Ask Ping!Thursday, June 28, 2007 | 2:21 PM
WHEN is there going to be another track in Orange County, CA? It's ridiculous that my son and I need to drop close to $100 each time we ride tracks, on top of the 2 hours + it takes to get to and from. When I was first turned on to this sport we had Saddleback at Irvine. Then one day, gone! I would think with the growing popularity of the sport and the proven attendence at local events (last time I checked Anaheim was in OC), combined with passion most riders share for the sport, nothing is in the works?
Anyways... any insight would be great!
Riverside County, just east of Orange County, has more licensed off-roaders than any other county in the country and our riding areas are still being shut down faster than a rat-infested Taco Bell franchise. My advice: get out of California as fast as you can.
What's the deal with all of these 250f, er, "lites" riders and their jacked-up grills? Villopoto, Grant, Lawrence, Townley—all of them look like they go to the Bob Hannah School of Dentistry. I know these guys take their racing and training very seriously, but you'd think they could take a moment or two to run down to the orthodontist's office and tune up that tooth they broke off three years earlier, or set the wheels in motion to get their Chicklets in an even row. I know they could afford it themselves, but I'll guarantee you they could just get one of their sponsors to foot the bill, as sponsors want their riders to look good on TV. Just a thought.
I don’t really have a response to that. Except, holy geez, have you seen Antonio Cairoli’s chompers? That pasta-eater’s not-so-pearly-whites make any one of the guys you mentioned look like George Clooney. You could make a mold of his teeth and sell it at Home Depot as some kind of gardening tool.
I appreciate the time. I live in Castle Rock, CO, about a block from the old national track. I'm no McGrath but I do have the same problem with neighbors. I have a personal track on 10 acres in a rural area, and most of the neighbors are fine with it.
Recently the news papers here have gotten a hold of the issue and one neighbor is going to file a civil nuisance suit. The sheriffs have been here about 10 times and sound tested each time and no tickets were issued. I have much respect for my neighbors and never ride before 11 a.m. or past dusk, my bikes have passed the sound tests, but they keep finding loopholes between state and local sound ordinances and have set a new enforcement at 78db at 50ft I think I can achieve this.
The bottom line, Doug, is that some people are just grumpy old farts that don’t have anything better to do than complain about things. If your whiny neighbor is one of those types than you are headed down a long road. Good luck.
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