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Southern California BMX Track History

#76 2015-08-16 10:12pm

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Re: Southern California BMX Track History

Ahhh Ascot!! Good times!!

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#77 2015-10-03 12:52pm

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Re: Southern California BMX Track History

raced at irvine from 82-84, along with orange ymca, coal canyon, ascot, nationals in elsinore etc...

irvine WAS located off Jeffrey exactly where the baseball field is now, between barranca and the wash/creek area. the back (starting gate/hill) would be located near home plate (?), backed up against what is now the boys/girls club. the track itself was flat and pretty weak but that's from the perspective of a ten year old (shorter, faster tracks with more jumps were more fun to me). oh yeah, and yes, there is a fire station there too, but that's off of yale.

anyways... funny thread, not sure why or how I stumbled on it.

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#78 2015-10-05 10:17am

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Re: Southern California BMX Track History

Coal Canyon BMX

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#79 2015-12-16 11:54pm

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Fun thread folks, I raced at Azusa on Friday nights, Corona Raceway, Pipeline, La Mirada Regional (an ABA track), and Carlsbad. Azusa at night was like a big party with hot girls in hot pants and Dolphin shorts.big_smile


ABA Member 1979 raced La Mirada Regional Park and Azusa. 1979 Mongoose Motomag red first store bought bmx. Early JMC bought used at Azusa track had Blue frame, chrome Cook Bros. forks, chrome Redline fluted post, blue Suguni cranks last seen at garage sale in 1984. sad
WANTED FBM Bike for park and stuff, hit me back!

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#80 2015-12-17 12:36am

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Corona 1980:)
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ABA Member 1979 raced La Mirada Regional Park and Azusa. 1979 Mongoose Motomag red first store bought bmx. Early JMC bought used at Azusa track had Blue frame, chrome Cook Bros. forks, chrome Redline fluted post, blue Suguni cranks last seen at garage sale in 1984. sad
WANTED FBM Bike for park and stuff, hit me back!

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#81 2015-12-21 10:48pm

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Man you got to race Corona? I am not jealous, nope.
Looks like JMCRacer has got to get those slides turned into scans somehow.

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#82 2015-12-22 9:47am

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I will get them scanned, I can buy a 50 dollar machine to do it, they didn't have one in stock at the Walmart though. I want to say that if any of you raced at either of the tracks I did bitd, you guys are my brothers and I love you all. You are true legends of BMX to me!smile
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http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f169/tfrontier/IMG_20151219_181259439_zpsegb5faou.jpg


ABA Member 1979 raced La Mirada Regional Park and Azusa. 1979 Mongoose Motomag red first store bought bmx. Early JMC bought used at Azusa track had Blue frame, chrome Cook Bros. forks, chrome Redline fluted post, blue Suguni cranks last seen at garage sale in 1984. sad
WANTED FBM Bike for park and stuff, hit me back!

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#83 2015-12-22 10:40am

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Who has their Pipeline card still?big_smile
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ABA Member 1979 raced La Mirada Regional Park and Azusa. 1979 Mongoose Motomag red first store bought bmx. Early JMC bought used at Azusa track had Blue frame, chrome Cook Bros. forks, chrome Redline fluted post, blue Suguni cranks last seen at garage sale in 1984. sad
WANTED FBM Bike for park and stuff, hit me back!

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#84 2016-06-06 8:44am

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Wow, what a great trip down memory lane.  I had no idea this place even existed and found it by a fluke search for my old hometown track. I was amazed to read the no one really remembers that there was even a track out by the Western Regional baseball complex in Devore called Mark Cook Memorial BMX track.  I grew up in San Bernardino, CA. and started racing in the late 70's at Mark Cook BMX track out in San Bernardino / Devore.  I was actually a Pacific High School kid and knew of Mark Cook but never met him. I was sponsored by The Bike Way, a local shop in San Bernardino and rode a Redline MXII which amazing to say, I still have hanging in my garage. 

I remember their old wood starting gate with the handle that would sometimes stick causing the riders to either smash their crotch on the gooseneck or go over the handlebars sliding down the starting hill.  It was a great track, very compact with a lot of switch backs and tight corners.  Other tracks I raced at were the Downtown YMCA track in San Bernardino, night races in Azuza, Hesperia, Norco, Irvine, (if my memory serves me right there was a track in Yucaipa too) and my favorite Corona.  I got my first major concussion at Corona going over the handlebars while slipping a pedal just before the drop off.  I remember having to re-gear my bike before heading out there.  If you wiped out, getting started again was tough since it felt like you were in 10th gear.  smile 

One of my fondest memories was racing at a Nationals in the Anaheim Convention center.  Wooden jumps on the cement floor.  I can't remember the guys name, but the big talk was a guy going to jump over a bunch of cars that night.  He was towed in by some vehicle with a huge ramp.  I can't remember his name but I want to say he tried to jump 10 cars side by side? I believe he made it too. 

I was only able to race 9 months out of the year since my main sport was football and my coach wouldn't let me race during the season. I stopped racing in the summer of 1983,  between my junior and senior years of high school.   I looked into racing Cruiser class, when I was done with football but couldn't squeeze it in to my life schedule.  I was hoping my kids would want to race when they became of age but they chose to focus on other sports. Maybe now, if they have the 50 and over category, I can dust off my bike and give it a whirl:Dbig_smile

I know I have some pictures somewhere, if I ever find them, I will post a few to show what the Mark Cook track looked like.  Thanks for the great memories and the great site too!!

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#85 2016-07-05 8:03pm

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Racer wrote:

When did Carlsbad race BMX? Was that at the MX track? What sanction was it?

Must've been 83-84. They didn't use any part of the MX track but it was in the race facility.


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#86 2017-01-15 2:14pm

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Van Nuys was ABA

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#87 2017-02-06 6:10pm

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What about lake Elsinore....use to race their I the early 80's

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#88 2017-02-06 7:00pm

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Devonshire Downs  Northridge Ca


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#89 2017-02-06 7:09pm

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Re: Southern California BMX Track History

Not sure if mentioned, Norco YMCA track


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#90 2017-02-06 7:10pm

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Re: Southern California BMX Track History

brunson67 wrote:

Not sure if mentioned, Norco YMCA track

That was my home track 82-84.

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ABA Ca-13 1982-84  #926 #547 #123

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#91 2018-02-19 6:51pm

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brunson67 wrote:

Not sure if mentioned, Norco YMCA track

I've been told its still there but bave not been there sense 1985

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#92 2018-02-19 7:03pm

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1989robinson wrote:

brunson67 wrote:

Not sure if mentioned, Norco YMCA track

I've been told its still there but bave not been there sense 1985

The YMCA is still there , but the track is long gone.sad


ABA Ca-13 1982-84  #926 #547 #123

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#93 2019-05-28 4:55pm

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I SECOND THAT THE TRACK IN COVINA WAS A GREAT TRACK AT THE TIME

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#94 2020-07-16 8:34pm

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This is a cool thread-

I drive passed by the area where the Santa Ana Elks track was located every day. (Santa Ana, Offbof what is now bordered by Chestnut Ave./ Lyon/ and First st.) Time has not been kind to the area. High density apartments derelict lots with homeless tents and no trace of Bmx history anywhere to be found. the zoo is still there though. Even the old elks lodge has been demolished.

Just wondering... why is this thread located in the BMX events section? There hasn’t been events at these ghost tracks in decades lol

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All i need is mid 80s CW Racing forks.

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