THE WEIRDEST AND WILDEST DIRT CORNER EVER BUILT
One Saturday afternoon ten years ago, Dirt Bike Magazine editor Ron Lawson called MXA editor Jody Weisel and asked if he was going to flying on Sunday. Jody said that since he wasn’t racing on Sunday that he probably would take his airplane up for entertainment. Then, Jody asked, “Why do you ask?”
“You have got to shoot a photo of this turn I built for the Glen Helen Six-Hour Endurance race,” said Ron.
“Where on the course is the turn?” asked Jody.
“Don’t worry,” said Ron. “You’ll see it.”
And Jody did. These is the photos that Jody shot while banking his Varga with one hand and shooting photos through the plexcglass canopy with the other. The riders entered by coming down Mt. Saint Helen and go under the left side the bridge. After crossing under the bridge the riders turn right, turn right, turn right, turn right and turn right. The track actually makes four (count ’em) 360-degree circles before crossing up and over the bridge. The bridge may look small, but it was craned in from the Long Beach Harbor years ago and is 150-feet long, 15 feet high and ten feet wide.
Ron never built a turn with so many concentric circle after that because many riders got dizzy going around them. He settle on two circles as the perfect number.