Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Sidewinders Portland ( Clackamas ) Oregon

Sidewinders was a quarter mile short track with and uphill on the front straight and a downhill on the back straight. The season ran every Friday night, Spring through Summer and was a sensational place to enjoy first class flat track racing. It ran to capacity crowds who sat right on the fence 2/3rds of the way around the track. Thrilling closeup action by locals and Pro riders.
250 Start which by the Yamaha makes it 1968. Honda 250s looked to be the standard ride up to this point. Famous Portlander Bob Lanphere #226 wheelies off the line. They start on the infield and you can see a flagman standing up between turn one and two.
Sidewinders was Triumph country and to see and hear a herd of hot shoes haulin around
the place was a little bit of heaven on earth. Mike Conley #89 and Sonny Burres #69 hook around the tight left from the infield start onto the front straight
 The Pros were in town and lined up for the Main intro. Coppage, Nixon, Skip Vanleewn, 14? ,Sonny Burres and Mark Williams. You can see the infield start line. This little track provided some electric motorcycle racing. Good things do come to an end as the track closed in 1986 when the large swarth of land the track was on was sold to build  homes and apartments. What a crying shame.