Kurt Caselli Ride Day Going Strong In Sixth Year
As one might expect, the Kurt Caselli Ride Day continues to evolve and is now truly a celebration with the expectation of a good time rather than being solely a solemn remembrance.
The underlying theme remains honoring the legacy of the late and legendary off-road racer. To that end, there was plenty of fund-raising via the silent auctions, raffles, and merchandise sales at the Sixth Annual Kurt Caselli Ride Day, held for the first time at Fox Raceway in Pala, California. (A scheduling conflict at Glen Helen prompted the move to the locally popular motocross park with three tracks open as well as a short-but-sweet off-road loop cut in specifically for the event by the Kurt Caselli Foundation [KCF].)
Although the totals raised this weekend weren’t available before deadline, the monies raised certainly added significantly to the funds that have been gathered in the short history of the foundation: more than $1,000,000 in donations and more than $600,000 spent on safety initiatives. That’s been able to further the foundation’s mission statement of protecting and supporting the lives of off-road riders, and not just in the desert where Caselli enjoyed great success. Some of the money purchased a Kawasaki Mule equipped with emergency medical equipment for use at GNCCs. It’s also brought former KTM factory rider and SCORE Baja champion David Kamo on board as Race Course Safety Advisor, purchased an ultrasound machine for use by the Asterisk Mobile Medical Unit at Supercross and Pro Motocross, and provided ambulance services at select events throughout the year.
All of this helps draw people to events like the Ride Day, and even with the late change of location (and even later redoing of what turned out to be a really fun off-road loop), everyone who attended seemed to have a great time and look forward to next year’s event.