And speaking of supercross, here’s one that you won’t believe: The Anaheim Supercross used to be held in November! That’s right, the Big A joined the AMA Supercross circuit on November 12, 1977, as the last race on the series schedule. In those nascent days of “stadium motocross,” dates were hard to come by, so the 10-round series schedule called for the Pontiac doubleheader (rounds 6 and 7) to be held the first week in April, then Round 8 (New Orleans) to go off on June 4, then the Superbowl of Motocross in the Los Angeles Coliseum—the penultimate round—was July 9. Finally, a full FOUR MONTHS later, the last race of the ’77 was held in November, at what used to be called Angels Stadium. The winner? Same as the first race: Team Yamaha’s Bob Hannah.
In 1979, Kent Howerton won the Anaheim race, held on November 17; in 1980 the race was briefly dropped from the schedule. It finally returned in 1981 – as the first race of the year, on January 31.
But November still had a race: The AMA moved the San Diego SX to November 14, and the race was won by Broc Glover.
Now, before you start thinking this ridiculous old schedule was the AMA’s fault, it wasn’t. Back then, before the promotion of supercross was unified under one roof, there were several different promoters scattered all around the country. They didn’t seem to cooperate with one another on much of anything, but the AMA was able to cobble all of the races together for a unified series, even though it stretched from January to November and overlapped the AMA National Motocross Series, the soon-to-be-extinct “Trans-USA” Series, as it came to be known in its death throes, and the various FIM Grand Prix races that still came to America.
So now there’s nothing in November for us fans. Although I doubt the riders are complaining.