Sunday, October 21, 2012 was the second annual Carnegie Visitor Appreciation Day. This event is organized by the Carnegie staff to celebrate Carnegie’s rich history as an off road haven. Entry to the park was free. The new supervisor, Randy Caldera, was on hand to welcome everybody and make sure that things went smoothly. There was a slew of different activities for riders. Unfortunately I should probably be the last person to comment on this event since I use it as an excuse to go riding.
I might have missed some of the action. I know that there was a dual sport ride in the morning and there were a lot of really nice dual sport bikes in the pits. We walked around to take stock of the action (the parking area adjacent to the hill climbs). It was full of vendors, off highway organizations, as well as thousands of Carnegie riders who were taking in the sun and enjoying the atmosphere.
Vendors like Tracy Motorsports, Honda Kawasaki Modesto, East Bay Motorsports and Cycle Specialties were displaying gleaming new off road and dual sport bikes. Yamahas, Hondas, Suzukis, Kawasakis and even the latest German made Husqvarnas were like mouthwatering eye candy to Carnegie riders. Dunlop Tires were giving away posters and displaying their latest knobbies.
District 36 had a booth where they gave away free stickers. Parked in front was the KTM 350 SX that was being raffled off to raise money. We couldn’t resist buying a few tickets. Some people might say that the bike should be won by a struggling young racer who needs a new motorcycle to win trophies rather than ending up with an old has been like me (They needn’t worry because I never win anything).
California Off-Road Vehicle Association (CORVA) and The Diablo Four-Wheelers were both in attendance. We need to support these organizations because they support our sport and fight for our rights. It just seemed that there were too many displays to take them all in.
Small businessmen handed out business cards. Phil and Renee Anderson in charge of P&R Sports were there promoting their Dirt bike School. http://www.learndirtbikes.com/index.html Renee says that Phil (her husband) can improve your riding whether you are a beginner or an experienced racer. As a flat tracker he was once AMA District 36 Black Plate #2. He has loaner bikes for those just getting into the sport. If you ever raced at Sand Hill Ranch (now defunct) you should remember Phil and his dad.
Jody Patterson of Motorsports Unlimited was there. We have known Jody for years, and he has installed Gold Valve Race Tech suspension kits in our bikes since almost the beginning of time. http://www.southbayriders.com/forums/showthread.php?t=95657
The sound system was set up by Skips Promotions and during the hill climb demonstration George Horn kept up a non-stop monologue never seeming to pause even to take a breath. See: http://www.skipspromotions.com/ Don’t forget to go to the 2012 California Hillclimb & Verticross Series – Round 3 (final round) on November 3rd and 4th at Carnegie.
The professional hill climbers with extended swing arms and hopped up engines (some with over 200 horsepower) attacked the hill with gusto amazing onlookers with their skill and bravado. We all want to give a big thanks to Pete Krunich, Joe Shipman, Shane Speed, Max Simmons, Logan Mead, Dylan Martin, and Casey Curtin. These guys are the real deal. They are local Carnegie riders and also compete in national hill climb events at the highest level.
They also raced up the hill side by side, showing off a new sport called Verticross. It was exciting to watch as the riders vied one on one attempting to be first up the hill.
Pete Krunch commented that he let one psi of air out of his rear tire to get a faster time (1/1000th of a second can make a difference between first and second place at an event). Some of the bikes were so modified that they need a portable starter to get going. I suspect that the hill climb demonstration inspired a few riders to find out more about the sport. It looked like about as much fun as you can have on two wheels.
Elsie, the park interpreter, was there with her sunny smile. During the raffle she gave away a helmet (donated by Moto Mart) to the child who submitted the best piece of advice for riding at Carnegie. This is one of the ways that Carnegie caters to families and children.
The people putting together the General Plan were there and listening to visitor’s concerns. You can still go to the Carnegie web-site and submit comments about your vision of Carnegie’s future. See: http://carnegiegeneralplan.com/
Please don’t allow our enemies be the only ones to comment about the future of our park. I was informed that on at least one occasion they overloaded the Carnegie web-site by the sheer quantity of their anti-OHV comments. They want the Alameda/Tesla acquisition to be used for their own non-OHV activities. They want it all for themselves and they won’t rest until they get what they want.
There was a raffle at the end of the day. We need to thank Tony and Vicki at Moto Mart who donated the schwag. There were California state OHV yearly passes, helmets, jerseys and other motorcycling paraphernalia won by lucky riders. http://motomartatcarnegie.com/
As I was leaving I complimented a friend on his spiffy new riding outfit. He corrected me: It isn’t an outfit. It is spiffy new riding gear. What else can be said? We had a great time and got a chance to interact with other OHV park visitors.
Photographs are courtesy of Dave Duffin.