The New IMS - California
Words and Pictures by Cary Cotterman
Twenty-two years after the lights went out for the last time at the original IMS (Inland Motorcycle Speedway) in San Bernardino, California, a new IMS (Inland Motorsport Speedway) has opened in nearly the same spot, only about 200 feet north of the original track site.
Professional hockey player, speedway rider, and speedway promoter Jason Bonsignore has done a brilliant job duplicating the look and atmosphere of the old IMS, which was noted for its well-groomed track and exciting racing.
The tapes went up for the first time on Friday, June 19, 2009 before grandstands filled to capacity, with Eddie Castro winning the first heat. The evening's final was won by Josh Larsen.
May 16, 2009. The dirt base for the track has been shaped, but it appears that the 'shale' (decomposed granite) track surface has not yet been applied.
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