On June 11, 1978, the fourth and final Signal Hill Speed Run was held in Long Beach, California. John Hutson won the “Stand Up” division using his revolutionary “arms back” position at a speed of 53.45 miles per hour.
Roger Williams won the “Modified Division” (Lay Down) with a speed of 59.92 miles per hour in a skate car. Tina Trefethen won the Women’s' Modified Division with a speed at 57.69 miles per hour. Unfortunately, she crashed her skate car after the finish line and suffered severe injuries. The bad press and poor safety led to the demise the popular event.
Over 31 years had passed since the last Speed Run was held at Signal Hill. On October 25, 2009 the first ever Malarrara Teutonia Speed run was held in Teutonia Brazil. The speed run was part of the Malarrara Pro Teutonia IGSA World Cup downhill event. The International Gravity Sports Association sanctioned the speed run and brought out their precision Tag Heuer Speed trap to accurately record official speeds.
Unlike the original Signal Hill racecourse that was short and perfectly straight, the Teutonia racecourse has a series of corners at the top followed by a long, extremely steep straightaway. The track is considerably longer with a length of 1.2 miles and also has a series of rollers along the way. A crowd estimated at over 2000 gathered to witness the rebirth of skateboard speed racing.
Using the original Signal Hill race as a model, there were two divisions. The largest category was the “Stand Up” division for those riding their conventional boards in a standing position. The “Modified Division” (Lay Down) was for those who rode in a supine (feet first) position on highly modified skateboards.
|Stand Up Division|
|Modified Division (Lay Down)|