There is a famous saying that makes the observation, if you build it, they will come. A statement like this couldn’t be more true for the 19th Annual TransCan at Walton Raceway. An event that captures not only the essence of youthful exuberance, but the true spirit of competition.
Located a stones throw from the shores of Lake Huron and a mere 2.5 hrs from downtown Toronto, the track in Walton, Ontario is no stranger to hosting World class motocross races, in fact the first ever race on the track took place in the 1970’s. Well, a lot has changed since those days, and even more has changed since the very first TransCan in 1992. Here we are almost 20 years later and this big race has grown into something that far exceeded anyone’s expectations.
The festivities begin on Monday, August 9th, as the participants stage for entry at the Blyth Campground. Here there will be a tailgate party where riders and families can hang out, tell stories and anticipate the week ahead. The actual gates to the track paddock don’t open until 6am, Tuesday August 10th, this is the moment when everyone gets parked, signed up and last minute preparations are done for Wednesday’s practice.
The gate drops on racing at exactly 3pm on Wednesday afternoon and will run until Saturday evening. When the racing is done, Canadian Amateur Champions will be crowned in some 23 different classes, age groups ranging from 4 yrs old to 50+ yrs old, and riders from not only Canada, but all over North America.
With over 1,000 total entries, the Parts Canada TransCan has gone from a dream, to a reality, to the biggest motocross race in Canada and one of the biggest in North America. It all begins next week in Walton, Ontario.
Complete event information is available at the web site, www.waltontranscan.ca.