MOTOCROSS RIDERS fly around the track at G.P.F.
Organizers of a unique public motocross event in Grady County say they are pleased with the outcome. The Scholarship Cash for Class Race was a three-day event that took place at Georgia Practice Facility on Bold Springs Road, Friday-Sunday.
“For a first time event, it went really well,” says Josh Woods, who co-owns G.P.F. with his father, Raymond Woods. “It’s something to build on. Everybody seemed to leave happy.”
Woods says the event attracted 198 riders, all between the ages of 4 and 55, and they gave away more than $9,000 in scholarships to riders. The public was invited to watch the races, and Woods says many did come Friday and Saturday. A concert on the grounds Friday night did not attract a local crowd of spectators, but Woods says next year they will work harder to promote the event locally.
The group is already planning for another race next fall, but is considering a date change so it doesn’t coincide with so many local events such as football and Mule Day. “We are already in the works for making plans for doing one for next year,” says Woods.
Neighbors who had concerns about the noise level that such an event would bring have not registered any complaints with Woods. “I had positive posts from neighbors on Facebook,” Woods says.
The Grady County Commission had to approve a variance to the Grady County Special Land Use Ordinance to allow G.P.F. to hold the scholarship race. The variance let G.P.F. extend its hours of operation to 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and relaxed the noise level requirements.
On Tuesday, Commissioners Ray Prince and Phillip Drew, who both attended the event, has positive comments on the race.