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#385847 - 12/12/08 08:04 PM Old MX Track in Port Aurthur, TX ??????
Blacksher #26 Offline
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Does anyone remember the name of the old MX track that was right under the Rainbow bridge in Port Aurthur, Tx. It was on Pleasure Island back in late 70's early 80's....Was thinking it was -----hill, but don't really remember.

Can anyone help ?
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#385848 - 12/15/08 01:41 AM Re: Old MX Track in Port Aurthur, TX ?????? [Re: Blacksher #26]
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i raced in port arthur in 72/73 and even have some super8 movies of the place but for the life of me i can't recall the name of the place. if memory serves me i'm pretty sure my movies include the sign with the name on it that we drove under when we entered the property. if i can ever find someone with a working projector mayby i will be able to help you out. dave f.
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#385849 - 12/15/08 02:36 PM Re: Old MX Track in Port Aurthur, TX ?????? [Re: My6]
Blacksher #26 Offline
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Registered: 09/25/08
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dave,

That is the place I'm talking about, you pulled in gate kinda uphill under sign. Me and my dad can't remember the name either and dad raced there too. If you ever get them movies running, I'd sure like to know the places name. I was a thinking it was something like Rose Hill MX or something, but don't really know

Thanks for the reply
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#385850 - 12/16/08 01:27 PM Re: Old MX Track in Port Aurthur, TX ?????? [Re: Blacksher #26]
BIZZZARE Offline
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Yeah, I went there to Texas Series race around 78-79. I think it was called Rose Hill.
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#385851 - 03/16/09 04:41 AM Re: Old MX Track in Port Aurthur, TX ?????? [Re: BIZZZARE]
Don287 Offline
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Registered: 03/18/07
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Rose Hill was a different track in the area, that was not the one on pleasure island. My brother raced there in the 74-76 range I think. I know we have a picture of him pushing his TM100 across the finish line there.

-d
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#385852 - 03/20/09 02:13 AM Re: Old MX Track in Port Aurthur, TX ?????? [Re: Don287]
brad9s Offline
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The old track at Pleasure Island was called Pleasure Island MX Park. I raced there in the early 70s. It was to the left after you crossed the big bridge.

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#418787 - 06/13/09 03:00 AM Re: Old MX Track in Port Aurthur, TX ?????? [Re: brad9s]
Lonestar_399 Offline
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Yep, Pleasure Island Motocross Park. It was a fun place to ride in the early to late 70's.

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#465121 - 05/05/10 04:00 AM Re: Old MX Track in Port Aurthur, TX ?????? [Re: Lonestar_399]
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Yes it was a good track to race at. It was owned by a man that wore a old mexican flat brim leather hat. Troy Brussard, Von Thomas, Brain Chisem, Tray Ewers, Chad Parker, Bob Waldron are some of its best riders of the early mid 70's.

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#465122 - 05/05/10 04:03 AM Re: Old MX Track in Port Aurthur, TX ?????? [Re: Tray20]
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#465537 - 05/08/10 08:18 PM Re: Old MX Track in Port Aurthur, TX ?????? [Re: Tray20]
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one of my scariest memories of racing back in the day was when i came over a fast jump there and had the left side of my "newfangled" aluminum handle bars break off in mid air. i saved it but only by the grace of god. i went back to the oldfangled bars for years because of it. df
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#465618 - 05/10/10 02:04 AM Re: Old MX Track in Port Aurthur, TX ?????? [Re: My6]
Tray20 Offline
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http://i42.tinypic.com/11qmvzl.jpg

My6 Was this the jump you lost your bars, this was the finish line jump.
Tray

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#466253 - 05/14/10 02:47 AM Re: Old MX Track in Port Aurthur, TX ?????? [Re: Tray20]
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bud it,s been tooo long and all i can remember is the high banked left turn coming up at me real fast and trying to slow and control my scoot with one hand.
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#466424 - 05/15/10 02:57 AM Re: Old MX Track in Port Aurthur, TX ?????? [Re: My6]
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MY6 What year did you ride there? Do you remember Troy Brussard, Von Thomas, Brain Chissiom, or Chad Parker?
Tray

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#467021 - 05/19/10 01:43 AM Re: Old MX Track in Port Aurthur, TX ?????? [Re: Tray20]
ROOSTERJ Offline
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Some called this track the pier. In the early days of pleasure island the place was called the pier. I think the peir burned down and it was retained the name Pleasure island, the original track is long gone but a few years ago they had a race there i think it was called "revisted" many turned out and they raced quads also, it is now a golf course if i am not mistaken, great pics guys !
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#467405 - 05/22/10 03:25 AM Re: Old MX Track in Port Aurthur, TX ?????? [Re: ROOSTERJ]
Tray20 Offline
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Thanks for the information on pleasure island. It is a tragedy that it is now a golf course. I can almost draw the whole track in my head as it used to be. It was a different time then, I wish I could revisit it.

