Summer is over. The days may be getting shorter, the evenings a little chillier, the time off from work and school stretched to the limits, but moto is still calling. It’s all part of a new trend in American motocross, and it’s picking up speed. All over the country, season-ending destination and theme races are popping up, almost like homecoming events to cap the season. These races throw back to a simpler, easier time in motocross, when the sport was about simply racing on the weekend, not just putting in endless laps at training facilities and endless hours in the gym. Though the general recipe is similar—healthy doses of premix and vintage, pit bikes and pizza, live music and local moto celebrities, with maybe a best-whip contest to top it all off—each has a unique flavor of its own. Whether it’s a big-name bounty race, pit-bike rave-up, freestyle demo, or even a full-blown costume party, these one-off events are meant to be easygoing get-togethers with the emphasis as much on fun as on racing. Welcome to a small but sweet slice of the American motocross pie.