 4th 1:1 Same

3rd 1.255:1 Same

2nd 1.66:1 Same

Ist 2.53:1 Same CARBURETOR 32mm Amal 34mm Amal IGNITION Flywheel Same WHEELBASE 55.5 in. Same SADDLE HEIGHT 30 in. Same WEIGHT 218 Ibs, 221 Ibs. GROUND CLEARANCE 9.5 in. Same FUEL CAPACITY 2 gal. Same

Velvet", knowing that my steed wasn't going to do me wrong if it could possibly help it. Indeed, it was torquey and amazingly quick to respond to the slightest twist of the throttle. But once you got used to its idiosyncrasies, it produced a peace-on-earth feeling very seldom equaled among motocross machines. Contrary to the earlier dire predictions, I liked the Big Brother better than its Y40 counterpart. Even more than the Y40, this machine seemed to anticipate every bump, curve and berm and perform exactly as it should.

As mentioned earlier, this test was somewhat short, inconclusive, and conducted by someone who is hardly an expert on the comparative characteristics of the various motocross machines. In fact, it really wasn't a test. But I wil say this much: When I get ready to purchase my next bike which will be shortly the AJS 370cc Y50 Stormer will receive very serious consideration;

like: the little girl, Velvet; in “National

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COWBELL MESS-UP

The 24th Annual Cowbell must have been laid out with the thought in mind of reducing the number of entries on future Cowbells. (See article on page 20 ed.)1 like a tough enduro, as I am sure many riders do, but to include 4 bottlenecked, very tough hills...some with room for only a couple of riders at a time when they had 1600 entries...EVEN in dry weather...just has to be ridiculous, and preposterous in rainy weather.

I hope your newspaper can possibly be instrumental in setting some kind of common sense standards regarding enduro layouts. The fact that this particular run caused so much trouble with rescue by local sheriff, etc. could well mean that this are or possibly all our national forests could be lost for future events, and all because of very poor planning by the Hayward M.C.

This run should either have been advertised for experts only, or alternate routes provided around the many bottlenecks so at least the later riders could have had a fighting chance to get

else and far more serious, left the course with at least four riders we know of still down and immobile in the middle of the Searchlight desert.

It's just such dis-organization and unconcern as this, that has turned so many potential racers away from competition in this area and moved so many people to the point of passing legilation closing the desert to motorcycle riders. We feel it’s high time that Las Vegas associations and clubs got their heads together and realized that such a reckless attitude as “who cares, we don’t need anyone who won’t get down on their pegs to our snobbish and falsely superior ways," is only hurting their own cause and turning off their best customers, the Southern Nevada riders.

We hope that before they completely kill racing enthusiasm here, they will pay serious attention to what the AMA and in particular District 37 (of which they are an integral part, although they completely ignore its existence) have learned about racing and put into practice every weekend to the tune of huge turnouts, and all the knowledge that makes their racing enjoyable and successful for riders and spectators

over these hills. I hope the Hayward M.C. will, without delay, send apologies to the Sheriff and other rescue personnel, and the many riders stranded overnight, and try to do something to better the motorcyclist image. They took in about $8,000.00 on this run...perhaps they should spend it to promote some good will! KEN ROGERS, No. 407 Santa Cruz, Calif.

SCRAMBLERS SCRAMBLED

Right now we’re in the pits of what should have been the Nevada State Championship Hare Scrambles, presented by the Groundshaker’s M/C, Las Vegas.

Just before this fiasco started we were discussing the sorry fact that in the midst of such groovy desert there are so few riders who participate in the Las Vegas area events.

Now we know why for sure. This is supposedly the end of the first of four 25 mile loops, and riders are coming into the pits from three very different directions, and leaving in two other directions (the guys at the home check keep waving their arms the same way, no matter which way their body is facing). It’s like several races going on with one communal pit. Pit crews have spotters sighted in opposite directions, and heaven help anyone who’s trying to keep track of who’s running in what place. We gave up after what we assumed to be the 12th man through, traveling on what we assumed to be the proper course. After that it looked like everyone for himself.

We must assume that enough lime to properly mark the course was just too big an expense, and danger marks must be out of season (but then, who could have figured out a way to mark that cow that one of our riders almost made steak out of!)

But what’s to be expected from a group that can’t» even get organized enough to provide one portable toilet for a crowd of over 100 racers and close to 200 spectators (that’s heavy for Las Vegas), or won’t refund a $5.00 entry fee to at least two riders whose bikes didn’t even get within sight of the starting line. And worse than anything

alike. In the meantime we'll encourage all our friends and acquaintances to be

more assertive and vocal in their demands for high quality Las Vegas racing and join us in our more than fair requests. But it looks like when it gets down to the basics, California here we come..We've been to the races every Saturday for the past two years, some of us longer, and the added traveling will be worth it to once again enjoy happy racing.

DIANE SMITH

Las Vegas, Nev.

