Story and photos by Pete Peterson
After being rained out twice, the Ride Day and Auction/Raffle to raise money for Ryan Morais’ recovery proved to be worth the wait. The ride was limited to the first 100 riders to sign up and donate, and took place at what seemed like Southwick but was actually in the Heart of Texas. Track owner and event organizer Matt Tallon donated use of his facilities and his time, and he and his crew got several companies to donate great items for the auction and raffle, including a huge collection of signed rider gear. Andrew Short and his wife Jackie helped make it all happen, and Shorty was out spinning laps with everyone to show us how to ride deep sand fast. The auction participation was impressive, with a lot of people digging way down deep into their pockets to help out and going home with some cool signed gear, Go Pro camera packs, Fly and Fox racing gear, Bell helmets, a new Specialized bike, some items straight from Andrew Short and a lot of other cool stuff. There were many comments about trouble explaining big purchases to the wife that night, and I suspect a lot of the blame goes to Andrew Short’s father in law, Tom, and his trainer, Seiji, for squeezing the wallets. But it’s all for a great cause and a big thank you goes out to all the companies that donated and all the bidders.
Fun Jersey Facts: No, #94 on the Yamaha’s last name is not “Morais” under that Leatt. Yes, that is Kent Howerton in the MSR jersey beside Short. No, that isn’t James Stewart looking like he bulked up for Hangtown.
If you weren’t able to fly out to Texas to show your support, maybe you could take a little of that travel coin you saved and donate it directly to helping Ryan through his recovery. The direct link to help is https://r2r.webconnex.com/gen?comments=for:+Ryan+Morais