By Kevin Duke
Motorcycle luminary Roland Sands has long dreamed about bringing motorcycle racing to the heart of mainstream suburban SoCal, and the culmination of his work goes off this Saturday in a unique collision of moto and surf culture at Bolsa Chica beach, just north of Huntington Beach and south of Long Beach. Its promoters promise “a wave-shredding, fuel burning, hard-rocking extravaganza.”
Rather than hosting a moto event at a distant racetrack where it won’t be seen by non-riders, the Moto Beach Classic can be seen by thousands of the general public who will be in the area simply for the beach and the surf. Located just south of Warner Avenue along the Pacific Coast Highway, the moto racing festival will expose mainstream Orange County families to the sights and sounds of motorcycles.
A surf competition begins in the morning, while moto action starts before noon with practice sessions for several dirt flat-track classes, including Open Pro, Run What Ya’ Brung, Tank Shift Vintage, plus mini bike roadracing on an asphalt course. The headlining event will be the RSD Super Hooligan Bolsa Banzai Championship Race built 110 x 300 ft. track to accommodate sideways flat-track racing action next to the beach. Live music will be provided by reggae band Black Uhuru, punk rock groups Lit and Unwritten Law, along with Wargirl featuring MO test rider Tamara Rich on bass.
“At a time when motorcycling is desperately working to regain/achieve more and more mainstream appeal and relevance,” explained Marc Altieri, head of The Brand Amp PR agency, “this event is definitely a compelling step.”
We at MO agree, and we’ll be there checking out all the action at the Moto Beach Classic.
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ROLAND SANDS PRESENTS THE MOTO BEACH CLASSIC AT BOLSA CHICA STATE BEACH’S SEA LEGS LIVE
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