LESS SOUND MORE GROUND

Your campaign against unnecessary noise has given the riders and citizens in San Diego new hope for riding areas and quiet for the neighbors.

To this point the city fathers and non participating public have felt alienated. They could not see anyone in the cycle industry who gave a damn about their rights. You have proven that you do care.

Now in San Diego there is O.R.V.I., Off Road Vehicle Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting a better relationship between the public and the Off-Road enthusiast, and to further promote the overall motorcycle image through programs of education and safety. The program is directed to the youthful rider and non participating public.

The organization is not only fighting proposed legislation to further ban the cycle but is conducting a campaign to quiet down the unnecessarily noisey cycle. d

O.R.V.L's slogan is “Less Sound More Ground". More stickers will be available in the San Diego cycle shops soon. A donation for this sticker is hoped for but not necessary.

O.R.V.I. has also prepared a pamphlet with do's and dont's and laws now in effect in San Diego.

O.R.V.I.s private session with the S.D. city council will be Thursday, November 19.

Keep up the good work.

VICTOR CONAWAY Vice Chaiman Off Road Vchicle Institute

BSA Denies Charge

LOS ANGELES, CALIF., Nov. 16, 1970 It was charged in the British Motorcycle News this past week that Triumph's American organization was making an all out attempt to prevent British riders Mike Hailwood and Paul Smart from riding Daytona this coming year. As a reson for seemingly illogical move, it was suggested that the A.M.A. points standings provided the motivation. If Daytona were won by Hailwood, rather than, say Nixon, the resultant loss of points could throw the championship into the hands of one of the better dirt-track racers. Daytona is worth four times as many points as some of the smaller dirt track events. From another point of view, any rider who wins Daytona has taken a giant step toward a A.M.A. championship, and the British triples are in a particularly good position to win Daytona. Pete Coleman, Racing Director of B.S.A. Inc. flatly denied that B.S.A. has. put any pressure on the parent company to prevent Hailwood’s racing. In addition, Peter -Thornton, president of B.S.A. Inc. said, “The Birmingham Small Arms Co. Inc. welcomes the presence of international motorcycle racing champions in all races in the U.S. ... We feel that in the U.S. our BSA and Triumph racing teams in particular, include many of the world’s finest professional racers, we would welcome the opportunity to prove it." Neither Coleman nor Thornton made reference to the points situation. *

Inter-A m Finale Merger

ORANGE, CALIF., Nov. 15, 1970 Suzuki and BSA stars, including Joel Robert and John Banks, who are now competing in the Trans-AMA series, have agreed to participate in the December 6 Inter-Am here at Saddleback Park, according to Joe Parkhurst, publisher of Cycle World Magazine and promoter of the event.

By that time the Trans-AMA series will be over, and Parkhurst said that the necessary negotiations have already been completed. With the Suzuki and BSA stars on hand, and Saddleback the only Inter-Am scheduled for that date, more than 20 Europeans should be on hand to contest the motocross.

Mail Fraud In Texas

DALLAS, TEX., Nov. 16, 1970 Foul play. was afoot prior to this month’s Trans-AMA meet at Dallas International Motor Speedway. Persons on. the Trans-AMA mailing list received a fraudulent letter on a counterfeit letterhead bearing the emblems of Dallas International and the Trans-AMA Series.

The letter advised recipients that the races had been postponed from Nov. 8 to Nov. 15. It further advised that advance ticket sellers continue to sell tickets and to inform all others of the change. There was, of course, no such change planned.

This incident comes concurrent with Texas International troubles with the Lewisville, Texas, city government. The trouble began with the advent of the rock festival on the speedway grounds last year which scandalized the locals and received nation-wide attention.

Operating under restrictive city ordinances, the multi-million dollar racing facility has been losing money and goes to the auction block Tuesday, Nov. 17. Dallas International was the site of the cancelled 150-mile national championship road racc this year. Apparently, promoter M. I. Watkins and the FBI know who the perpetrator is, and word is that someone is going to jail. Mail fraud is a punishable charge.

Trans-AMA Post Entries

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. Both AMA and FIM professional licenses will be acceptable at next Sunday’s (Nov. 22) Trans-AMA motocross at Carlsbad, according to Tom Clark, AMA director of professional racing.

The event will feature lightweight competition, with heavyweight bikes scheduled for the Support Class. The feature event is by mail entry only, but post enty will be accepted for the support race.

AMA licenses will be available prior to race time Sunday for those that have a doctor’s certificate of good health and $22.

COMMENT Guest Editorial

The following was written by Richard G. Ahlefeld and presented on behalf of the Orange County M.C. Ahlefeld, who is secretary of the organization, said in a preface letter that his club "has taken a hard look at the desert issue and, feel (that) we must express our view, points and findings.” This article is offered as a Guest Editorial and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the paper or its management...ed.

