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Last Race Ever

Published May 30th, 2004





Typical of the baked adobe hills and the chaparral brush of southern California, historic Carlsbad Raceway has run it’s last race – over 40 years of racing. Population growth and commercial building have done it in.



Certain words and phrases come to mind if you grew up around motocross during it’s heyday: United States Grand Prix. Annual. Father’s Day. 500cc. Bel Ray. Hang Ten. The Freeway. The Ledge. Rattlesnake Gulch. ABC Wide World of Sports. De Coster. Lackey. Mikkola. Wolsink. Moates. Johnson. Glover. Bailey. Ward. Blue groove. CMC. Commotion by the Ocean. Superbikers. And thousands of local races.



It’s over now.



Click on the thumbails to see the larger images. Special thanks to Scott Cox/Resource Marketing, and Hap Spoons II.

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Helmet cam, Rolf Tibblin, Mark Blackwell (1974)

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Roger De Coster

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Gerrit Wolsink

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SuperBikers – Rick Johnson leads Kent Howerton and Broc Glover in the final corner

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45,000 people packed the hillsides in the 70′s

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These are the last folks to be at Carlsbad, August 8, 2004

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Dirt Trackers heat in the SuperBikers

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The last riders meeting, ever

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Sam Posey gets ready to interview Broc Glover

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Broc Glover – SuperBikers pavement action

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Broc Glover

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The Rhinestone Cowboy and RJ get after it in SuperBikers

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Pierra Karsmakers leads Gerrit Wolsink into Rattlesnake Gulch

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Brad Lackey

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Marty Moates, Pat Cox & Gavin Trippe. Marty won the USGP in 1980. Pat knows Hap Spoons II, and Gavin was responsible for the USGP and SuperBikers and other things

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Marty, Gavin, Larry Grismer, Jack McCormick. Larry and his son Jeff have run the place since 1964

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Marty Moates takes one last lap, 2004

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RJ, SuperBikers, 1984

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RJ, holeshot, USGP, 1986

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Scott Cox rode on the final day. Photo by Pat

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Ricky Johnson, Kent Howerton, Broc Glover, 1984

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Final moto ever

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Jeff Ward leads the motocrossers heat in SuperBikers



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