The 2011 TransWorld SLAM Festival took over Milestone Ranch MX Park this weekend for a fun-filled couple days of racing, free riding, shopping, and hot dogs. Check out the stack of photos we snapped of the Industry Cup, SLAM race, and festival activities…
The SLAM on Saturday allowed free riding for the public, along with a giant vendor row to keep everyone entertained in between mot sessions.
Milestone welcomed the 2011 SLAM and Industry Cup with a perfectly prepped track. The track crew worked late into the night on Thursday and continued their effort at about 4am on Friday to make sure the industry had an amazing track to race on later that morning.
Blue brought out the Valli Motorsports semi for both the Tucker Rocky team and the professional team to pit out of. Charles Castloo, Randy Valade, and Andy Bakken made it their home for the Industry Cup, then Jimmy Albertson and Nico Izzi took it over on Saturday for the SLAM.
Every year, Unit's Tony D is easily one of the loudest in the pits, and this year he didn't disappoint. The Unit booth was going off with giveaways and a spinning wheel where people had to do some pretty funny things in order to win their prize. Here, this kid has to do a 10-second boogie in order to take home his prize.
At over 3,500 people, the crowd at the Slam event was the biggest we've had in the event's three-year history.
MotoConcepts/Yamaha's Jake Canada had a great day at the Slam, making it all the way to the final race where he finished second behind Slam winner Justin Bogle.
DVS Shoes' Dano Legere was the announcer on Saturday, lending his often comical and always entertaining commentary throughout the day.
The Kids Learn to Ride track was a huge hit throughout the day. Numerous kids and their parents filed in and out of the track. It's always great to see familys having fun in motocross.
Safety first: All the necessary safety gear was available to the kids to make sure everyone had a good time.
MX has been and always will be a family sport.
Hammerhead Designs had some of their new accessories on display for everyone to check out. If you haven't taken a look at what they offer, you need to visit their website.
DJ FoFo was on the mic for part of the day on Saturday.
Last year, Yamaha stepped up big time and gave away a brand new Yamaha YZ250F, and this year they did the same.
Almost no company at the Slam just gave away free product; you had to work for it. FMF had this difficult memory game for people to play for prizes. We don't really remember how it worked, though...
One of the cool aspects of the Slam is the great deal you can find on products at many of the vendor booths.
Arnette is making a huge push back in the motocross market and their presence was definitely felt at the Slam. The new goggles are also some of the coolest we've seen in a long time. Be sure to keep an eye out for the Series3 goggle at your local shop.
Ezia, our neighbors down in Carlsbad, showed up to get the word out about their very cool training gym. If you're serious about motocross and need to get in better shape, check them out.
EKS Brand goggles has some really cool new colorways for 2012 and had all of them on display for people to check out. Where's the cool glitter helmet, though?
Keeping with the game tradition, DC Shoes had Cornhole set up for people to play for prizes.
Much like DC, BTO Sports set up this beanbag toss to give away prizes. When we took the photos, though, we didn't even notice the mini Pick-Up Kit. He probably pulls all the chicks on the playground.
Virus is a brand new company to the MX scene, offering a wide variety of compression gear that not only helps with muscle fatigue, but also keeping you cool during long hot motos. Look for much more from them as they roll out their new products.
Fox and Shift made their presence known with some eye candy at the event. Check out the next issue of TWMX for more of Katelynn (she's on the left).
ZLT has long been a leader in custom graphics and jersey lettering. They had this rad booth set up at the event, showcasing all that the company offers.
Dubya USA was on hand as well, showing off various wheel packages. They offer everything from carbon fiber hubs to anodized rims to anodized spokes and so much more. You can pretty much make any type or color wheel you could dream up.
Not only did La Rouge set up this booth to show off their products, but they also had some scantly clad females wandering around the pits throughout the day. And for that, we thank them.
The Renthal Intelilever is very trick and Renthal made sure it was prominently on display in the company's booth.
The Skull Candy booth was one of the more popular booths throughout the weekend. This year, they gave away quite a bit of product to lucky fans that played their peg game.
Big Gun has been a major player in the exhaust market for years and brought out their full line of systems for people to check out. If nothing else, the Slam is a great opportunity for consumers to learn a little more about products before buying them.
Bell Helmets had their full line of new Moto-9 helmets on display for the public.
People were also able to demo the new Moto-9 helmet, which we much say is one of our favorite helmets out there right now.
Focus Apparel is new to the clothing business, but you wouldn't know that by looking at their amazing line of clothes. Check them out online if you haven't already.
Not only did ODI Grips have all their new grips available for people to check out, but they also had these very cool drink koozies as well. Not gonna lie, we put them to good use throughout the weekend...
Pro Taper had a big booth with not only their product on display, but contests to enter, and plenty of stickers and posters to make any kid happy.
