Motocross enthusiast Michael Goodwin and national pro Tim Dettling brainstormed the event to bring young riders ages 4 to 13 to the dirt track for some one-on-one coaching with quad racing experts.
The Goodwins created The Bean Field track in 2008 so the area would have a place for racing and jumping on a dirt bike track.
“I wanted an opportunity for the kids to learn from professionals — that’s an amazing thing. I also wanted a day just for the families who are normally competing to just hang out, not be so much about racing,” Michael Goodwin said.
Saturday’s event was by invitation only. Goodwin hopes to gain enough support and interest to bring it back again, but make it open to the public.
Dettling said he was happy to hang out for a day with the children, teaching them how to gain more control as they ride the ATVs.
“Teach them some techniques, some cornering, some jumps,” Dettling said.
Have no doubt, however, that the kids at this event are seasoned race competitors.
Joining Dettling were professional racers Tyler Hamrick and J.R. Hines. All three men race for Vechery Racing/ Never Sleep Designs. All three have won several races, including national races.
As the rain continued to fall the kids talked to the three racers, who signed posters, hats and even the blue event shirts the kids were wearing.
“Can I get both of you to sign?” Laine Blessing asked Dettling and Hamrick.
“Sure, what’s your name?” Dettling said as he leaned down to the small boy and smiled.
His brother, Jacob Blessing, 14, of Bellevue, has been racing for three years. He never gets bored with it.
“I am always ready to go,” Jacob said.
Jacob’s mother, Terri Blessing, said he practices for competitions by racing just about every weekend with Michael’s children, Aidan and Grace Goodwin.
Several of the parents in attendance said the sport motivates the kids to do well in school. It also gives them family time on most weekends when they race. The sport is expensive because of the cost of the equipment, they warned.
The rain fell harder as the minutes passed into hours, but everybody waited, sometimes warming themselves by a bon fire.
Blessing (and many other kids) would have raced at any moment if given the OK.
Competitions go on after all in most any weather.
“We don’t shut it down at all,” Blessing said.
No one wanted the kids to get hurt, however, so the wait continued.
When the kids finally got the OK at about 3:30 p.m., they jumped on the quads and did some simple racing, Goodwin said.
“We might not have been able to do much teaching this time, but there were a lot of kids who had fun and got muddy,” Goodwin said.
Anyone interested in learning about moto-racing, sponsoring a rider or sponsoring a future event should call Goodwin at 419-202-3516.