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DAN HAABY: 2016 TRAILBLAZERS H.O.F. INDUCTEE - Saturday, Jan 30 2016
DAN HAABY: 2016 TRAILBLAZERS H.O.F. INDUCTEE
The Trailblazers will induct Dan Haaby to its Hall of Fame at the 72
annual banquet on Saturday, April 23, 2016.
Dan Haaby was born in North Dakota in 1945, but grew up in Northern California. When he was eight his father bought him a 1948 Harley 125, then his first race bike was a 1954 Tiger Cub upon which he started scrambles racing. He turned pro in 1963 and with his 200cc Bultaco headed for the Ascot season opener and managed to win the Novice Main event. Later Dud Perkins asked Dan if he wanted to team up with a first year expert named Mert Lawwill, and ride his Harley Sprint. Dan accepted and finished the year second in points at Ascot, winning 8 out of 12 Main events including the California State Championship.
He turned Amateur in 1964 and Perkins put him on a Harley-Davidson KR to race, upon which Dan again won the Ascot season opener. He finished the season with 62 victories (Heat races, Trophy Dashes and Main events). The next year he turned Expert and the AMA assigned him National number 22. He rode a Gary Bray-tuned BSA Gold Star and won the opening night at Ascot for the third year in a row and went on to finish the year second in points at Ascot and eighth in AMA Grand National points. He was also named AMA Rookie of the Year.
In 1966, he was second in points at Ascot again and managed to win a couple of Ascot TT races and the 20 lap California State Championship. He finally got the high point award at Ascot in 1967 winning 10 Main events, and topping off the season by winning the Ascot 8-Mile National.
He was contracted by Harley Davidson’s Dick O’Brien to ride for them in 1968 and finished fifth in the nation that year. Harley picked him up again for the following year in 1969, and he won the Ascot season opener again!
Dan bounced around a bit in 1969, riding the Harley early in the season and later a BSA Trackmaster. He won a few races, mainly at Ascot, and then was contacted by Yamaha to ride and develop their new 650 twin for dirt track.
Dan retired in 1972, and got into the automobile business. Though successful in the business world, Dan says racing motorcycles holds the greatest memories and times of his life. He presently lives in Auburn California with his wife Gail. He still rides with friends like Neil Fergus and his son Aaron, on a KTM in the dirt and a V-Strom on the street.
The Trail Blazers proudly welcomes Dan Haaby into the 2016 Hall of Fame!
WAYNE RAINEY TO BE INDUCTED INTO TRAILBLAZERS HOF - Sunday, Jan 17 2016
The Trailblazers will formally induct Wayne Rainey to its Hall of Fame at its 72nd annual banquet in Carson on Saturday, April 23rd. To be there to see that in person, tickets go on sale on Monday, January 4th online at
Wayne Rainey: 2016 Trailblazers Hall of Fame Inductee
One of this year’s Trailblazers Hall of Fame inductees is Southern California native Wayne Rainey. When he was about six-years-old, his dad fixed him up with his first mini-bike and it was full speed ahead from there. Rainey started in amateur racing in Southern California, then came the professional license that allowed him to further develop his skills at Ascot Park and other dirt tracks from coast to coast.
In 1983, Wayne won the AMA Superbike championship and was then hired for a Grand Prix ride in Europe racing for Kenny Roberts. His first GP deal only lasted one season, though, and Wayne returned to race in America for the next few years. In 1987 he culminated his career in America with a Daytona 200 victory, as well as his second AMA Superbike championship.
He returned to the Grand Prix series in 1988 and this time went all the way to the top. Over the next six years Wayne won 24 Grand Prix events and was crowned World Champion three times. 1993 would be his last season as a Grand Prix racer. He won four races that year before suffering career-ending injuries in a crash in Italy.
In late 2014, Rainey joined forces with three associates to create MotoAmerica, an organization that ultimately purchased the commercial rights for the AMA’s professional roadracing series. In 2015, the AMA Superbike series ran under the MotoAmerica banner for the first time and they look forward to the beginning of their second season in April.
