News 5 Aug 2009

AMA MX: Information on the Unadilla Retro National revealed


Unadilla MX and MX Sports Pro Racing are pleased to announce additional information for the upcoming Unadilla Retro Motocross National, round 9 of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, which will be held on Saturday, August 15.

Gates open for amateur racers on Thursday, August 13 at 12 noon and include a limited schedule of classes for Vintage motorcycles in addition to the normal amateur program.

Unadilla MX and MX Sports Pro Racing is also encouraging all of the fans to get into the retro spirit by wearing a piece of vintage motocross clothing over the course of the weekend.

The retro celebration kicks-off with Friday’s Monster Energy Fan Fest, which begins at 4 p.m. and includes the chance for fans to meet their favorite Unadilla legends as well as many current superstars, including members of GEICO Powersports Honda and Jagermeister KTM.

Following Fan Fest, a special outdoor screening of the Motocross Files will be presented, courtesy of the noted producer Todd Huffman. Viewing will take place in the amateur pit area.

Headlining the list of activities for race day on Saturday is the inauguration of the Unadilla “Walk of Fame,” a special area on site dedicated to the most famous riders who have participated at Unadilla over the past 40 years. The first inductee will be announced during opening ceremonies.

Additionally, there will be a special area in the Sponsor Village aptly named the “Retro Village.” The Retro Village will be home to a special display of historical Unadilla photographs, courtesy of the Robinson family and famous New England Motocross photographer Paul Buckley. Also hosted in the Retro Village will be a display of Unadilla event posters from the past four decades, as well as a significant display of over 50 vintage motocross bikes.

Fans that stop by the Racer X display will be able to pick up a free special commemorative event poster, which is being produced in limited supplies and available on a first come, first serve basis. The poster will serve as a great event souvenir and will feature photographs of many of the Unadilla legends who will be present throughout the weekend.

Tying together all of the old school festivities will be a large contingent of past Unadilla legends who will be on hand for bench racing and signing autographs. These Legends and Heroes include Tony D, Jimmy Weinert, Jojo Keller, Jeff Emig, John Dowd, Danny LaPorte, Erik Kehoe, Mike Fisher, Broc Glover, Barry Higgins and many more.

Lastly, many of the current superstars and teams are expected to join in the retro spirit with throwback color schemes and graphics. At least one factory team has already confirmed that they will be adorned in special colors. To cap off the stellar event and in the spirit of the old school, fans won’t want to miss the special FMF 2-Stroke Invitational that will take place during intermission. Currently, Jimmy Weinert, Danny LaPorte and John Dowd are all slated to compete in the intermission show.