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May 2, 2004
The 36th season opener of the Costa Mesa Speedway at the Orange County Fairgrounds brought an eclectic mix of fans. The parking lot had Hummers and Harleys, convertibles and campers, BMWs and barbecues. The stands were filled with cheering fans from eight to 80 and every age in between. Mark Lane has been coming to the speedway since 1969, the first year of its existence. "That was when they didn't have mufflers," Lane said, who has brought his daughters Danielle and Blaque to the races for over 15 years.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Amanda Pennington | August 17, 2006
Sure the grub, the beer and the great company of friends makes the Costa Mesa Speedway fun, but what lures Richie Ruggiero back each season? "I like the smell of the fuel that they use, and actually the sound of the engines too," said Costa Mesa resident Ruggiero, 26, who has been attending speedway events since he was 8 or 9 years old. "I like the excitement of finding out who's going to win — the whole competition of it — and the...
NEWS
September 30, 2000
-- Tony Altobelli The Orange County Fair and Exposition Center Board of Directors has approved a one-year contract for International Speedway, Inc. to continue its Speedway Motorcycle racing program in 2001, it was announced Friday evening. The 2001 season will mark the 33rd year of racing action at the Orange County Fairgrounds and will consist of approximately 20 events staged between April and October. Despite the Costa Mesa Speedway having a long and lasting relationship with fans and racers, the endeavor appeared to be on its way out after this season's conclusion in late October.
NEWS
May 4, 2002
COSTA MESA - Costa Mesa's own Bobby "Boogaloo" Schwartz will take to the dirt race track as the Costa Mesa Speedway headlines its 34-Year Aniversary 2002 season opener today. At the Orange County Fairgrounds, the gates will open at 5:30 p.m., and the first race is scheduled for 7:30. The season opener kicks off a season of 23 events on Saturday nights throughout the summer. The Costa Mesa Speedway also features its arena grandstand seating, which places every spectator practically on top of the racing action.
NEWS
October 13, 2001
COSTA MESA - A 20-man field, including the holders of nine United States National Championships, will lead the battle for the Coors Light U.S. National Speedway Championship title at the Costa Mesa Speedway on the Orange County Fairgrounds venue tonight. Costa Mesa's Bobby "Boogaloo" Schwartz and Scott Brant will be among the competitors that will contend for the title at the track on the Orange County Fairgrounds, as the racing action begins at 7:30 p.m. Schwartz, 45, is a former National and World Champion, while Brant is looking to overcome past bad luck at the Costa Mesa Speedway.
NEWS
August 16, 2000
COSTA MESA - Orange County Harley Davidson presents a full program of Harley racing Saturday night at the Orange County Fairgrounds. In addition to the Harley races, the top speedway and sidecar racers from around the world will also take to the Costa Mesa Speedway track for an evening of racing action. Along with the over 350 Harley motorcycles, the new 2000 Harley Davidsons will also be available for spectator inspection. The races begin at 7:30 p.m. with the gates opening at 6:30.
NEWS
September 21, 2000
COSTA MESA - A full program of Speedway and Sidecar racing will take place at the Orange County Fairgrounds Saturday night at 7:30, but it's the intermission event that could carry a "blinding" experience. A special blind driver team race will take place during the intermission on the Costa Mesa Speedway's bullring oval. Riders with bags on their heads will speed around the track with their sidecar teammate guiding them toward victory. Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for juniors ages 13-17 and $3 for youngsters ages 6-12.
NEWS
September 6, 2001
COSTA MESA - The name of the tricks should indicate the type of event that will take place Saturday night at the Costa Mesa Speedway. The Superman, the Sterilizer and the Kiss of Death are the name of the tricks that will be performed as the Speedway features its Extreme Freestyle Motocross Jumpers. Along with the jumping, a full program of professional Speedway Motorcycle racing will also be on hand. National champions Mike Faria, Chris Manchester and Bobby "Boogaloo" Schwartz will be among the elite competitors.
NEWS
July 8, 2000
Joseph Boo COSTA MESA - Nearly every Saturday, fans start to gather at the Orange County Fairgrounds around 6 p.m. The first motorbike race at the weekly Costa Mesa Speedway is still more than an hour away. But people start forming a line slowly, with the anticipation growing at the same pace. When the gate opens at 6:30, the fans start streaming in steadily to take a seat in one of the rickety old bleachers. Meanwhile, the kids immediately run through the box seats seats and rush to the retaining wall to greet their favorite riders before the event.
NEWS
July 7, 2000
Joseph Boo COSTA MESA - Nearly every Saturday, fans start to gather at the Orange County Fairgrounds around 6 p.m. The first motorbike race at the weekly Costa Mesa Speedway is still more than an hour away. But people start forming a line slowly, with the anticipation growing at the same pace. When the gate opens at 6:30, the fans start streaming in steadily to take a seat in one of the rickety old bleachers. Meanwhile, the kids immediately run through the box seats seats and rush to the retaining wall to greet their favorite riders before the event.
