If you aren’t into motorcycle racing (heck, even if you are) the only way to really get to know the grass-roots of motorcycle racing is to attend a flat track event. Flat track always has been, and always will be, the heart from which all American racing has grown and owes its roots to. I haven’t been to a flat track race for far longer than I’d care to admit and have missed the past two season finales due to other commitments (especially disheartening this year as it was Chris Carr‘s final AMA Flat Track season). If you ever get a chance to witness a flat track race up close (hint: here’s where the 2012 AMA Pro Flat Track schedule should be appearing soon) don’t pass it up. Especially if you can get a spot on the fence. I’ve been on the sidelines of many types of racing and while all have their own unique thrill for spectators there’s nothing that compares to being on the fence of a pro flat track race at a dirt mile. Words can’t describe what it’s like to have a heard of twin cylinder Harley’s thundering past at triple digit speeds, handle bars locked, steel shoe dragging, and the rear tire ever so gingerly sliding just the right amount across the hard pack dirt surface. I’m not sure I’ve ever experience such thrill as a spectator (not even on the wall at a NHRA national). Here’s to the men (and now a woman) who man handle (yes, even the new singles class requires some manhandling) some of the most ferocious two-wheeled machines on the planet. Thanks to The Fast and Dirty for the fantastic video with a pretty darn good soundtrack to boot.
2011 AMA Pro Flat Track Season Highlight Video on Vimeo