72nd Annual GVMC Piston Run Hare ScramblesFinal Cancellation Until Next Year due to Covid - 19
The GVMC Piston Run is finally completely cancelled until next year. After much deliberation and consultation with all of the guide lines it was an unanimous vote by the GVMC Executive Members present that we can not in good faith hold the GVMC Piston Run in 2020 and keep everyone safe from Covid-19. Hope to see you next year! Thank you Piston Run Organizers
History of the 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
72nd Annual Piston Run Hare Scrambles presented by the GVMC
Check back at the end of July for the rescheduled date for a great off road adventure.
BCORCS Off Road Championship Event
Sponsored by Daytona Motorsports The first 99 signups receive a Souvenir Beer Mug!
Fun New Trails and Old Favourites Spectator Friendly
Camping: 25 Unit Campsite near start area (aprox $15.00 fee) - Rapids Campground
A limited number of sites are available for reservation, excluding the Staging Area: however most sites are on a first-come, first-served basis. The Campsite is now taking reservations. This is a CASH ONLY site and has on-site supervision during camping season. All visitors are required to to exit the site by 10:30pm as the gates are locked at 11:00pm and will remain closed until 7:00am
For more information and to make a reservation visit: www.chilliwackvalleycampsites.ca
Start Area: Chipmunk Creek/Wally's Staging 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/Wally's Staging Area. Follow the arrows to the staging area, parking, camping and signup about 6km from blacktop.
Signup Opens: 8:00am
Rider's Meeting: 10:30am
Race Starts: 11:00am
Entry Fee: Pre Enty on line PNWMA Website until 6:00pm Thursday prior to the race With BCORMA Trail Pass $50.00 Without BCORMA Trail Pass $60.00
PNWMA Licence Required - Individual Year $40.00 - Weekend $20.00 - Includes 1 transponder - Family - Year - $60.00 - Weekend $20.00 - Includes 2 transponders - Extra transponders $5.00