While most people were wondering what to do on last Saturday’s rain-swept morning, the Wailua motocross track was bustling with activity.
On that day, the Kauai Motocross Riders Association (KMRA) was holding its first ever Mud Out event. Club president Kip Furugen and club vice-president John Bostick organized the event, with help from Kevin’s Auto Repair.
It has been said that there hasn’t been a mud drag competition since 1988, and many people were looking forward to the resurrected event.
The event allowed any Kaua’i resident to enter his or her truck to attempt to drive though a 120-foot mud pit and race other competitors for the fastest time combined with distance driven.
The crowd approval was outstanding, and it was a stimulating event for the many families who attended the event.
There were six classes in the event: 4-cylinder, 6-cylinder truck, 6-cylinder Jeep, V-8 Jeep, buggies, and V-8. The top finishers are as follows:
Carlos Rojas won the four cylinder class aboard his Toyota followed Dennis Jacintho and Jason Alfiler.
Marshall Camara was the only driver in the 6-cylinder truck class with his Toyota so he took the win in that class.
The top finisher in the 6-cylinder Jeep class was Makaia Leong aboard his CJ7. Runner up in this class was Lloyd Manibog.
The victor in the V-8 Jeep class was Gary Green equipped with his CJ7 followed by Kamu Van-Gieson.
Both drivers in the buggy class experienced technical difficulties, but Paul Medeiros, with his quad-engine buggy, successfully completed one run before his chain came off the sprocket and cracked his engine case, putting him out of the race.
Finally, the largest class, the V-8 class left no one disappointed.
Al Leong took the win aboard his ’95 Chevy and was followed byDestry Langtad and Russell Leong.
The half time show included a dash for cash for keikis and adults, and a freestyle motocross exhibition followed.
The participants in the dash for cash had to run through the same mud hole that the trucks drove in to get their hands on a $100 bill waiting at the finish line.
The mud-covered winners were Zack Tinder and Mikey Abell.
KMRA member Leonard Cabinatan organized and rode in the freestyle show and was followed by Kalei Souza. The crowd was left in awe as they watched Leonard and Kalei display their tricks as they jumped over the spectator fence and the mud pit to a landing on the other side of the mud hole.
No one could have guessed that the KMRA mud out would have had such an enormous turnout, but the well-prepared club management handled the crowd very well. It was a pleasurable experience for everyone that was involved, and KMRA is looking forward to the next scheduled mud-out in June.
KMRA also holds motocross races every month and invites everyone who likes high-speed entertainment to come and enjoy the sport. KMRA hopes to expand the sport of motocross on Kaua’i through these many events, and they would appreciate any sponsorship or spectators to show their approval.