The sixteenth running of the Red Bull A Day in the Dirt is just around the corner, and from what we have heard from our friends at The Fasthouse, it should be one of the best yet. The famous movie and motorcycle industry event has come far from its past as a single day event, and almost two decades later, it has become an impressive three days of racing, partying, and reminiscing held the weekend after Thanksgiving. Last year marked the first time racers took to the massive hills and fire roads at Glen Helen, and the terrain challenged even the most hardened ADITD veteran, making it the perfect venue for 2013. With just weeks until the first race takes off, the organizers at Red Bull and The Fasthouse, and event sponsor Troy Lee Designs invited the media to the famed track for a day of testing.
Have you signed up for this year’s event? Act fast, because entries for the popular races, including the all-new Bossa Nova three-man team GP, are quickly filling up. Be sure to head to www.adayinthedirt.com to register for your GPs.If you sign-up and finish five races, including the Coup de Grace finale, you’ll be chasing Ironman status, a level of endurance that only the bravest accomplish. See you on the starting line…
Speed, Style, Good Times: ADITD Promoter Kenny Alexander
We have no idea what we would do in the days following the Thanksgiving feast if it were not for Kenny Alexander and the Red Bull A Day in the Dirt. Alexander’s idea to bring his friends in the motorcycle and film industry together for a day of racing has become one of the single largest events of the Southern California motocross calendar and his small promotion group, The Fasthouse, have brought the feel of the 70s heyday to everything they touch, including the Hopetown Reunion. The weeks leading up to ADITD are some of the most stressful Alexander experiences in the year, but when the final flag drops on the Coup de Grace, all the pressure and planning is worthwhile.
“We are two weeks out from the Red Bull A Day in the Dirt and we're getting fired up. I'm looking forward to coming back to Glen Helen and to come out swinging. It's going to be a huge party broken up with a couple races, and we're looking forward to it being a good one.”
“We have added a few new races and a track that is TT-style for the first timers to show their stuff and their parents can watch them. And then we're going to throw some old vintage bike in as well and have some fun. Vintage is cool, and to race vintage you don't have to ride everyday and take it so seriously. You're just out there riding with your buddies.”
“We are trying to limit the Bossa Nova GP to 40 teams, because that's quite a few guys on the track. All of the teams are great and have attitude, and that's what's going to make it fun: going out there for 40 minutes and seeing where you end up. We wanted to have a race where we could film some of the guys and add something new and exciting. On Any Sunday is coming out to film the finale of their movie and they're going to bring out some of the new and old cast and do pieces with that, by filming the camaraderie and the roots of where it all started.”
“The Troy Lee Designs Happy Hour practice session benefits the Steve McQueen Memorial Fund for Boy's Republic. That's where Steve spent a majority of his youth and credits for turning his life around, and then he became the King of cool. We really honor Steve because he really did a lot for the sport and brought it to the masses and made motocross cool. What's really great about On Any Sunday coming is that when we started A Day in the Dirt, we were trying to capture that feel. It was such an honor to come out and do this. I've been a big fan of Bruce Brown and the original On Any Sunday is bar none the best motorcycle movie ever made. It's going to be tough to beat, but knowing Red Bull and the production team that they have working on it, it's going to be a great show.”
“A Day In The Dirt is a full week. We have people coming out here on Wednesday building their camps, then cooking Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends. It's become quite the gathering and it brings together the motocross and film industries and motocross fanatics to do what we all love to do, which is ride dirt bikes. We do have some space in some of the classes, but this week we have been getting lots of entries. If you're a Vet or a Beginner, you had better sign up now because those races sell out every year. Some of the team races are still open and of course the Coup de Grace is wide open.”
“To be an Ironman, you have to do either the Vintage or the Two Stroke Revival race, the Stunt race and the Moto-A-Go-Go, then one race of your choice, and end it with the Coup de Grace. It's one hell of a week and you definitely earn the Ironman award that you get. Guys really look forward to that and train for it. The Ironman is something that they look forward to every year and that's what makes it cool. You need a great attitude and to ride a lot to make it.”
“The production crew of Why We Ride interviewed me and filmed a little piece last year. The director, Bryan Carroll , is a great guy and has such a passion for motorcycles, and I think he told a great story. I definitely got teary eyed during the premiere and hopefully that goes down in history.”
Each year, Troy Lee Designs paints a limited number of SE3 helmets for select Red Bull A Day In The Dirt racers, and the custom lids become an instant collector’s item. If you have the means to get your hands on one, we highly recommend it. They are so choice…