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Old 02-14-2007, 10:06 PM   #1
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Vacaville (Vaca Valley) Raceway : Redux

This gets talked about every few years, but I was poking about tonight and found it on Google Maps. Pretty damn cool:

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=e...2,0.027122&t=k

More info here: http://www.tamsoldracecarsite.net/VacaValleyToday.html

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And here, of course: http://afmreunion.org/index.php?opti...&limitstart=12

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Old 02-15-2007, 11:52 AM   #2
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Wow, and place is still there. It looks to small for modern sport bikes, but could be fun on supermotos, or other small displacement bikes.
It's hard to imagine a time when small racetracks where everywhere. I think there used to be a track called Bayshore raceway where the SF dump is now.
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Old 02-15-2007, 12:00 PM   #3
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Wow, and place is still there. It looks to small for modern sport bikes, but could be fun on supermotos, or other small displacement bikes.
I think the small look is a bit deceiving. The road course was 2.1 miles, about the same as Sears...

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Old 02-15-2007, 05:42 PM   #4
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You can still see the dragstrip and the berms that were the last turn back onto the straight.
If I remember correctly it's 1 or 2 feilds up(twords Vacaville) from the truss company on I 80 on the same side of 80.
I was there when suzuki USA unveiled the 305 twin (the next generation after the X6 Hustler, 69 or 70 ).
I remember they were so late getting into the country they weren't race prepped (just safety wired) and had no body work.
They had to use the stock: pipes, pegs, porting, Carbs, Rims, Brake drums and pads and they ran on the stock oil injection system.
About the only thing the bikes had that wasn't stock were the clipons.
Suzuki brought 3 bikes 1 blew upabout half way through the race the other 2 battled each other for 1st and 2nd place 3 full laps ahead of 3rd.
We saw a lot of good racing there over the years.
We also had a lot of fun drag racing there. There was a lot of grudge racing that went on (pre-Bracket racing).

edit; went through the pics you posted, THANKS!! great stuff
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Old 02-15-2007, 06:30 PM   #5
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That place shocked me when I found out about it via a Motorcyclist article talking about Kenny Roberts' first-ever race on a paved track. I did some digging and discovered I had been driving right past the entrance to that track for 2 years and never even knew it!

Though I did wonder about that mound out in the field, which I discovered was the banking of a big sweeper corner once I drove my truck for a lap around Vaca Valley Raceway.

Most of the pavement is there it's just crunched up into small pieces after 30 yrs of misuse.
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Old 02-15-2007, 06:38 PM   #6
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I think it's where Ernie first ran F40.

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Old 02-15-2007, 06:51 PM   #7
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That crunched up pavement you saw isn't to much different than they raced on. They would re oil the track every once in a while to hold it together.
There are a couple of pictures from the 60s that you can see how bad the track surface was, even back then.
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Well if you want more, the AFM also raced at all these old tracks, none of which are still in use:

http://www.tamsoldracecarsite.net/OldRaceTracks.html

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Lap Chart from Vaca Valley:

http://www.fototime.com/21453D541C8AFC2/orig.jpg

Santa Barbara, 1960 Program:

Cover: http://www.fototime.com/C39C6E31539422C/orig.jpg

Inside Cover: http://www.fototime.com/BBA999E86E8C5F1/orig.jpg

AFM Roster: http://www.fototime.com/45CF8DE09B7641B/orig.jpg

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Great stuff jrace. Thanks for posting.
Spent a lot of nights and weekends there from 68-73 when I was 5-10 yrs. old. Great memories. Saw my first motorcycle races(AFM) races there. Heady stuff.
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Old 02-15-2007, 11:25 PM   #11
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Next time you're on I-80 in between Vacaville and Dixon, get off at the Midway/Lewis Rd exit, Vaca-Valley Raceway is hiding there off to the side. (Look for the open field with the raised berms).
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Old 02-15-2007, 11:45 PM   #12
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3 names jumped out: John McLaughlin, Wes Cooley (sr.) and Don Vesco.

Look them up, great in motorcycle history and AFMer's. From 1960...

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Old 02-16-2007, 12:30 AM   #14
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Holy crap I took midway to work for years and never knew that was there. I'm gonna go check it out next week and maybe bring my camera. It's a shame that it's in that condition.
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