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By Candice Baker | August 30, 2008
It all started with a story. The Costa Mesa Speedway, now celebrating its 40th anniversary, was the product of one man’s dream. Today, Harry Oxley’s family is still keeping it strong. In speedway racing, competitors ride brakeless motorcycles around a dirt track, taking advantage of its surface in order to slide their bikes into the bends to maintain speed. The competition is fast and colorful, and has regaled spectators for decades. “My dad’s partner, Jack Milne, owned a motorcycle shop in Costa Mesa where my dad worked,” Harry’s son, Brad Oxley, said.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Candice Baker | June 11, 2008
RECLINE AND CONQUER The Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa, 3050 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, is bringing back its popular King for a Few Hours lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday. At the event, dads will be seated in recliners and armed with remote controls, while they nosh on baby back ribs and help themselves to buckets of beer and ice cream. A putting green, cigar area and big-screen TVs will also be strategically placed throughout the dining area. The cost is $38 for adults and $11.95 for kids ages 3 to 12. Call (714)
ENTERTAINMENT
By Amanda Pennington | August 17, 2006
Sure the grub, the beer and the great company of friends makes the Costa Mesa Speedway fun, but what lures Richie Ruggiero back each season? "I like the smell of the fuel that they use, and actually the sound of the engines too," said Costa Mesa resident Ruggiero, 26, who has been attending speedway events since he was 8 or 9 years old. "I like the excitement of finding out who's going to win — the whole competition of it — and the...
NEWS
May 2, 2004
The 36th season opener of the Costa Mesa Speedway at the Orange County Fairgrounds brought an eclectic mix of fans. The parking lot had Hummers and Harleys, convertibles and campers, BMWs and barbecues. The stands were filled with cheering fans from eight to 80 and every age in between. Mark Lane has been coming to the speedway since 1969, the first year of its existence. "That was when they didn't have mufflers," Lane said, who has brought his daughters Danielle and Blaque to the races for over 15 years.
NEWS
November 2, 2003
Virginia Lopez Professional Speedway Motorcycle Racing marked its 35th consecutive year at the Costa Mesa Speedway this year. Initially, the speedway site had been a championship rodeo ring connected to the Orange County Fairgrounds. Then, Harry and Marilynn Oxley came along. Harry Oxley had opened a motorcycle shop in the early 1960s, but despite his passion for it, it failed. So Harry Oxley moved to Southern California and went to work for a man named Jack Milne.
NEWS
October 12, 2002
Steve Virgen More than likely, Josh Larsen would gladly accept the role as underdog in tonight's U.S. National Speedway Championship. But Larsen is once again the odds-on favorite to break through and win the national title at the Costa Mesa Speedway at the Orange County Fairgrounds, starting at 7:30 p.m. For the past four years, Larsen, who is from Monrovia, has finished second at the nationals. Last year, just as the three previous years, he won every heat, but the final and watched the champion rider, Chris Manchester, revel in the post-race celebration of champagne bursting and photo flashes.
NEWS
May 4, 2002
COSTA MESA - Costa Mesa's own Bobby "Boogaloo" Schwartz will take to the dirt race track as the Costa Mesa Speedway headlines its 34-Year Aniversary 2002 season opener today. At the Orange County Fairgrounds, the gates will open at 5:30 p.m., and the first race is scheduled for 7:30. The season opener kicks off a season of 23 events on Saturday nights throughout the summer. The Costa Mesa Speedway also features its arena grandstand seating, which places every spectator practically on top of the racing action.
NEWS
October 15, 2001
Steve Virgen COSTA MESA - Truth be told, Brad Oxley is the promoter of the Costa Mesa Speedway, yet the slogan he shot off to a reporter at the 33rd Annual National Motorcycle Speedway Championship was supported by the action that unfolded Saturday night at the Orange County Fairgrounds. "If you've never been to Costa Mesa Speedway, you've never been to the races," said Oxley, who also raced in the 20-heat format culminating in an intense semifinal, a consolation-type heat and the "sudden-death" final.
NEWS
October 13, 2001
COSTA MESA - A 20-man field, including the holders of nine United States National Championships, will lead the battle for the Coors Light U.S. National Speedway Championship title at the Costa Mesa Speedway on the Orange County Fairgrounds venue tonight. Costa Mesa's Bobby "Boogaloo" Schwartz and Scott Brant will be among the competitors that will contend for the title at the track on the Orange County Fairgrounds, as the racing action begins at 7:30 p.m. Schwartz, 45, is a former National and World Champion, while Brant is looking to overcome past bad luck at the Costa Mesa Speedway.
NEWS
September 6, 2001
COSTA MESA - The name of the tricks should indicate the type of event that will take place Saturday night at the Costa Mesa Speedway. The Superman, the Sterilizer and the Kiss of Death are the name of the tricks that will be performed as the Speedway features its Extreme Freestyle Motocross Jumpers. Along with the jumping, a full program of professional Speedway Motorcycle racing will also be on hand. National champions Mike Faria, Chris Manchester and Bobby "Boogaloo" Schwartz will be among the elite competitors.
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