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Old 03-27-2013, 10:01 AM   #1
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Long Beach, CA Oilfields riders?

In the late 1960s up through the mid-1970s the oilfields in east Long Beach, somewhat south of CSULB were our off-road motorcycle (okay, mini-bikes too) playground. Everyday after school we'd run home and grab the Powell, the Mini-Trail, then the 125, and ride around in those oilfields. Anybody else around spend any time out there?
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:07 PM   #2
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Holee-crap. You are joggin' some old memories. My time spent in '72 was on my brand new Trail 70 in the Cypress fields on the corner of Ball & Denni. That is where I grew up, right across the street. "Somehow" the fence around the fields kept springing holes, and we'd ride right in. Cops where no real issues back then, just a stern warning and off we would go.

If we are talking about the same area, around Studebaker & 2nd St, there are a few tanks remaining, but most have been torn down. I just drove by there less than a hour ago. There has been a rumor for quite awhile that some of this area would be turned into a Home Depot shopping area, or the like.

What's your story? You must have grown up in the area, eh?

Great memory jog, thanks. I gotta start tearing into some old boxes looking for pics from back then, and get them scanned in.
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:30 PM   #3
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Gum Grove in Seal Beach for me
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:53 AM   #4
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Salt marshes at Between Brookhurst and Beach Blvd in Huntington Beach for me, along with Sheep Hills separating Costa Mesa, Newport and Huntington in the late 70's and 80's. Also, Bolsa Chica marshes and oil fields.............back in the early 70's. Crazy old dude named Smokey used to buzz us with his airplane and shoot us with rock salt if we got on his land right next to Warner and PCH.

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Old 03-28-2013, 10:56 AM   #5
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Signal Hill. Dual Sports and a Jeep. 1976 to about 1982 then it got kinda sketchy.
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Old 03-28-2013, 03:25 PM   #6
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It was Dominguez hills and the LA river basin for me...The LBPD would chase us out of the river sometimes, we rode the dirt areas beside the concrete riverbed.

Other local spots later were Palos Verdes, Azuza canyon, Hesperia, Mt Baldy drainage, Texas canyon, etc. good times.
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:07 PM   #7
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Dominguez Hills in the mid to late 60's there were some great hill climbs out there, plus an ocassional trip to Lion's Drag Strip...........Still have a trophy from Lion's from racing my Bultaco there.
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Old 03-28-2013, 10:28 PM   #8
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In the mid to late 80s we'd bomb around the sheep hills area of Costa Mesa/Newport on our tri zingers and quad zinger.

Huntington at the main/Yorktown area used to have oil fields and some good jumps for the rm80.

When they put in the gothard street extension in the mid 90s the fresh pavement before it was opened, was a prime place for the go ped. That is until a police officer caught me and confiscated it.
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Old 03-29-2013, 07:14 AM   #9
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In the early 70's we rode Portuguese Bend area of Palos Verdes known as "The Flats" now its Donald Trump's Golf Course. "D'Carlos" off of Western San Pedro/Harbor City and "Bixby Slough" in Harbor City were used a lot.
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:54 AM   #10
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My friends and I would take Saturday minibike aventure rides along the railroad tracks across the LA river in North Long Beach and on to Dominguez Hills.
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Old 04-01-2013, 01:03 PM   #11
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Holee-crap. You are joggin' some old memories.
If we are talking about the same area, around Studebaker & 2nd St, there are a few tanks remaining, but most have been torn down. I just drove by there less than a hour ago. There has been a rumor for quite awhile that some of this area would be turned into a Home Depot shopping area, or the like.

What's your story? You must have grown up in the area, eh?

Great memory jog, thanks. I gotta start tearing into some old boxes looking for pics from back then, and get them scanned in.
I grew up right across the street near the Colorado Lagoon. Acres of dirt to play on with a variety of two wheeled toys as we all grew up. Pretty much of a free-for-all without much in the way of LEO intervention. We could ride from the western corner of the area at the end of Marine Stadium all the way to PCH, take a break for a candy bar at Sim's Bait Shop, then continue across PCH and skirt the Golden Sails to make it across 2nd street into the area where Trader Joe's is now and then continue on to Gum Grove Park. Quite a lot of fun!
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Old 04-01-2013, 01:05 PM   #12
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Signal Hill. Dual Sports and a Jeep. 1976 to about 1982 then it got kinda sketchy.
Signal Hill had the place to drive your go-kart. We had one with twin Mccullough chain saw motors burning alcohol before we built the one with the TZ-400 motor that we took to the Brotherhood drag strip on Terminal Island.
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Dominguez Hills in the mid to late 60's there were some great hill climbs out there, plus an ocassional trip to Lion's Drag Strip...........Still have a trophy from Lion's from racing my Bultaco there.
What??? We went with a couple of guys from Belmont Shore over to DH once, their dad had a Bultaco Pursang and we put everything in a truck to go over there. I don't think the Bultaco would start and maybe we couldn't find our way in but I don't think we ever actually rode there. Kid's name was Butch and he had a brother but forgot his name.
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:11 PM   #14
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take a break for a candy bar at Sim's Bait Shop, then continue across PCH and skirt the Golden Sails to make it across 2nd street into the area where Trader Joe's is now and then continue on to Gum Grove Park. Quite a lot of fun!
I had to look up Sim's. That space is now Sim's Pond at the corner of Loynes & PCH, behind a chain fence that nobody can get to. The Golden Sails is now the Best Western GS. In-n-Out sits at 2nd & PCH. Gum Grove, I still take the dog up there once in a while.

WE are now talking about "the good old days". Life does indeed move fast.

Nice thread you started. It's been fun hearing about the early riding experiences of the other locals in LB/west OC.
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:44 PM   #15
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Dominguez Hills in the mid to late 60's there were some great hill climbs out there, plus an ocassional trip to Lion's Drag Strip...........Still have a trophy from Lion's from racing my Bultaco there.

"Lion's drag strip" on race days we could hear the rumble of the nitro burners from my house in North Long Beach at Artesia & Alantic.....In the late 60's to early 70's they were building the 91 freeway 1 block north of my house, we had lots of fresh dirt to ride during the early stages of construction.
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