Welcome to the Vintage Flat Trackers web site. This page is dedicated to the continual revival of Americas true motorcycle sport, flat track oval and TT racing on fire breathing, nickel plated, ageless two wheeled monsters. If you have any suggestions for this page, please e-mail  dennis@vft.org

For sale or wanted ads, please use ads@vft.org






      

SCFTA Perris

 Round 4

April 5th, 2014

Results




San Jose Indoor Short Track Championship

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds

Story by Karen Gould

Photos by Karen Gould/Checkered Flag Photography and David N. Haughs

San Jose, California  -  March 29, 2014 


Photos, story and results




         

    2014 Trailblazers 70th Annual Banquet

                        April 5th, 2014

        Carson Center - Carson, California

Kenny Roberts Receives Dick Hammer Award


Previous Hammer winners Dick Mann, Ralph White, Sammy Tanner, Everett Brashear and Skip Van Leeuwen are

 flanked by Trailblazers president Don Emde and Keith  Mashburn.

Trailblazers Banquet Photos             Tom Cates Bike Show Photos  

Editorial: Old Guys Rule                                                                   

By Paul Carruthers - Cycle News      http://www.cyclenews.com/45/24218/Racing-Article/Editorial--Old-Guys-Rule.aspx





 Gary’s Davis’s  "VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE COLLECTION,"  on Road and Track website

http://www.roadandtrack.com/features/web-originals/the-real-captain-america




Hi All. Two steps closer to having permanent lights at the racetrack as the other day we got some lights from Power City Electric (Thanks Ben) and then we got nine 45' long power poles from the late Gary Hite's racetrack, which Star Rental helped us out by loaning us their BIG forklift and Kevin McRae helped us out by hauling them out to the track for us. This was a big project, just getting them to our track!

We still need a few more poles though and more lights, so keep your ears and eyes open.

Remember that we have a track work day on April 26th from 9-5pm, and then we have an open practice day the next day on April 27 from 3-8pm. Then our first race is May 3rd and May 4th.

Make sure and check out the web site at www.SpokaneSpeedway.com for info, classes and schedule!

Thanks and see you soon,

                                                                                                                   Joe





The Eddie Mulder West Coast Dirt Track Series is proud to announce the Ramspur Winery $7,500 Pro Point Fund for 2014! The top three points finishers in the Digger Open Pro class at the end of the season will share the money from the point fund! Big thanks to Mr & Mrs Terry Otton for stepping up to help the series and the pros earn some needed bonus money! Don't miss round #1 Sunday April 27 where $10,000 is up for grabs thanks to Digger Helm and for the top 2 in each pro heat will race for the Specialty Fabrications, Inc $7,500 Dash-4-Cash! Nice way to open the WCDTS season we have to say!!!






 I was just wondering if you would post these photos for every ones enjoyment. This bike was built in early 70's by a guy named Ben Whitaker, the welding instructor at the local junior collage in Santa Rosa, California. He had over 600 hours in the frame, all built and designed by him. He only built 3 of them. him and his son rode these bikes to many a victory all over California. Mert Lawwill came to Ben and wanted to mass produce these bikes but Ben declined. I was Ben's son best friend and Ben took me racing all over ca with them he treated me just like one of his own. Ben is now in his 70's and I had not seen him in 30 years, but I keep tabs on him as he was friends with my dad to. I ran into him at the Santa Rosa Mile and we started reminiscing about the good old days racing flat track. I said hey, where are those old Bultacos? I sure would like to have one. Then about 3 month later the phone rings one night and its Ben, he said I decided to give you my bike because you were a guy that was there and I think you can appreciate all that went on then. So i said how much do you want for all this stuff, he said this is not about money He said I crawled under the house and pulled out the parts that I could find and they are really in bad shape, I am sorry to give them to you like this, well there was a lot of stuff missing but there was enough for me to get started. The motor is a 250 Bultaco Pursang, Ceriani front end and every thing else is all custom built by Ben. This bike with a full tank of gas weighed 197 pounds. The frame is nickel plated and everything else is polished aluminium. I have been working on it for about 1 year and am getting close now. Just got the motor back from Hughs Bultaco in New York, all new with a ported and polished the cylinder. Just got finished machining some front end parts and its going back together now. Thanks to a very dear friend for the ride of a life time.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mike Cmelik

 Wow, nice tribute. Ben is currently becoming a member in our men's club here in Santa Rosa. We've all known Ben since the 60's, and he is still teaching his craft at SRJC.  Thanks for posting this from Mike, I'll see Ben tonight, he will be pleasantly surprised!  FYI...a link to our club for the hell of it.   http://flattireclub.com     Thanks for a great site.  

                                                                                                                                                                      Tim T. 







