The Carnegie Classic Elevated Action Hill Climb October 8th and 9th.

imageOnline signups closed October 2nd. Factory, 700, and Trophy Bike Pro Class signups closed Sunday night and will NOT be available on site.

Factory Pro Stock, Over the Hill (50+) Pro, and all of the Sportsman Sunday classes will be available to register on site, but prices will go UP $10 on all onsite signups.

Below is Elevated Action sports link to online registration for both Pros and the Sportsman Sunday races. Feel free to message them with any questions!

“The Carnegie Classic, promoted by Elevated Action Sports, will be at Carnegie SVRA in Tracy on October 8-9th. A Fall round of hill climbing is a Carnegie tradition, as it celebrates the open sticker riding season, which allows people to ride the hills and watch all in the same day.”

“The gates for camping open up at 8 AM on Friday, October 7th. The remainder of that Friday will have an Open Practice on the hill, Movie Night on the Hill, and registration for Sportsman classes.”

“On Saturday, Pro racing starts early around 8 AM, and will feature the Factory (450cc extended bikes), 700 (0-700cc extended bikes), Trophy Bike (701cc-Open extended bikes, some upwards of 250 HP), Kids 0-51cc, and Junior Pro (0-250cc extended bikes, under 16) classes. Our Main Event is the featured event and starts at 3 PM on Saturday, which will feature Verticross of the Top-16 450cc riders and the coveted King of the Hill championship run off. After that show, CORVA will host a BBQ fundraiser dinner at 6:30 and with live performances by a local band and well-known motocross rider/rapper Feeki!”

“Sportsman Sunday will consist of amateur classes starting around 9 AM, with a Factory Stock (450cc Pro stock class) being run around 11 AM. Racing should end by 4 PM.”

“Weekend passes are $25/$15 for adults/kids 5-17 (respectively), and camping is $40 for the weekend.”

IRC Tire is the Title Sponsor of the Carnegie Classic and IRC makes the best hill climbing tire on the market. Elevated Action is excited to have IRC sponsored rider Max Simmons of Team UnLimited Racing battling others on the hill this weekend.

You can either bring your bike and race the hill or, like the multitudes of spectators at the bottom, watch all the action from a safe seat in the grandstand.

I got this information from Elevated Action Facebook page and copied a lot of it.

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Carnegie racers, Joe Shipman, Logan Mead, Casey Curtain, Connor Needly and Sam Hummel make news at the Big Nasty


Riding at Carnegie last weekend, I had a lovely time on my WR-250F even though I fell and sprained my finger.  It goes with the territory and I just kept on riding because it was such fun just swooping through the turns. I was still having fun later in the day when everybody else had left.

I like to climb the hills at Carnegie but I am no competitive hill climber although I sometimes ride with a few of those guys. After my ride I stopped by Moto Mart and asked Tony Shipman how his son, Joe Shipman, did in Idaho at the Big Nasty hill climb the other weekend. I know that it was a big deal for some of the guys from Carnegie who had been there.

Turns out that Joe Shipman won the Open Pro class and the King of the Hill event also known as the xclimb (top ten competitors compete for a big cash award).  The open pro class is for are the biggest baddest bikes out there. Their pilots sometimes hover over two hundred horsepower engines. The riders seem diminutive perched atop their long wheelbase machines as they rocket straight up through impossible terrain.  I was understandably impressed.


Logan Mead won the 450 and the 700 pro classes at The Big Nasty. That is quite an achievement in itself winning two classes. That hill climb is one of the nastiest and it is the scary looking hill from the bottom and it keeps getting scarier the higher you go. The best part is that Joe and Logan are both Carnegie born hill climbers! Here is a picture of two very proud dads. I got the picture of the proud dads and a lot of the information (some of it copied verbatim)  from Logan’s mother, Diana Mead – a great woman in her own right.

14355635_10210577378771075_688571856668965667_nNAHA stands for the North American Hillclimb Association. NAHA Hillclimb is their FaceBook page. There were four events in the series this season, five were planned, but the first round in Carnegie, California, was rained out. The other events were in Washington, Oregon, Columbus Montana and Idaho.

Mead won the NAHA championship for the x climb, 0-700 and overall championship for the season. Shipman grabbed the NAHA open class championship and was second place overall at the end of the season.

