Anaheim Supercross Pre-Party and Film Screening at OC Sports Grill on Thursday, January 6th - Photo 1 of 2Industry comes together to host a fun night for fans and friends before the SX season kickoff event on Saturday.

With the 2011 Monster Energy Supercross season getting ready kickoff in Anaheim, industry folks are getting together to host a party at the OC Sports Grill for 500 fans and friends. The highlight of the evening will be a special screening of Pipeline Digital Media’s “The Carlsbad USGP:1980” film which has been lauded as one of the best motorcycle documentaries ever produced.

The party will take place Thursday, January 6th at 6:00 p.m. and run until about 10:30pm at the OC Sports Grill across the street from Anaheim Stadium. “The Carlsbad USGP:1980” movie will begin at 8:00 p.m.

“We figured there would be a lot of people in town for the first supercross event looking for something to do and this seemed like a good idea,” said Todd Huffman, Producer at Pipeline Digital Media. “It will be great to see everyone and show some new people the Carlsbad USGP film.”

The event is made possible to the generous help from Racer X Illustrated,,, OC Sports Grill,, Malcolm Smith Motorsports, JT Racing USA, Vintage Iron, Moto Armory, Troy Lee Designs, Renthal, Vance & Hines, Bel-Ray, and Pipeline Digital Media.

“Racer X enjoys being involved in events like this and it’s great that so many other companies wanted to help put on something fun for the fans,” added Scott Wallenberg, Publisher of Racer X Illustrated. VIP attendees will enjoy an acoustic blues guitar set featuring Wallenberg, sideman Scott Cox and other guest musicians. “You never know who’s gonna appear with us but it’ll be a fun night for sure!”

The party will be open to the first 250 guests when the event begins and everyone must have a wristband. If sponsors do not use all of their wristbands, more of the public will be allowed in. Everyone in attendance will get a free commemorative Carlsbad USGP 1980 replica program, and DVD’s will be available for sale. Attendees will be responsible for their own food and beverage.

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The OC Sports Grill is located at 450 N. State College Blvd., Orange, CA 92868

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Carlsbad USGP Historical Profile:

Until that fateful day in June 1980, the FIM 500cc United States Grand Prix at Carlsbad had been dominated by European racers. “The princes of the sport,” as ABC Wide World of Sports announcer Jim Lampley called them at the time had reigned supreme in the nine years that the race had been promoted by Gavin Trippe and his partner Bruce Cox.

In fact, Dutchman Gerrit Wolsink won the USGP at Carlsbad an astounding five times himself. The dried clay of Carlsbad’s “blue groove” track became known as “The Rock” as it continued to crush America’s best riders. In 1977, American Jim Pomeroy made history in Carlsbad by becoming the first American to win a moto at Carlsbad. However a crash in the first turn of the second moto prevented an American from winning the overall and again handing a victory to “The Dentist”. It would be another three years before an American would be in contention for the Carlsbad crown.

In the summer of 1980, two men were battling it out for the 500cc World Championship: American “Bad Brad” Lackey and Belgium’s Andre Malherbe. As the series headed from Europe to California, most fans were betting on Northern Californian Lackey who had been flying the U.S. flag solo on the GP circuit for eight long years. However on that hot Sunday in June, it was not Lackey or even one of the regulars on the GP circuit that leaped to the front of the first moto. It was not even one of the established Factory American riders ready to make a name for themselves by leading the world’s best for a couple laps at least.

Instead of one of the heroes or legends, it was local privateer Marty Moates who grabbed the holeshot. Marty not only led the first moto, he overcame crashes and passed the Euros to win the second moto as well! A virtual unknown he had finally accomplished what no other American rider before him could over the previous decade… win the Carlsbad USGP! And ABC’s Wide World of Sports’ cameras were rolling all the while.

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