Before jumping in to trying to describe the awesomeness that happened at last weekend’s DirtQuake USA in Castle Rock, Washington… we need to review the history of DirtQuake itself.
Dubbed “the Motorcycle Lifestyle Festival” by the DirtQuake folks themselves, they have the perfect explanation for it’s inception. “Irreverent racing is at the heart of DirtQuake. The action takes place on high-adrenaline, loose-surface oval circuits without the hassle, rules and costs usually associated with motorsport. DirtQuake is inclusive – giving riders, enthusiasts and even pro racers a unique chance to take on all comers.” Beginning in the UK, the event made it’s way to America just three years ago. Hosted by Sideburn Magazine and See See Motorcycles, it’s a big weekend long party surrounding fun races that, for $75, anyone with a safe motorcycle can participate in. Tickets cost $20 for the day/$30 for the weekend, and $20 per vehicle to camp.
Camp grounds were filled with big RVs, stylish vans, adventure trucks, and all different kinds and sizes of motorcycles were blasting around every which way. Dogs riding on the tank, kids driving golf carts, youngins riding side-by-side with their parents. Essentially a motorcycle Shangri-La, fun is being had on two wheels everywhere you look. An estimated three wheelies were popped every second that went by, smiles and laughter everywhere.
On track, riders adorned themselves with fun costumes, raced totally inappropriate motorcycles, and hammed it up for the crowd. Round five of the Superhooligan Series was fast and loud, getting cheers from the crowd as Indians and Harleys battled for podium positions. The racing classes included Dirt Tracker, Inappropriate Road Bike, Chopper, Women’s Class, Kitchen Sink (for everything else), 250 and 450. There was also some Lucha Libre style wrestling thrown in there just because.
The women’s class included our sponsored racer Leticia Cline on her Harley Street 750, and Malary Lee on a Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys sponsored Sportster. They battled it out with motocross racer, hooligan racer, and model Stephanie Pietz and gave everyone a show! Leticia banged bars with Tori of See See Motorcycles off the starting line of the final heat–having their own mini battle through the end.
Races ended at almost midnight, and the Chicken & Guns food truck was waiting for the hungry audience with free chicken and potato bowls (which by the way were beyond delicious). The shenanigans continued with a cacophony of engine sounds echoing out of a barn where folks decided they wanted their own taste of getting slideways around (much smaller) corners. And then… fireworks started going off directly overhead. They continued off and on for 15 or so minutes, cheers and engines calling out in every direction.
I’ve been to a ton of different events across America, and this was my first time at DirtQuake. I had goosebumps all day long, even through the fine layer of silty dirt that stuck to my sunscreen. It was sweaty hot for the first few hours of the day, but as the races really got going the temperature dropped to the perfect place. People shared motorcycles, food, booze, camp chairs, and fire pits. It had the closeness of a camping trip with a handful of your close friends, except there were hundreds of strangers all around. To say the least… you want to make it to next year’s DirtQuake.