The RockWell Pro Hillclimb Series, (FaceBook page) is a separate series,. This season there were three rounds, two in Billings MT and one in Wyoming.

Team UnLimited (Logan Mead) and MotoMart at Carnegie (Joe Shipman) competed in both series and in the NY invitational in Danville New York.

Logan Mead won the Rockwell Open Class Championship. Logan Mead  and Sam Hummel (also Carnegie rider) were the only two California riders who made it to all events in both series.  So Logan’s championships in both series are an achievement that requires consistency in both performance and in loyalty to the sport. Sam Hummel is an up and comer whose name you will hear again in the future. Joe Shipman had a great season with Rockwell too, but had to miss the final event in Wyoming which cost him valuable points.

There are 4 championships in NAHA series each year. Open, 700, 450 and X Climb. Shipman is your 2106 Open Class Champion. He rounded out the season with a 2nd in the 700 class and 3rd in the 450 class and 3rd in X climb. Logan locked up the 700 and X Climb championships. He also got 2nd place in the open and 450 classes. In the end Mead was the overall NAHA champion with Shipman in 2nd overall.

A Washington state rider took the 450 class. Joe and Logan were also in the top three of every class they didn’t win. Another outstanding Carnegie rider, Casey Curtin, took three 4th places and he was an NAHA series champion with a 4th place in the 450 and Open classes as well as 4th place in the X climb for the season. His first year out, Sam Hummel had three top ten finishes and Connor Needly also had three top ten finishes. All in all, the California boys did us proud.

Then for the Rockwell Series, Logan Mead is the only Carnegie rider to make it to all the venues. This paid off twice. First he is the Rockwell Series Champion for the second year running (the total of the three points classes) and the Open Class Champion. He was also the 700 and xclimb and overall champion in the NAHA series. He was one of only two people to win both championships in both series. Both series are national series, although the NAHA may have a bit more prestige.

In the Poags Hole Hillclimb, an invitational in Danville New York, Casey Curtin won the Open class and Joe Shipman took the King of the Hill.

I did a little research and the big Nasty hill in Idaho is really a perpendicular cliff rising abruptly up to a jutting wall and then a big plateau. The very best  of the professional hill climbers jump onto the plateau at the top.

It is very imposing unless you are looking at it through a camera tilted up to get a good view of the rider. Then it looks pretty tame. Same with Go Pro. I finally stopped using my Go Pro at Carnegie because the steepest most gnarly hills looked like bunny slopes when I played back the video. Here are some photographs taken in 2015 (it is a little long) but they give the viewer a good idea of what it was like at the Big Nasty.

I am sure that I am missing a few of Carnegie’s greatest, but like I said I am not a hill climber and I get my news second hand. If anybody has anything to add you can put it in the comment section and I will transfer it to this blog. The official results aren’t in yet.

Come to the Carnegie Classic Hill Climb Elevated Action Sports on October 8th and 9th and you can see these amazing racers and their incredible equipment in person.

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Carnegie News and a Heart Felt Thanks to the Rangers and Others for Making our Dreams Come true.


I went riding at Carnegie last weekend and had a lovely time on my WR-250F. I just kept on riding because it was such fun just swooping through the turns. I was still having fun later in the day when everybody else had left.

Part of the reason for the great ride was that I had had my suspension done by 707 Racing Suspension a few months ago. Owner, Joel Burkett, who has been riding and racing for 15 years, lowered my bikes almost an inch, rebuilt and re-valved my suspension. He re-valved two of my bikes (CRF45oR and WR250F). My WR-250 turns a lot better and I have started wearing out the outside knobs on the rear tire from sliding it around turns. It also turns like a rabbit to avoid rocks and other obstacles with a just a tug on the bars. It really made a difference in how my bikes handle and how they track through rough terrain and through huge whoops. You Carnegie riders know what I mean. Riding Carnegie in the summer is no picnic. See:

On a different note; I also want to give a big collective thanks to Carnegie park personnel and rangers who are doing everything in their power to keep our park open. OK, so maybe we can no longer ride our unofficial hill climbs and the historic single tracks looping around the park, but we still have someplace  to ride and that is a huge plus.

