SUMMER COMES TO REM GLEN HELEN: GIANT PHOTO SPECIAL OF A HOT JANUARY DAY
PHOTOS BY RICH STUELKE, DAN ALAMANGOS, JON ORTNER & JODY WEISEL
You don’t expect a string of 85-degrees days in the middle of January, when SoCal should be shivering under it’s normal 70-degree winter chill. But, that exactly what happened this past weekend. It was beach weather on the West Coast, with solid five-foot surf and scantily clad people in crop tops (and that was just the men). The REM motocross racers didn’t break out their hurachi sandals and board shorts, instead they polished up their bikes and headed to Glen Helen. Which is where the MXA wrecking crew went to run our stable of 2021 450 motocross iron through another round of racing. And we were joined, by all the usual suspects, their names read like a history lesson of SoCal motocross, from 1960 dudes like Lars Larsson and Jody Weisel; to hotshot 125 Pros from the FMF and DG hey-days in the 1970s, like Dave Eropkin, Bob Rutten and Joe Root; to 1980 and 1990 AMA Pros like Jon Ortner, Robert Reisinger, Luc DeLey, Billy Joe Mercier and Will Harper; And 2000 players like SeanCollierand Sean Lipanovich; to the next crop of riders hoping to race as long as the guys they are parked next to in the pits.
Here is a quick photographic journey of the day that Summer came to Glen Helen in the middle of winter. Enjoy
Kurt Nicoll (2) and Sean Collier (207) get this week’s “Greg Groom Creative Line Award.” Cutting the first turn was very common this weekend because the big tractor tire that normally marks the inside of the first turn was removed. Bad idea. Photo: Rich Stuelke
As is always the story at REM, this steep downhill led to another steep downhill and a drop-off over the paved road. Dave Eropkin (811) leads with Robert Reisinger (96), Ed Guajardo (27), Will Harper (7) and Randy Skinner (53) in hot pursuit. Photo: Jody Weisel
Before AMA Hall of Famer Tom White died, he gave Mike Marion (8) his almost new Yamaha YZ250 two-stroke. Mike was so grateful that he turned it into a tribute bike in memory of Tom. It features 1974-style silver plastic and Tom’s #80 Grand National number. Photo: Jody Weisel
Ray Poltack (5), Dan Alamangos (57) and Nick Waters (H20) take three different lines up the same right-hand rise. Alamangos would go 5-6, Water 6-9 and Poltack 12-10 in the Over-50 Expert class. Photo: Rich Stuelke