Loretta Lynn Ranch is a massive, sprawling campground not far from Nashville. For most of the year, it caters to random campers and country music fans on pilgrimages to see the museum and home of its namesake, but toward the end of each summer since 1982, it’s also been home to the biggest amateur motocross race of all, the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship.
Of course, a lot has changed since that first race 37 years ago, but one thing remains the same: Kawasaki Team Green’s pit and display area can be found right behind the starting gate, exactly where they were parked in 1982. They were the first sponsor of the event to sign on, and they’ve been coming ever since. Their area marks the intersection between hope and disappointment for every rider because it’s set against the track entrance and exit. Win or lose—and no matter what brand of bike you’re racing on—chances are certain that you will be riding past the big green thumb.
“We’re extremely fortunate to have this spot, which we call Greenville,” says Ryan Holliday, the current manager of Kawasaki Team Green. “We’re right behind the staging area and starting line and right in front of the crossroads to the whole vendor’s area, and then it’s all motor homes and race rigs.”