GP RACING: THE BIG 6 SERIES
>The Adelanto Grand Prix is famous for both its hero involvement and hard-core cult fol- lowing. Erupting onto the scene in the 1980s, it
morphed into a happening that took place on the
streets of a small town out in the California desert.
Off-road superstars flocked to Adelanto. The unique
race started right on the streets of town and included a monster mud-hole jump and high-speed desert
terrain that would tax a machine geared for Ojos
Negro. Larry Roeseler was unbeatable for years. The
likes of Goat Breker, Rex Staten, Johnny Campbell
and Kurt Caselli all made appearances, and Ty Davis
owned this race for half a decade. And while the
Adelanto GP had mass appeal, it was total chaos
and ultimately ended up in the great race garbage
disposal in the sky.
The SoCal MC club revived the race, working hard
with the city of Adelanto, and now houses the event
in and around Mavericks Stadium, which is city-owned and has a past with Minor League Baseball.
Inside the stadium there is a soft-core EnduroCross
circuit that mates to a superb motocross track, two
water jumps (one of them is gnarly), a pavement start
and a high-speed desert loop all designed by Ty
Davis. With a professional look, a nice vendor row,
live rock bands and 1900 racers, the Adelanto Grand
Prix is the Big 6 GP Series kickoff and one of the biggest and most popular off-road races in California.
The 1900 entries make for lots of
activity on the tarmac starting grid.
Photos by Mark Kariya & Tom Webb