Sometimes I get too fixated on what we lost to be grateful for what we still have. I want to give a big hug to head ranger Randy Caldera and his staff at Carnegie for working so hard to keep our park open. They have devised a New General Plan and Environmental Impact Report that can satisfy everyone. Nice…

I also want to salute riders like Pete Krunich and Mark Speed for making  single track trails approved by the authorities presiding over our park. The park personnel can’t do it themselves and they asked the riders for help. Pete and Mark volunteered. They have already created single track trail systems throughout the park. Pete and Mark are both expert riders who ride extreme terrain for fun when they aren’t working on the new trails. Pete fashioned a plow for the rear of his bike to clear the trails. He claims that it improves the bikes handling in the soft stuff.

Pete Krunich and his son Pete Junior (Petey), a multiple hill climb series champion with an arm full of watches (trophies), are both super competitive professional hill climbers and Mark just rides for fun but I dare you to keep up with him. Two of his sons, Shane and Kyle Speed are are also pro hill climbers and very fast up the steepest, gnarliest hills. They all grew up riding at Carnegie and that is why they are so outstanding.


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The following is a copy of a notice published by Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Commission:


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Commission, pursuant to authority contained in Section 5090.24 of the Public Resources Code and Section 11120 et seq. of the Government Code, will meet on October 21, 2016 according to the following schedule.

OHMVR Commission Meeting: Friday, October 21, 2016 10:00 a.m. – until adjournment

Sacramento City Hall
915 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

The Commission will hold a public meeting to consider the certification of the Final Environmental Impact Report for and approval of the Carnegie SVRA General Plan.

Information on agenda items will be available for review at If individuals are unable to obtain information through this source, please contact the OHMVR Division at (916) 324-4442. Referenced materials may undergo modification and will be available to the public as changes are made.

Meeting facilities are accessible to people with disabilities. If you need specific accommodations, please call Vicki Perez at (916) 324-4442.

NOTICE IS GIVEN that any person may file a written statement on the proposed actions by writing to the undersigned or may present written statements at the meeting on October 21, 2016. Any person handing out written material to the OHMVR Commission should also provide the Recording Secretary with an additional six (6) copies making a total of fourteen (14) copies. Members of the public presenting visual aids (projected media) as part of their public comments to the Commission are requested to submit the material(s) to the OHMVR Division five (5) days prior to the scheduled meeting.

The Division reserves the right to decline to show photographs that violate personal privacy (photos without a release from the person/people shown in the photograph) or other valid reason in the opinion of the Division and its legal counsel. Inquiries may be directed to the OHMVR Division at 1725 23rd Street, Suite 200, Sacramento, California 95816 or (916) 324-4442.

NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN that the Commission meeting minutes will be posted on the OHMVR website after being approved (

Brian E. Robertson, Acting Division Chief California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division

Then if you have a lot of free time you can read the Carnegie General Plan and Environmental Impact Report. You will need to be conversant with it if you are going to go to the meeting where the public will have an opportunity to provide comments on the approval of the General Plan. You can find the General Plan on line at All interested parties are encouraged to attend the OHMVR Commission meeting.

The General Plan is something designed to placate the opponents of OHV recreation rather than current Carnegie riders. It is all about power and politics, but if we don’t support this plan we will have to say goodby to any future for off road recreation at Carnegie. It certainly won’t be the park we have come to love as it more designed for its atheistic value to outsiders than a place to provide us with the challenges we had come to expect.

The good thing is that the planning commission has met all the objections of the opponents  of public OHV recreation (they can and do ride four wheel vehicles  on their own nine thousand acre ranch) and there is nothing that they can say that has not been met by the provisions of the General Plan. This has all been done with the kind assistance of Celeste Garamendi and her friends at East Bay Regional Parks District, among others. After all has been said and done we can only follow the money. Maybe one day a good expose can have all this craziness undone, but for now this is what we got, a lot of ink and a lot of wasted money.

I want to send a big a big thank you to everyone involved in the new general plan for saving our park and coming up with a plan which is the best that can be done with all the hoops that have to be jumped through to get it approved.
We need hundreds if not thousands of folks to attend, or send the Commission a note.

