Diamond Don’s 8th Annual AHRMA Vintage National Motocross April 16-18, 2010
Diamond Don’s 8th Annual AHRMA Vintage National Motocross will be held April 16-18, 2010 on property located one mile from Jefferson, Texas adjacent to the Historic Jefferson Railway. Over 600 entries are expected for the three day race event which includes Cross Country and Trials on Friday, Vintage Motocross on Saturday with Post-Vintage on Sunday. The event will include Diamond Don’s world famous BBQ and crawfish cookout on Friday evening, AHRMA’s national award presentations on Saturday evening and finishes with the Wind-Down Party and a fantastic fireworks show on Sunday.
Trampas Parker, the fastest racer in Louisiana history and winner of two World Motocross Championships, will be the Diamond Don Legend of the weekend. In 1989, he won the 125cc World Championship on a KTM and followed two years later with a 250cc win on a Honda. Parker was inducted in the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame as the first American to win two Motocross GP world titles. He was also a multi-time Italian national MX champ and lives in nearby Mansfield, Louisiana where he still competes and is a master teacher of motocross.
Marty Tripes will be honorary Chef at Diamond Don’s Friday evening BBQ & Crawfish extravaganza. Music will be supplied by Chris & Louis LeBlanc of The Chris LeBlanc Band. 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.
Brad Lackey, another Motorcycle Hall of Famer, hasn’t missed this event yet. Bad Brad will provide the event T-Shirts and is always available to sign autographs and share “bench-racing” stories, along with the other legends.
The wide, flat grassy pit area offers great viewing of the racetrack that runs through the grass pasture and the cool 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 River River. As you’re racing, watch for the live steam locomotive and don’t let that whistle shake you off your bike.
If you plan to fly to the event, Jefferson is located just 50 miles from Shreveport, Louisiana. If you don’t mind driving, Dallas is 170 miles, about three hours. Transportation into downtown Jefferson will be available on the Historic Jefferson Railway, owned by Diamond Don and his wife Francene. Take a step back in time aboard their narrow gauge, live steam locomotive. Ladies, grab the kids and leave the guys at the track — catch the train into town for shopping and sight-seeing and enter our “Shop ‘til you Drop” contest for cash prizes.
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.