The following is a Press Release from the promoter of Diamond Don’s Riverport National:
International Champions Headline Diamond Don’s 15th Annual Vintage National Motocross
Diamond Don’s 15th Annual AHRMA Vintage National Motocross will be held April 20-23, 2017 at Diamond Don RV Park & Event Center located one mile from Jefferson, Texas. Over 800 entries are expected for this event.
The weekend will be full of international motocross legends, including several inductees to the Motorcycle Hall of Fame. Here is your chance to visit with and race against some of your idols: Warren Reid, Steve Wise, Brad Lackey, Trampas Parker, Trey Jorski, and Guy Cooper.
International racers from Europe with be competing in the Pony Express Series, racing at Diamond Don’s and then traveling to California to race in the Don Matthews CZ World Championship. Racers are coming from Czech, Italy, N.Ireland, and Scotland, including Adrian Lappin from Co Down Northern Ireland, 9 X time Irish enduro champion.
Racers – Diamond Don needs your help. We are looking for sponsors for the Pony Express, but this won’t cost you a dime. Just loan a bike to one of the international racers for the weekend. We still need SIX more sponsors.
As in the past, we will also have a contingent of racers from Australia including the winner of the raffle trip to DDMX sponsored by Ron Single and VMX Whitsunday.
Warren Reid will headline this year’s event as Diamond Don’s Legend for the weekend. Warren grew up in California and raced in the golden age of the 70’s. His professional career spanned from 1975-1985. Today, Reid lives in Atlanta and works for American Honda’s power equipment division. Warren started testing with Diamond Don’s good friend, Al Baker, back in 1975. In 1978, he won the Trans-AMA Support class title over Broc Glover and Steve Wise.
You will definitely want to see the 100cc Revenge “Rumble on the River” on Saturday and Sunday. The fastest racers in the world will be on the gate to race their 100cc vintage bikes. Guy Cooper, Trampas Parker, Trey Jorski, and many of the international racers will line up on the same gate. What a race!!
Wes Willis, Diamond Don’s Golf Chairman, will host a golf tournament on the greens of the racetrack through the woods on Thursday, April 20. Proceeds will benefit the Jefferson Railway & Wetlands, a 501(c)3 non-profit. The Diamond Girls will be serving beverages and a great lunch. Prizes and trophies!
Raffle tickets will be available all weekend for a Warren Reid replica bike built by Scott Sears, X-Treme Vintage YZ, restored. You don’t have to be present to win but winner will need to arrange transportation home. $10/ticket. Commemorating the 15th DDMX race, Jay Estes is donating an engraved AR 15 with accessory package. There will be a raffle drawing for door prizes from vendors at each trophy presentation. Winning tickets will be entered back into the drawing for the bike and shotgun, which will occur at Sunday evening trophy presentation. 50% of proceeds will underwrite race expenses; 50% of proceeds will benefit Jefferson Railway and Wetlands Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit. Tickets are available online at www.DiamondDon.com or purchase at the event.
Friday features cross country and trials (with the Diamond-Huffman Modern Trials Support Class, sponsored by Jay Huffman, Huffman Restorations) followed by Diamond Don’s infamous BBQ meet and greet dinner.
Saturday features VMX racing and two motos of the 100cc Revenge Race.
Join the Sunday devotion at 7:30 am, led by Steve Wise, Steve Wise.com & Christ Ministry, and Roy Jenkins, chaplain, announcer, journalist and author of the “Dirt Bike Ike” series. Wise succeeded in motorcycle racing beyond his wildest dreams. He has traveled around the world sharing his faith in Christ at various churches, racetracks and special events. Jenkins has been serving the MX racing community for over a decade. Roy will lead the congregation in Vintage Hymns while strumming his guitar.
The action–packed weekend wraps up with PMX on Sunday and two more 100cc Revenge motos. Stick around for the Wine-Down Party Sunday evening, concluding with a fantastic fireworks show complete with five authentic cannons firing dramatic “dragons breath”. Richard Bowden, from the Eagles, will be performing and it will be a jam session – so bring your voice and your instruments. You’ll be too pooped to travel home on Monday! So stay an extra day or two to enjoy Jefferson, or come out early. The park is always open.
The wide, flat grassy pit area offers great viewing of the racetrack that runs through the pasture and into the piney woods. Diamond Don has created a natural terrain grass track reminiscent of the early 70’s and has cleared a lot of the trees and brush to make for great spectating. The track runs through the 1880’s ruins of an old sawmill and along the Big Cypress Bayou River. Spectators will enjoy all of the action and can camp out at the park for the weekend. The cross-country course will actually run right beside Diamond Don’s Gator Pit. Yes, there will be real alligators there so you better ride safe.
Jefferson is nestled deep in the Piney Woods of East Texas and seems frozen in time. It is a charming town and an elegant reminder of a bygone era. There are over a hundred buildings in the city with historical markers. Many historic homes offer bed and breakfast accommodations. Dozens of other historic buildings house museums, craft and antique shops and restaurants.
For a full schedule and event information, visit www.DiamondDon.com.