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High-speed excitement waits for you at the 24th TransCan in Walton

13 Aug

motocross1By Diva Caroline Thuss

Well, I have always said that I will never turn down the opportunity to try something new. Boy, this assignment was well out of my comfort zone.

As my family and I approached the Walton Raceway, signs were everywhere indicating the large scale draw that this event has. Once through the gate, we met people from all over Ontario, New Brunswick, British Columbia and Michigan who were here to participate either as competitors or as spectators; some of the friendliest bunch of motocross fans on the earth.

motocross9Motocross was new to me. I have heard about it and understood a little about what would happen but had no clue as to how an event of this scope would be. Thank goodness we were handed a program that provided some background information and a schedule for the weeklong event.  It was thrilling to watch riders as young as four and well into their 20s (and beyond) zooming down an almost three-km dirt track that included a bunch of sharp turns and jumps with the sounds of their cc engine echoing across the raceway. Dirt was flying as they cut the sharp turns on the track and, at times, ear protection was a good idea for my children. As we moved around the track area, we were greeting by so many helpful people (spectators, competitors, volunteers and paid employees) who could tell we were greenhorns and helped enlighten us to this intense sport.

40cc, MX2 Jr B, VET jr, Supermini and Hot Lap are just some of the events that are happening at the Trans Can. As the week’s events were just getting under way, there were about 5,000-plus people there enjoying the excitement with us. That will explode to over 20,000 motocross people by the weekend. They will set up trailers and tents and camp out while enjoying and participating in Canada’s largest motocross event. Food vendors will be set up at various locations selling typical a variety of treats from local non-GMO beef burgers, sausages, spiral potato on a stick, funnel cakes and deep fried Mars bars and Reese’s peanut butter cups.

motocross5I was lucky to have some inside tips about what to expect. I have been told that Friday, Saturday and Sunday are the best days to come as that is when the final events are starting and the pros are going to be there. Friday night is the party of the week with the Huron County Throwdown with Brett Kissel hitting the stage. Saturday is the amateur finals with the fan pit party and Sunday the pros are there. I already have my two-year-old asking for a dirt bike so he can go “fast, fast, faster!” We have some new motocross fans at our house.

Weekday passes are: Adults, $15;  and Children  6-11 yr old, $5. Friday: Adults, $20; Children, 6-11 yr old $10. Motocross and Concert: Adults, $40; Children, 6-11 yr old, $20. Saturday: Adults, $25; Children,  6-11 yr old, $10. Sunday: Adults, $30; Children 6-11 yr old, $15. Your best bet is to purchase a weekend pass for a deal at: Adults, $60;  Children, 6-11yr old, $30. For more information, please check out the website www.waltontranscan.ca


Mud bogging at Walton Raceway for the pure fun of it

17 May
Driver Derek Tout and Heather Boa in front of Knight Rider.

Driver Derek Tout and Heather Boa in front of Knight Rider. Photo by Melody Hodgson.

By Diva Heather Boa

Dressed in a strappy, fitted rose-coloured gown, I could have been going to a formal party. Except for the brilliant magenta rubber boots.

Although I’d picked up a formal dress at a thrift shop to wear just for fun on this mud bogging adventure, the boots reflected my practical side. After all, it’d be tough sloughing in heels if the car stalled in a massive mud puddle during Walton Raceway’s mud bogging event.

Of course, I could have followed driver Derek Tout’s lead and abandoned shoes for bare feet. And he wore a 10-gallon hat. A hat would have been a good idea too. But then, Derek’s been mud bogging for a decade and this was my first time. I’m usually more at home with a good book and a glass of wine.

Derek finds me a plastic lawn chair to help in the climb up to the passenger seat of Knight Rider, his custom built ’84 Racaro package Trans Am set on a ’72 bus frame with ’94 Chevy half-ton axles. The interior is riddled with dried mud from previous rides, the seatbelt and harness ready to put on.

We line up to take our turn on the course, engines revving around us, the smell of gasoline hanging in the air. There are ATVs, side-by-sides, jacked trucks, off-road trucks, farm trucks and even family vehicles. From here, I can see people of all ages, children and dogs, gathered at the fenceline to watch. Atop a cattle trailer, four men in jeans sit on a couch, getting a clear view of the pit. There are rows of trucks, a scattering of tents and campfires. There is a record crowd of nearly 3,000 on the grounds, and 316 trucks and ATVs registered. Many have stayed overnight, camping in the campground set further afield. Walton Raceway is also home to the annual Parts Canada TransCan National Championship that draws thousands from across North America to watch and compete in motocross competition every August.

Mud bogging at Walton Raceway from Heather Boa on Vimeo.

Our windows are down and the view out the sides are clear, unlike the front windshield, which still had a sheen of mud from previous mud bogging adventures. Derek expects he will make about 10 trips through the course today, running through a small pond of mud, through a tight track in the trees, and along a hilly path that runs the length of the spectator area. In this first run, he will take it slow because his car has been acting up. I don’t know if that’s a polite way of saying he’s going slow because of his inexperienced passenger.

He taps the emergency brake (I think) and tells me the handle will be my best friend. I hang on to it and to the door handle.

Photo by Melody Hodgson.

Photo by Melody Hodgson.

We tip over a hill and ease into what looks like a small lake of mud. The tires grab hold of the muddy bottom and propel us forward, the murky water swallowing the tires. We stall. A few pumps of the red button on the dash and we sluggishly move forward again, water rippling around us. So far, we’re dry and mud free, settled firmly in our seats.

