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Life sure has changed the last few years. Not having a care in the world is somewhat of a forgotten item these days. Finding time to really enjoy things is hard because I’m constantly doing different things to better my business and now, my family. You can’t write your life story ahead of time. You can picture it, maybe even dictate in certain ways, but just trying to go with the flow of change through good and bad times is the best way to handle I’ve learned. I will admit this summer has been tough on me. I think I bit off more than I can chew and trying to impress, communicate, and handle everything has been overwhelming, to say the least. I’ve had three weekends off since Jan 1 this year. I made my bed so sleeping in it is normal, but like my wife Amy says, “You’re trying to do too much for others.” I do come across crusty when I’m in my pits, or after someone come and asks me a question they’re just too lazy to search for, but I always find the time. Not sure if that has helped or hindered things, but I’m there and the job is always done to my best ability. Sitting writing this I feel like I’ve been hit by a truck over the last month and there are no breaks on the horizon until December. I say I wouldn’t have it any other way, but parts of me silently wish it was other ways. Oh well, life is what you make of it and right now I’ve made a BIG busy sandwich so let’s get eating it, right?
For the past 25 years (minus 1992 because CMA scheduled their amateur national against TransCan and at the time CMA was still the industry leader) I have spent my middle of august in a field, in a van, or in a trailer at Walton raceway. The memories I have from such a simple place are lifetime. Growing up your dream of big things in your head and at points in my life, I’ve reached them, on and off the track. The storybook Walton has created for so many is priceless. This past week was once again a celebration of Canadian moto under the toughest conditions the race had seen in the 25 years. To start it off there were some (two people likely, maybe three) that totally wanted the event fail. That, even with the gnarly weather didn’t happen. In fact, the commodore because of the weather is something only this event can deliver. Families, sponsors, fans, and more all stepped in to help where needed when the toughness rolled in to wreck the celebration. It was truly inspiring to watch. The way the track crew messaged the slop for Saturday was magical. Almost like unicorns were carrying them off to a happy place where we all waited for the gate to drop. Nothing could stop the beauty that transpired over the seven days at the 25th Parts Canada TransCan. It was like the moment when the Grinch thought he ruined Christmas for Whoville, but then they all started singing and the Grinch couldn’t believe it. Walton Raceway and everyone that were on hand made history in more ways than new classes or surprise winners. They knocked down the walls put up with hard work, good attitudes, and passion that run deep. I know there were times that the “give-up” button was right there to tap out, but no one did. Not one person gave up. They had over 60mm of rain Friday night where in most worlds would squash anything, but TransCan said “no way. Screw you Mother Nature. We got this!” I was there all week and saw all of this going on and if you were there and are trying to find the negative to crush the spirit that is Walton, then you are in a group that is very small and uneducated, as well coming up short in the man department. If you’ve watched any movie that has inspired you to work harder, chase that dream, or gave you a reason to push through: insert Parts Canada Walton Grand National Championship in there.
I saw so many unreal races this week and am very excited about the future of our sport: Cannella, Ward, Watling, Keast, Tricco boys, Scott boys, Benek, Gibbs boys, McNabb, Sullivan, McKie, Brittions, Saarela, Lutz, Mansfield, Gaynor, Zacchinga, Mercieca, Masciangelo, Munro, Pranger, Lemmens, Piccolo, Cryer boys, Wrozyna, Davies, just to name a few. The future looks good for Canada. The road for all these racers is unknown. Whether they chase the US or the Canada dream they all have the skills to push the limits and potentially make it to the big time. I guess one question we can ask is, do they all wish to be that racer? Does Canada have what they need to make it? Do they have the respect needed to become a hero and understand what it takes to become a pro? It’s a long road but what I saw out of these names mentioned and some more I may have missed is very special. This entire road is unreal tough and you will be hated, written about in shitty ways, nearly so broke you can’t leave the driveway, and mentally broken, but you can do it. I believe that. The sport, right across Canada, is under fire in so many ways. It’s so important for the competitors, fans, families, and supporters to really see through the BS that’s out there and focus on what’s good and who cares. You now who these folks are in your area so find them, support them, and follow their path because they’re in it for the right reasons. I will always say this and it’s real that people like me need to make money but I, and some others have your best interest for the future. I and my supporters are there to push this sport into the mainstream and help others understand why we are all so offside about the sport. The names above will be our marketing pieces for the future. It’s up to them to support us and allow us to make it better and easier for them to achieve their dreams.