Past Meetup

First Doug Bingham Memorial Sidecar Rally

Hosted by Southern California Sidecar Club

Public group

This Meetup is past

41 people went

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Doug Bingham started his Sidecar Rally back in 1971 at the Mineral Wells picnic area in Griffith Park. The Rally was so successful Doug kept it going for 44 years. During those years it grew into the largest gathering of sidecars in the country. Everybody in the sidecaring community marked there calendar's for the third weekend in October, it was the event of the year, nobody missed it. We need to keep the Sidecar Rally and the legend of Doug Bingham alive.

Here is our proposal:

We have rented campground #1 & #2 at William S. Hart Park in Newhall California for October 22nd & 23rd, 2016. For many years Doug's Rally was a two day affair, camping on Saturday night, the Rally on Sunday. We're going to offer camping on Saturday in campground #2, reserving campground #1 for the Rally on Sunday.

Here's what you need to know:

The cost will be $10.00 for anybody displaying a sidecar rig on Sunday. Both campgrounds will be open from noon on Saturday until 4 pm on Sunday. Campgrounds have shade trees, picnic tables, water, restroom facility and BBQ pits. Tent camping only (motorcycle tent trailers well be excepted as long as they have no bath room or waste involved), no motor homes, trailers or truck campers. The main gates to Hart Park are open from sun-up to sun-down. If you need to exit the park after hours the gate nearest the office can be activated from the inside only. It's a pressure sensitive type activation, you'll need a heavy vehicle to activated the gate (I would think a big sidecar rig should be enough). If your outside and need in, you'll need to call someone in the campground with a big rig to trip the gate for you. We could not secure a food truck for this year's Rally so please come prepared, there are plenty of fast food and restaurants in the area, your chose.

For those camping you need to arrive after noon on Saturday. For those attending on Sunday only you can arrive any time after sun-up. We do need to be cleaned up and out of the park by 4 pm Sunday, so please make arrangements to be packed an on your way by that time.

This will be our first time hosting the Rally, so please join us for what will most certainly be a great time and a great tribute to Doug Bingham.

Mike Smith Co-Chairman SoCal Sidecar Club