I’ve been shooting photos at the AMA Nationals since 2005 and over the years I’ve had the opportunity to professionally shoot races at Unadilla, Budd’s Creek, Southwick, Red Bud, Steel City and Pala. But never High Point. You would think that since it’s only 6 hours away I would have made the trip to the fabled track, but alas I never way. That was until last weekend.
On Friday morning I set off from my home in New Jersey and headed West to High Point. The images in the link below are the result of the trip. A small sample of images from press day on Friday as well as a bunch from Saturday’s racing.
As always the images are in alphabetical order by the riders “last name” with all holeshot pictures labeled as “start” and several “track” photos of the tower and signs, including a couple of the final checkered flag of the weekend.
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Last week Tucker Rocky announced a rebranding of their company. Now, named Tucker, the change represents a fresh start for the company that has been through quite a lot in the past 8 months. In November, the Mag Group, Tucker Rocky’s parent company filed chapter 11 bankruptcy announcing $440 million in debt. The company restructured and emerged from bankruptcy in April. The rebranding of the popular Tucker Rocky brand will serve as a fresh start to the powersports distribution company.
Learn more in their press release below and in the videos they produced announcing the new Tucker.
The new look for Tucker
Tucker Press Release
Introducing the new Tucker, a rebranding of Tucker Rocky that honors the company’s rich heritage and showcases its status as a world-class leader in powersports distribution.
“The Tucker of today offers unrivaled services to our dealers and brand partners,” emphasizes Eric Cagle, President of Tucker. “From distribution, sales and customer service; to marketing, advertising and brand building, we are dedicated to the support and growth of powersports.”
As part of the rebranding, Tucker proudly introduces a new logo. The forward-facing square and large notched “T” combine to create a symbol of speed and innovation. Bold red was chosen to represent Tucker’s passion to deliver the best brands in powersports. Known in the industry for being dedicated to supporting its customers, the all-lowercase “tucker” is appropriately friendly.
“The need for speed is innate in powersports enthusiasts and imperative as a distributor,” explains Taz Sobotka, Senior Manager of Marketing. “The Tucker ‘Power T’ logo conveys the visual allusion of speed and movement that represents the feeling of freedom we all love about powersports.”
The individual pieces of the new Tucker logo come together as one to symbolize the unified qualities that make the company a world-class distributor. The new name symbolizes the vision and values of Ed Tucker’s humble beginnings when he started the company in 1967. Over 50 years later Tucker continues to deliver the most powerful brands in powersports.
Look for the new look June 16th on location at the American Flat Track OKC Mile with Cory Texter and his CTR crew, and the High Point AMA Pro Motocross National in Mt. Morris, PA with EBR Performance/Altus Motorsports Yamaha and rider Ramy Alves.
Featuring the most powerful portfolio of parts, accessories and apparel brands in powersports, Tucker is the go-to supplier for retailers across the nation. In addition to an unmatched product selection, Tucker is proud of its relentlessly customer-centric culture and unwavering pledge to on-time delivery. Because of its uncompromising commitment to continuous improvement, Tucker has been earning the trust of the best dealers in the industry for over 50 years.
So what does this mean for the iconic brand? Only time will tell but the fresh clean look and the new blood they are bringing in should set the company up for growth in the near future. The bankruptcy really only lasted a short time and I don’t feel that the dealers were negatively affected. True they lost some vendors, but they also brought some new ones in.
I’m always a bit confused at publically directed marketing by distributors, after all, they don’t sell direct to consumers but I guess when you figure in the employees at the 5000+ powersports dealers it makes sense. Parts Unlimited did it for many years with supercross. Now with WPS is taking over from them, the distributors must see a value in the marketing spend. I am happy to see Tucker Rocky, or should I say, Tucker emerge from the bankruptcy strong and excited about whats coming next. It is good news for the powersports industry.
One of my favorite things about the powersports business is the great friends I’ve made over the years. The talented photographers, writers, racers and team members never cease to amaze me with the work they produce. I’m making an effort to spread the word about their work in this series so that my network can see their work.
In this post, I’d like to share an article in the Canadian motocross magazine Motocross Performance (MXP) by Krystyn Slack. Krystyn was the 1st-ever female photographer and writer to Cover all 29 AMA professional supercross and motocross races in a season. She did it in 2017. This particular article is a look behind the scenes at the wives of some of the top racers in the sport. She provides an interesting look at their family life and the week in and week out struggles of a professional motocross racing family.
In 2018 I worked with the Legends and Heroes of Motocross Tour to create and distribute their weekly press releases announcing the legend they were honoring each weekend. Below is a release that was drafted in collaboration with Sean Brennan from Feld Entertainment and Alex Moroz from the tour that wraps up the 2018 season.
Legends and Heroes Tour Wraps Up a Successful 2018 Monster Energy Supercross Series
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (May 25, 2018) – The Legends and Heroes Tour traveling moto museum would like to thank all the sponsors, honorees, guests and friends for a successful series of 2018 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship.
The mobile museum crisscrossed the country with 16 stops in 13 states coast-to-coast and as far north as Foxborough, Massachusetts and as far south as Tampa, Florida.
In 2018, more than 4,000 fans per event made a stop in the museum, and more than 250 racers and fans per event took part in the new for 2018 Supercross Virtual Reality Experience.
