A Day In The Dirt - Dirt Rider Magazine

All you motocross and off-road fans know that when Thanksgiving rolls around, the Pala MX facility fills with motor homes, toy haulers and a large number of fans and racers who are ready to start their turkey eating weekend off right. The cool part about Day In The Dirt is that the atmosphere is extremely relaxed and everyone in attendance is focused on having a good time. If you were to travel from campsite to campsite, you would likely end up dropping in on a conversation that involved turkey, pumpkin pie, vintage bikes, a team race, Red Bull models or who was going to take the victory in the Coup de Grace.The event offers a variety of race types from Vintage, Mini Grand Prix, the Moto-A-Go-Go Team Race, the Coup de Grace Survival Race and many others. This is the one time you have an excuse to eat too much turkey because you will without a doubt burn it all off on the track over the course of the weekend.

The Red Bull rig is one crazy cool looking International truck. It has a flat black finish with the Red Bull logos popping off the side, and of course, it was the life of the party when the lights went down, the music turned up, action sports videos playing on the flat screens and kids playing MX Vs. ATV Alive on the two Xbox systems on the tailgate of this bad boy.

Christian Craig is rocking one of the few custom painted "TLD Day In The Dirt 14" helmets as he sprays that Pala sand.

Team Husqvarna looking as sharp as ever. The vintage class is always a great one to watch other guys' race. Those bikes have... maybe... half the suspension we're used to!

How cool is this car? One lucky racer took it home after winning the Coup de Grace Survival Race. It's not very often that you get to drive your trophy home!

Donny Emler aka "Lil D" (The owner of FMF) is catching his balance in a massive floating bubble. The pits at DITD 14 may just have more activities than your school fair.

A close up view of the DITD 14 custom painted helmet that Troy Lee Designs made for this annual event. Dirt Rider Associate Editor Chris Green's helmet was personalized with his nickname, "Cougarbait" on the side.

Ricky Johnson put in some solid laps at Pala on Thanksgiving weekend. Check out more of RJ in the January 2012 issue of Dirt Rider as he played Guest Editor / Santa.

This little guy was the one to beat in the Mini Grand Prix on Saturday. Kind of like when Ricky Carmichael dominated the motocross series. The racing was going on in the background as the riders battled it out for second place.

This motorcycle with a roll cage belongs to the one and only Doug Henry. His speed was unreal and he even jumped everything on the track. This goes to show you Henry's love for motocross and his dedication to remain involved with the sport.

Associate Editor Chris Green took the 2012 RM-Z450 Dirt Rider test bike to a 9th place finish in the Pro Grand Prix. Racers in the class included Jeremy McGrath, Josh Grant, David Pingree and others.

With Saturday's racing all wrapped up, everyone was headed back to camp to start their fires and drink the free Red Bull that they collected while strolling through the pits.