The Trailblazers congratulate Wayne Rainey on his induction to the Trailblazers Hall of Fame. Others honors given at the banquet will be for three other new Trailblazers Hall of Fame inductees: 7-time American Speedway champion Mike Bast, Ascot 8-Mile National winner Dan Haaby, and famed Dirt Track race tuner and suspension expert Steve Storz. We will also recognize posthumously two Trailblazers who have previously passed on: Bruce Ogilvie and Gil Vaillancourt. Webco co-founder Tom Heininger will be the recipient of our annual wine toast, Susie Ellworth will receive the Lucile Flanders Award and Keith Mashburn will receive the Dick Hammer Award.
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- Tuesday, Dec 29 2015
THIS IS A SHORT NEWSLETTER TO GET THE REGISTRATION INFORMATION TO YOU BEFORE THE LINES OPEN ON THE 4TH.
HOPE YOU ALL HAD A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS.
TRAILBLAZER BANQUET REGISTRATION INFORMATION
The 72nd Annual Trailblazers banquet will be held on
April 23, 2016
at the Carson Center in Carson, California. A registration form and information is attached.
Online registration opens on
Monday, January 4th at 9am
The attached registration is for those who wish to pay by mail.
We are working on pre-printing names on the ticket/name tag, so please use the name you wish to have on your name tag. And don't forget to do the same for your guests.
The DoubleTree shares a parking lot with the Carson Center. The regular price for a room is $199.00. They have given us a special rate of $132.00 (Standard room) plus taxes. You can register online at
. Click on "Add special rate codes". Enter Group code: TZM
Or by phone at
. Trailblazers Motorcycle Club: Code: TZM
24 hours cancellation policy and Group rate is valid until
March 23, 2016
IF YOU HAVE ALREADY RESERVED A ROOM AT THE HIGHER PRICE and you did it through Doubletree or Hilton, call them with your confirmation number and they will give you the discount.
BANQUET PROGRAM AD FORM ATTACHED
If you want to advertise, congratulate or just say hello, fill out the form, write a check and send it in.
HOMER KNAPP R.I.P.
Homer Knapp passed away on December 18th.
Bill Melvin wrote about the sad news. Homer was a friend and a fellow club member. He raced Harley's in the dirt in the fifties and rode the desert and Catalina GP, as well as many others. He was a special breed, who was always helping others. When we went on club rides he would always ride last and stop to help anyone who broke down. Even if it meant rebuilding their bike at the side of the road. Just a seriously nice guy who really knew bikes and how to ride.
Tim Graber, President of SoCal AMCA wrote:
Homer was a well-known motorcycle gearhead and will be missed by all in the community. He was a motocross veteran who, in 2010, raced in the Catalina Grand Prix on the same 1929 Harley JD Twin he rode at the Catalina GP half a century earlier. He founded his company, Hollywood Motorcycle Machine in 1977, and according to a Dirt Bike Magazine interview, he did so on the belief that "old motorcycles, old cars, old books and old people should be approached with respect and understanding". Homer said "Things can be learned from them all".
SoCal AMCA will do its best to gather information about a memorial service. Homer leaves his long time friend Mary Jo Darling.
Please share your stories and memories about Homer to help us compile a fuller obituary. Send them to
A wonderful friend and we will all miss him.
DUSTY COPPAGE R.I.P.
More sad news. Dusty Coppage grew up in Simi Valley and earned his first major win in 1967 when he scored the overall victory at the Barstow to Vegas desert race, beating over 500 other entries. His specialty was TT and he excelled. Dusty was inducted into the TrailBlazers Hall of Fame in 2014. He was a well like competitor and we wish him God's speed.
AUCTIONS IN LAS VEGAS
If you are interested in some mighty interesting motorcycles, head for Las Vegas on
January 7 -9
Triumph Classic Motorcycles will be auctioning their flagship line of motorcycles at the 2016 Mecum Motorcycle Auction. It will be held at South Point Casino and Exhibit Hall. There will be over 700 Motorcycles, Memorabilia and Vendors.
If that isn't enough, Bonhams will be holding their auction the same time at the Las Vegas Ballys Hotel and Casino. Don Emde has placed his 1977 Harley Davidson XLCR on the block.
SAN JOSE MILE
Skip Van Leeuwen sent this one.
