Sixth annual Steel Stampede vintage motorcycle trials, races

by: RAGINA ANDERSON - Competitors in the 60-plus class take off from the starting gate on Sunday, during the motocross races at the sixth annual Steel Stampede at Crooked River Ranch. A total of 194 people competed in motocross, and 72 in Saturday's trials - the most ever, according to Nicol Fisher, president of Powroll Motor Performance, which is the main event sponsor. Before he commented on the success of the just completed 2013 Steel Stampede this past Sunday, Pete Fisher, the event founder and overseer, wanted to get a thought off his chest regarding this column of May 1.

"About your dumb suggestion that the speed limit on Chinook should be 35mph instead of 45 mph, I say, 'Nonsense — anybody who can’t drive safely at 45 mph should not be driving,'" said Fisher, for the benefit of everyone within earshot.

That opinion is probably shared by a majority of safe drivers who use that stretch of Chinook Road from Antelope to Mustang every day to commute off and on the Ranch. It’s a major reason the speed limit undoubtedly won’t be changed any time soon.

Having dispensed with that opinion, Fisher gave an unqualified “Fabulous” to describe the results of the sixth edition of the Steel Stampede and had the figures to back up that description, with increased participation in both the trials and motocross (also known as races). They were incremental increases, rather than dramatic ones, but the fact it was the sixth annual event in a row makes any increases in participation and attendance significant.

Fisher also reiterated his praise for the "tremendous" support he received from Ranch departments, their personnel and resident volunteers he had first voiced in a pre-event interview.

The praise was echoed by his daughter, Powroll President Nicol Fisher, in a post-event interview. She added that she received a lot of comments from attendees expressing amazement that an essentially residential community like the Ranch could organize and collaborate in the production of such a well-run event.

That’s especially true because the current economy continues to plug along sluggishly in its recovery. People are still not making discretionary expenses willy-nilly for what is basically entertainment. That the stampede continues to improve its draw to participants and attendees over such an extended period is an impressive feat.

by: RAGINA ANDERSON - Tim Parriott won the Highlander trophy for a competition involving golf and motorcycle trials.The high gusty winds that prevailed both days were not an encouraging factor, despite the accompanying sunshine. It’s naturally pretty dusty near the ballpark in calm weather, which worsens when the wind blows.

Interestingly, all six events have established admirable safety records. There have been no fatalities during all the trials and races that have been run and very few significant injuries that required hospitalization. That’s saying something for an event characterized by two-wheeled vehicles going at breakneck speed over very rough terrain and the drivers being penalized for putting their feet on the ground for any reason.

The results of the Steel Stampede have been so cumulatively outstanding that a second annual event that’s slightly different is scheduled for this fall for the first time. The fall event is called a Premier Classic event by the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association.

By their own definition AHRMA is an organization “dedicated to restoring and competing on classic motorcycles.” It authenticates regional competitive events, such as the Steel Stampede.

The Premier Classic fall event will be slightly different from last week’s competition, mainly in the type and make of the motorcycles to be raced. They will be older and originally made from 1968 to 1974, whereas regular vintage motorcycles — the type which compete in the Steel Stampede — are made since 1975.

The classic motorcycles will be heavier, with less suspension. Most are manufactured in the U.K., whereas regular vintage bikes are largely made in Japan and other countries. The complex rules for the different class of motorcycles can be seen on the AHRMA website at

Ranch Administrator Judy LaPora did not have total revenue collected at the event, or attendance, which was in addition to the participating riders. The list of winners was also not yet available beyond Tim Parriott, who won the Highlander trophy for the best combined score from the trials and nine holes of golf on the Ranch course. You can see photos of the Stampede by leaving a message for Gina Anderson at 541-350-5240 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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