On April 27th over 40 riders from five different states met at a Super 8 hotel in middle-of-nowhere, Oklahoma, to race down a 1.5mile run, with 11 turns and speeds up to 50mph. It had rained the night before and was still extremely damp that morning, not ideal racing conditions. With most of the riders being from the South, we are not very used to racing in the rain. We waited for a while to see if it would dry up and eventually decided to just go for it.
Four weeks ago:
On Easter Sunday four of my best friends and I packed up the car to film a promo video for what would become The Machado Classic. One of us, Jason, was hit by a car in one of the blind corners. He was seriously injured and had to flown out by helicopter. It was a very emotional experience for all of us, and has impacted my view of life and skating on open roads. I wanted to cancel the event, but I wanted some way to give back to Jason. He is responsible for what our skate scene in Oklahoma has become, the true OG. I decided that all the funds for the entry fees would go to help with his medical bills. We also decided to make the event invite only to keep the number of riders down and the skill level up.
Back to the race:
We all lined up at the top of the hill, ready to see what the run would allow as it was so wet. We usually grip the whole course, but rain had changed everything. It was cool to see everyone’s approach to making the fast righty in the rain. Some guys foot braked, some threw pre drifts, one guy even went from standing up to sitting down in hopes of gripping the corner with the most speed. At some point everyone crashed that day. Good thing about falling in the rain is that it usually doesn’t hurt very bad. We ran a few practice runs and then got the heats going. The racing was tight and hectic, and every single person had a smile on his or her face. Racing in wet conditions is just plain fun. The round went fast and smooth with some surprise finishes. By the last two heats the pavement was getting patchy and dry through the fast corners allowing the riders to pick up their speed. The most exciting heats were the finals of course. With everyone gathered at the finish line we waited for the six-man heat to make their way down the course. As they approaching we saw it was Chubbs and Ray Adams out front. Since this was an outlaw no rules were established prior to the heats. Chubbs grabs onto Ray to pull himself out front. Ray then sticks his arm out for the photo finish.
We check video and pictures and see that their wheels are crossing the finish at the same time. After a lot of conversation I decide that all this wasn’t worth a finish that we can’t agree on. We decided to let the two of them race it out for a solid finish. Apparently Ray dropped his board doing a running start and Chubbs won by a large gap. Regardless of how it finished it was an epic day of racing in Oklahoma.
- Ray Adams
- Nicholas Hopper
With a lot of sponsor support everyone that came out walked away with some sort of swag. I couldn’t have asked for it to go any better. No cops showed up, no one was seriously injured, and it was just so awesome to see the skate family get together and support one of our own.
Jason is doing much better. Please continue the positive support, it will be a long road of recovery. But the best part is that he is with us and only bones were hurt; those will heal themselves. He is the strongest person we know, physically and mentally. We are all there with him while he recovers and can’t wait to have him back in Oklahoma. Heal fast brother. Unfortunately the cops decided to give him a ticket as a slap in the face. It was for over $200 and stated that he failed to use a cross walk (there isn’t one on that road) and failed to yield to a car. Thanks Mr. Asshole Cop, you are really great at your job. We have all learned a valuable lesson, no matter how many times you rip down a run with no cars, there is always a possibility of coming upon one by surprise. Be safe when skating open roads, use spotters, and always stay in your lane.
If you feel like you would like to help, you can donate here: http://www.bclongboards.com/jason-machado/
A special thanks to all Erick Barrandey for coming out and taking sick pics. His site: https://www.facebook.com/BarrandeyPhotography
Hope to see everyone on the hill again soon. — Kyle Ramsey
Race Promo: https://www.vimeo.com/63242558 Raw Run: https://www.vimeo.com/63253566 Video Game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZbfl8NgT3o Race Edit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNzLRRUT8QA Donate To Jason: http://www.bclongboards.com/jason-machado/