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 1960’s, 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 1980’s, 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
67th Annual Piston Run Hare Scrambles presented by GVMC
Mark this date June 7th, 2015 on your calendar for a great off road adventure.
PNWMA Off Road Championship Event
Fun New Trails and Old Favourites Spectator Friendly New 25 Unit Campsite near start area ($15.00 fee)
Food Concession On Site.
Start Area: Chipmunk Creek/Foley Creek Area. Directions: Take the Vedder Road exit (#119) off Hwy 1 at Chilliwack. Drive south thru Sardis and turn left at the steel bridge towards Chilliwack Lake. After 25km, you will pass the Ford Mountain Correction Center. Turn left immediately after crossing the bridge towards Chipmunk Creek/Foley Lake. Follow the arrows to the staging area, parking, camping and signup about 6km from blacktop. Overnight camping at the recreation site available. For reservations call 1-604-824-0576 between the hours of 6:00pm - 9:00pm on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.
Signup Opens: 8:30am
Rider's Meeting: 10:30am
Race Starts: 11:00am
Entry Fee: With BCORMA Trail Pass $40.00 Without BCORMA Trail Pass $50.00
PNWMA Licence required which is available at signup for a $30.00 fee which gives you a yearly membership in the PNWMA.
Transponders are required for the Race which are available for a $10.00 deposit which will be refunded upon return of the transponder.
Sound test 96db limit and spark arrestors required.
Souvenir Mugs: First 100 signups get Souvenir Beer Mugs sponsored by Daytona Motorsports.
**To view pictures of this event please check it out in the Past Events section of this website or the Photo Gallery.
2015 The Piston Run Report
Last year's ride report started (tongue in cheek) by saying it wasn’t raining nor was it going to rain and that the organizers were considering having to cancel the event, because the track would not be muddy or slippery and they wouldn’t have to look through mud caked goggles to find their way. Well it was not raining this year either and it was hot, hot, hot. That meant that the track was in great shape and there would be no slippery tree roots, slimy hills or obstacles to get in the way, nothing but a fast and grueling course.
In spite of the heat everyone was on site early and ready to go. Many had spent the night and even the weekend here to help prepare for the event, others were up before the sun to make the drive in time to get set up for the day. AII of the helpers were rewarded with a delicious breakfast of pancakes and sausage. Thank you Donna and crew.
We started this year’s event on the bench road and used Wally’s Staging Area to line up all the classes. There were 109 eager riders in 11 classes waiting to go at the sound of the horn. This start created some great excitement at the sharp right hand turn onto the FSR, with the riders flat out in fifth gear, the challenging course quickly separated the men from the boys and yes the women from the girls. Some of the riders who had taken the hole shot lost it at this point and ended up back in the pack on the other side of the turn. The rugged course and the heat of the day did not slow the pace of the riders and many of them maintained it for up to three hours or more. This is one of the toughest courses in this series so “well done” to everyone who rode flat out in the 90 degree heat to finish the ride, and congratulations to everyone who placed first in their class.
Tyler Murray was our overall winner, Tyler took the lead early and never looked back, congratulations Tyler. His name will be engraved on the 1949 perpetual trophy that hangs permanently in our clubhouse and which itself is a testament to many great riders throughout the years.
The youngest rider of the day was a non participant, about 2 years old and riding on four wheels, his enthusiasm and persistence throughout the day were unbeatable, a future winner for sure.
The Run and the day ran smoothly. Participants, spectators and helpers all had a great time. There was a concession stand serving up cold drinks and hot dogs. There were no injuries to anyone in the race and trophies for all the winners. What more could we ask for?
Time for some thank you’s: once again to Jackie and Ann for doing such a great job at the sign up table, to Andrea for taking care of the timing and all that entails, to Dave, Wes, Phil, Julie and Bill for being everywhere and anywhere they were needed, to Donna and her helpers for the concession stand, to all of the volunteers that came out on many weekends to help cut and clear the trails and especially to everyone else who were there to help. Thank you, we could not do it without all of you.
This year the Piston Run was dedicated to the memory of Wally Klammer. On Saturday Night his family, friends and fellow club members held a memorial, dedication and sendoff ceremony for him at the site, where he was remembered in a way that was well and truly right out of the pages of one of his books and which will make him a part of this ride and this place forever.
Wally’s wife Marg along with their daughters, Jennifer and Megan and their grandchildren attended Sunday’s Ride and Marg graciously served as our trophy girl. Thanks to all of you it meant a lot to have you there. The pictures in our photo gallery tell the story better than any words ever could. Wally really was looking down. Check out Row 12 in the Photo Gallery.
Check in the Photo Gallery for more pictures of the 2015 Piston Run.