Just Like Old Times

We race… sometimes. It’s a mantra that we’ve become known for—always in search of good times on two wheels, no matter if we’re racing or not. This past weekend, though, we decided to round up the boys and head out to Glen Helen Raceway for some good old-fashioned racing at round three of the AMA District 37 Big 6 Series. And if you just read that wondering what the hell we’re talking about, you’re sorely missing out and in need of a massive wake up call.

What's Most Important

This side of the Mississippi, the Big 6 Series is the largest amateur racing organization currently in operation, attracting thousands of entries each month and some of off-road’s fastest professional racers. Not only does the series have classes for every single age, skill, and bike size, but it’s also one of the most family-oriented camaraderie-driven organizations out there. Sure, there are the fast pros going for broke and earning a living, but the atmosphere at a Big 6 event harkens back to the days when riders would show up to Indian Dunes with nothing more than an ice chest of beer, a fueled up bike, and a fun-loving attitude. It’s this that draws us to these events. Well… that and the fact that you truly get your money’s worth with just a single hour-long race. No endless waiting between motos, wondering if you’re race is going to go off the line before the sun goes down.

Big Time

With nearly 1,400 riders entered in the various classes on Saturday alone, this year’s Glen Helen event drew a huge amount of riders and spectators. Included in that long list were Fasthouse’s own Blayne Thompson, Sean Collier, Terry Cook, and more. Having not ridden much lately, Collier still elected to ride in the 30-Plus Class and the brutal Pro Race aboard his freshly rebuilt KX500. And even though he wasn’t up front, he still had some fun aboard The Beast. As for Blayne—who won the opening round at Adelanto—he started near the front, but ultimately finished fifth in the Pro Race after some bad luck struck again in the form of a wheel malfunction. Up front in the same race, former Supercross racer turned off-roader Zach Bell ran away with the win aboard his OX Motorsports Honda. Behind him, Trevor Stewart brought his JCR Factory Honda across the line in second.