MAVERICKS ADELANTO GP
Besides huge tractor-tire jumps, EnduroCross sections nowadays have to include a fire wood pit. Adelanto had one, and it
was tricky for all, including Heavyweight Expert winner Blayne
From mini to mighty, there are classes for everyone at a Big
With his clean KX500 devoid of most logos, Bobby Dick
(better known as Ricky Brabec) embodied the for-fun
theme embraced by many at GPs. By the way, he easily
overalled the always-large combined Women/Mini/
Ten, 15, 20 years ago, Adelanto drew thousands of racers and spectators; however, toward the end of its original
run, it also became more infamous as a venue for barely
controlled chaos. Fights, public drunkenness, bike thefts
and more meant almost as much (illegal) action off the
track as on. So, it quietly and quickly disappeared from the
calendar—a victim, perhaps, of its own success.
But after a few years, the city began to miss the tourist
dollars the race brought in. Officials began investigating
the feasibility of bringing the race back to life—but in a
more controlled, family-friendly version.
The city knew a race of this size required experienced
hands to actually put it on. So, city officials reached out to
their counterparts who ran the AMA District 37/MSR Big
6 Grand Prix Series, the largest AMA-sanctioned off-road
racing series west of the Mississippi, to see about hav-
ing one of its member clubs handle race operations. The
city would take care of the bulk of promotions, equipment
rental and, to sweeten the deal, even offered use of the
Mavericks’ baseball stadium, including its Heritage Field
playing surface to build part of the course on!
The So Cal Motorcycle Club was chosen to put the race
on, which worked out well, as it had been looking for a
new venue for its Big 6 race anyway after land-use issues
with its race last summer. In addition, it had the manpower
to handle something of this magnitude.
Remarkably, after So Cal got the green light, it had just
two months to put everything together, which meant a lot
of man-hours over the holidays for the all-volunteer staff.
As So Cal Race referee Larry Klein pointed out, “There
were a lot of people involved with it.” He added, “Just to
host it is quite an honor.”
But sheer manpower is what it takes when you’re
aiming to bring back a classic in only a couple months.