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#468187 - 05/27/10 03:29 PM Re: Old MX Track in Port Aurthur, TX ?????? [Re: Tray20]
Dave Offline
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My old riding buddies from Port Arthur, Chris Ihle, and Chuck Elliot, used to race here. Chris was the dude to beat and once beat Wyman Priddy back then. Chris was sponsored by the Suzuki Shop out of Port Arthur. I worked for the folks that owned the shop, Ed and Susan Schmidtke. I really miss those folks. We all used to windsurf together with the Sabine Sailing Association back in the early '80s there at Pleasure Island and a lot of those guys used to race mx at the track as well. I miss that place. Good times!

Dave

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#468200 - 05/27/10 04:34 PM Re: Old MX Track in Port Aurthur, TX ?????? [Re: Dave]
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It is actually a Frisbee golf course now.

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#468258 - 05/28/10 01:29 AM Re: Old MX Track in Port Aurthur, TX ?????? [Re: Irishcoffee]
Tray20 Offline
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http://i47.tinypic.com/2hn4cg0.jpg
This was taken in 1974,or 1975 at pleasure Island. I can only remember myself and a guy named Brain Chisiom from Orange that rode in the 125 class.
Whis I could live in those days again.

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#468357 - 05/29/10 03:43 AM Re: Old MX Track in Port Aurthur, TX ?????? [Re: Tray20]
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#468359 - 05/29/10 11:08 AM Re: Old MX Track in Port Aurthur, TX ?????? [Re: Irishcoffee]
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Excuse me it is a frisbee course ! I was close.
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#468890 - 06/03/10 10:57 PM Re: Old MX Track in Port Aurthur, TX ?????? [Re: ROOSTERJ]
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way cool pics- being born in 85' i dont know any of this stuff, but really cool to see the nostalgia- i'd like to live in those days too btw.........
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#468982 - 06/04/10 08:11 PM Re: Old MX Track in Port Aurthur, TX ?????? [Re: FLYINGWRENCHES]
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Then you would feel just like we do. Hurting most of the time!

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#469050 - 06/05/10 08:24 PM Re: Old MX Track in Port Aurthur, TX ?????? [Re: Tray20]
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when i said new fangled aluminum bars i was not kidding. they were the FIRST ones offered to the public and pretty thin so i'm pretty sure it was around 71/72. hey,great pics. dfrazer
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#469714 - 06/14/10 01:54 AM Re: Old MX Track in Port Aurthur, TX ?????? [Re: ROOSTERJ]
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This track was so good in many ways, it had most every feauture that was offered in the famous SO. Calf track call saddleback other than the large drop offs. It had high speed staights, radical berms, wopdi doo's and cammal hump jumps. I won many mini mini races there and even now I can still draw the track to almost toscall 38 years later. I will always remember my early youth either getting to practice there are racing there. It is a same it is is gone now.

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#476596 - 09/03/10 11:37 AM Re: Old MX Track in Port Aurthur, TX ?????? [Re: Tray20]
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I just stumbled onto this site. Wow does this thread bring nack a flood of memories. I used to race back in the 70's thru 80's. Me and Dean Henriksen used to go to the old Pleasure Island MX Park quite a bit back then. Way cool track. Those were the days.

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#481005 - 10/17/10 01:26 PM Re: Old MX Track in Port Aurthur, TX ?????? [Re: petergunn26]
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Tray, Thanks a million for the pictures. Great memories. My first race was there,on my 1975 YZ80B (The beginning of the end of the XR75). I remember Rose Hill alot better. Won my first trophy there. It was owned by the Boswells. I hear Wayne and Curtis are still around, but haven't seen them in years. Rosehill was after The Pier around 1979. My dad would take me to the track on his way to work and drop me, the bike, and trailer off so I could practice. He then would pick me up on his lunch break and take me home. What a great Dad and what great memories...
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#488314 - 12/19/10 05:33 PM Re: Old MX Track in Port Aurthur, TX ?????? [Re: MOOSE697]
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Golden Triangle Old School Motocross Reunion: If you rode at the Pleasure Island motocross track in the 70’s in Port Arthur Texas, I would like to know if you would be interested in attending a ‘get together”. As of now I am in contact with a few of us that are still around, and we all think it would be a lot of fun to put something together sometime the summer of 2011.
Please email me if you are you know someone that would like to come and join us.
Tray85221@hotmail.com

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#489055 - 12/28/10 07:21 PM Re: Old MX Track in Port Aurthur, TX ?????? [Re: Tray20]
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Great idea, especially for geezers like Lawrence Lucia. He will probably need someone to drive him there though and then tell him where he is. LOL!

