Hooligan flat track racing with everything from minibikes to electric motorcycles, surfing contests, local bands, motorcycle sidecar grills, and myriad expressions of two-wheeled automotive passion prevailed over sticky rules and regulations. Other long-standing events didn’t qualify this year, but the 3rd annual Roland Sands Design Moto Beach Classic is on at Bolsa Chica State Park in Huntington Beach, California, October 26 and 27.
The first Moto Beach Classic in 2017 was a one-day fusion of music, surfing, motorcycle racing, and art. Roland Sands conceived the event that brings together and celebrates southern California passions for surfing, motorcycles, and music. Sands is a custom motorcycle designer and an avid participant and proponent of Hooligan racing, the amateur version of flat track racing. Roland Sands Design (RSD) is a preeminent motorcycle apparel and parts brand that blends classic style with edge-cutting function. As major sponsors for the first event, Bell Helmets presented a stunt riding show, BMW Motorrad ran drag racing competitions, and Indian Motorcycle built a track for flat track racing. Surfing apparel company Hurley runs the surfing competition.
New this year, a Traeger Ironwood 885 wood-fired grill rigged on an Indian Springfield Dark Horse motorcycle will prepare smoked brisket for lucky attendees. The sidecar grill debuted at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2019 in South Dakota in August.
The Moto Beach Classic also includes an event for kids, the Electric Strider Bike Kids Race. Kids can learn how to balance on two wheels and use a throttle while having a blast on a short flat track area.
This year the town of Huntington Beach refused permits to use the park for several events due to a lack of adherence to or preparations for required city contracts, fees, and public personnel. The Hooligans complied with the myriad requirements and can go forward with this year’s 2-day Orange County beach party. Tickets to the Moto Beach Classic 2019 are still available.
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