Bud Ekins is the Godfather of the Modern Classic movement. He is the guy that jumped the Triumph into the barb wire fence in "The Great Escape." The guy that built Steve McQueen's Desert Sleds, and the guy that saw raw talent in a 16 year old upstart from Palmdale.
Skip Van Leeuwen was considered the best TT Steeplechase rider in AMA history, and over his highly successful career as a Triumph rider won multiple AMA nationals and numerous West Coast regional championship titles. Van Leeuwen was born in Iowa...
The Ace Cafe was built in 1938 as a roadside cafe to cater to travelers on the newly-built North Circular Road. Since it was open 24 hours and also close to the new arterial network where speed limits were higher, it quickly started attracting motorcyclists.
The Peoria TT is known to be one of the more exhilarating races in the circuit. The track is ⅝ of a mile long, and features a notably long front stretch and a long turn one. Coming out of turn one is a jump with a blind landing that has to be hit at speed—which is a terrifying move in and of itself. Due to the challenging nature of the track, and the caliber of racers who competed there, the Peoria TT has rightly earned its place in the AMA’s history of premier races.
"In the 70s, Sonny found that he was best in the "brakeless" speedway races. He was so good at them he was able to make a regular living off the winnings, and raised a family while racing five nights a week at the local Southern Californian circuits."