Honda CRF Fun Fest at Jeremy McGrath's Ranch
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Words can barely describe how much fun I had this past Thursday at Jeremy McGrath’s Thing Valley Ranch east of San Diego, California. The occasion that brought us out was the press introduction for the new 2011 Honda CRF450R
motocross bike. To read the evaluation you’ll have to wait until next week but in the meantime check out our First Look
article to see what’s new. For now I want to focus on how incredible McGrath’s remote outpost is.
First off, his ranch sits on 700 acres of Mother Nature’s unspoiled beauty in the middle of nowhere. It’s completely off the grid with no public utilities of any kind. There’s no cell phone service either. It’s so remote that if aliens attack or society gets taken over by a zombie epidemic, McGrath will survive while we perish.
He’s got his own solar power set-up that’s capable of storing enough energy to power his entire farm without using the huge diesel generator which he has as well, just in case. There are multiple wells on sight too so he’s got plenty of fresh water for his houses, (he’s got multiple on site) and even more importantly his motocross track.
That’s right he has his own personal bad-ass motocross track built by Mennega Track Designs. The track cuts through the woods and is definitely more on the technical side as far as track layouts go. The soil composition is like nothing I’ve ever ridden on. It’s really powdery and even more fine than sand. While riding it feels like just like sand and was an absolute blast to ride on. Considering how rare it is to ride at a 100% sand track in Southern California I was elated to be able to spin laps here and forgot how much I love riding in the sand!
After spinning laps for a good part of the afternoon, Honda
gave us the opportunity to drive affordable remote control trucks, 1/10 the size of the one’s McGrath pilots himself in The Off-Road Championship. The cars were brand-new when we started but after a few motos we banged them up—running into one another and launching off a mini-ramp Travis Pastrana would have been proud of. Thankfully the guys at Team Associated were there to make sure the RC cars kept running despite our best attempts to break them.
Later on we did some shotgun blasting with a few good ol’ boys that McGrath is friends with and smashed golf balls down his makeshift gun/golf range. It was way too much fun and now I want nothing more than my own ranch so I can do this kind of stuff every day.
Big thanks to McGrath and caretaker Rob for having us as well American Honda for orchestrating such a fantastic event. Lastly, props to Jackie and Chuck for getting us dialed with weapons and ammo as well as teaching me some new long barrel game. Next week I’ll be posting some more photos of The King’s ranch.
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