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Old 06-23-2011, 10:01 AM   #196
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Southwick

On Saturday we have a private track rental at Southwick Mass. (www.motocross338.org) which is the same track the nationals are held at in August.

Southwick is one of the best tracks in the country if not the world and is famous for it's deep sand and huge breaking and acceleration bumps, probably the roughest track in the US by the end of the day? Every corner has 2-3-4 or more lines through it and all though it gets rutted the ruts are easy to navigate because they are so soft. Southwick is so fun on a 125 because you hold it wide open regardless of where you are on the track, cut the throttle into the corners lay the bike over and then wide open again... nothing else like it!

There will be 40 riders on a freshly groomed track from 9-5 (nobody makes it to 5)then a bbq and maybe a few adult beverages after?
It is pouring rain here today and Southwick is one of the few places that soaks up the water and just gets better and better with a nice pre soak.
I'm excited! Pics to follow....
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Old 06-23-2011, 11:58 AM   #197
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Old 06-24-2011, 05:28 PM   #198
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Truck and trailer are loaded, Race gas, 3 bikes, cooler's full....Ready for a day of playing in the sand....Lifes a beach

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Old 06-26-2011, 07:23 AM   #199
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Southwick was good, very difficult riding conditions,very technical.
It had rained all week so the sand was a mush at best, if you were not on the gas at all times the sand monster from below would grab you and pull you every which way it could.
The weather was good all day and even got sunny after lunch till late in the afternoon it got bad...real bad. But first some track pics.












The ruts got pretty deep.
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Old 06-26-2011, 07:29 AM   #200
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The finish line jump.



My brother.



John "6pak" Novak, (nickname is not from his abs)



Multiple lines in every corner.

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Old 06-26-2011, 07:38 AM   #201
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The pits before the "storm"



After riding we enjoyed some trackside food as prepared by our renowned chef... none other than "6pak" himself. He has a old coleman stove (3 burner,very rare) which he starts around noon with a cheap potroast, chicken,oinions,potatoes,carrots and a bottle of Wishbone IItalion( he's from Mass and speaks funny) dressing and lets it cook for 4-5 hrs sendin a beutiful aroma across the pits which seems even more special when mixed with the smell of race gas and Castrol oil.... I'm hungry again just thinking about it... And a nice cold beer made it the end of a great day. or so we thought.
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We all ate and had a beer and somewhat loaded the bikes up and the sky's opened up to a storm that had to drop a 1" of rain in 1/2 hr, we were all huddled under 6paks easy up until we were flooded up to our shins in water, thunder,lightning, I have to say I have never seen a rain like that in such a short period of time.





The ride home was in and out of the same weather so took a bit longer than it should have.

All in all a great day of riding, and looking forward to racing at Broome Tioga in Binghamton NY which is also a (former) national track in two weeks.
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When's the National? I gotta' see that place!

PS: Your son's pic was the BEST!
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The Southwick national race is August 27th.

The series I race in is racing there August 6th and we have a private rental the day before on the 5th. 2 days in row at Southwick is tough on my 51 yr old body but am looking forward to it!
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The Southwick national race is August 27th.

The series I race in is racing there August 6th and we have a private rental the day before on the 5th. 2 days in row at Southwick is tough on my 51 yr old body but am looking forward to it!
Oh shoot. That conflicts with the Indy MotoGP and I'm booked for it.

I might make the 6th, though. Save your ass for day two and I'll see you there!

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Old 06-26-2011, 03:20 PM   #208
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This is the finish line jump with my brother and son in the pic, I paced it off and it was 50' from ridge to ridge. I was jumping 20' down the hill on my 89...so fun!




Next day clean up, everything was sandy and wet. worse than sex on a beach.
I am so shot today...exhausted... feel like I have a hangover and didn't drink... it's a good shot though...nothing like Southwick.

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Next day clean up, everything was sandy and wet. worse than sex on a beach.
I am so shot today...exhausted... feel like I have a hangover and didn't drink... it's a good shot though...nothing like Southwick.

I'm with you. I just reached level 25 on MX vs ATV Alive and am now on the 450's. There is a track called Catapult Canyon and it is semi sandy and even on the 450's it's so relentless that my hands are killing me. I need a cold glass of wine and a nice long stretch on the couch.
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