The Amateur Open Race Info

We would like to thank the factories; sponsors, media and most of all the motocross families for making our vision and dream come true.  We could not have done it without all of you.

My name is Erv Braun, most of you know who I am. With my family, friends and staff, we become BRAUN ENTERTAINMENT the producers of THE AMATEUR OPEN OF MOTOCROSS. After speculating, critiquing, and scrutinizing over 30 racing facilities across the United States in 2003 and 2004, we came to the conclusion that the “yet to be known AMATEUR OPEN would be built! Not Found! In order to create a new event, with a new environment, and be west of the Mississippi for the convenience of factories, companies and traveling families’ location was paramount!

Long time friend Bobby White and the Braun Family had been talking for several years about creating a motocross event in Arizona because of the logistics and incredible amenities. Finally ‘The Call came through. Bobby had discovered a property west of Phoenix and said we would have to see it, to believe it. On a spring like morning in 2004, Bobby White and Erv Braun drove down a long, wide, straight road in the Arizona Desert. When the road began to turn left, they stopped and without saying a word, stepped out. Mesmerized, they walked a few feet to the edge of, and were now looking into, the largest, most awesome, mysterious “crater they’d ever seen. As if scripted by some unknown author, they simultaneously yelled out; “This is it!!

Known through its formative time as The Mystery Event, THE AMATEUR OPEN was soon to be born and its “Crater Host would become the new ARIZONA CYCLE PARK.

The Cycle Park’s (en route) location is a natural stop for the MX Industry’s Thanksgiving return trips from either Florida’s Winter O’s, The Texas USA Championships, or Mesquite Nevada’s Classic Race. The geographically and environmentally sensitive 70° climate, spectacular landscape, awesome full-view racetrack, unlimited flat parking, plus our ’05 enhancements (i.e. lighted night tracks — playgrounds — games — family off-road desert safaris — with more expected) — produce a motocross event of the future.

Our vision, when creating The Amateur Open was to give all motocross racers a major amateur event, based in the Southwest, to showcase their new model bikes at. The week following Thanksgiving was selected as the annual time slot. The factories agreed, with respect to their new model release dates, and jumped on board with contingency.

As well as being one of the first events to showcase new bikes at, The Amateur Open is the finale of amateur racing for the calendar year. 

“Amateur Open — Facts 

The 2005 event will again be held the week after Thanksgiving (Nov 29 th thru Dec 4 th ) at the ARIZONA CYCLE PARK, just west of Phoenix, Arizona. 

ERV BRAUN, President of Braun Entertainment, stated that a “first practice session for all classes, will start at Noon Tuesday (Nov 29 th ), one day earlier than last year, to accommodate the increase in participants. A final practice session for all classes will start Wednesday morning (Nov 30 th ). 

“Braun Entertainment and the Arizona Cycle Park have increased staff personnel by almost 50% to fulfill the needs of incoming traffic. In our inaugural year, 2004, we more than doubled the ‘first time events’ attendance record with an overwhelming 1,284 entrants. This year’s response from racers and interest from factories, companies and media — far supercedes where we were last year, at this same time said Erv Braun.

BOBBY WHITE, owner of the Arizona Cycle Park, was quoted as saying, “The Braun Family is a class act–very honest and easy-going! We’ve promoted a lot in Arizona and The Braun’s fit here like a glove! The Amateur Open was a much-needed ent in the southwest. Here at the Arizona Cycle Park, we’ve left no stone unturned for 2005. We have several tracks open to the public throughout the year, but The Amateur Open track will have some awesome surprises for this year’s event.

Braun Entertainment’s Manager Zya Braun said, ” The Amateur Open was immediately accepted it’s first year by the MX families, and the industry. That acceptance, established The Amateur Open as one of the top ten major amateur events in the United States. This year’s enhancements including lighted tracks, supervised playground, off-road family safaris, improved awards, and many more, will give The Amateur Open a very high ranking on the proverbial MX Charts.

Director of Operations and Public Relations Zegin Braun committed to saying, “The main reason our events are successful is the company’s willingness and ability to listen, learn, and make needed improvements on an ongoing basis as a family. When the Braun Family decided to produce The Amateur Open, we knew we were the only family who worked at or attended every major amateur motocross event in the United States. With that experience and insight we proudly look forward to making the 2005 Amateur Open of Motocross a welcoming experience for all the motocross families. 

“Flat Pittin at The Amateur Open 

Zegin Braun, announced this years AMATEUR OPEN PIT-BIKE NIGHT will be held Wednesday (Nov 30 th ) at the ARIZONA CYCLE PARK, — one night earlier in the AM-O’s weekly schedule, than last year. Braun said; “The move is to accommodate ‘pit-bike hot-shoes’ from the east coast as well as the west coast guys. With the opening round of the World Supercross GP kicking off in Toronto Canada December 3 rd, we want to make sure all the ‘pros’, and amateurs, have an opportunity to attend both events. 

Braun added; “Last year we had somewhat of a make-shift pit-bike track, as do most race events. This year, we have a full-blown pit-bike track with sound, lights, awards; cash purse — the whole enchilada! The track was designed by pit-bikers, — for pit-bikers, under the direction of Arizona pit-bike guru, Austin White, who incidentally made the cover of Pickle Magazine.  

Braun excitedly added; “In addition to the motocross pit-bike track, we have the first ‘Open Pit-Bike Flat Track’ which is really turning some heads in the southwest. Flat-Tracking on a pit-bike or any bike, is hard to top for pure fun. The bikes need no special modifications. It’s just ‘run what you brung’. We also have women’s classes with a special ‘Moms Only Division’. I’m sure we’re the first to host a ‘Girls Gone Flat-Tracking’ event. All pit-bike classes will be posted soon on our website: ( www.BraunEntertainment.com).