MOTORCYCLES: THE DESERTS AND NATURES BALANCE

We hear a great deal about upsetting the balance of nature and that man's survival hangs on the preservation of this balance. There are some self appointed experts who put the blame for this imbalance on motorcycles. These experts enjoy seeing their names in print with articles saying that because motorcycles are destructive, we are in danger of destroying our deserts and contaminating the environment we live in. There is probably nothing further from the truth, as in most cases these statements are based on emotionalism and not scientific facts. Surveys made during the 1960's showed conclusively that motorcycles are not endangering the deserts. When these arguments fall flat, these so called “experts” shift their emphasis to other environmental phases, such as wild life, claiming that motorcycles disturb the solitude and place wildlife in danger of extermination. Here they know it would be harder to prove them wrong and get documentary evidence. How do they explain the high concentration of wildlife in this wilderness area where the motorcycles play? Just about every bike rider sees rabbits, squirrels, fox, coyote, desert tortoise, anda myrid of birds.each time he retuns to the desert.

There’s not one scientifically documented incidence of motorcycles ruining either the environment or upsetting the ecology of the deserts. All motorcycle people, including the Orange County Motorcycle Club, are proud of that fact.

Motorcycles and their riders are not judged by these so called experts on the same basis as horses, sheep, and other livestock which effect the desert environment far more seriously.

Many people think that if one motorcycle causes damage, disturbs their

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Жы m E oes PME. A SOUTH GATE, CALIF., Nov. 14, 1970 With the mini-bike National set for Dec. 13 at Saddleback Park, most of the riders are getting in as much practice as possible by competing at Trojan Speedway on Saturday afternoon. This track runs a complete show with all sizes of bikes and all age groups competing on a fine course with left and rights as well as a jump. Report and photo by Dennis Greene.

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BAKERSFIELD, CALIF., Nov. 12, 1970 As the season comes to a close, participants in most sports seem to get a little reckless and pull some dumb stunts. This was true here tonight as only one more night of speedway racing remains. The best of the riders had a night of it: Nutter got Cody, Airey got off, but the show went on. Surprisingly, no injuries occurred as the fans went wild with the start of each ‘‘glad

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SAN DIEGO, CALIF., Nov. 15, 1970 Bob Nikelsen emerged the overall winner during the San Diego Trials Riders attempt to separate the very close race for No. One master for this year. Nikelsen lost 51 points, just two less than Richard Bledsoe and five less than John Walters. Ten difficult sections were studed along a very trying loop with the emphasis on stamina as well as riding ability. The win for Nickelsen gives him a strong chance at a trip to Spain, an award given for being top Master. Report by Vic Conaway, photo by Red Richardson. (Results on page 26.)

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AIREY ANNIHILATES ASCOT

By Mike Capalite Photos by Dennis Greene

GARDENA, XALIF., Nov. 13, 1970 Jim Airey showed the American riders Friday night why he is the Australian Speedway Champ. Jim missed out on the trophy dash due to a fantastic display of riding by DeWayne Keeter, who was able to take the lead over Jim and hold it all the way to the finish in the scratch heat.

Winning the other three scratch heats and looking like they would be the men to beat for the evening was Sonny Nutter, Larry Shaw апа Larry Heinselman.

Sonny Nutter was looking real good on this half-mile track as he came back from a win in his heat to take the first scratch semi while Jim Airey found the combination and beat Keeter out for the win in the second scratch semi by grabbing the lead off the line and keeping it all the way despite a constant bid by Keeter.

Airey seemed to have found his way around this track as he was able to overcome his handicap of 70-yards in his handicap heat to take a win that brought rounds of applause from the capacity crowd. Keeter was still running hot as he topped the second heat with wins on the other two going to Bill Cody and Scott Autrey.

There was much gear changing in the pits as a rider would ride one race and come in and change gearing, go out again and either do better or worse. Keeter held his string going for him in the Handicap Semi as he took the win in the first semi with Scott Autry grabbing the glory in the second.

The Trophy Dash pitted Nutter, Shaw, Heinselman and Keeter for the two-lap grab for glory. Right into the first corner it was Keeter in the lead with Nutter second, but Shaw was pushing to get around Nutter for a chance at the win. Nutter was riding in good form and his machine was running exceptionally well and before Shaw could get around him, the checkered flag was in sight and Keeter roared

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Harlan Bast went in as a substitute for Joe Chanky and Steve Gresham couldn't get his engine to start. The outcome was a win by Jim Gresham with Harlan second and Les third. The second match race was Steve Bast and Airey with Jim getting a terrific start off the line and grabbing a commanding lead and holding it all the way for the win.

In the Handicap Main, Keeter was working his way up for the lead in good shape when his engine appeared to be going a little sour as he dropped back from second to fifth. Bill Cody did some spectacular riding and worked his way up through the pack from the 60-yard handicap to take over the lead. Moving up behind passing the leader Chuck Hatcher was young Scott Autrey who was out on the half mile for the first time and looking like an old-timer.

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