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#491041 - 01/14/11 04:21 AM Re: Old MX Track in Port Aurthur, TX ?????? [Re: Irishcoffee]
Blacksher #26 Offline
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Registered: 09/25/08
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I had kinda forgot about this post, but was impressed with how it has progressed, the pics are way to cool... This was the 1st track I rode my new yz80 at back in 1976..man those were the days, later on in life I got the chance to ride at saddleback & carlsbad raceway, but some of the best memories I have of riding back then was in Port Arthur, Tx...
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#518912 - 11/28/11 12:31 AM Re: Old MX Track in Port Aurthur, TX ?????? [Re: Blacksher #26]
Rick 123 Offline
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Registered: 07/23/09
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I am from Groves and used to race at the Pleasure Island track. I talked to Chris Ihle. He is still into wind surfing, but does not ride any more. I would like to hear what all the Port Neches Groves guys have been up to lately.

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#520609 - 12/15/11 03:58 AM Re: Old MX Track in Port Aurthur, TX ?????? [Re: Rick 123]
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Pat Cross here....Pleasure Island,Interstate Motocross,Rose City,Burtins Shipyard,Bishop Burn,Motoromma,H&B Speedway,Highlands Flat track,Baytown Flat track ,Beaumont Fair Park when it was still a rodeo arena;These were the tracks around the Golden Triangle that i road

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#562183 - 10/30/13 04:35 PM Re: Old MX Track in Port Aurthur, TX ?????? [Re: crosswrks]
oldnbold Offline
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I just looked into this old thread. While i didn't get started riding until '79 and that was all woods riding in Boykin Springs, my mentor was my buddy Shane Book out of Orange. he and Curt Hawkins were 2 of the fast guys out of Orange (or at least they claim they were fast)that were my age.

A previous poster talked about Brian Chisum from Orange. Are you talking about Byron Chisum? I know he was part of the riders from Orange along with the Hinds Brothers...David, Doyle, Darren and Richard. I'm not sure if all the brothers rode or not. There were some Parker brothers from Bridge city also.

I went and watched a race over there 1 time and the pic's of the picket fence brought back memories.

Curt and Shane initially were racing 4 stroke Hondas and doing well on them against the 2T's. Curt's dad would pull the flywheel off the 4T's so they could rev and run with the much quicker 2T's. They both morphed into 2T Elsinores when those came out.

While i haven't seen Curt in decades, i see Shane all the time here in Austin and he still talks about Pleasure Island racing and the good times there.

One great story of his was when he and several of the Orange guys went to Whitney for a big race. it rained a bunch and all the orange guys did so well the riders in the class protested, so they were bumped to the next class in which they did very well also. He said the mud was just like pleasure island so they were used to it.

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#562197 - 10/30/13 06:19 PM Re: Old MX Track in Port Aurthur, TX ?????? [Re: oldnbold]
Dave Offline
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Ah...Boykin Springs, Orange, Port Arthur, Pleasure Island, the Hinds brothers, etc. Does anyone remember the Schmidtkes who owned the Suzuki shop in Port Arthur? They sponsored several guys I knew before I ended up working for them in the early '80s. How about the Welch brothers from Orange. Their dad owned the local typewriter shop in town. All of the Welch boys rode and still get on two wheels from time to time except for Jesse who passed away several years ago. We used to dream about opening up the old track at Pleasure Island. Talk about a bunch of hotrod and motorcycle gear heads! I think it was in the water down there. It was really because it was pretty much the only thing to do there besides play football.
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#564709 - 12/22/13 10:23 PM Re: Old MX Track in Port Aurthur, TX ?????? [Re: Dave]
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Both Ed and Albert are now gone. Ed and his wife came to a terribly tragic end after a domestic dispute. I bought all my early bikes from them as did my riding friends. Then a couple Buls from Sonny Lawson. I currently own a CR I bought from Curt Hawkins, don't know if he still rides any. Several well known statewide mx'rs came to the pier occasionally and got schooled by a few of the "local yokels". Kinda funny sometimes.

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#567417 - 03/07/14 01:44 AM Re: Old MX Track in Port Aurthur, TX ?????? [Re: ROOSTERJ]
nujac Offline
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I still have a few trophies from there stuffed away in a closet. They called it Pleasure Island Cycle Park. It was built over an old dump and located right by the pleasure island bridge. That was a great track. It was a lot better than the Beaumont track.

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#567418 - 03/07/14 01:51 AM Re: Old MX Track in Port Aurthur, TX ?????? [Re: nujac]
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Does anyone rember the car dirt track in beaumont that added the motorcross section on the back side of the track. We would race at night with the bright lights on the main car circle track then jump the east high berm to the motor cross track. The lighting was so bad there you would run over a few tires till your eyes adjusted. Then about the time you could see again you would jump back on the main circle track into the bright lights.

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