McQueen...Six Days...Too Cool

Snapshot, 1964: For me, it’s raining Motocross trophies


In September 1964, Steve McQueen travels to Erfurt for the Motocross World Championships to take part in the ‘International Six Days Trial’. But the Hollywood star seems to be quite unhappy with the rather damp East German weather. Is the ‘King of cool’ asking for assistance from above?

It doesn’t matter if you’re a Hollywood icon, one thing you can’t control is the weather. Even a realist like McQueen, must look to the heavens to ask for dry weather. We know from first hand accounts that for the first two days of the Erfurt trial, it rained heavily. Although more used to dry, desert conditions, the rain didn’t seem to affect McQueen’s team of fellow American riders including Cliff Coleman, Bud Ekins and brother Dave Ekins too much, for they were leading their class at the end of the second day. Sadly and quite ironically, the team were eliminated on the third day following a spate of crashes and mechanical failures, once the rain had stopped. Coleman and Dave Ekins continued to ride for an individual Gold Medal however, which they both achieved.


41st Fools Gold Enduro

I think I’ve said this before but I rode in and wrote an article for a long gone dirt bike magazine for the 3rd annual Fools Gold Enduro.

Well, I rode in and I’m writing an article for the 41st   version held May 3rd in the OHV riding area outside of Georgetown. One of the neat things about riding this event is you get to ride some trails you normally don’t ride. With the help and cooperation of the Forest Service they open up what’s called event only trails. There aren’t a whole lot of them but they are a welcome relief from the normal beat up trails you ride on.

The weather was just about perfect from a temperature stand point. Even though it had rained about three inches the week before the event it was dusty to very dusty in some places. But some of the trails were just about perfect something we wouldn’t have had without the rain. The club also helped out by having only two riders per row, at least that’s how it was with the “A” riders.

I enjoyed the course layout, it is what it is, well used beat up trails for the most part. You can  ride this event for years and they always put you through some of the same sections, some are very gnarly and for those of us who know the area we know what’s coming.

It’s been a few years since I’ve ridden this event and I don’t remember the last time I rode through what could be called the Manzanita tunnels. Anyone who has ever hit a Manzanita bush knows the last thing you want to do is even touch one of those things, so riding through tunnels of them is a little intimidating.

 It seemed to me there was a lot of friendly looking, but official looking people out there at various places on the trail not sure what that was all about. The gas check had water for all of us to enjoy and even had an EMT station that unfortunately looked busy.

For us older slower riders it seemed like we didn’t do a whole lot of time keeping in that you didn’t ride for miles just putting a long time keeping. Most of these events are set up to challenge the top “AA” riders who can zero a lot of the checks that we mere mortals can’t. But that’s the way it is, the club had free time in places that allowed you to get back on time just in time to test you again. Here we go, but in the old days it seemed to me the clubs didn’t do that as much and you just continued to carry and add to being late.


I ping ponged off a couple of trees just before the last gas check that sort of detuned me for the rest of the event and I’m pretty sore as I write this. But I enjoyed it, but also remember why I don’t ride these events much anymore, five and a half hours on a motorcycle is more than my prostrate can handle.


As I was writing this I realized I didn’t have time during the event to talk with my friend Pete whose minute I was on and the reason I rode this event. Usually, not always you’ll have enough time to talk about a particular section you just rode through, sort of a mini bench racing session while still on the trail. In some of the sections where we were late enough the free time barely allowed us enough time to clean goggles, take a leak or have a quick snack let alone talk about the last section and the big rock, log, or branch that almost got you.

The results for the enduro on Sunday were just posted today (Tuesday) which is very fast for an enduro. I was anxious to see how I did for several reasons, one I knew I was the oldest rider out there and even though I wasn’t competing in the same class as my friend Pete and John I wanted to see how well I fared against them and everyone else for that matter. I won my class, but I was the only one in it so all I basically had to do was finish but how did I do against them. Well they both beat me, well actually no I beat myself, I had left them (My time keepers) behind and like a dummy rode into probably the easiest check of the eleven checks to zero three minutes early and promptly lost twelve points for being early. Two points for the first minute and five points for every minute after that. Enduro’s are full of I could have done this if only I had done that stories and my story is the same. I could have won the sixty “A” class and finished 41st overall out of the 122 of us who started, but instead I ended up 54th overall still not bad for an old man. I’m happy with that.


Doug 21J




5 of the biggest bike races where you can join in

Ahead of Red Bull Knock Out, the biggest beach race ever seen, here’s more motorcycle madness.

Date 30 April 2015AuthorJoseph Caron Dawe

If you're into mass participation motorcycle races that deliver adrenaline, hundreds of enthusiastic competitors, and an unforgettable event experience, then you might want to start making plans for a trip to the Netherlands this coming November.

That's when Red Bull Knockout returns to Scheveningen in The Hague for an event that will redefine the very nature of what it means to race big.

Billed as the largest and toughest motocross beach race in the world Red  has decided to get you in the mood for it by running down five mass participation motorcycle events that don't just get the crowd going, but riding too!


© Philip Platzer/Red Bull Content Pool

1. Erzbergrodeo 

Run every June up a mountain known as the 'Iron Giant' in Austria, and billed as "four days of full throttle", the Erzbergrodeo delivers a heady mix of motorcycle chaos and party atmosphere. Around 1,500 participants take part in the Iron Road Prolog, with just 500 making the cut for the showcase Red Bull Hare Scramblehard enduro. Of those, only a handful make the finish-line, in a race against the clock.

Ready for action at Erzbergrodeo© Jean-Christophe Dupasquier/Red Bull Content Pool

2. Bonneville Speed Week

The Bonneville Salt Flats – and Speed Week – have gained global recognition and fame as a breath-taking setting and event thanks to its 30,000 acres of stretching salt plains. The flats have been hosting land speed record attempts since the end of the 19th Century, and participants are attracted from around the world to take part. The motorcycle speed trials have provided some eye-watering top speeds through the years.

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3. Hangtown Classic

The longest running motocross outdoor national in the United States, the Hangtown Classic is a festival of motocross. It's the opening round of the 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, but it's not just for the big guns. A range of amateur categories make the weekend a veritable feast of MX action and downright fun, with tens of thousands of fans and riders turning up for a memorable experience.