You can send written comments to the commission and they won’t be taking written comments at the time of the meeting. We recommend just a short comment asking them to approve the environmental impact report and general plan. I think that the division spent a lot of time and effort to come up with a plan that is acceptable and that our opponents will not be able challenge.

If you want, you can send a support letter for the Carnegie/Tesla EOR/GP by LETTER or EMAIL. They can be sent to the commission members as an individual or family, to OHV Division c/o individual Commissioners as listed on
On top go to COMMISSION and then contact.

Or, just WRITE ONE E-Mail and go to: and and hit commission and them contact information. You will get a physical address and an email address. On the subject line enter CARNEGIE SUPPORT LETTER. Staff at OHV Division will forward your email to the Commissioners.

You can enter this: Dear Commissioners Cabral, Lueder, Lemmon, Litwin, Murphy, Patrovsky and Slavik: or just Dear OHMVR Commission.
Enter your text like – “My family supports the Carnegie SVRA EIR and GP and ask all of to you to support it by voting YES.”
Sincerely, Or Thank You for this consideration,
Then enter you Name, address, city, zip code.

The commissioners will get a copy PRIOR to the meeting, which will NOT allow written comments to be added to the process as written comments are CLOSED.
But, as above you CAN send each or all OHV Commissioners a communication.

Spread the word to you friends and family to send an email.
It only takes a minute of time, and we have WAITED for 20 years for this final step…………………..

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Hillary Clinton: The Deplorables – What Is In A Word?


I think that Hillary made a mistake calling half of Trump’s supporters a basket of deplorables. I have a Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary here in my lap and there is no noun deplorable that can be made a plural by adding an “s” as in deplorables (my spell check doesn’t approve of the word either). She has got it all wrong. My dictionary says deplorable is an adjective like a deplorable band of followers or a deplorable politician but you can’t have a basket of deporables.That just doesn’t make sense.

It is an adjective or a word modifying a noun and is defined as meaning bad or wretched something or other. The dictionary defines wretched as deeply affected, dejected or distressed in body or mind; or maybe extremely or deplorably bad or distressing. Wait deplorably bad is circular reasoning or is it a tautology? The dictionary gives us one more clue; being or appearing mean miserable or contemptible. Or how about this; very poor in quality or ability. OK so we get the picture. This basket of deplorables is not something we would bring home to meet our mothers.

If we take her words in context, she prefaced her comment with the idea that the deplorables are “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, you name it.” Wow that about covers the worst of the worst of humankind. She should have been clearer and called them deplorable, horrible, wretched, morally repugnant evil human beings. She could have left it at that and we would have understood her meaning. Otherwise people might get the idea that she hasn’t mastered the English language yet or uses it without regard to the accepted rules of grammar.  My God she is a lawyer. They never use the English language loosely or to purposely deceive others unless they are collecting a bill for services rendered like the innkeeper in Les Miserables.

And Hillary, get this, is implying that the basket of deporables are the ones who are intolerant. Excuse me! What the %*#*^&*…

Maybe it is just a misspelling. After all Mark Twain once said I don’t give a damn for a man that can only spell a word one way. I guess he would approve of Hillary’s use of language. It is not hard to decipher her meaning given her political posturing. This speech is a clear attempt to do Trump one better in the art of the put down. But instead of putting down her opponent like any other politician worth his or her salt, she has managed to malign half of all the voters who cast their ballots overwhelmingly for Trump in the primaries. I guess she only stands for some of the folks in this country and she will treat her opponents as trash that has to be thrown out with the garbage – Les Deplorables.


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More fiddling by the EPA on Ethanol standards

The EPA has re-issued a rule that had previously been defeated by the American Motorcycle Association. The EPA is allowing gas stations to sell E10 out of the same pumps as E15. This is the fuel which is destructive to motorcycles and some older cars and trucks. In order to keep concentrations of E15 down, the EPA is requiring that if you pick the safer fuel (lower concentration of ethanol) you will have to purchase at least four gallons. This prevents miss fueling when the fuel left over from a previous purchase gets into your mixture. Although their intentions are good, it  won’t work for motorcycles with smaller gas tanks that have fill up on E10. What do they think we should do… Let the rest of it overflow onto the ground because our tanks aren’t big enough to hold four gallons? And how many gas stations are going to sell the both blends from different pumps?



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