- Saturday, Dec 19 2015
BANQUET TICKETS ON SALE BEGINNING JANUARY 4TH
GET READY! Tickets for the 2016 Trailblazers banquet will go on sale on the Trailblazers website Home Page that reads: Banquet Tickets. this will take you to the order form with three options:
1. Order single tickets for $75. 00 each
2. Order a table of 10 for $750.00
3. If you cannot attend, but still want to remain a member: $10.00 per year.
Banquet tickets include membership and newsletter. We need your email address if you want to get the newsletter.
While you are waiting for January 4th, please get the
contact information for your guests
. We need it for the
seating chart, roster and newsletter.
Since we have sold out all 700 seats the last two years we encourage you to not delay with your order. If you are sending a check by mail, the envelopes won't be opened until January 4th.
More information and registration forms (for those ordering by mail), will be sent out within the next week.
On Saturday, April 23rd, the 72nd Trailblazers banquet will be held at our familiar meeting place, the Carson Center in Carson, California. As always, activities will kick off that afternoon at 3:00pm when the pit gate opens for the Tom Cates Memorial Bike presented by Hagerty Insurance. The three-hour "Meet & Greet" reception and bike show is one of the highlights of our annual gathering, with the chance to reunite with many motorcycling friends. Then at 6:00 pm it is time to go inside for dinner and awards banquet.
The mission of the Trailblazers is to keep the legacy of the motorcycle sport in Southern California alive and to honor those who made their mark here in racing, industry, and other ways. This year Keith Mashburn will receive the club's top honor, the Dick Hammer Award. Keith, a past Trailblazers president and ongoing member of the Board of Directors, had a great career in racing, then moved into a life of community service in fire protection and more recently, serving on the Simi Valley City Council.
Six Trailblazers will be inducted into the Trailblazers Hall of Fame. They are seven time American Speedway champion Mike Bast, Ascot 8-Mile National winner Dan Haaby, three time world roadracing champion Wayne Rainey and famed Dirt Track race tuner and suspension expert Steve Storz. Also inducted will be two notables who have passed on: Bruce Ogilvie and Gil Vaillancourt. Webco co-founder, Tom Heininger will be the recipient of our annual wine toast and Susie Ellsworth will receive the Lucile Flanders Award.
Hope to see you there!
Don Emde, President of Trailblazers M.C.
PLACE AN AD IN THE PROGRAM
CONGRATULATE THE HONOREES
Use the attached form to place an ad in the banquet program. Advertise your business, thank your customers or congratulate the recipients of the award. Be creative.
FACEBOOK PAGE CHANGE
It was mentioned in the last newsletter that a committee was working on the website and facebook page. It will be a bit before the content of the sites get a lot of change, but they modified the Facebook "address" to list it as the Carson Center rather than the MIC office. What that does is automatically link it to a Google Map. Easy to get direction to the banquet.
AMA FLAT TRACK AT CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS (COTA)
On April 9th, 2016, the Circuit of America. in Austin Texas, will host a round of the AMA Flat Track series. It will be the same weekend as MotoGP, MotoAmerica, at the same venue. This is the same track that held the sport at the Summer X Games in 2015.
DON EMDE IN CLASSIC RACER MAGAZINE
Pick up the November/December issue or Don's long version of w3inning the 1972 Daytona 200. They carry it at most Barnes and Noble.
HOSPITAL STOP OF DENNIS MAHAN
Dennis had surgery today for a detached retina. We wish him a quick recovery.
FIVE YEAR HIGHWAY BILL PASSED BY CONGRESS
No Federal funds for discriminatory motorcycle-only checkpoints: Rebuild a Motorcyclist Advisory Council that represents our concerns; Funding of highway safety grants; Measures that ensure technology privacy: A pilot program to put tolls on existing interstate highways to be curbed. This is a very brief description of the Bill. Support MIC Inc, the AMA, and other groups that fight for our rights.
GOTTA BE OLDER TO RACE AMA MOTOCROSS
If your kid wants to compete on a 250cc four-stroke or two-stroke, starting on January 1, 2016, the minimum age is 14 years old. The minimum age for a rider competing on a 450cc or above will be 16 years or older. The AMA has increased the age for safety reasons.
