Diamond Don’s 12th Annual AHRMA Vintage National Motocross will be held April 11-13, 2014 at Diamond Don RV Park located one mile from Jefferson, Texas. Over 800 entries are expected for this event which includes Cross Country and Trials on Friday, Vintage Motocross on Saturday with Post-Vintage on Sunday.
Come see Lacie Carpenter and Rebel Rose on Friday evening, 7:00-9:00. This will be an outside venue. Concessions and non-alcoholic beverages are available at the RV Park. BYOB but drink responsibly. Lacie says “that like the fiddlers before me, I keep the sound true, but amp it up a little with my 7 string Mark Wood fretted, yes, fretted Viper”. She and her friends love playing bluegrass, Celtic and a little rock and roll. Lacie is the winner of six East Texas Music Awards; but the ones she is most proud of is Fiddler of the Year 2012 and 2013.
The weekend will be full of motocross legends, including at least seven inductees to the Motorcycle Hall of Fame. Here is your chance to visit with and race against some of your idols: Steve Wise, Marty Tripes, Brad Lackey, Donnie Hansen, Jim Gibson, Trampas Parker, Trey Jorski, Scott Burnworth and Guy Cooper.
Guy Cooper, aka “Airtime”, will headline this year’s event as Diamond Don’s Legend for the weekend. He won the AMA 125 National Motocross Championship in 1990 riding a Suzuki, and he can still beat anyone on the track. Look for him to be out in front on a replica 1984 CR 250 Honda built by Scott Sears, X-Treme Vintage YZ.
You will definitely want to see Marty Tripes 100cc Revenge Races on Saturday and Sunday. The fastest racers in the world will be on the gate to race their 100cc vintage bikes. Jim Gibson, Guy Cooper, Trampas Parker, Trey Jorski, and Scott Burnworth and more than 20 other past pros of motocross line up on the same gate. What a race!!
Tripes won the Superbowl of Motocross at the Los Angeles Coliseum in 1972, just a few weeks after turning 16. He also won the first FIM 250cc motocross United States Grand Prix in Unadilla in 1978. In his career, he won 11 National Championships and was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2001. His Revenge race reminds us of the old days of racing in the late 60’s and early 70’s. Back in the day, the 100cc class was the toughest competition of the race day.
Join the Sunday devotion at 7:30 am, led by Steve Wise, Steve Wise.com & Christ Ministry, and Roy Jenkins, chaplain, announcer, journalist and author of the “Dirt Bike Ike” series. Wise succeeded in motorcycle racing beyond his wildest dreams. He has traveled around the world sharing his faith in Christ at various churches, racetracks and special events. Jenkins has been serving the MX racing community for over a decade and released his latest book last year,“Racing Fuel for the Spirit”. Roy will lead the congregation in Vintage Hymns while strumming his guitar.
The wide, flat grassy pit area offers great viewing of the racetrack that runs through the pasture and into the piney woods. Diamond Don has created a natural terrain grass track reminiscent of the early 70’s. The track runs through the 1880’s ruins of an old sawmill and along the Big Cypress Bayou River. Spectators will enjoy all of the action and can camp out at the park for the weekend.
Jefferson is nestled deep in the Piney Woods of East Texas and seems frozen in time. It is a charming town and an elegant reminder of a bygone era. There are over a hundred buildings in the city with historical markers. Many historic homes offer bed and breakfast accommodations. Dozens of other historic buildings house museums, craft and antique shops and restaurants.
For a full schedule and event information, visit www.DiamondDon.com.