93-year-old youngster Charlie Mosteller was once again the gracious host of yet another 3-round AHRMA trials event on his Bar-X Ranch, just south of Casper.
The Bar-X is a trials rider’s dream, a heavenly spot with a little bit of everything. Muddy Creek winds it’s way throughout the property and is almost always featured in numerous sections during all three days of competition. Big rocks, moss-covered logs, mud bogs, live horizontal trees, loose sand and loamy hill climbs are all joined by a concrete playground that’s been erected in the pit area meadow. Some traps are set in an area that was once a fruit-bearing orchard but the infamous “Fish Ponds” region would have to be called the venue’s “hole card”. This portion of the ranch was once a private fish hatchery and trials masters lick their chops while watching riders with muddy rubber fighting to hop in and out of the, now dry, concrete fish troughs still occupying the grounds. Saying this part of the ranch produces “mixed results” would probably be leaning a shade toward the generous side.
Speaking of trials masters; Fred Martinson, Dan Straka, Bob Strohman, Doug Wilson and John Brooker were responsible for this year’s thrilling affair. Martinson and Straka were both able to bag 2009 AHRMA national titles with Fred taking the Premier Lightweight Intermediate class and Dan topping the Classic Intermediate division. Master Strohman came up just a few points shy of winning this year’s Modern Classic Intermediate crown. Martinson was also able to nab AHRMA championships in 2003 and 2008 as a Modern Classic Intermediate.
The WMTA hosted it’s first AHRMA event in 2003 with a “trial run” type arrangement, after convincing the nationwide association that they believed a modern-bike trials club could indeed pull off a vintage-bike meet. AHRMA was undoubtedly impressed and upped the ante to two days in 2005 and finally the current three-day format in 2008.
Although points were awarded for all three days in the vintage classes, the club issued medals and pewter cups based on cumulative overalls. Every participant received a quite classy maroon t-shirt that listed the past Mosteller Cup winners on the back.
Several AHRMA plonkers were able to top their respective classes all three days. Kellie Arndt; David Dewoina; Tony Down; Roy Haines; John Knapp; Martinson and Len Sims made up this impressive list of consistency. Down finished as national champ in the Classic Expert division while Knapp claimed his crown in the Premier Lightweight class with the help of his stunning ’66 Greeves. Sims was able to escape with dual championships, Rigid Lightweight Expert and Premier Lightweight Expert. Both Down and Sims were mounted on beautifully prepared Triumph Tiger Cubs.
The Modern Classic Expert division was brutally competitive on all three days. Mike Buchholz (23 pts) slipped past Mike Wehling (28 pts) and Ossa-mounted Dave Lindeman (29 pts) on Saturday with Wehling returning the favor on Sunday, squeaking by Buchholz, 21 to 22. Lindeman again filled out the podium, just two dabs back with 24. Rick Daniel joined in the fray on Monday, but his 33 marks lost was no match for Buchholz and his 15. Wehling reached the podium for the third straight day, in third with 39, and helped old friend Buchholz celebrate his newly-claimed national championship.
The Modern Classic Intermediate ranks had their share of suspense as well. Casperite Strohman’s 23 just nipped Bill Brokaw’s 26 and the 28 of Tom “Wolfy” Maddux on day one, but Brokaw turned the tables on Mr. Strohman come Sunday’s round, 17 to 26. Ed Peacock just missed the second step of the podium with his 28. Strohman pocketed the gold yet again on day three after dropping only 18 marks. Lee Robison and Brokaw both completed the final round with 21 points lost, but Brokaw came in 9 cleans shy of Robison’s 20. Brokaw’s five wins and two seconds were just strong enough to snatch the title in this division.
John Dowson, whom this year has ruled the class that almost always has the most entrants, Modern Classic Novice, took one dab too many on Monday and bowed to Robert Richter in a mild upset. Dowson’s Saturday and Sunday victories were more than enough to help him claim that crown.
Derek Belvoir came to Casper and claimed his worker points on day one, even though his five wins and two seconds were probably already enough to wrap up the Premier Heavyweight Expert national championship.
In a move that’s certainly worth mention, the WMTA showed just how generous and caring they, (and the trials community in general), really are. These fine folks up in Wyoming all got together and presented neighboring Coloradans, Keith Wineland and Sarah Duke, with $600 to help assist them in their upcoming trip to the Trials de Nations in Italy. It was a grand gesture indeed.
RIGID HEAVYWEIGHT EXP: 1. Marty Paulson (50).
RIGID LIGHTWEIGHT EXP: 1. Len Sims (19).
PREMIER HEAVYWEIGHT EXP: 1. Mike Parsley (34);
Derek Belvoir (worker points).
