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Entradero Park - Any old photos?

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Just discovered the forum today and found a few threads mentioning meetups at Entradero park. I'm wondering if anyone has any old 70s/80s photos or memories of the track to share. Images in the other threads were broken but I suspect they were meetup images and not from back in the day.

From what I remember of the track in the early 80's, you'd start at the top near the entrance and hit a 4-5' tall jump into a downhill landing, head left around a sweeping singletrack berm, hit the hip airing to the right, and ultimately end up with an option to jump the cement gully. I don't remember what was between the hip and the gully jump.

Being 11-12 years old at the time, I was too much of a pussy to go big on the first jump and I was never comfortable trying to throw a tabletop to the right so I always hit the hip going left and landing in the flats. I kinda remember you could straight air the hip and there were a few other jumps on the other side but they didn't really flow with the rest of the track.

Someone had dug a softball sized hole in the ground about 20' out from the hip jump and rumor was the hole marked the farthest distance Trashcan Morgan had once jumped. True or not, we 11 year olds were pretty gullible and the guy was somewhat of a local legend so we took it as fact.

I also remember kids slipping through the grid on the drainage tunnel at the top of the gully. If you went about about 50' in, supposedly there was a "room" where a bunch of other drains intersected and where all the stoners would hang out. 

Looking at the satellite photo, it's kinda hard to tell where things used to be. The walkway between the houses is still there but I don't remember the fireroad. The baseball field at the bottom right wasn't there back then.

Anyway, fun trip down memory lane. Wondering if others have old memories to share.

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Yep, I rode my Stormer and then my GT (first local kid to have a first run GT) both from Dad’s Bike Barn (O.G. Shop), and yeah, you’re description is on point bro. I was still going to Beryl Heights at the time, Regan’s first term, 1979-1982. Also: at top of hill, before that first big Double Jump, prior to the Banzai (then left Berm), you could break left (toward playground) and after a 50-70 ft speed ramp, was a table-top jump), that was killer. It was only 3’ high x 5-7’ long, but man I felt cool flying over that. Once I wiped out land my air off it, and landed in a heap only to see dog poop on my cool new Star Wars digital watch. - 04.16.2021, I’m 51, Larry B. 

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There used to lots of pictures of the park back then.  I think there used to be pictures of the vintage event we did there years ago.

i grew up in Torrance and still live in Redondo Beach.  I take my son there quite a bit and while a few landmarks are still there it’s very different from the 80s.

Welcome to the site...

 

Tony

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 Yeah you got it right I was one of the stoners flying on bmx cruisers after 20”rs the “big room” in the tunnel was a rumor, I know this is an old post I just found a bunch of pic’s of “Tordondo Track” Mike Ireland (ButtWipe) & others built the upper track near the west gate towers&ronald st Dads bike barn held a race on the other side of the park, their were jumps & tracks all over that “sump” I lived on the block 

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9 hours ago, Tordondo 79 said:

 Yeah you got it right I was one of the stoners flying on bmx cruisers after 20”rs the “big room” in the tunnel was a rumor, I know this is an old post I just found a bunch of pic’s of “Tordondo Track” Mike Ireland (ButtWipe) & others built the upper track near the west gate towers&ronald st Dads bike barn held a race on the other side of the park, their were jumps & tracks all over that “sump” I lived on the block 

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Tordondo,

Very cool images and stories!

Above you mention "Mike Ireland" and "Dads Bike Barn".  I recall a Mike Ireland that I would see at the Van Nuys Teen center racing (in 79, 80) wearing a blue Dads Bike Barn jersey. In 79 I was 14-15 expert and Mike was in the 16 expert class (if memory serves).  Could that be the same Mike Ireland?

Also I think I have a frame with a Dads Bike Barn seat tube sticker on it for what it is worth.

Keep the stories and information coming!

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Probably was Him that would be the right age 16 - 17? & he raced all over from what I remember he was fast he would hang way back off jumps & his rear would rub the back tire 

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Useless trivia:

 

If you go a couple of blocks north and right of Entradero, you'll hit Bob "Oz" Osborn's house over on Arvada.

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More useless trivia:

That’s right & back in the day there was desks around for BMX Magazine & small track in the back yard I went over there a few time RL & his buds would be racing RC cars on

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