The World Vet Championship celebrates its 30th year at Glen Helen Raceway on November 1-2, 2014. It also gets a new title sponsor, who is really its old sponsor and its founding father. Dubya Wheels will be the new title sponsor (with help from MTA), but they aren’t really a new sponsor. Tom White not only sponsored the first World Vet in 1994, but actually founded the event and sponsored it for 26 years. He is back as the sponsor again—by having his daughter’s company, Dubya Wheels, become the title sponsor in 2014.
Here is the schedule of events for the most important Vet race in the world—start making plans now
Thursday, October 30
Thursday will feature an open practice from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Dubya World Vet Motocross Championships (Presented by MTA) will boast a National-caliber track using all of the famous Glen Helen landmarks such as Talledega, Mount St. Helen, Bud’s Creek, Yamaha Hill and the Sand Rhythm Straight. Thursday is a chance for out-of-state and out-of- country riders to get adapted to the track—while riding with AMA Nationals Pros and 16 year old kids. It’s a wild day.
Friday, October 31
Friday offers a special practice, limited to riders who have pre-entered into the 2014 Dubya World Vet Championship. This practice runs from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. On this day the vendors will be setting up shop and the Glen Helen/Troy Lee Museum will be opened in the afternoon for a historic motocross bike show from Tom White’s “Early Years of Motocross Museum.”
Saturday, November 1
Saturday brings racing to the World Vet Motocross event. The highlight of Saturday is the Over-40 Pro Championship. There will be support classes for Novice, Intermediate and Expert racers in age groups 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60 and Over-70. Over-30 Women will also have a class. It should be noted that the only Official World Championship class on Saturday is for the Over-40 Pros —for everyone else it is a chance to work out the kinks before the big day on Sunday
Sunday, November 2
Sunday is the official World Veteran Motocross Championships day. All the same classes that ran on Saturday will race on Sunday—only this time it is for all the marbles. The exception is that the Over-40 Pro class (who named their Champion on Saturday) will be replaced by the Over-30 Pros and a $4000 purse! Last year Travis Preston won the crown and has already confirmed that he intends to defend it vigorously in 2014.
Sunday at noon
The Edison Dye Motocross Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented for the 17th time. Initiated to honor individuals who have made a positive contribution to our sport the award has been received by Edison Dye, Roger DeCoster, Jeff Ward, Joel Robert, Torsten Hallman, Bruce Brown and John DeSoto (among others). This year the 2014 Edison Dye Motocross Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to AMA Hall of Famer, Catalina Grand Prix winner and the man who has raced the more motocross races than anyone on the planet — 83-year-old BSA factory rider Chuck “Feets” Minert.
Nuts and Bolts of the World Vet:
Pre-entries are open from August 1 to October 30. The cost is $40 for the first class and $30 for a second class. Post-entries will begin on Friday November 1, and are $50. The Over-30 and Over-40 Pro Class entry fee is $50, pre or post. Practices on both races days (Saturday and Sunday) will begin at 7:30 a.m. Rider can ride in their age appropriate class and are then eligible to move down one skill level for every ten years (for example, an Over-50 Expert can race the Over-40 Intermediate class). Scoring will be by transponder and you must bring your driver’s license to sign-up to prove that you are the right age before transponders will be handed out. No driver’s license—no race. This goes for both pre-entered riders, who must check in, or post entries. For more info or to pre-enter go to www.glenhelen.com