PREMIER LIGHTWEIGHT EXP: 1. David Dewoina (50).
PREMIER LIGHTWEIGHT INT: : 1. Fred Martinson (29); 2. Hugh
Campbell (49); 3. Jimmy Allison (73); 4. Rick Woodward (190).
PREMIER LIGHTWEIGHT NOV: 1. John Knapp (31); 2.
Bill Burr (136); 3. Tony Hagger (196).
CLASSIC EXP: 1. Tony Down (21).
CLASSIC INT: 1. Jimmy Allison (73); 2. Zach Woodward (85);
Dan Straka (worker points).
CLASSIC NOV: 1. Roy Haines (257).
MODERN CLASSIC EXP: 1. Mike Buchholz (23); 2. Mike
Wehling (28); 3. Dave Lindeman (29); 4. Rick Daniel (44);
5. Ron Pocher (45).
MODERN CLASSIC INT: 1. Bob Strohman (23); 2. Bill
Brokaw (26); 3. Tom Maddux (28); 4. Ed Peacock (35);
5. Lee Robison (38); 6. Rick Armstrong (53).
MODERN CLASSIC NOV: 1. John Dowson (5); 2. Danny
Messmore (17); 3. Robert Richter (23); 4. Gene Mendonca (31);
5. Shane Arndt (36); 6. Steve Doyle (47/19); 7. Ray Arndt (47/18);
8. Tim Evans (59); 9. Herbert Morris (65); 10. Steve Papenfuss
(152); 11. John Hoyt (218).
PREMIER LIGHTWEIGHT EXP: 1. David Dewoina (32); 2.
Mike Parsley (37).
PREMIER LIGHTWEIGHT INT: 1. Fred Martinson (16); 2. Hugh
Campbell (45); 3. Jimmy Allison (59); 4. Rick Woodward (94).
PREMIER LIGHTWEIGHT NOV: 1. John Knapp (21);
2. Bill Burr (142); Tony Hagger (DNS).
CLASSIC EXP: 1. Tony Down (20).
CLASSIC INT: 1. Zach Woodward (48); 2. Jimmy Allison (59).
CLASSIC NOV: 1. Roy Haines (129).
MODERN CLASSIC EXP: 1. Mike Wehling (21); 2. Mike
Buchholz (22); 3. Dave Lindeman (24); 4. Rick Daniel (38);
5. Ron Pocher (48).
MODERN CLASSIC INT: 1. Bill Brokaw (17); 2. Bob
Strohman (26); 3. Ed Peacock (28); 4. Lee Robison (42);
5. Rick Armstrong (53); 6. Tom Maddux (52).
MODERN CLASSIC NOV: 1. John Dowson (2); 2. Gene
Mendonca (5); 3. Danny Messmore (6); 4. Shane Arndt (10/28);
5. Ray Arndt (10/26); 6. Robert Richter (11); 7. Tim Evans (26);
8. Tim Jackson (34); 9. John Hoyt (44); 10. Steve Papenfuss
(49); Steve Doyle (worker points).
BEGINNER1. Kellie Arndt (62).
RIGID HEAVYWEIGHT EXP: 1. Marty Paulson (27).
RIGID LIGHTWEIGHT EXP: 1. Len Sims (15).
PREMIER LIGHTWEIGHT EXP: 1. David Dewoina (15).
PREMIER LIGHTWEIGHT INT: : 1. Hugh Campbell (32);
2. Jimmy Allison (54); 3. Rick Woodward (156).
PREMIER LIGHTWEIGHT NOV: 1. John Knapp (62);
2. Bill Burr (236).
CLASSIC EXP: 1. Tony Down (17).
CLASSIC INT: 1. Fred Martinson (16); 2. Zach Woodward (44);
3. Jimmy Allison (54).
CLASSIC NOV: 1. Roy Haines (217).
MODERN CLASSIC EXP: 1. Mike Buchholz (15); 2. Rick
Daniel (33); 3. Mike Wehling (39); 4. Ron Pocher (79).
MODERN CLASSIC INT: 1. Bob Strohman (18); 2. Lee
Robison (21/20); 3. Bill Brokaw (21/11); 4. Dan Straka (22);
5. Tom Maddux (25); 6. Ed Peacock (44).
MODERN CLASSIC NOV: 1. Robert Richter (6); 2. John
Dowson (7); 3. Ray Arndt (11); 4. Gene Mendonca (17);
5. Tim Evans (18); 6. Danny Messmore (19); 7. Shane Arndt (21);
8. Tim Jackson (34); 9. Steve Doyle (52); 10. Steve Papenfuss (53).