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INLAND MOTORCYCLE SPEEDWAY - California

Picture by Scott Daloisio - Courtesy of Jason Bonsignore

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Pictures and words by Cary Cotterman

It's a beautiful afternoon in southern California on March 6, 1983 and a few spectators have begun to arrive for the Spring Classic at Inland Motorcycle Speedway, located in San Bernardino, about fifty miles east of Los Angeles.

The venue was purpose-built for speedway in the mid 1970s, and continued in operation until the late 1980s. With a length of about 200 meters, the track was always well-prepared and had plenty of dirt.

On that afternoon many years ago, the crowd was treated to some exhibition laps by recently retired world champion Bruce Penhall, as well as a day of exciting races featuring the likes of Shawn Moran and John Cook. Today only a vast car park exists where the speedway oval, grandstands, and pits once were.

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Stadium on March 6th 1983

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Bruce Penhall

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Penhall's demonstration ride

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Shawn Moran and John Cook

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All trace of the speedway has now gone

 

This article was first published on 11th September 2008

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