70th Annual GVMC Piston Run Hare Scrambles

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Sunday, June 10, 2018
8:00:00 AM
Chipmunk Creek/Wally's Staging Area
Dwight Harris Chris Carey Ray Keller
604)466-8812 (604)534-0609 (604)612-1036
dwightpat@shaw.ca; rkeller@wcwtholdings.com

History of the Piston Run


Piston Run

In 1948, Trev Deeley seized his Harley 45 racing the National at Daytona Beach. The damaged piston and rod were mounted on a shield to form the perpetual Piston Run trophy. There is, on the clubhouse wall, a small Piston Run trophy, engraved 1942. This suggests the event has an even longer history, but in any case, the perpetual trophy dates consecutively from 1949.

The event was originally an enduro, where riders had to average given speeds to arrive at checkpoints by a certain time. There were no dirt bikes before the 1960ís, and riders often took the saddlebags and lights off their daily transportation (few riders were rich enough to afford a car), rode the event, then washed the bike and bolted the lights and bags back on for the ride home. The course was traditionally challenging, with riders on 400 to 600 pound bikes charging into mudholes, logs and streambeds. Many riders of heavier bikes took a passenger along to help push.

By the early 1980ís, timekeeping had fallen out of favour, so the format was changed to a hare scrambles race. It was one of the original five events when the PNWMA started the Off-Road Series in 1984. In 1985, the first of the souvenir beer mugs was given out to finishers. This started a new tradition of collecting beer mugs, which continues today.

Current Information On The Piston Run


70th Annual Piston Run Hare Scrambles presented by the GVMC


Mark this date June 10th, 2018 on your calendar for a great off road adventure.

PNWMA Off Road Championship Event

Check back in the near future for more details on this event.

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