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Upcoming Events

Friday, November 16th, 2018

Dec 8th, Saturday: Monthly meeting at the Mitchell’s in Northridge, RSVP via details in K17.

Dec 31st, Monday: Norton Owners Club Run for the Roses ride.  Meet at Lucky Baldwin’s Trappiste at 1770 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena.  Ride departs at 10 AM.

Jan 5th, Saturday: Monthly meeting, somewhere in San Diego, 2 PM.  Details in the December K17.  Possibly a 3 day event.

Jan 20th, Sunday: Norton Owners Club Rockin’ BBQ at Dan Shoenwald’s factory.  Meet at Cafe 50’s at 11623 Santa Monica Blvd, depart at 9 AM.

Feb 24th, Sunday: Norton Owners Club Ojai Pilgrimage.  Meet at the Cactus Patch Cafe at 197 E High St, Moorpark, depart at 10 AM.

1996 North American Rally T-Shirt

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

Back to the salt flats, but this one was hosted by the So Cal section.

Upcoming Events

Sunday, October 21st, 2018

Oct 28th, Sunday: 47th Annual Doug Bingham Memorial Sidecar Rally, William S. Hart Park in Newhall.

Nov 3rd, Saturday: Annual Dinner Meeting, at Mahe Restaurant in Seal Beach. RSVP by Oct 30th.

Nov 4th, Sunday: Hansen Dam Ride.

Dec 8th: Monthly meeting at the Mitchell’s in Northridge.

1992 North American Rally T-Shirt

Saturday, September 29th, 2018

The Ontario section hosted the 1992 rally.

1991 International Rally T-Shirt

Saturday, September 29th, 2018

The So Cal section hosted the 1991 International Rally.  There were 2 different t-shirts.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, September 1st, 2018

Sept 8th, Saturday: Monthly Section meeting in Malibu.  Please RSVP to David Mathison, contact details in K17.

Oct 5th – 7th: California Dreamin’ Rally, in Lompoc.

Oct 13th, Saturday: El Camino Vintage Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet

Nov 3rd, Saturday: Annual Dinner Meeting, at Mahe Restaurant in Seal Beach.

Nov 4th, Sunday: Hansen Dam Ride

30 year anniversary of Dave Matson’s records

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

30 years ago today, August 15th 1988, Dave Matson raised his existing record in MPS-AF-2000 (modified, partial streamlined frame, altered engine on fuel, 2000cc), now called MPS-F 2000. Back then, you had to first make a qualifying run over the existing record, which Dave did on August 14th, with a speed of 220.399 MPH. The next day, the 15th, he made 2 more runs used to calculate the average speed of 225.643 MPH. Later that same day, Dave took the fairing off, to run in class M-AF-2000, now called M-F, and qualified with a speed of 204.165 MPH. The next day, August 16th, Dave made the 2 runs to average 210.357. At the time, that was the fastest speed recorded by ANY unfaired motorcycle. Dave’s 225 MPH record was near the top for any partial streamlined sit-on bike, I think the top record at that time was somewhere around 230 – 240 MPH. For 1988 Speed Week, both of Dave’s speeds were faster than any other motorcycle on the salt that year. Both records are still in the SCTA record book, and the 210 MPH record is still the fastest speed with no fairing, and without forced induction (ie, excluding the blown classes, turbo or supercharger), that I see in the SCTA record book.

Congratulations Dave, a remarkable achievement.

Photos credits to Arlene Matson, Susie Ellsworth, and Steve Doherty. Click the thumbnails for larger images.

1989 North American Rally T-Shirt

Saturday, July 21st, 2018

If I recall correctly, this might be one hosted by the Chicago section, but held at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

1988 North American Rally T-Shirt

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

1987 had an International Rally.  I believe there was a North American Rally, but I don’t know if they made t-shirts.

1988 was hosted by the New England section, and was held in Vermont.  I rode the Black Shadow, and won the plaques for “Most Original” and “Longest Ridden”.  Bill Easter was a perennial winner of the long distance awards, but this time I won because I lived on the west side of the 405 freeway, and Bill lives on the east side, plus I rode the couple of miles over to his house to pick him up for our ride across the country.

1986 North American Rally T-Shirt

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

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