By Paul Garson
April 22-24, 2016 marked the 21st running of the annual Corsa Motoclassica, a 3-day event held at the “Fastest Road in the West,” a.k.a. Willow Springs International Raceway. The popular West Coast event was launched in 1995 by Yoshi Kosaka of the Garage Company (Inglewood, CA), and the unique 3-day race/bike show/swapmeet draws an international crowd.
The event focuses around AHRMA-sanctioned vintage races that go toward national championships, in this case a double whammy thanks to the two days and a total of 24 races in various classes. Factor in the AHRMA races held a week later at nearby Sonoma Raceway, and it adds up to a major week of important events for competitors seeking to bolster their standings. As a result, the Corsa attracted race teams and spectators from Australia, New Zealand, England, Italy, France, Germany, Japan and Thailand as well as across the U.S., and all were greeted by both mild temperatures and mild breezes.
Special attractions included several “First Ever” bikes both on the track and displayed in the Bike Show, not to mention treasure hunting in the swap meet area.
While there were literally hundreds of cool bikes/cool people to choose from, here’s a taste of a special event attended by true enthusiasts of all ages enjoying the full spectrum of exceptional bikes. Big thanks to Yoshi for making it all happen for all these years. He tells us next year’s event may include the addition of Willow Springs’ other race venues for competition, including the dirt track and mountain course, no doubt attracting even more competitors ready to enjoy some of the country’s best vintage racing.
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Source:: 2016 Corsa Motoclassica Report