7TH ANNUAL RACER PARTY
On Saturday, January 30 there will be a party and you are invited. Arrive on Friday and stay at the Embassy Suites. We will meet you in the bar. The party is from 10am to 4pm. Donelson Cycles Inc. in St. Louis is the place. Be there. Call Kim Keen with questions
(314) 427 1204
(314) 369 8342
$2 MILLION IN KAWASAKI'S ROAD RACING CONTINGENCY PACKAGE
During the 2016 racing season it will cover 177 events, Those events include 48 WERA races and 41 races that make up the Championship Cup Series (CCS). MotoAmerica gets most of the money. There will also be funds for finishes in the Chuckwalla Valley Motorcycle Association and the Central Roadracing Association Championships. There are rules to be eligible so look them up at
Wow, Thanks Kawasaki
WAYNE RAINEY AMA MOTORCYCLIST OF THE YEAR
The award recognizes the person or persons who had the most profound impact within the motorcycling community in the previous 12 months. Wayne has certainly made his mark on racing.There is not a more deserving person as he continues to be a strong influence on professional racing. Congratulations Wayne.
LARRY LAWRENCE COLUMN IN CYCLE NEWS
In the December 8th issue he wrote about the last Harley 250 Sprint winner and in the December 15h issue he did a recap of the 2015 season.Excellent research and writing. Remember, you can search old issues. For the cost of a regular magazine, you can gain access to all 2000 plus issues. You can also sign up for each decade individually for $4.99. This gives you a full year of digital access.
. They are all online at
CASELLI DESIGNED KC66 TOOL PACK
Purchasing this tool pack, designed in collaboration with Kurt Casell supports the Kurt Caselli Foundation. It was put together for the 2015 USA ISDE team. Motion Pro will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Foundation for off-road safety. It sells for$49.00.
MOTOAMERICA AGAIN IN UTAH
The Utah MotoAmerica Superbike Championship comes to the Utah Motorsports Campus on Thursday, June 23 until Saturday, June 25th.It will be round seven of the nine-round MotoAmerica series. It will feature two MotoAmerica Superbike races, two MotoAmerica Supersport, Superstock 600 and KTM RC Cup classes. Superstock 100 will race within the Superbike class.
RICKY CARMICHAEL AMA AMATEUR SUPERCROSS IN DAYTONA
The 7th annual Ricky Carmichael AMA sanctioned Amateur Supercross will be on Sunday, March 6th and Monday, March 7th. Amateur riders and their families are encouraged to arrive as early as March 4th to camp on the Daytona infield. Hookups are available.
(304) 284 0101
or Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
BRAD BAKER AND USA WIN SUPERPRESTIGIO IN BARCELONA
For the second time, Baker was the victor. He won the January 2014 event. The score is now USA 2, EUROPE 1. Nice going Brad.
POWERLILY GAS TANK MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
This program, courtesy of the Motorcycle Industry Council supports female powersports entrepreneurs with great ideas for new products and services. It will teach how to create successful business plans that may have an opportunity to present, in person, to influential leaders in the powersports industry. Applications available at
or Cam Arnold at
. Application deadline is February 12, 2016.
MIC WOMEN RIDER SURVEY
According to a recent survey by the Motorcycle Industry Council, 14 % of the motorcycle riders in the U.S are women. The median age for women is 39 and 48 for men. 49% do their own mechanics or have assistance from a friend. 49% are married (that explains the previousus sentence). 47% have a college or post graduate degree. You can read more on
or if you are MIC member you can get the survey for free. Non members $12.00.
ASCOT NIGHT AT DEL MAR
Saturday, January 9th is the opening race at Del Mar. There will be a memory wall and they are hoping people will contribute their photos and a brief story about the track.
The following day, January 10 is more racing. Take a look at the flyer attached to see the interesting events.
ASCOT LAST MINUTE CHRISTMAS SALE
If you are looking for a last minute gift. How about a little nostalgia. And at 25% off. Take a look at what they have to offer at
. Enter code HOHOHO for your discount.
DAYTONA SHORT Track 1971
DEUS EX-MACHINA FOR SALE
L-Capital, the private equity firm of LVMH is in negotiations for a reported $25 million. The firm is responsible for companies like Louis Vuitton and Moet. Dues has made itS mark in hipster, surf, retro and custom motorcycles and presently have locations in Los Angeles, Sydney, Bali and Milan.
