2019 Great Plains Vintage Motocross Series turns back the clock to the 1970s
The lively event revved hearts and minds up like it was 1970 all over again.
The Lincoln Sports Foundation Motocross Track welcomed over 150 entries and competitors from all around the Midwest, states including: Minnesota, Kansas, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, and Colorado.
Riders were more than happy to be living the dream all over again.
“It’s nice to get back on the bikes I used to ride when I was young,” Open A Rider, Kevin Barret said.
Riders conclude there is no other feeling than to get back up on the bike.
“You can be having a tough day. Your bike might break down, you might crash, it’s hot, but then it hits you, you know what, I’m out here on a Sunday afternoon riding my dirt bike, and that beats just about anything else you can do,” President of the Great Plains Vintage Motocross Association, Kent Taylor said.
The older riders grew up on these bikes, many dating back to their teenage years, and they are just happy to have an available track to jump back in to the hobby.
“We think that the sport abandoned its roots. 50 or 60 years ago, when it started out as a track laid out over natural terrain. They didn’t build jumps, they didn’t build obstacles, they raced it old–school, and that’s what we’re doing again today and we’re doing it with old bikes. Some of them are 40, 50 years old,” Taylor said.
They say the design in the vintage bikes are safer because they are lower to the ground and they have a less powerful motor.
“2 stroke, single motor. No liquid cooling, it’s easy to work on, it’s plenty fast for me. The brakes are just drum brakes, and so they’re not going to be really powerful, but they’re also easy to maintain, not like a disc brake,” Taylor said.
The vintage style tracks involve a less risky design– which doesn’t have the big jumps and big gaps that you see in commercial motocross competitions on TV.
The vintage track is welcoming more and more modern riders who are being growing that vintage appreciation.
“At the end of the day, we get nothing except for a plaque, so there’s no money involved, it’s really just the fun of getting out and competing again,” Racer 272, of Vintage and Modern Class, Craig Kirchner said.
Lincoln Sports Foundation and many county agencies built this vintage track just for them, and every dollar made at today’s event goes back to the LSF track for maintenance and future events.