We went to Nevada in the beginning of May to check out the THQ Supercross Finals at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. The weather was perfect in the mid 80ís, the people were friendly and enjoying every bit of the race atmosphere. As if the Supercross finals were not enough, on Friday night we got to see the MiniMoto SX (these are modified little 50cc motorcycles) where five #1 AMA plates were given away to the different men and women racing divisions (yes, I said men and women because I saw more of them racing then the kids). The racing was intense, these racers were totally serious about winning, the racing packs stayed real close and it was very exciting. With names like Jeremy McGrath, David Pingree, Chris Gosselaar, this sport is going to grow and grow even Jamie Little, the ESPN2 commentator, got a podium spot in the womenís race.
We are ToyHauler Magazine so of course we love racing but this story is about the great American sport of TAILGATING. So it is kinda like this, youíre a great parent and your kids really love going to the motorcycle races (and they get everything they want), so what do you do to make sure that even those that arenít motocross fans have a good time? Thatís easy, load up the Toyhauler with the barbeque, coolers, some games and enough food for your family and friends and get ready for an action packed day of fun. This is one way to use your trailer to its fullest, sure it can be a little bit of a pain to load the rig for a one day trip but it is well worth it. The bathroom and the awning alone make it all worth while and after the races there is no reason to be in a hurry to get home.
OK, you arrive at Sam Boyd Stadium early to check out the parking lot. Once you find a nice place to park, check to see where the afternoon sun is going to be. This way you can park with the entry door to the east. Make sure you are sort of level, unload the table and chairs, horse shoes and coolers and the two stroke blenders (oops that just my friends). Find some good music and let the stories be told. Itís funny that I talk about the music at this event because there was no one trying to prove who had the best stereo unlike when I was in Anaheim, CA. for the same event. Just goes to show you how people change from one part of the country to the other and this is Las Vegas only a couple hundred miles away.
The other great thing about bringing your house on wheels is that you can go into the vendor section and check out all the new accessories, get a pit pass and see your favorite racer, and/or watch some of the qualifying races then go back to the toyhauler and drop off the freebies or equipment that you bought. Then you kick back around camp and refresh for a little bit, eat if youíre hungry and then go back for the main event.
The event itself was incredible the track was a little different then most, a little longer and it even had some flat track action during the laps. The racing was great the 125 east west shootout is the only time that these racers get to compete against each other all year. What was funny is that the three podium positions were won by guys from the east series but two of those guys were from California. Um? If you have never been to a Supercross race it is very exciting watching all these competitors banging bars, doing triple jumps and making it all look so easy. One of the cool things of the night was when they announced all the prizes that the top privateer racer got including a new Weekend Warrior Supercross Toyhauler from Giant RV.
Now, that the Supercross season is over all the riders start getting ready for the outdoor season and those races are just as fun. The environment of the outdoor season is even better suited for the toyhauler lifestyle. So, if there is an event near you, I recommend that you call and see if you can get reservations for a camp spot or find out if it is first come first serve. Then load up trailer and practice being the best tailgater you can be and remember, take pictures so that you will be able to back up those outrageous stories that you are going to tell (or remind) your friends of in the future. Be safe and have fun!!!!!!!-Terry Gluckman