Lake Elsinore Grand Prix Beer
why you ask, did we create the Lake Elsinore Grand
Prix - Elsinore Apricot Ale?
The City of Lake Elsinore
is steeped in history having
been incorporated in San Diego County in April of
1888, with the addition of Riverside County in 1893
became part of the new County that year.
has some very significant monuments, such as the Crescent
Bath House built in 1887 and the
Santa Fe Train Station built in 1896, which each played
a significant role in commerce and tourism from the
late 1800’s through today. The Santa Fe Train
Station has played a significant role in the creation
of the new Elsinore Apricot Ale as you will come to
understand in the article.
The City of Lake Elsinore
has a long history of promoting sporting events that
attract enthusiasts from all over
the country and the world. The Lake Elsinore Grand
Prix is an iconic race that was established in the
1960’s and became famous when the movie “On
Any Sunday” was released on July 28, 1971 which
documented Steve McQueen and Malcolm Smith racing through
our Valley in the Elsinore Grand Prix. Malcolm went
on to capture eight (8) Gold Medals during international
competitions while Steve McQueen was nominated for
4 Golden Globes and an Oscar. Steve McQueen raced in
the Lake Elsinore Grand Prix under the pseudonym of
Harvey Mushman. In the 1971 Elsinore Grand Prix, a
race through a small mountain-slope town and its surrounding
gulches just northeast of San Diego, McQueen was one
of 1,500 entrants. As for Harvey Mushman, he started
well back in the pack but finally managed to snake;
bump and vault his way to 10th place overall, while
his friend Malcolm Smith was lapping the field for
an easy victory. Every year the Lake Elsinore Grand
Prix celebrates with a Harvey Mushman race!
better way to weave the history of Lake Elsinore
with the iconic Lake Elsinore Grand Prix then to root
the decision in the history of the Apricot harvests
in the valley with the produce being exported via
Santa Fe Train Station?
Apricots, the nectar of Elsinore
as the years have gone by, filled the spring time
with fragrant blossoms.
As the blossoms fade, the fruit begins to develop
and grow into golden fruit. The farmers hired young
to remove the seeds from the apricots. The fruit
was set out into screen bottomed boxes to dry in the
Elsinore sunshine. When dry, the dried fruit would
be put into large bags, loaded on horse-drawn wagons
to go to the Santa Fe Train Station parking lot to
await the railroad cars that would take them to markets.
Customers would eagerly await the fresh fruit to
take home and make into wonderful and tasty confections
like apricot jelly, apricot jam, apricot pies, and
other delicious recipes.
Back in the early 1900’s,
Elsinorians had no idea the agricultural product they
were raising in
their valley was being cultivated around the world.
This year, a treat is in store for beer drinkers with
the unique flavor of Apricot Ale which has been brewed
expressly for the 49th Annual Grand Prix.
With the help of our local Brewery,
Craft Brewing Company has created a fragrant and delicious
Apricot Ale for
your enjoyment. Here’s to keeping history alive
in a refreshing way. We hope you enjoy!
Steve McQueen, Mert Lawwill, and Malcolm Smith in
Bruce Brown’s– ‘On Any Sunday’
THE HISTORY OF THE ACTION SPORTS CAPITAL OF THE WORLD – LAKE
Lake Elsinore has a reputation for extreme sports and
extreme athletes. It started in the 1920’s when
Olympic Swimmer and Tarzan Star Johnny Weissmuller would
occasionally train here by swimming laps from one side
of the Lake to the other…on his way to 5 Olympic
Gold Medals spanning two Olympic Games.
Then came the power boat races in the 1930’s.
the 1950’s when the Lake went
dry some brave souls discovered “The Elsinore Effect” a
phenomenon that occurs when cool ocean air rushes over
the top of the Ortega Mountains only to be pushed skyward
by the rising super-heated air from the valley floor.
This has made Skylark Airport a jumping off point for
sailplanes and gliders. In 1954 the National Soaring
completion was held here and in 1959 Skydive Elsinore
was born. In 2012 a team from Skydive Elsinore won a
Gold Medal in the 5th Annual International Winged suit
competition in Hungary.
In the 60’s and 70’s it
was all about the Lake Elsinore Grand Prix…
80’s & 90’s “The Godfather
of Freestyle Motocross” Mike Metzger honed his
skills on his way to “X” Games Gold right
here in this Valley. Today Mike owns a successful business
here in town.
In the mid 90’s and into the
present day we revived the Historic Lake Elsinore Grand
Prix, a race that attracts
nearly 1000 riders and over 30,000 spectators annually.
the spring of 2009 we saw the National Jet Boat Association
set a world record of 237mph right here in the Completion
And later that year, AMA Champion and
Indy 500 Rookie of the Year Jeff Ward won the Lucas Oil
race in front of a standing room only crowd at LEMS Park
while All Star Dodger Outfielder Manny Ramirez hit a
solo home run in sold-out Diamond stadium…on the
same day at almost the same time!
On January 1, 2010 Travis
Pastrana broke a world record when he jumped his rally
car 269 feet off the Long Beach
Pier onto a floating barge….Travis practiced that
jump right here at the Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park.
the summer of 2012 Brian Deagan brought his rally car
here to this parking lot where he practiced for days
on his way to securing yet another “X” Games
This Valley is the birth place of family
friendly extreme sports. It’s just one of the things that
makes this City special.
MORE ABOUT THE HISTORY OF APRICOTS:
Botanical name: Prunus armenicaca which
means Armenian plum.
The origin of the apricots are disputed
and have been cultivated throughout the world since antiquity.
were well-known in Greece in 60 BC and were transported
to Europe by the Greeks who called them “golden
eggs of the sun”. Grown on deciduous trees in moderate
climates throughout the world, the Apricot is actually
a drupe, i.e., the seed is surrounded by fruit like peaches,
plums, and nectarines. While they are grown in the United
States today, apricot cultivation has spread to all parts
of the globe. The major countries raising apricots include
Algeria, Armenia, Argentina, Australia, Chile, France,
Greece, Iran, Japan, New Zealand, Pakistan, Peru, Spain,
Health benefits: Apricots may be consumed
fresh or dried. Vitamins A and C, along with their
are known for optimal vision, healthy skin and mucous
membranes, protect against lung and mouth cancers.
Flavonoids, such as lutein, can actually help slow and
debilities and macular degeneration.
The pits have their
own corner on the market for their bitter oil used
in herbal treatment of tumors, swelling,