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Inside Am-Pro Yamaha Off-Road Racing Photo Gallery
Yamaha quickly put their faith in his capable hands with the sights aimed at GNCC, National Enduro, Hare Scrambles, OMA Cross Country and eventually EnduroCross.
Check out Am-Pro Yamaha's GNCC racing team from the inside. Meet Randy Hawkins and his team of championship-winning racers. See more details in the
Inside Am-Pro Yamaha Off-Road Racing
An on-site gym has every weight and workout machine imaginable.
His racing path took him from Husqvarna to Suzuki for the majority of his career and then signed a contract with Yamaha in 1997.
The Am-Pro Yamaha racing team is a group effort where wives and family members regularly pitch in.
In 2001, the Hawkins finished Carolina Tool and started American Fab Inc. making Titan Industrial power tools such as generators, pressure washers and air compressors.
Believe it or not, Hawkins has an actual desk job. He clocks in five days a week.
On the day we visited, Factory Connection was on hand to try out new suspension settings.
On the other side of the property, laid out over the flat, sprawling fields are a motocross track and EnduroCross course complete with logs, rocks, tractor tires and a teeter-totter.
Randy never completely left his four-wheeled ties and regularly competes in the southeastern United Auto Racing Association (UARA) at the wheel of a Late Model stock car.
A full kitchen and restaurant-style seating make this the preferred spot for big get-togethers.
Thad DuVall is known as one of the most aggressive riders on the GNCC XC1 grid, and it obvious where he gets it as he pound laps on the moto track, flicking whips so flat they’re usually reserved for freestyle riders.
As you would expect, a long, rough GNCC-style course winds its way back and forth over the hillside with ruts, exposed roots and steep elevation changes.
Bobby Hawkins (left), Randy Hawkins (right) and Yamaha's Tim Olson (center) swap tales.
Instead of a garage it’s like the original Fantasy Factory – a playground haven for kids and adults. Set up for half-court basketball, it also has an enclosed trampoline, ping-pong table, jukebox, billiards and foosball.
The Little Brown Jug Enduro trophy is one of Hawkins' personal favorites.
Riders drag race each other down a long straight, perfecting the art of dead-engine starts.
No one will argue that being a well-rounded rider is a valuable asset for racing in general, and all of these different genres come into play over the course of a GNCC, National Enduro or OMA race.
You won’t find any obvious self-adoration adorning the walls in the Hawkins' house. All of Randy’s personal awards (and there’re a lot) are tucked away in a small trophy room upstairs.
Randy's unconventional home overlooks sprawling acreage and has a game room that makes most look pale in comparison.
We left our mark on the Hawkins' family. Sorry, Randy, we warned you not to give us the driver.
Golf is Randy’s second love and he shoots a claimed 85 on the course.
In 1984, Hawkins competed in his first ISDE, eventually racking up 13 gold medals and two silvers.
The bunkhouse is connected to a garage that serves as a secondary race shop to maintain practice bikes, plus a laundry room and communal break room.
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