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AMA Pro Flat Track Finals – Oct. 11, 2014

AMA Pro Flat Track Finals

I’ve always been a fan of motorcycle racing and I particularly like the slip-n-slide type like flat track and speedway. My heros during my adolescent years included Bart Markel, Gary Nixon, Mert Lawill, Gene Romero, Dick Mann, and Mark Brelsford who were all AMA Grand National Champions while I was following the series. But I lost interest around 1973 largely …

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CicLAvia – Oct. 5, 2014

CicLAvia Heart of LA

It’s CicLAvia time again! For those of you who aren’t familiar with CicLAvia, it’s an opportunity to tour parts of Los Angeles via non-motorized transportation like bicycles and skates without having to compete with motorized vehicles. In many respects it’s a giant street party that moves. The Sunday October 5th CicLAvia is a repeat of past “Heart of Downtown” events …

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MCAS Miramar Air Show – Oct. 3-5, 2014

MCAS Miramar Air Show

It’s┬áback! After being sidelined by the budget sequestration of 2013 the MCAS Miramar Air show is back in 2014 with a lineup of performers that rivals any past year: US Navy Blue Angels Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Demo U.S. Navy Leap Frogs U.S. Army Golden Knights F-35B Lightning AV-8B Harrier Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey The Patriots Jet team Sean …

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Cruisin’ For A Cure – Sept. 27, 2014

Cruisin' For A Cure Car Show

My favorite Southern California car show is the Cruisin’ For A Cure event at the Orange County Fairgrounds. I have to admit that it used to be a close second behind the John Force Holiday Car Show, but it looks like we’ve seen the last of the JFR shows which puts Cruisin’ right at the top of my list. And …

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Bombers Visit Lyon Air Museum, May 7-11 2014

Collings Foundation at Lyon Air Museum

The Collings Foundation “Wings of Freedom Tour” will be making it’s annual stop at the Lyon Air Museum at John Wayne Airport on May 7-11, 2014 with their Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress “Nine-0-Nine”, their Consolidated B-24J Liberator “Witchcraft”, and their North American P-51C Mustang “Betty Jane”. The Lyon Air Museum is a truly remarkable destination in it’s own right, but …

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Chino Planes of Fame Air Show – May 3-4, 2014

I love air shows. Big ones, small ones, local ones, military ones.. I love them all and try not to miss any, but there’s one that is always in the biggest, brightest, boldest letters on my calendar: The Chino Planes of Fame Air Show. Why? Warbirds, that’s why! I like all kinds of aircraft, but I like piston-engine warbirds the …

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Riverside Air Show, April 5th

Holy cow! There’s only a week until the Riverside Airshow and I’m just now adding it to my website! I’ve never been to the Riverside Airshow which is why this blog entry doesn’t have one of my photos at the top. I’ve planned to go for at least the last 8 years, but it always seems to sneak past me. …

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CicLAvia – Iconic Wilshire Boulevard


The first CicLAvia event of 2014 will be held on April 6th which, as I type this, is only 13 days away. Boy howdy, this one snuck up on me! Please visit the CicLAvia Website for official information about the route and some background about what CicLAvia is. What follows is my own opinion which is based on the four …

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Kite Party

Here’s an interesting event you will want to add to your calendar if you like kites and spending the day at the beach: The Kite Connection will be hosting Kite Party 12 on March 8-9, 2014 on the sand to the right of the Huntington Beach Pier. I stumbled across this event during a bicycle ride a couple years ago …

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NHRA Winternationals Track Walk

Track Walk

I just received word from a member of the NHRA staff that the Sunday morning Track Walk at the Winternationals will feature all four of the 2013 Pro-class champions. So if you’d like to walk down the NHRA’s world-famous “home” dragstrip with Shawn Langdon, John Force, Jeg Coughlin, and Matt Smith you need to be there no later than 9:30 …

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