hell on wheels halloween hill climb, fuel curve

Hell on Wheels Halloween Hill Climb – Retro Riders Twist the Throttle!

The Hell on Wheels Halloween Hill Climb was sensory overload if two wheeled retro riders move your needle. Down in Southern California there is a loose confederation of motorcycle devotees who hold staunchly to the belief that vintage motorcycles are not museum pieces, they are supposed to be ridden, and ridden hard.

hell on wheels halloween hill climb, fuel curve

hell on wheels halloween hill climb, fuel curve


The Saturday before Halloween, the temperature was a sizzling 95 degrees and it was a perfect day for piston-powered cycles to climb some hills. Hell on Wheels Motorcycle Club of Santa Ana, California organizes the annual Hell on Wheels Halloween Hill climb at Glen Helen Raceway – an off-road dirt park nestled in the hills just north of San Berdoo off the I-15.

hell on wheels halloween hill climb, fuel curveWafting through the air during the melee were the sounds of 2-stroke and 4-stoke bikes of every caliber along with old school 70s and early 80s punk rock, bullshit and banter, and the announcer pitching his witty observations as the contestants rounded the track.

hell on wheels halloween hill climb, fuel curve

The man behind Hell on Wheels MC, known simply as “Meatball,” keeps a casual and simple agenda for the hill climbers. Have fun…have fun, and have fun. The Hell on Wheels Halloween Hill Climb is open to any type of skill level rider from the seasoned vet to the novice.

hell on wheels halloween hill climb, fuel curveHalloween Hill Climb, Hell on WHeels MC, Fuel CurveThe notion is for the average guy, or gal to race around in the dirt and put on a show. Since it was Halloween time, the riders wearing costumes scored big on the fun meter. Though not mandatory, it added a lot of fun and showmanship to the event.

hell on wheels halloween hill climb, fuel curveIf you’re sitting on a vintage motorcycle and want in on the action, there are several different classes that run the hill climb. They include

-Ladies
-Pull start minis
-Mini bikes up to 100cc
-150cc mini
-Vintage pre 75
-Modern 1980+
-Open Twins and British Singles
-Bomber 75-80s motocross bikes and dual sport
-Roland Sands Super Hooligan.
-Mike Davis Hand Shift Class

Halloween Hill Climb, Hell on WHeels MC, Fuel CurveHalloween Hill Climb, Hell on WHeels MC, Fuel Curve

Suppose you don’t own a motorcycle, that’s OK too. There were many revelers and Looky-Lou’s that simply attended to watch the riders struggle up the hill. It was the perfect way to spend a hot and dusty Saturday before the bright skies begin to fade into winter.

Halloween Hill Climb, Hell on WHeels MC, Fuel CurveThe best news is you don’t have to wait until next fall to either watch or join the Hell on Wheels MC hi-jinks. They have a full calendar of fun events for vintage motorcycle enthusiasts. You can peep their calendar here on their Facebook page. They also have cool gear and swag for sale on their club website. Give ‘em hell!

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Without question, Mike is a brilliant photographer who has a keen eye for composition and color. Having nearly two decades of experience in the magazine business, Mike has spent the better part of his adult file photographing cars and the people connected to them. Sealing his fate as a gearhead, Mike's first car was a '73 Camaro. Currently, he is working on bringing a '62 Ford Galaxie and '58 Chevy Apache back to life.

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