Editorial: A Saturday In So. Cal.

Paul Carruthers | September 15, 2012

My day began with a guy on a sportbike crossing the double yellow line, diving up the inside of my car on the Ortega Highway and damn near dragging his knee in the process. Did I mention he was wearing shorts and a tank top? In his defense, I must also mention that he was wearing a helmet.

My day ended some 80 miles away with me laughing hysterically as former road racer and current bike building legend Roland Sands did likewise to a guy on a Buell on the last lap of the Harley Night Finale at Costa Mesa Speedway. Yes, Sands was wearing long pants, but he was on a freaking raked-out Harley… on the little bullring dirt oval that sits inside the Orange County Fairgrounds. And he was racing a guy on a Buell. On a Speedway track. And those two were being chased by far less talent, one of whom caused at least three red flags because of an over-zealous right wrist that resulted in repeated Harley highsides and carnage in turn one. Three times, maybe four. Same dude. I kid you not.

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Paul Carruthers | Editor

Paul Carruthers took over as the editor of Cycle News in 1993 after serving as associate editor since starting his career at the publication in 1985. Carruthers has covered every facet of the sport in his near-28-year tenure at America's Daily Motorcycle News Source.