Of the UTV racers, Nic Granlund and his
supercharged Yamaha YXZ1000 were the
fastest combo, and as has been usual
in the 2017 Dirt Series, the Elsinore GP
promoter, he dominated the field.
Above, the large class of
three-wheeler racers was fun
to watch, and it looked like the
riders were having a blast. The
pilots looked young as a whole—
too young to have raced these
machines in the 1980s when they
were new. Right, Dwight Jeckel
was one of the faster three-wheeler
pilots, but he had to overcome this
close call in the second turn before
getting on with racing.
There was a lot of excitement in the 1970s when
off-road powerhouse Husqvarna built a prototype three-wheeler. A replica is something of a
holy grail for classic three-wheeler fans. This is
a converted 1983 Husky 500 CR. It was a monster of a motocross machine.
OVER THE BARS
LAKE ELSINORE GP
The famed Lake Elsinore GP of the 1970s
has risen from the ashes for the third time.
It was dormant from the early 1970s when,
thanks to the iconic motorcycle movie, On
Any Sunday, the famed GP made enough of
an impact in three years to be the name of the
astounding Honda two-stroke motocrossers
that turned the MX world on its head in 1973.
Retired national pro Goat Breker was the
first to bring the classic GP back. For the first
time in 13 years, at least one race, the Harvey
Mushman 100 race, started on Main Street. A
signature part of this classic GP has always
been having part of the course on city streets.
Surprisingly, in addition to the original Main
Street, after 49 years, some of the in-town
off-road course remains. The other thing that
remains is the spirit of the original race. Sure,
some racers are serious about winning on the
seven-mile course, but many are just there for
the fun and the experience of it. ATV classes
are relatively new since they hadn’t been
invented for the initial races, but quads and
now UTVs are a big part of the modern race,
and there were even 30 guys racing classic
three-wheelers for the 2017 edition.
Below, High-speed paved sections have
always been a unique aspect of the Elsinore
GP course. The was much less pavement than
in the past, but it still looked like a good time.