I just came across an announcement of the return of the Cachuma Lake Vintage Motorcycle Rally in 2015. This was quite an event a decade ago once hosted by BritBike-Giant John Healy and The Incredible Mulreans! A must-attend event if you are in the Pacific Southwest!
Chachuma Lake!! That sure brings back memories. I rode my T120 out to the first rally that John Healy put on. Then I was able to go to two more rallies put on by the Mulreens. Lots of little stories but the one that will always stick in my mind was the time that I offered my services and was given the job of cracking what seemed like at least 10k eggs into five gallon buckets and then mixing them up with a half inch drill attached to a propeller from a small landing craft. Scrambled eggs for the great breakfast that was put on for our enjoyment. There were games for bikes and riders under the Oak trees and rides around the area. We were honored to be allowed into a private museum over in the little town of Solvang. All in all each and every rally at Chachuma was a great pleasure and I'm sure this one will be as well. The last one I was able to attend was in 2004. Wow, time sure flys. Have a great time as I'm sure you will. Dick
Still time to register for this much-anticipated event! Here's what the promoter says:
Working on the details of the rally! If you've never attended before, it's a fun-filled long weekend campout with families, vintage motorcycles, trailers, activities like a field meet, bike show, campfires, three square meals, excursions, all in the beautiful foothills surrounding Cachuma Lake between Santa Barbara and Solvang. Oak trees and open spaces. Hot showers and covered group dining area, it's a great place to spend a long weekend with fellow motorcycle lovers! Groups ride in from Northern California. Great folks sponsor the rally like Rabers Parts Mart, Coventry Spares, JRC Engineering, Specialty Fabrications, Inc and Digger Helm so far! There are awards each night after the competitions. It's really fun! Registration forms will be out shortly. Space is limited to the first 250 campers. Forms need to be postmarked by May 3 so we can determine how much food to prepare.
Last edited by Geoff Patrick; 02/27/159:24 pm. Reason: Added Registration Forms!
And remember your registration fee includes 8, count them 8, catered meals. Leave all the camp cooking stuff at home an spend more time riding, and exploring the local area. There is a commercial kitchen with walk in refrigerators and freezers on site. Plenty of covered seating to feed all attendees in one sitting.
Cosmic Joe is organizing the local on and off road rides... fun for all.
The great thing about this rally is you get 8 chances to make new friends when we all gather at meals to break bread. This has always been a family friendly affair.
I have a hundred dollar bill for the guy who can beat Eddie Mulder in the slow race on a vintage bike.
Memorial Day Weekend will be here before you know it. Susan and I have booked our tickets and will be there for the whole weekend. Jodie and Eddie Mulder and Tiger Cub Johnny are going all out to make this fun for the whole family. The camping area has something for everyone. Set-up with the crowd or sneak off to one of the many campsites that sits away from the hustle and bustle. Camp under one of the hundreds of Live Oaks that dot the campground.
Before you forget, and the deadline passes, give Jodie a call at 661 944 1184 and make you reservation.
The area just East of Santa Barbara offers some interesting riding and the Lake Cachuma Live Oak Campground is in the heart of it. As usual there will be some organized rides. Cosmic Joe always puts together some interesting rides for those who like to go off road. Bill Getty is doing the Field Events again and Eddie has been practicing going slow (not something that comes natural to him). John
Guess I need to cut a check loose and mail it off. Great venue, the lake will be at 25% of capacity, but under the Oaks during the mornings and evenings it should be very pleasant. Took the boys there when they were very young. They're in their twenties now.
I remember some nice folks attending and running the show. Sounds like a good getaway for me. Catered camping.. a big plus.
Here is the latest for those signed up for Cachuma 2015:
NO CONFIRMATIONS COMING - YOU WILL ARRIVE, SIGN IN WITH JODI (AND MAYBE DONNA), AND GET A BAG WITH TEE-SHIRT, RAFFLE TICKET, SIGN RELEASE, MAP OF RIDES AND WHATEVER ELSE. JUST SPOKE WITH EDDIE. THERE MAYBE BALLOONS ON THE HIGHWAY AT THE DRIVEWAY ENTRANCE PAST THE GOLF COURSE. JUST GO SLOWLY COMING DOWN THAT HILL. CALL DONNA IF LOST OR UNSURE 619.443.9169
According to Google Maps the entrance for Live Oak Campground is 16.8 miles from the start of 154 in Santa Barbara.
The entrance will be on your right with a sign set WAY back from the road for the Golf Course and Live Oak Campground. Be careful looking for the entrance because people really wick it up as they come down from the bridge. Expect people to want to do 80mph plus. You want to go slow, especially at night, as it is easy to miss the entrance. The last time I was there a few years ago there was an Armco steel barrier on both sides of the entrance.
Coming up from Santa Barbara, once you crest the top of the Pass you will go over a long bridge. A few miles down the hill you will first see Paradise Road and then Stage Coach Road on your right. The entrance to the campground is approx 1/2 mile past stage coach road. It is at a point in the road where you stop going down hill and start the climb back up to the next rise. It's like you are at the bottom of the valley.
(Don't get confused, you will pass the other end of Stage Coach Road just as you reach the top of the pass on you left. You are looking for the other end of Stage Coach Road on the right).
GOOGLE Map Live Oak Campground Santa Barbara and set it for satellite. You will clearly see the Golf Course.
Stagecoach Road is a fun little side road on a bike but watch out for sand or gravel in the road from crumbling hillsides. Sometimes cops are hiding at the bottom of the 154 grade to catch the fliers. There is a green sign facing (not along) 154 with Rancho San Marcos Golf Course. Next to that is the sign for Live Oak. John, interested in meeting up? I have to bring a 4 wheel to pick up an A65 case and my only together Brit bike is not registered.
I was actually interested in pin pointing the mile marker for the entrance to the rally site while I was there. The entrance is near mile marker 20. This should be noted by Jody and Eddie Mulder and put on the directions to the meet.