Camaraderie and the opportunity to enjoy racing in a relaxed atmosphere is what brings people back year after year.
This Thanksgiving weekend, Troy Lee Designs and Elrod Racing will once again be hosting the annual A Day in the Dirt grand prix motorcycle race. If you’re not familiar with it check out our Troy Lee’s Day in the Dirt Grand Prix feature from last year’s race to see what the event is about.
Now in its 13th year, ADITD is becoming one of the premier off-road motorcycle gatherings on the West Coast. The event is inspired by the late actor and hardcore racing enthusiast Steve McQueen. It returns the old school theatrics of motorcycle racing by bringing the Hollywood film and stunt industry as well as the California motocross scene together. After being held for the last few years at LACR, the venue has been relocated due to the recent closing of LACR (read more about what happened in the LACR Motocross Track Shuts Down).
San Diego county’s Pala Raceway is the new venue and it has the possibility of being an even better location than LACR. First, it is located right off the major interstate (I-15) that connects the dirt bike crazy counties of San Diego and Riverside. It’s also situated across the highway from a humongous casino with all of its amenities including booze, poker tables and cozy hotel rooms. Pala also has an incredible amount of land to weave a long, flowing grand prix course. Another big plus for those attending with friends and family is that they’ll have multiple tracks open for everyone who isn’t racing and just wants to play around and ride.
The fun begins on Friday with the Troy Lee Happy Hour Practice. In between the morning and afternoon practice sessions, the So Cal Reunion Race will go off. All the entry fees collected for Friday will benefit the Boys and Girls Republic, a Southern California school for troubled kids. Saturday and Sunday each have a full-day’s worth of racing, highlighted by the Stunt GP Team, Moto-A-GoGo Pro/Am Team, and ultra-hardcore endurance Coup de Grace Survival race.
If you want to race, there is a class for you no matter what kind of bike you ride – big or small. Although pre-entries are closed, race day entries will be accepted for those classes that aren’t full. Fans and motorsports enthusiasts are welcome to come out and partake in the festivities. MotoUSA will be there in force banging bars and hanging out the entire weekend. Looking for more information? Check out the A Day in the Dirt website. If you plan on coming out make sure to stop by and say hi, we’ll be pitted near the FMF folks. See ya’ll there!