Born Free Stampede

Hot flat-track racing at historic Costa Mesa Speedway.

Hooligan Burnout

For 49 years go-fast daredevils have been hammering around the 1/10th mile dirt oval at Costa Mesa speedway. This past Thursday the Born Free motorcycle show, now in it’s 9th year, brought it’s brand of chopper nostalgia for a pre-show party under the historic floodlights.

Harley Flatheads
Harley flathead tank-shifters in the pits.

Early in the afternoon the riders began to arrive and set up in the pits. The organizers welcomed a great variety of bikes which really made for some interesting racing and an eclectic pit area.

Hooligan Racing at Costa Mesa
The hooligan heats provided some of the fastest and most competitive racing of the night.
Sara Price Race Winner
The ladies heat was a real thriller with MX veteran Sara Price taking the class.
Leticia Cline 750 Racer
The ladies class wasn’t the only place to find the ladies. Leticia Cline giving it to the boys in the 750 hooligan class.
Vintage Flat-Trackers
On Any Sunday vibes from the vintage single racers.

  • Costa Mesa Flat Track Racing

Tank shift racing on pre-WWII bikes got pretty hot.
  • Costa Mesa Flat Track Racing
    Go Takamine running practice laps on his Indian Chout.

The short track and quick races made for almost non-stop and varied entertainment. On top of that there was a live band and all of the Born Free invited builder bikes on display. Here’s hoping this becomes a Born Free tradition.

  • Bryan Thompson's Vans Triumph
    Bryan Thompson's Vans Triumph

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