Not just reserved for each event, the Supercross VR Experience was also deployed to offsite locations at various radio and television outlets the week leading up to each event. In total, more than 50 different media outlets experienced Supercross through the program. Local celebrities tried the virtual reality goggles and spring bike, showing their fans the fun and excitement of Supercross through their social sharing.
Additionally, local FOX, CBS, NBC and ABC stations, as well as various other television, radio and media personnel, jumped on the bike and got a first-hand glimpse of the intensity and athleticism required to compete in Supercross. More-often-than-not, the experience elevated their heart rates and put smiles on their faces, which made for exciting footage that helped promote the upcoming event.
“From a PR standpoint, the Supercross VR Experience was a fantastic tool that we could use early in the week prior to our athletes arriving,” stated Sean Brennen, Public Relations Manager, Feld Entertainment. “It also served a broader initiative in that we are trying to expose more people to the joy of off-road motorcycle riding while also illustrating the athleticism of our Supercross racers.”
The Legends and Heroes tour stands behind the belief that “We Don’t Leave History Behind” and has kept the founding fathers and mothers pure in their thoughts by honoring the men and women that shaped Supercross and motocross into what it is today. During the 2018 season, the following individuals were honored for their impact on the sport of Supercross and motocross.
Anaheim 1 – Jim Wilson
Houston – H&H Music Racing
Anaheim 2 – David Pingree
Glendale – Justin Buckelew
Oakland – Steve Simons
San Diego – Ron Turner
Arlington – Dennis Hawthorne
Tampa – Bill West
Atlanta – Robby Neeley
St. Louis – Joe Burke
Indianapolis – Antron Brown
Seattle – Eric Eaton
Minneapolis – Chad Pederson
Foxborough – Dan Cunningham
Salt Lake City – Dan Thomas
Las Vegas – Tony Berluti
With nearly 5,000 square feet of display space at each event, the Tour was a must-see stop during the Pit Party. Thanks to local friends around the country, each week, the Tour featured some of the best vintage motocross bikes on display in a single location. With different vehicles at each round, guests were able to relive the machines of their youth and show their family and friends what the early days of motocross and Supercross looked like.
“Since 2009, the Legends and Heroes moto museum has had the privilege to be a part of the Monster Energy Supercross series,” said Alex Moroz of the Legends and Heroes Tour. “It has been an epic journey for us bringing the history of our great sport to the fans. Over the last nine years, hundreds of thousands of fans have visited the tour and shared the historic vintage bikes, period race gear and the stories of our rich history of motocross and Supercross.
In 2018, we turned the page and combined with our partners at Feld Entertainment, included a full-body experience that has never been felt in our sport. Fans from 3 to 73 years old came to experience a true race happening with the Supercross VR mobile experience as part of the Monster Energy Supercross Pit Party. Most satisfying were the smiles and great comments from our fans on their experience of racing a virtual Monster Energy Supercross track – priceless!”
The Legends and Heroes Tour would not be possible without great sponsors like: Feld Entertainment, Monster Energy Supercross, Food for Life Bakery, Dunlop, EZup Shelters, Wossner, Yuasa, Boyesen, Motion Pro, Engine Ice, Acerbis, Rockwell, Bell, KTM, Rich Designs, Moto X Roads, The Early Days of Motocross Museum, RacerX, MX Sports, Brad Whitworth Photography, Retro Moto, Cycle News, Pro Circuit and Renthal for help with our awards and Langston Motorsports and Yamaha for vehicles for the Supercross VR Experience. Thank you all for your support.
Stay up-to-date with 2019 planning and see behind-the-scenes footage and great vintage photos and stories by visiting the official website at legendsandheroestour.org or follow via social channels:
About the Tour: The Legends and Heroes Tour is a professional, historical display and timeline of America’s greatest motorsports, motocross, and supercross. On-site, the tour encompasses nearly 5000 square feet of moto-history with bikes, gear and other memorabilia that transport our guests back in time through the history of the sport. Visited by more than 9 million guests during its previous seven years of existence, the Legends and Heroes Tour attends each stop of the Monster Energy Supercross Series and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Series. Visit us in the Pit Party at a supercross or motocross near you or online at legendsandheroestour.org.
About Monster Energy Supercross
Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, is the most competitive and highest-profile off-road motorcycle racing championship in the world featuring innovative track designs and attracting impressive crowds set inside recognizable and prestigious stadiums. Feld Entertainment, Inc., parent company to Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, Disney On Ice, Disney Live!, Marvel Universe LIVE!, Sesame Street Live!, DreamWorks Trolls The Experience (coming Fall 2018) and Jurassic World Live (coming Fall 2019) is the world’s largest producer of live family entertainment. Visit SupercrossLIVE.com for more information.
About Feld Entertainment
Feld Entertainment® is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that bring people together and uplift the human spirit. Properties include Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, Disney On Ice, Disney Live!, Marvel Universe LIVE!, Sesame Street Live!, DreamWorks Trolls The Experience (coming Fall 2018) and Jurassic World Live (coming Fall 2019). Across the brand portfolio, Feld Entertainment has entertained millions of families in more than 75 countries and on six continents. Visit feldentertainment.com for more information.
About the American Motorcyclist Association:
Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders’ interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit americanmotorcyclist.com.
Mini Rider Magazine. January 2007 issue. This was race coverage of the 30th annual Race of Champions held at Raceway Park in October. The main story was featured on pages 40 through 45 and featured words and photos as well as a mini interview with Nick Desiderio.