The 2nd Machado Classic – Organizer’s Perspective

65 to 70 of the best riders from Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico, Missouri, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Texas came out to skate fast runs deep in ‘NoCoast’ territory last weekend (17-18 August 2013), without the permission of any authorities. The plan was also to camp on a local’s land that we had never seen, just hoping there was enough space for everyone. Those were just a couple of things that kept me up late at night while preparing for The 2nd Machado Classic, a two-day outlaw event taking place in two different states with two different outlaw races.

The first outlaw was Shepherds: here, it is all about the draft.

Jordan Koehler getting drafted by Jacques Deysel

Jordan Koehler getting drafted by Jacques Deysel

Dustin Dixon out front for one of the heats

Dustin Dixon out front for one of the heats

Cord leading a draft train with Caden & Darby

Cord leading a draft train with Caden & Darby

What initially started as a race to help raise money for our brother Jason, had quickly turned into something very special. You hear about invite-only races for the pros, so why not have it for the local scene as well? An invitation-only outlaw means the heats are close, and winning means you beat some really badass skaters.

Kavon Zamanian & Jargh Hammons hauling down Shephs

Kavon Zamanian & Jargh Hammons hauling down Shephs

Saturday’s race at Shepherds (that later turned into massive mob runs) took place in Arkansas on some fast winding sweepers, with speeds of around 55mph. 

Shepherds Raw Run:
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Day One Coverage:

Sunday’s race would be back across the border into Oklahoma. With so many riders participating I was very nervous that the races could get blown, but the opposite happened. On Saturday the Park Rangers were stoked to see so many riders out and actually watched some of the heats for a while!

At this point it was all packing riding with tons of homies

At this point it was all packing riding with tons of homies

After taking runs until sunset everyone then packed up and drove back across the border to set up camp and start the raging festivities. It was very cool to see so many friends camping right next to each other with tents only a few inches apart. The landowner provided us a grill and firewood for the night. Their hospitality was something that you just don’t see much any more, so it was very much appreciated.

Tent city at 2am. This was a three-minute exposure at ISO 800

Tent city at 2am. This was a three-minute exposure at ISO 800

Sunday morning we woke up to the sounds of donkeys and mules making some of the strangest sounds I had ever heard. With practice runs starting around 10 am we got the hay set up and prepared for the first run. As an organizer you definitely don’t want to see anyone get seriously injured. The first run down we had a guy break his collarbone. A few runs later we had a guy hit his head a few times as he slid in the grass for 30 yards. It was getting hectic quick.

Sweating it out in the Uhaul. Thanks to Team NoBull for helping to sponsor it

Sweating it out in the Uhaul. Thanks to Team NoBull for helping to sponsor it

Chill practice runs with Cord, Ryan & homies

Chill practice runs with Cord, Ryan & homies

After finishing practice the guys were getting the hang of the course, and it was time to run two round-robin heats to seed the final 48 man bracket. With so much talent at one race even the qualifying got intense, seeing a few more crashes.

Kyle & Dylan get low and lean through crash corner

Kyle & Dylan get low and lean through crash corner

Rad heat with Dylan, Dave, Cody & Garrett

Rad heat with Dylan, Dave, Cody & Garrett

Gnomesteeze staying super tight through crash corner. Rhasta man!

Gnomesteeze staying super tight through crash corner. Rhasta man!

Single elimination rounds only got harder. You started seeing guys really pushing the limit of how fast they could go into crash corner. A few guys from our northern states – Wisconsin and Minnesota – were ripping from the start. Texas always brings their A-team to races, especially now with their new skate bus. It’s pretty much the sickest skate bus in the game.

The Bombsquad van. Be on the lookout for this at a race near you

The Bombsquad van. Be on the lookout for this at a race near you

Dixon leaning through the fast chicane down Marble

Dixon leaning through the fast chicane down Marble

Nicholas Hopper with the focus

Nicholas Hopper with the focus

Semi finals heat. Jordan making the Adams brothers work for the win

Semi finals heat. Jordan making the Adams brothers work for the win

At the first Machado Classic we had a photo finish between Chubbs and Ray Adams, and this time I was prepared. Nicholas Hopper and Jordan Koehler fought it out to the line for the win. We had to go grab my computer so we could do a video review. With that it was clear that Jordan’s wheels crossed first, but only by inches. It was an awesome way to end a weekend of hard racing!

The Finals Sequence:

The Finals Sequence:

Nicholas leaning in letting Jordan know he’s there

Nicholas leaning in letting Jordan know he’s there

Such a close finish

Such a close finish

The Finals:

Day Two Coverage (Race Day):

So far this formula is working out, and I will continue to make improvements in hopes to draw even more talent to further NoCoast events. No one would have walked away with swag if it wasn’t for all the companies that still believe in supporting local events on a grass roots level. Events are not all about swag, but it gives guys a bit of incentive to make a 10+ hour drive. Also a huge thanks to my wife for all the help at the races; she’s super rad.

Podiium: 1 Jordan Koehler, 2 Nicholas Hopper, 3 Brandon Adams and 4 Dylan Greenbaker

Podiium: 1 Jordan Koehler, 2 Nicholas Hopper, 3 Brandon Adams and 4 Dylan Greenbaker

Swagged out, thank so much to all the sponsors!

Swagged out, thank so much to all the sponsors!

Belcher’s face says enough

Belcher’s face says enough

 

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