VICKIE AND DAN MAHONY'S FIRE FUND
Dan's burns are healing slowly and they are still trying to cope.The insurance provided them with a modular home, but it still needs to be furnished and everyday things like cookwear, bedding, towels, etc. If you wish to help out, go to
OKLAHOMA MILE AT REMINGTON PARK THEN LIMA, OHIO
This is going to be a busy season. We have lost some tracks, but new venues are popping up. On June 18 Remington Park in Oklahoma City is hosting the OKC Mile. Tickets are already on sale at
The next week end is the Lima Half Mile, promoted by Jared and Nichole Mees. Put June 25th on you calendar.
WALK THE SONOMA TRACK FOR A GOOD CAUSE
The 5th Annual John's March Against Stomach Cancer will be at the Sonoma Raceway on Saturday, January 16th 7:30am, March starts at 9am. It is a turn road course. 2.52 miles. Longtime spokesperson for the track John Cardinale died in 2013. Bring children, pets, whatever.
(707) 933 3918
Raise awareness & funds.
AMA VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE DAYS
The Mid Ohio Sports Car course, in Lexington, Ohio, will again host the Vintage M/C days on June 8-10 2016.
Contact the AMA for their 2016 Hall of Fame Calendar $15.00
If you wish to nominate yourself or someone else for the AMA Hall of Fame contact them at
. Deadline for nomination is December 31st so hurry.
SITE TO FIND ETHANOL FREE GASOLINE
Don't know why you would need this, but you may need non-alcohol-polluted car-gas for your fliver.
PHOTOS FROM INTERNATIONAL MOTORCYCLE SHOW
You can peruse the show in Long Beach on www.todayscyclecoverage. In fact they have lots of photos and stories of lots of events. They have results too.
MOTORCYCLE VACATION IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA?
HalfPro MX & Off Road Riding Vacations are a hot item. These people provide transportation, bikes, tours, etc. Clients will get a chance to ride at multiple tracks. I think that is what most of you do every weekend. Some people aren't as lucky.
(951) 238 1799
If you are looking for books cars, trucks and motorcycles, check out
for their catalog.
(612) 344 8199
2016 FAST DATES CALENDARS
They offer three calendars, World Superbike, Iron and Lace Custom Bikes @ Garage Girls. Take your pick or buy all three.
NOS NORTON MANX, STILL IN ORIGINAL PACKING
Sent by Doug Towsley
True story. Epic barn find. Last night we finalized a deal for a very very generous donation to the NW Vintage Car and Motorcycle Museum.
(Only a few more days left in the tax year so talk to your financial adviser soon. We accept all kinds of donations, from cash, or buy a paver stone, or perhaps some of your collectibles, vehicles parts, or memorabilia See us at:
Doug has sent many interesting letters about finds and articles, but they are too long to print.
21ST ANNUAL MOTORCYCLE SHOW, SALE AND SWAP
On Sunday, January 3rd at the "Steel Horse Saloon" 1768 W. Bell, Phoenix, Arizona 10am to 2pm
(602) 763 2013
(510) 377 5575
BSAOCSC 20TH WINTERGREEN DUAL SPORT RIDE
Sunday, January 10th. Start and finish at 37127 Tovey Ave. Palmdale, Ca, 1 mile west of Freeway 14 on Ave. "S"
(661) 273 7005
BSAOCSC "TOLUCA LOOP" SINGLES STREET RIDE
On Sunday, January 17th for lovers of British and vintage single cylinder motorcycles. Meet at 9am at NE corner of Griffith Park Zoo parking lot, ride at 10am. All British Bikes welcome, but short route is designed for smaller bikes.
(818) 843 2892
(951) 440 3521
SPEEDWAY RACES AT PERRIS RACEWAY
The Winter Olympique on January 16th. Earned Handicap Championship.
February 6 Team Racing Round 2
March 19 Spring Classic- Handicap and Scratch Racing
April 2nd Team Racing Finals
April 30 AMA National Championship Qualifying Race Off.
CALIFORNIA FLAT TRACK ASSOCIATION
Saturday, January 16th will be the banquet and rewards at the Chowchilla Afterburner cushion track. Races on Sunday the 17th.
Jan 22 & 23 Practice & Round 2
Feb 12 & 13 Practice & Round 3
March 4 & 5 Practice & round 4
(415) 320 7889