It’s time to get the bike ready and bags packed for vintage racing April 12-13 at the 13th Annual Corsa Moto Classica at the famed Willow Springs International Raceway, 85 miles north of Los Angeles in Rosamond, Calif. As the third stop in this season’s American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association’s www.ahrma.org (AHRMA) Historic Cup Roadrace Series, it’s also the only chance for West Coast vintage racing fans to take in AHRMA racing without leaving the coast.
Launched by custom bike builder and Garage Company owner Yoshi Yosaka (www.garagecompany.com), the Corsa Moto Classica has become a magnet for vintage race fans and a mainstay of the AHRMA racing season. Willow Springs, if you’ve never been, is one of the few surviving tracks from an era many riders think of as the Golden Age of motorcycle racing, the 1950s. American racing great Kenny Eggers stormed to victory at Willow Spring’s first motorcycle race in 1954 riding for BSA. He also took first place at Daytona that year, and recently built a replica of the bike he rode to victory in both races. Go here to read our feature on Kenny’s race-winning BSA Star Twin.
As with most AHRMA events, there’s more than just racing to keep attendees busy. Saturday’s classic bike show reliably draws a spectacular selection of vintage iron, including everything from a Honda CB750 to a Vincent Rapide, and the obligatory swap meet provides classic bike owners the opportunity to score needed parts, like a set of shocks for that little Aermacchi 250 Sprint you’ve got squirreled away in the garage that’s just waiting for a new lease on life.
The gate fee’s a paltry $10, so if you’re in the greater L.A. area you really don’t have an excuse for missing one of the best vintage race weekends of the year. To take a lap of Willow Springs watch the video below.
More info at www.willowspringsraceway.com – Richard Backus