1. AZ TOM

    AZ TOM Long timer Supporter

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    Definitely worth your time.
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  2. Hookalatch

    Hookalatch Born Under Bad Sign

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    Great trip down memory lane! Grew up in neighboring Vista and spent a good amount of time riding those hills before the track was even built.
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  3. AZ TOM

    AZ TOM Long timer Supporter

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    Saddleback was ok but not a Carlsbad for sure. Ironically we just lost Marty Smith also.
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  4. ktmrider36

    ktmrider36 Been here awhile

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    Thank you. Enjoyed the hell out of that.
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  5. BiggieFalls

    BiggieFalls b00b

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    That was great. Used to go to Carlsbad Raceway somewhat regularly in the mid 80s with a fellow inmate to watch his brother race his drag bike. Had no idea about the MX track and it’s history. Thanks for that.
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  6. Donkey Hotey

    Donkey Hotey De Jo Momma

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    I can smell burned castor oil right now.

    A year later, my parents bought 16 year old me a YZ465. Moates was a god.

    [​IMG]

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane.
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  7. Dirt First

    Dirt First Adventurer

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    Cline 55.jpg Cline 56.jpg Four Stroke Nationals at Carlsbad.
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  8. breakdirt916

    breakdirt916 CA PLATED 94 YZ250 2-STROKE

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    holy crap...that had me on edge

    big props to the history that laid the foundation for some of what we do today
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  9. renogeorge

    renogeorge Let's ride!!

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    Thanks for posting! I shared it with a big group. Great personal story in addition to the historic impacts. Very good!
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  10. Strong Bad

    Strong Bad Former World's Foremost Authority Supporter

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    I rarely went to Carlsbad. Saddleback was about as far as I would go. Indian Dunes, Bay Mare were my standards and some races at Valley Cycle Park (Muntz), but then we were also racing Ascot, Irwindale and Lyons during the week. All that being said I've always been more of a desert guy than MX, in fact when I worked at FMF in the early days I was the only D-37 desert and Baja racer in the shop!
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  11. tubebender

    tubebender Shakin' all over

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    A lot of different racing went on there. I raced there once, but is was a rally cross.
    Later, when I worked on the Nissan GTP team, we would occasionally use the drag strip and it's return road to systems check race cars.

    http://www.carlsbadraceway.org/

    All that remains.

    enere 01.jpg

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    Upper Pit looking south
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    lower MX area

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  12. Donkey Hotey

    Donkey Hotey De Jo Momma

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    I didn't realize that the reason I like Unadilla is that it reminds me of Carlsbad.

    Supercross died for me the year Doug Domokos did the hang glider thing at the LA Coliseum. They started adding those stupid sections of giant whoops. Jeff Ward dared to double a few, then triple some. I began expecting big top organ music to go along with it.

    The rolling terrain of Unadilla on the other hand...:ricky

    Since the time my business partner was two (he's four now), I make time to show him onboard footage of Unadilla on his parents' big screen TV. I put him on this:

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    I jostle the thing around under him, slam him into the berms sideways and when the bike leaves the ground, give him big air time to match. He freaking loves it.



    Unfortunately he's getting a little heavy for me to keep up with him for a 30 minute moto. His little sister also wants to join in the fun now (she's two). Haven't seen much of them since the 'rona settled in. Hopefully there will be more time to share it with them before they get too much bigger.
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  13. Norty01

    Norty01 RIDERCOACH (RETIRED!)

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    Here comes a BUNCH of photos! All Carlsbad. All in the late 1970’s. Sorry I can only post 1 pic each.
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  14. Norty01

    Norty01 RIDERCOACH (RETIRED!)

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  15. Norty01

    Norty01 RIDERCOACH (RETIRED!)

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  16. Norty01

    Norty01 RIDERCOACH (RETIRED!)

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  17. Norty01

    Norty01 RIDERCOACH (RETIRED!)

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  18. Norty01

    Norty01 RIDERCOACH (RETIRED!)

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  19. Norty01

    Norty01 RIDERCOACH (RETIRED!)

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    Anyone remember Tommy Croft?
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  20. Norty01

    Norty01 RIDERCOACH (RETIRED!)

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    Here’s the side most riders saw.
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