Motocross in America started in 1966 and California quickly became the hotbed of talent, Sunday racing, and the birthplace of Supercross. And now, in San Diego, motocross is celebrating its past, present and future at the San Diego Auto Museum.
In about one month, on May 17, Roger DeCoster will headline a star-studded party celebrating Motocross America -- The Early Years of Motocross, the new exhibit at the San Diego Auto Museum. The party, open to the public will feature Roger and many of the legends of the history of motocross -- the stars who blazed the trail for the sport, becoming what it is today. Admission will be $75 and include a special buffet dinner, a bonus event-only motorcycle display, live auction of incredible memorabilia, and a chance to meet the legends of motocross in an intimate setting. Hall of Fame announcer Larry Huffman will be the MC for the evening affair. The doors for the event open at 5 PM, after regular museum hours. You can go on line at www.sandiegoautomuseum.org
[FONT='Arial','sans-serif']Roger DeCoster’s name is almost synonymous with the sport of motocross. DeCoster is generally recognized as the best-known racer in motocross in the first 50 years of the sport. His racing accomplishments are simply remarkable. He won five 500cc Motocross World Championships; tallied a record 36 500cc Motocross Grand Prix victories; was a member of six winning Belgium Motocross des Nations teams; earned four Trans-AMA Motocross Championships; was a Gold Medalist in the International Six Day Trial (Enduro); and earned numerous national championships in his native Belgium, including a national Trials title. http://www.motorcycl...opage.asp?id=94.[/font]
So far, a growing list of stars will be joining joining Roger, including team Suzuki rider, Mike Alessi, Broc Glover, Gary Jones, Gary Bailey, Dave Bailey and Marty Tripes. As we approach the event, stay tuned for further announcements.
Remember Gary Jones? Gary is one of the great Americans who dominated American motocross in the mid 1970's. He has three of his champion bikes from the '70s on display. Gary will also be at the party that day.
This exhibit is pretty amazing, with nearly 40 vintage motocross bikes from 1952 to 1974. including the four stroke thumpers that started racing scrambles, the early version of motocross. The most famous Husqvarna of all time is on display -- the 1967 Husky that Torsten Hallman rode in the 14 race demonstration series in 1966, bring modern motocross to America as we now know it. With Serial # 6700001, there is also an historic photograph of Torsten on that exact bike in at the first race at Hopetown. Pretty Amazing!
The entire exhibit has been on display at the AMA Hall of Fame Museum in Ohio for the past two years. Next year the second half of the exhibit will be on display and featuring the Supercross Years.
On that Saturday, the museum will be open with regular admission of $8, $6 for seniors, Under 5 free. Admission to the special party will be $75. Visit the museum on line at www.sdautomuseum.org to purchase tickets today. Only 350 will be sold and they are selling fast.