Sunday, February 27, 2011

East Coast Snocross at Rockingham Park...

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Took my five year old out to this race today.  He still has the attention span of a juvenile rodent...

Regardless, for the couple hours we were at Rockingham Park in Salem, NH, the racing was pretty darn good.

I am not a follower of this series so I didn't know the racers involved but there was a great variety of classes--from young kids in the 10 year old age range up to semi-pros driving near unrestricted snowmobiles.  I am always amazed at the air these vehicles get given their weight and minimal suspension travel.  When they hit the snow there is an audible "whump" as the snow seemingly takes up at least as much of the impact as the suspension does.

The event was REALLY well run with races being spaced, literally, only about 30 seconds between races as they were able to stage the following race at the same time the current race was finishing up.

The conditions were nearly perfect.  With six inches of fresh, powdery snow from the previous night and light flurries throughout the day, it had a perfect, mid-winter feel to the day, despite its late February date.  It just wouldn't have felt right if it was all mud and shining sun and 60 degrees out.

Rockingham Park was a great place for the event as well.  The fee for the event was only $15 for me and free for my son.  There was both indoor and outdoor viewing available given the horse racing design of the location and a fair amount of decent concessions.  I would definitely recommend attending an East Coast Snocross event if one comes near you in the future.

Lastly, the only negative about the entire event was the presence of a few Hells Angels bikers at the race.  I guess no New Hampshire event can be complete without a few bikers trying to move some meth.  Really, look at these clowns.  Its winter, its snowing, its 30 degrees out.  Yet here they are with their belly button length leather jackets and one has no hat, oh, and obviously no bikes.  Overhearing their conversation it was typical--"Ya, I used to get in all sorts of trouble here in Salem, blah, blah, blah..."  They had no interest in the event itself and were their typical waste of oxygen...

East Coast Snocross Series...









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