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It seems like motorcycle events do best when they climb onto the back of equestrian ones. The horsey set has a lot of nice facilities that don’t require you to drive beyond the Pyramids. Bing Crosby and his buddies started racing ponies at Del Mar, California, in 1937, when Pasadena and Santa Anita grew too hot for their liking. Twenty miles north of San Diego, Del Mar was where the surf really did meet the turf.

Today the state of California owns the sprawling beachfront facility and leases it to the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, and it’s also hosted motorcycle races and shows off and on for quite a few years. Last weekend, the good people at IV League Flat Track put on an ⅛-mile event in the Del Mar Arena, right next to the big mile track. Quite a bit more casual than the last flat track event I attended, the Pomona Half-Mile, the Del Mar deal definitely had its own attractions. Shall we scratch the surface…