Moto Beach Classic 2021

Custom motorcycles and Super Hooligan racing on the beach in Southern California.

Front wheels lofted at the start of the Super Hooligan main event at the Moto Beach Classic.Morgan Gales

“There are so many amazing people here!” Roland Sands shouted as he greeted me, his smile beaming from below a straw cowboy hat. As the founder of the Moto Beach Classic, Sands designed this beach party to have everything that he wants: surfing, custom bikes, live music, racing, and good people. After a bit of a hiatus, motorcycle fans once again flocked to Huntington Beach on October 23 for this awesome one-day event. The Moto Beach Classic is back, and just like always, it’s one of the best two-wheeled events in SoCal.

Alex Earle’s carbon-clad Ducati trackbike on display in the custom bike area of Moto Beach Classic.Morgan Gales
Stone Hendrikx enjoying some version of a test ride on the 2021 BMW R 18 Classic.Morgan Gales
One of the many vintage Ducatis in the MotoDoffo collection was brought out and put on display.Morgan Gales

Turning off the Pacific Coast Highway, I pulled through the Bolsa Chica State Beach gates alongside Go Takamine on his red and white Panhead chopper. I parked just steps from the sand and saw a few friends before I was even out of the parking lot. Vendors lined the entrance area to both peddle and pedal their ebikes, and hawk communication systems, clothing, and more. Just past that was the custom bike section, where Alex Earle had one of his custom Ducatis on display next to Kott’s custom Triumph cafe racer, Croig’s second build, and plenty of others. Beyond that was the Sea Legs stage, where local bands played throughout the day and Badd Wolf performed in the evening. Finally, at the far end of the lot, were the Super Hooligan races and pits.

This full-custom Indian Chief was built by the team at Roland Sands Design to mimic early cast and braised frame styles.Morgan Gales
What looks like a clean and classic cafe racer at first glance belies some serious machine work. With velocity stacks in the wind, this modern Triumph mashup features a reversed top end. Built by Dustin Kott of Kott Motorcycles.Morgan Gales
Of course the Indian Chief-based racebike, built by Roland Sands Design and raced by Rennie Scaysbrook, was on display at the show.Morgan Gales

The racing, as it always is with this crew, was wildly entertaining. After a two-year hiatus due to injury, Nathon Verdugo made his triumphant return, taking first in the Hooligan class. And, as one may expect, lining up more than a dozen Super Hooligan racers on a tiny pavement track led to a bit of carnage; the main event had to restart five times before it was able to get fully underway. In the end, Scooter Vernon came away victorious.

All in all, the event was scaled down a bit from 2019. But it was also all completely free for the first time, aside from the $9 beer. There were no drag races, and the headliners may not have had the star power of Social Distortion or Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. But the whole scene was open for the general public to walk around and enjoy the entire event. The vibe was fun and relaxed, and as Sands said, these amazing people were just happy to be out seeing their amazing friends.

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The kids pushbike race is always a crowd pleaser.Morgan Gales
Erin Ferris of Royal Enfield’s Build Train Race Program with her race face on.Morgan Gales
After two years out of the game, Nathon Verdugo came back to win the Hooligan mains.Morgan Gales
Frankie Garcia, one of the top racers in MotoAmerica’s King of the Baggers series, racing his Indian FTR 1200 in the Super Hooligan main event.Morgan Gales
Scooter Vernon took first place in the Moto Beach Classic Super Hooligan main event.Morgan Gales
Roland Sands and Summer Hoover celebrating another successful year of Moto Beach.Morgan Gales