While the track was amazing, one of my favorite elements of the weekend was actually the scheduling. I knew weeks before arriving in Michigan exactly what time I would be racing. With the even forty-minute motos, each class was given a specific start time that alleviated all of the race-day stress that comes with trying to figure out when you’re supposed to go to the line. Riders could stay in their motor home or hotel room and be well rested and warm when it was their turn to hit the track.
Going back to the “fun” theme of the weekend, Planet Snow Designs brought in a mini skateboard bowl that was a bigger hit that anyone imagined it would be. It sat in the main spectating area and was used constantly from the moment it opened until the tarp covered it up each night. Former snowboarding champion Ryan Neptune was on hand, and he and some incredible little skateboard grommets shredded it all weekend long.
A couple hundred yards away from that bowl, was the indent in the Earth where the resort’s Olympic sized half pipe resides in the winter time. On this weekend it had another purpose, and that was to host the Big Wheel Bomb. The B.W.B. was a downhill big wheel race that garnered conversation throughout the weekend. Six names were pulled from a hat, and those six “golden ticket” holders raced to the bottom of the half pipe for a shot at the five-hundred dollar cash prize. Truthfully, there was less carnage in this race than the crowd was hoping for, and it will be re-evaluated for next year’s event.
The most popular side attraction of the weekend was a water balloon launch with proceeds going to support Justin Weeks
. $5 bought you six water balloons, and in sub-freezing temperatures you got to launch them at the Baja MX crew running around near the mini-track. A golf cart sponsored by Mandingo Pickles
circled down below as well, and if you hit that, you won yourself a free jar of pickles. On that note, the Mandingo Pickle Posse is one of the most unique gangs you’ll ever see at a motocross race.
I had a blast at the Great Lakes Grand Prix and have seen the light concerning Michigan motocross. The people who made it all happen are amazing, and I just hope I get to do it again next year. If you’re within driving distance, do yourself a favor and make the trip.