I relax, release my hands from their death grip around the holds. I don’t know whether to talk to Derek or leave him alone to concentrate on his car, so I say nothing. It’s almost like we’re in a paddle boat, gently propelled forward. Not at all what I expected. In my mind, I had envisioned a bumpy ride where I’d be grateful for the harness and handholds, and worried the car would tip on its side.

We make it through the massive mud puddle, unlike many who need to be pulled from the heavy mud through the day, then the tires gain traction at the exit on the far side. The engine revs, the tires spin, and mud flies. It lands like a bunch of dead bugs on my dress, my hair, my lips. I eat gritty mud that reminds me of the dregs from campfire coffee – just not as tasty. Even with sunglasses on, the mud sticks to my eyelashes.

Then we fly through the bush, between trees and over small knolls. Contrary to what I thought beforehand, I’m not scared at all. How can I be? Between a muddy windshield, muddy sunglasses and mud in my eyes, I can’t see anything anyway. As we come out of the bush, Derek barrels down on a patch of mud. Thick globs of mud fly around us, and there’s a sound kind of like a metal snap from the underbelly of the car.

“That doesn’t sound good,” he says, as he casually removes a hunk of mud the size of a small rock from between his shoulder blades. He hops out of the car and checks its underside, and determines the noise wasn’t what he thought it might be. But the ride is cut short anyway.

I slide out of the car, a bit disappointed we’re done but grateful to Derek and Walton Raceway for making the mud bogging experience happen.

Next time, I want to go faster.

Below, you’ll find some photos from today’s event. Just click on any of them to view in a larger size.

Huron East Double Header – Dirt Bikes and Golf Carts

7 Aug

By: Diva Jenna

From August 15-21 the Municipality of Huron East is going to be buzzing and wooshing with people from all over the place!

Both the Seaforth Country Classic and the Walton Transcan will be taking place during the third week of August! I have attended both events in the past and they are both exciting events with unique aspects to both of them! The Municipality of Huron East in partnership with the Seaforth Business Association is offering a free shuttle between Walton and Seaforth every hour and fifteen minutes on Thursday, August 18th & Friday August 19th!For more information visit here: http://municipalityofhuroneast.posterous.com/parts-canada-transcan-at-walton-august-16th-2

About the Walton Transcan:

More information: www.waltontranscan.ca
The TransCan Grand National Championship is a week long festival of fun and excitement! For this annual “Celebration of Canadian Motocross,” over 1,000 motocross riders and their families cross borders and cross the country to compete for Canada’s most prestigious motocross awards at our biggest event.

Ticket Information

All tickets include HST and no extra charge for PARKING, FULL PIT ACCESS and special commemorative EVENT PROGRAM.

Spectator Admission Ticket Information 

 *** 6 yr old & under free ***

Wednesday Aug 17 9:00am – 5:00pm – Wiseco Amateur Nationals and practice
Adults $15,  7-11yr old $10

Thursday Aug 18 9:00am – 5:00pm –  Wiseco Amateur Nationals
Adults $15,  7-11yr old $10

Friday Aug 19 8:00am – 5:00pm – Wiseco Amateur Nationals
Adults $15,  7-11yr old $10

Saturday Aug 20 8:30am – 5:00pm –  Wiseco Amateur Nationals Finals & Monster Energy National Pro Pit party
Adults $25, 7-11 yr old $10

Sunday Aug 21 11:00am – 4:30pm Monster Energy Pro National Championship plus Battlefield MX2 East/West Shootout,  Amateur East/West Shootout for the  Canada Cup .
Adults $30,  7-11yr old $15
MULTI DAY TICKETS at gate $$$ SAVE $$$
TransCan Weekend Spectator Pass  — Saturday & Sunday.
Adults $50,  7-11yr old $25

TransCan Full Event Spectator Pass  — good for spectating all days.
Adults $70,  7-11yr old $35

About the Seaforth Country Classic:

More Information: www.seaforthcountryclassic.com

Seaforth Country Classic celebrates Canadian Tour’s 25th Anniversary!

Seaforth Country Classic- August 15-21, 2011

  • Monday  August 15  Qualifier 7:30 am, Ladies Pro Am 2:30 pm (spots still available- see Pro Am page)
  • Tuesday August 16  Championship Pro Ams 8 am & 1:15 pm  (morning spots still available -see Pro Am page)
  • Wednesday August 17  Jr. Wee Break 1 pm, Junior Pro Am 2:30 pm (spots still available – see Pro Am page), Practice rounds
  • Thursday August 18  Game on!  Competitive Rounds 7:00 am
  • Friday August 19       Cut day!   Competitive Rounds 7:00 am
  • Saturday August 20   Competitive Rounds 8:00 am
  • Sunday August 21     Competitive Rounds 8:00 am 

Champion Cheque presented after last putt drops on 18th green!

Charity Cheque to Gateway Rural Health Research Institute!

This golf tournament  showcases our rural community to a worldwide audience via the Golf Channel and CKNX, our media partner.  This event is a catalyst in fund- raising efforts for GATEWAY RURAL HEALTH RESEARCH INSTITUTE (www.gatewayresearch.ca) and our charities have received over $54,000!

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Our 2011 tickets  go on sale May 1st for $20.00 (inc hst)  includes a chance to win two spectator tickets (for Wednesday and Thursday rounds) and three nights accommodation to the 2012 Masters or $5000.00 cash!

Last year’s winner was Al Preece from Centralia and in 2010 Brian and Laura Crawford enjoyed this unforgettable experience!

For ticket rules and regulation see Visit page.

 Seaforth Country Classic
August 15th-21st, 2011
Seaforth Golf Course, Seaforth, Ontario