The moment that Feld Motor Sports announced the return of supercross to East Rutherford, New Jersey, we knew it was going to be epic. The Northeast has long clamored to host a round of
Monster Energy Supercross, but concerns about things
like stadium availability, winter weather, and labor costs
kept the races away for nearly two decades. Fortunately,
when the 2014 schedule was announced, MetLife Stadium
made the cut—the same MetLife Stadium that hosted the
NFL’s Super Bowl in February! Supercross was coming
back to the region in a big way.
East Rutherford—and nearby New York City—is a six-hour drive from Racer X’s home base of Morgantown, West
Virginia, and we’ve made the drive many times in the past,
whether to go into the city or down to nearby Englishtown
for the Kawasaki Race of Champions. And back in 1991,
Jeff Cernic chartered a bus and took seemingly half of AMA
District 5 to the old Meadowlands SX.
This time it was the OG Racer Xers—Julie Kramer, Bryan
Stealey, and myself—in my Toyota Tundra. Our goal was to see
as much of the city as possible while also checking out whatever
roadside attractions we could find along the way to the race.
Our first stop was the Roadside America in Shartlesville,
Pennsylvania, home of the “world’s greatest indoor miniature
TO THE NJSX
village,” built in 1939. It’s a big and bizarre sampling of this
land of ours, done with little toy people, buildings, mountains,
and train sets. It’s the most unique thing you will see for $6.75.
Next came the black-tie Pirelli reception at the company’s
U.S. headquarters, celebrating its first season of affiliation with
Monster Energy Supercross and featuring lots of members of
the supercross family, from riders to mechanics, Monster Girls
to Pirelli models, the Feld folks and the Fox Sports TV crew, and
even an artist who painted a superb SX image on a Pirelli tire.
The next morning we went straight to NYCDT—New
York City Ducati-Triumph—to meet up with regular contributor Nick McCabe, then it was off to see that other OG
RXer, Jeff Kocan, at his home in Brooklyn Heights….
I just realized that we only have space for 450 words
here, and I can’t possibly go into all the cool things we did
over the course of the next two days. But it started with
walking across the Brooklyn Bridge and ended all lost in
Newark, New Jersey, and included the race, the police,
62,003 people, a speakeasy, Lou Lopez, electric motorcycles, a guy from The Wolf of Wall Street, lost Oakleys,
two cemeteries, a rainbow, the subway, #signjousting, the
younger Racer Xers, and bars and bars and more bars.
When supercross returns to New Jersey in 2015, you
really should come with us!
First stop, the Pirelli:
Times Square was
bursting at the seams ...
... with models!
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