West Coast Dirt Track Series Schedule 2014

     Eddie Mulder’s WCDTS kicks off it’s 19th season with an open practice day and first round Saturday and Sunday April 26-27 at the Willow Springs 3/8 mile in Rosamond, Ca. “Opening weekend at Willow always gets everyone’s blood going. It’s fun to get together after the winter to knock the cobwebs off with Saturdays open practice day. Then Sundays races on the banked cushion gets really racey and fast so it makes for great racing!”  Mulder explains.  Digger Helm will, once again, be graciously sponsoring the Digger Open Pro class with a $10,000 purse. Digger has been sponsoring the WCDTS pros for 11 years! Round #1 will offer a minimum $7,500 Dash-for-Cash courtesy of Mark and Randy         Zimmerman of Specialty Fabrications, Inc plus whatever monies the promoter can raise from the grandstands. Top Pros confirmed to attend are National #1 Brad Baker from Washington, #9 Jared Mees from Clio, Michigan, #7 Slammin’ Sammy Halbert, California’s Daytona Short Track winner #14 Briar Bauman and #96 Kayl Kolkman from Ventura among others.
     The other scheduled events this year are the Willow Championships Oct. 4-5 to close out the three round series. “No Sacramento Mile this year.”  the promoter told us. “We are very disappointed to lose this historic race. It was a dream come true for many people to be able to race on that big, smooth track. Riders came from all  over the U.S. and Canada! There was too big of a nut to crack price-wise to rent and prep the fairground track and then put the racetrack back. Sad.”

April 26-27  Willow Springs 3/8 Mile  Rosamond, Ca.  Open Practice/Rd #1

Oct. 4-5        Willow Springs Championship  Rosamond, Ca    Rds #2-3

For info go to www.EddieMuldersWCVDTS.com or call the Hotline:661-944-1184

To enter a race www.RaceTraxEntryPoint.com/EMWCVDTS







SCFTA Round 3 - March 15th, 2014

Results, photos and story



Indians at Volusia



I thought that you might enjoy seeing this.  We still bring out the seven 1949 Indian Arrows annually.  This year we ran the Volusia short track during Bike Week.  The riders raced them hard and put on a close and excellent show.  Yet, nobody fell and we went hope with seven running machines!  The riders are:

1.  David Aldana (no mistaking those leathers!)

2.  Timmy Mitchell

3.  Joe Baggott

4.  Chris Carr (someone said he had ridden in a few of these flat track races before)

5.  Shane Fox

6.  Beau Braswell (sings the new country "flat track" theme song)

7.  Charlie Seale (another former national number)

The photo with the riders mounted was taken in staging just before the riders went out for their first heat race.  The other photo was taken right after the main.  Fans came out of the stands and applauded as the riders dismounted.  They put on a great race.

Best Regards,

Mike O'Neil









SCFTA Round 1 at Perris Raceway - Feburary 15th, 2014



National #54 Mikey Rush used the "Jimmy Wood Scrub" to take the victory at the opening round of the S.C.F.T.A. at Perris.

Results, photos and story






http://ridethebigsky.com/mt_flattrack



 




    

Link to 2013 Open House - The People

Link to 2013 Open House - The Museum

Link to 2013 Open House - Outside





http://nostalgiastreetrods.com

Photos of my visit


 






http://www.redrockharley.com

Photos of my visit




....

  New web site under costruction

Call Mike at 702 649-0110 for an appointment

Photos of my visit


   Shelby American Museum

us museums


World Museum List                VFT Link Page






Added new Street Trackers

Street Tracker Index Page


  

             

      

Greg Owen Interviews



 http://www.youtube.com/ Jim McMurren



http://www.youtube.com/ Dan Rouit





Don LaRue's New Web Site of National Numbers

http://www.amanationalnumber.com





    

Old VFT Photos from home page





2013 Events & Results


WCFTS    Las Vegas


January 11th and 12th


SCFTA   Awards


February 3

SCFTA   Round 1 & 2


February 16 and 17th


SCFTA   Round 3

March 9th


Trailblazers Banquet

April 6th

SCFTA   Round 4

April 20th

Slideways Chowchilla

April 27th


WCVDTS Willow

May 5th

Slideways Chowchilla

May 10th

Spokane Speedway

May 15th


SCFTA   Round 5

May 18th

WCFTS Lodi

May 18th

Rouit Open House

May 19th

Hourseshoe Park - Arizona


June 1st


SCFTA   Round 6


June 22nd

WCDTS   Sacramento Mile

July 28


SCFTA   Round 7

July 20


Castle Rock GNC TT

August 3

SCFTA   Round 8

August 17


SCFTA   Round 9

September 21

SCFTA   Round 10

October 11


WCVDTS Willow

October 19 and 20


SCFTA   Round 11

November 9

.



Race Pages Index Page from previous years