CORRIGANVILLE/HOPETOWN MOTORCYCLE RACES

The motorcycle races began prior to 1962 while Ray "Crash" Corrigan still owned the property.

"When 'Crash' Corrigan still owned the property, spectators and riders could take a break from the races and watch stuntmen put on shows ... while racing continued on the high trails...Since Bob Hope purchased the property, that's all gone now." [Hopetown G.P. by Maureen Lee, motorCYCLIST Feb. 1970]

In the March 1972 issue of Popular Cycling, there is an article entitled "The 13th Annual Hopetown Grand Prix".

The Grand Prix motorcycle races were two day events, run on Saturday and Sunday each year.

The MudholeThe two day event in November 1967 was filmed by ABC for their Wide World of Sports show. In that event, some of the world's best motorcycle riders participated, and in the 250cc Class, the first 6 places were won by foreigners.

The course began near Robin Hood Lake/Robin Hood Forest and headed east and north through the foothills, coming out of the hills along the Burma Trail near Fort Apache, then down past the outlaw shack on the eastern edge of Silvertown, where the course headed back towards the starting point. Large boulders had to be dodged and high cliffs needed to be skirted. For the motorcycle riders that wasn't so much of a problem as it was for the side hack (sidecar) racers. They took up approximately 3 times as much space as the single riders.

If you ever have a chance to view the old film of the race from 1967, you will, to put it simply, marvel at it.

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I attended many of the motorcycle races at Corriganville and while it was Hopetown. My Uncle Gerry Mc Cullen was a member of the Dirt Diggers Motorcycle Club that put on the races. He and his partner, J.J. Mcbirney raced a 650 Triumph with a sidecar, known as a sidehack. We would go there weeks in advance of the race and work to set the race course up, many times we would camp there on Friday and Saturday nights and on race day I would work as a flag safety man. The most popular corner to flag was the mud hole, where many riders would get stuck and would need help to get their bikes free. It gave a young guy a good reason to get covered in mud and feel that you where really part of the experience. I have many race buttons from those years and I believe an old tee shirt or two still around. I have many fond memories of those days. (Conrad E. Palmisano)