NO RUSH HOUR TRAFFIC FOR Amateur Open 

BOBBY WHITE, owner of the ARIZONA CYCLE PARK has announced the Park gates will open for the upcoming AMATEUR OPEN , the day after Thanksgiving (Friday, Nov 25 th ) at 7:AM for early arrivals.

White stated, “Even though The Amateur Open event doesn’t officially start until Tuesday (Nov 29 th ), we know as racers, how convenient and comforting it is to arrive early and get settled into your campsite. Nonpotable water, and tank pumping services will be available. Admission is free for pre-event days, so whether you make the Arizona Cycle Park home for 6 days or 10 days, it’s the same price. Event passes will be sold for $60 per person for the entire duration of the ‘AM-O’ event. Children 5 and under are always free , unless they’re racing.

White added, “We’ll have practice (with divisions) on abbreviated tracks for early arrivals, Friday and Saturday (Nov 25 th and 26 th ) from 9:AM — 3:PM, at $20 per rider. Other pre-event activities are being planned so no one gets restless. Overnight parking/camping is $10 per day.

Event manager, Zya Braun, encourages anyone from out-of-state to enjoy Arizona, and the awesome southwest. Braun enthusiastically quoted a family experience, “In 1988, our dad (Erv Braun), started from New York, and drove our family (mom, Win; big sister, Ysreen; little brother, Zegin and myself) around the United States to see everything possible, from the Corn Palace and Rice’s goat in Oregon, to Hollywood and the Arizona desert, — 11,000 miles and 49 days of sharing, we will never forget!! The Arizona Cycle Park is close to one of the Seven Wonders of the World — The Grand Canyon! A trip to The Canyon might very well become part of your family’s most gratifying racing memories. If you were coming to New York, I’d recommend Niagara Falls. Maybe next year!           

THE BRAUNS WILL BE HEARD!

Motocross families attending this year’s AMATEUR OPEN will be welcomed by the distinctive voices of Supercross commentator ERV BRAUN and young son protégé ZEGIN BRAUN.

Erv Braun apologetically stated; “Last year’s AM-OPEN event was so huge and so busy, Zegin and I had very little time to ‘get on the mics.’ Three persons were missing from our staff so we had double duties to perform. That situation has been corrected this year by increasing our crewmembers in both management and operations. As announcers, we’ve been questioned all year with the same scenario. People would say! — Why was it, when we went to the World Mini or Ponca City we heard Erv and Zegin, yet when we came to The Amateur Open , we didn’t? — This year, we will be heard over the P.A. system. Promise!

Erv Braun also added; “Last year we tried to combine our rider’s meeting with a Guardian Seminar for everyone! Both are too important to put into one time slot. This year’s riders meeting will be held Wednesday after practice and our seminar will be held Thursday evening after racing. Jim Downey and members of the Brett Downey Safety Foundation will enhance the riders meeting for safety. The seminar is free to all participants and their families who choose to attend. It’ll touch on many MX subjects and will have an open discussion for questions and answers. We have a couple of ‘surprise guest speakers’, who will be the highlight of the evening.

A special thanks to our 2005 presenting sponsors……Parts Unlimited, Weekend Warrior Trailers and PPG.

See you after Thanksgiving,
Braun Entertainment
Arizona Cycle Park

Pre-entry deadline November 15, 2005.
Download entry form at www.BraunEntertainment.com

e gets restless. Overnight parking/camping is $10 per day.

Event manager, Zya Braun, encourages anyone from out-of-state to enjoy Arizona, and the awesome southwest. Braun enthusiastically quoted a family experience, “In 1988, our dad (Erv Braun), started from New York, and drove our family (mom, Win; big sister, Ysreen; little brother, Zegin and myself) around the United States to see everything possible, from the Corn Palace and Rice’s goat in Oregon, to Hollywood and the Arizona desert, — 11,000 miles and 49 days of sharing, we will never forget!! The Arizona Cycle Park is close to one of the Seven Wonders of the World — The Grand Canyon! A trip to The Canyon might very well become part of your family’s most gratifying racing memories. If you were coming to New York, I’d recommend Niagara Falls. Maybe next year!           

THE BRAUNS WILL BE HEARD!

Motocross families attending this year’s AMATEUR OPEN will be welcomed by the distinctive voices of Supercross commentator ERV BRAUN and young son protégé ZEGIN BRAUN.

Erv Braun apologetically stated; “Last year’s AM-OPEN event was so huge and so busy, Zegin and I had very little time to ‘get on the mics.’ Three persons were missing from our staff so we had double duties to perform. That situation has been corrected this year by increasing our crewmembers in both management and operations. As announcers, we’ve been questioned all year with the same scenario. People would say! — Why was it, when we went to the World Mini or Ponca City we heard Erv and Zegin, yet when we came to The Amateur Open , we didn’t? — This year, we will be heard over the P.A. system. Promise!

Erv Braun also added; “Last year we tried to combine our rider’s meeting with a Guardian Seminar for everyone! Both are too important to put into one time slot. This year’s riders meeting will be held Wednesday after practice and our seminar will be held Thursday evening after racing. Jim Downey and members of the Brett Downey Safety Foundation will enhance the riders meeting for safety. The seminar is free to all participants and their families who choose to attend. It’ll touch on many MX subjects and will have an open discussion for questions and answers. We have a couple of ‘surprise guest speakers’, who will be the highlight of the evening.

A special thanks to our 2005 presenting sponsors……Parts Unlimited, Weekend Warrior Trailers and PPG.

See you after Thanksgiving,
Braun Entertainment
Arizona Cycle Park

Pre-entry deadline November 15, 2005.
Download entry form at www.BraunEntertainment.com