What do you do on a sunny Sunday afternoon if you're a World Speed Record holder looking to have some fun?

If you're Darren Lott (buttboard), Tom Mason (street luge), "Snarlin" Dwight Garland (GPV), or Gary Hardwick (speedboard), you go to West LA College with your buddies for some riding!

Buttboards, skateboards, GPV bikes, and inline skates were all in action on Sophomore Drive at West LA College, with lots of fun practice runs, and an elimination buttboard race.

The race was on a 0.3 mile course, with 4 chicanes and one 90 degree left turn. Each run the last finisher was eliminated. The newest riders (including some riding their first time) were predictably eliminated early, then the heats got really tight.

After 15 practice runs, John Cazin was the first out. He developed a raging headache by the the first race, stopping 20 yards short of the finish to let everyone else go by. Later John bought beers and fed half of the competitiors at his beautiful home. So much for sore losers.

Danny Kinney and Brent Cooper were first time riders and did great racing against the world class field. Brent got his first boo boo in Levis and a borrowed leather jacket!

Scott Peer is a world class In-liner who thought of the whole idea, raced, and supplied the hill and prizes (even cold beers for finishers 1 - 6). As the top non-luge pro, he definitely held his own.

Jarret "Dr. GoFast" surpised everyone by gutting out a major migrane just to come to watch. As soon as he heard "RACE," he jumped off his death lounge, borrowed a demo board and asked, "Now where do I sit on this thing?" Awesome.

Fun was the prime directive although there were rules for racing. Slingshoting was limited to practice and cutting into the oncoming lane was prohibited for the race. Hitting the cones was subject to DQ. But since none of the infractions affected race results, a substitute penalty was imposed. Both Perry and Jarret spent a round "On the Moon," a totally crap surface on the start line that no one would be caught dead on, unless it meant staying in for a "Second Chance" into the next heat.

Perry, Tom, Dave, and Darren competed strongly for the top 4 slots on every single run. In the final 4 man heat, Perry led the pack and sat up at the 90. He endo'd and ground the nose of his board. Darren and Tom passed, and Dave was over lapped across the finish line. But Perry held on for the transfer slot.

Perry ran away with the final 3 man heat, and Tom and Darren battled tightly for the transfer slot. Coming into the 90, Darren passed Tom and broke late. Both riders pitched it out, and Tom carried his slide all the way into the curb! Spectators were impressed with how Tom allowed the brunt of the impact to slam the board he had borrowed from John Cazin, while preserving his (and his own board's) physical integrity.

The final with Darren and Perry was a lesson in Perry's fast pushing and Darren's attempt to draft and brake late. Perry didn't crumble, broke reasonably, and held a flawless turn to victory. Darren made a heroic attempt to take the turn at full speed -no brakes! His huge slide kept him off the curb but killed speed and he cruised in a satisfied second.

All in all , the big victory was for the Lott Classic Boards, with Perry winning on a box stock demo board! Perry took no chances and bought his demo on site. But Darren swears it is the exact same board sold by Chris Beard in England and at the City Board Shop in Las Vegas.

(Darren is shown above working the Lott Classic Assembly Line)

Wheels, T shirts, and cold drinks were handed out as prizes by Scott Peer. A fun day was had by all, and everyone left a couple of years younger than they came.


Sophomore Drive Buttboard Classic West LA College, Culver City, California September 19, 1999

1 Perry Fisser (Center Top)
2 Darren Lott (Right of Center)
3 Tom Mason (Left of Center)
4 Dave Auld (Far Right)
5 Jarret "Dr. Go Fast" Ewankek (Mid Left)
6 Scott Peer (Far Left)
7 Danny Kinney
8 Brent Cooper
9 John Cazin