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Old 04-20-2010, 05:53 AM   #1
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AMA Vintage Rounds 3&4 Orangeburg Motoplex Report

Photos and Text by Don Miller

Coming out of a long cold winter and some sub par temperatures in Florida the sunny 70+ degree weather of Orangeburg,SC was a welcome treat.

With former pro dirt-tracker Ed Salley in charge of track prep and Steve Nace in charge of promotions, we knew we were in for a great event.

The red South Carolina clay was eagerly awaiting us as practice for round 3 of the AMA Vintage Dirt Track Championship races got under way. A couple of support classes were first out. Conditions were cleared for the vintage crowd to hit the track. Smooth and fast were the conditions. Even a couple brakeless bikes attended and were racing around at a pretty good clip.

The heat races saw plenty of good racing action. The excitement was especially high as former Bultaco Dirt-Track racer Garth Brow was at the controls of the 250 Bultaco Astro that was entered in the '69-'76 175cc 250cc, Class #4. Garth took the win with Pennsylvania's Steve Bromley in tow, followed up by, Peter Knick.

The finals were just as good. No one jumped in any class and great racing was had by all. It is also nice to say that not a vintage bike hit the ground. Nothing to report but great racing!

George Ratterman and Don Miller battled it out for bragging rights in the '52-'68 250 Brakeless class, with Ratterman getting to the checkers first over Millers sputtering Yamaha.

In the '69-'76 175cc-250cc class the action was non stop. After 10 hot laps, "Gonzo" Garth Brow came out on top with the close knit action on his heels. Steve Bromley in second was followed up by, Pete Knick, Peter DiSantis, Mike O'Neil, Grady Cagle and Jim Lee.

The '77-'88 250 2 stroke 504, 4 stroke class was all a buzz as the smaller displacement 2 strokes showed the big cc 4 stroke the way around the red South Carolina clay short track WIth Pete Knick taking the win, followed by Steve Bromley and Rick Lovett.

Short Track Results:
'52-'68 0-250cc Brakeless
1 George Ratterman KAW
2 Don Miller YAM
'69-'76 175cc-250cc
1 Garth Brow BUL
2 Steve Bromley SUZ
3 Peter Knick BUL
4 Peter DiSantis BUL
5 Mike O'Neil IND
6 Grady Cagle HON
7 Jim Lee BUL
'69-'76 251cc-360cc
1 Peter DiSantis
'69-'76 331cc-750cc
1 Steve Bromley YAM
2 John Parker TRI
'77-'88 250 2 stroke 504 4 stroke
1 Pete Knick HON
2 Steve Bromley SUZ
3 Rick Lovett YAM
'77-'88 375cc-750cc
1 John Colavito UNK
50+ Open
1 Mark Hawk YAM
2 Jim Lee ROT

With a great crew and good conditions at hand round 3 of the short track was over in a very timely fashion. Event promoter Steve Nace called a riders meeting and decided we they had enough time to squeeze in the round 4 TT race, under the Motoplex's well lit track. With the riders in agreement, wrenches were flying to attach the front brakes to get ready for some side by side, TT action.

Again we were treated to a nice little TT track, courtesy of Mr. Salley, that was very vintage friendly on the old bikes and (ahem) old riders.

TT Results:
'52-'68 0-250cc
1 Don Miller YAM
'69-'76 175cc-250
1 Steve Bromley SUZ
2 Peter DiSantis BUL
3 Don Miller YAM
4 Jim Lee BUL
'69-'76 251cc-360
1 Peter DiSantis
'69-'76 331cc-750cc
1 Steve Bromley YAM
'77-'88 250cc-504cc
1 Steve Bromley SUZ
50+ Open
1 Mark Hawk YAM
2 Jim Lee ROT

With that one in the record books. All focus will be on the next two rounds at the Square Deal Riders in Harpursville,NY on June 25th&26th with special guest and star of the movie "On Any Sunday" Mert Lawwill. Make plans now to attend. for more info.

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Old 04-20-2010, 06:58 PM   #2
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Thanks for the report.

I hear rumours that the Barber event will have a flat track this year too.
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