Here are two-thirds--Charles Castloo and Randy Valade--of the winning MSR team from the Industry Slam race on Friday. Their third teammate, Andy Bakken, was at the hospital with his good friend Logan Darien who crashed in the final moto on Friday. Logan was knocked out and transported to the hospital where he was put into the ICU and induced into a coma. As of today, though, we have heard news that he is doing much better and on the road to recovery. Get well soon, LD!
Maxima was on hand and offering free oil changes to anyone in attendance. That alone has to make the trip to the Slam worth it for anyone.
John Burr Cycles had a huge store set up where you could buy just about anything you could possible need, and at a slight discount of course.
KTM brought out their full line of bikes to show off to the public.
One Industries had some of the more creative games in the vender row area. The toilet toss was a huge hit.
One also had this bottle toss game if you didn't want to get poo on your hands.
Spy was offering free demos of their new goggles.
Farmer John had a huge area in the vendor row where they gave away free samples of their sausage, sold food, and let you pretend to grill up some of their tasty sausages. Here, this little dude gets cooking.
The Farmer John truck was impressive.
No Toil had an air filter washing station set up for people to stop by and check out.
Factory Effex provided Industry Cup numbers for the second year in a row. For the three classes, TWMX1, TWMX2, TWMX3, white, black, and orange backgrounds were delegated.
Team FMF took it to the next level with their custom-painted lids for the Cup.
The defending champs, DEFT Family, always come correct. Painted helmets, custom graphics, and of course, bitchin' gloves helped them stand out from the rest.
Charles Castloo made sure he had a clean set of Gaerne SG12s for the Cup. They clearly helped, as Castloo and the Tucker Rocky team took the overall win and the Tretta-Motoda Cup.
Neck braces are nearly as common as a helmet these days, and like helmets, braces are getting similar graphic treatment. Here is a look at Andy Bakken's Leatt Brace.
Team Tucker Rocky definitely played up the role of professional racer under the Valli semi.
TransWorld interns, Mary and Kaitlyn. Go team.
FMF's Donny Emler getting after it over the single scrubber.
The Industry Cup had such a great turn-out, it's near impossible to pick anyone out in the shot.
FMF's Jeff Northrop and Shift's Jeff Emig battled in both of their motos, but Emig came out on top on both occasions.
General Tire not only had a giant display truck in the pits, they also set up a giant tire trackside. A big thanks goes out to Dana and the General Tire crew. They definitely enhanced the whole SLAM experience.
Jeff Emig took top individual honors at the Industry Cup going 1-1 in his motos. His performance helped Team Shift to third overall.
New Era hooked up the industry with caps for the Cup race. They turned out great!
Here's another look at New Era's 9-Fifty Industry Cup cap.
The Hill brothers, Josh and Justin, came out to take in the SLAM racing action. Josh is slowly getting back on the bike, and Justin is getting faster and faster himself.
Eric Sorby raced the Industry Cup for Team Unit, but a first turn mishap forced him to battle through the pack in the first moto.
Like we said, General Tire definitely enhanced the experience.
The Tretta-Motoda Cup on the podium.
Team FMF, despite having the dopest helmets at the Cup, played bridesmaid for the second year in a row. They are ultra hungry to take the cup next year.
Team Tucker Rocky came away with the Cup win, combining consistent top-five finishes on the day.
Meet Ashley, Miss TWMX 2011, winner of the Model Search Presented by Unit. Stay tuned for a photo shoot with our latest representative.
Geico Honda's Justin Bogle couldn't get his race bike started in time to race his heat against Chris Plouffe in the SLAM, so he was forced to race Geico's technical coordinator Kristian Kibby's CRF.
Bogle had the track dialed, as well as his starts. Hopefully he had his interviews dialed too.
Nico Izzi's day was short-lived. A fuel pump problem kept him from finishing a lap at the SLAM.
The Best Battle Award definitely goes to Jimmy Albertson and Jake Canada. The two Yamaha riders fought tooth-and-nail for the entire two-lap sprint. Canada ultimately came out on top, but he had his work cut out for him.
A lot of cameras surrounded Bogle after he reached the podium to claim his new SLAM championship belt. This marked Bogle's first professional win.
The belt looks good.
A big congratulations to Melvin Harper on winning the 2012 Yamaha YZ250F we gave away at the SLAM. How pumped is his kid (on the right)?
Brandon Gardner, second from right, was another big winner at the SLAM. As the winner of the ULTIMATE PRIZE PACKAGE, Brandon is taking home a full gear set from Fox, an FMF RCT 4.1 exhaust system, Pro Taper parts, Maxima oils, Unit clothing, Matrix stand, mat and can, One Industries graphics, and a Milestone annual pass.
Thanks again, General Tire.