Walton Trans-Can- An Event
Motocross in Walton, Ontario, has certainly evolved. The Lee family took their first steps into promoting motocross at their family farm in 1974, held their first Ontario Provincial races in 1976 and their first National Motocross round in 1981. Seeing the need for an even more prestigious motocross event, one that could rival what was happening in the U.S, the TransCan was born in 1992.
TransCan has been drawing top amateur racers from across Canada, the U.S and around the world ever since. The tiny town of Walton has watched TransCan grow to become one of the biggest tourist attractions in Huron County. Walton’s pride in TransCan is evident the minute you drive into town past the ‘Motocross town’ signs! International television broadcasts, a great family atmosphere and the best motocross facility in Canada have made the TransCan a legend.
|There's always action at Walton, on and off the track.|
The heart and soul of Canadian motocross lie in the thousands of amateur racers that gather in Walton every August. Yes, high-profile professional racing is an essential part of the sport, but for riders as young as six and older than 60 becoming part of the TransCan legend requires dedication and a level of athleticism unequalled in amateur sport. For them, even getting to TransCan isn’t easy. Thousands of amateur racers compete for the chance to race at Walton by working their way through the Amateur National Qualifier Series, with races all across Canada.
Ever expanding, this year the Walton TransCan is drawing riders from Hungary, New Zealand, Ireland, the United States, the Dominican Republic and South Africa! You can check out the entry lists and class-specific information HERE.
|The vintage bikes race on Sunday!|
A highlight of amateur racing at TransCan is the annual IMX East vs. West shootout, where top riders from Eastern and Western Canada form teams
to compete for the coveted IMX Canada Cup.
Winning races is one thing, but there are even more important awards up for grabs at TransCan. Perhaps the ultimate is the ‘Rick Joseph Memorial’ award, jury selected for the intermediate rider who shows the best character, sportsmanship and achievement. Kurtis Ritchie won this coveted award in 2008.
Gaerne, a motocross boot manufacturer, provides the ‘Bronze Boot Award’ for the best all-around amateur rider. This award is a huge honour that often kick starts its winners into Professional motocross careers. Richard Grey took the award in 2008 by dominating the 12-16 year-old 85cc class and running up front in several other youth classes.
|Pee-Wee racers on the gas, that's a little mini Pastrana there!|
A family atmosphere surrounds the massive camping area at TransCan, extending beyond racing to social events each night. Everything those campers need, from coffee to pizza to full home-style meals at Dominic's Kitchen, is available on site. Each night at TransCan there are activities for everyone to enjoy. Activities like the opening ceremonies, scavenger hunts, track building, golf shoot out, trophy presentations, and the ‘MXP MotoSlide’ Show are capped off by the ‘MXP Night of Fire’ fireworks show.
During the week there will be drawings for tickets to the Blyth Festival Theatre for a production of Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad! The Blyth festival theatre is located 15 minutes West of Walton, and is great entertainment for people looking to get away from the track for an evening. http://www.blythfestival.com/plays.php?ID=44
Huron County will have a tourism booth set up in the Honda pavilion with information about all the fun things to do nearby.
|She is wearing a big smile under that helmet!|
Zero motorcycles will be on site allowing racers and fans to try out their new Zero electric motocross bikes. The battery-powered machines have the motocross press buzzing over their surprising power, strength and durability. Zero will have special pricing discounts for people wanting to take home a Zero from the 2009 Walton TransCan. www.zeromotorcycles.com
Any golfers visiting TransCan will want to enter the annual Walton Golf Tournament on Friday August 14! Just fifteen minutes North of the track, Billy Whitely and the Cernic Monster Kawasaki team host this charity event. The $25.00 per player entry fee goes into the Injured Rider’s Fund, which has in the past helped racers like Blair Morgan, Kyle Elliot family, and our own Chick Schumias. So not only does your money going to a good cause, the golf tournament gives you a chance to meet factory racers and maybe even win some great prizes!
|Here's Dusty Klatt giving out the Youth awards at the track, a plaque and a free pug!
Sunday, August 16 is when amateur racers and motocross fans alike line the track to watch the final round of the Monster Energy Canadian National Motocross Pro Series. Between the Pro races on Sunday the vintage bikes take to the track, providing not only great racing but also an interesting visual lesson on motocross history.
During TransCan the information superhighway is going full blast. For schedules, special events, to breaking news and even weather reports visit:
The Walton TransCan is also on Facebook:
Walton, Ontario, home to the most entertaining week of motocross
racing in Canada, smack in the middle of beautiful Huron County! Be there August 12-16!
|The kids track building contest is always a hit, come out to Walton and check it all out!|