Marlon III aka Chug aka Bubs aka "Ricky Bobby Racing"!These three kids now young men were the center piece for the 5 and 6 year old Expert Class back in 2000. Mikala (left) was the 2000 State Champ in 6 Expert, Peanut (middle) was Mikala's main nemesis and eventually took over the 6X class, and Jordan (right) was the 5 year old National Champ which I believe he won in Oklahoma in 99' or 2000. All three of these kids traveled to the mainland and raced numerous BMX tracks against back then the best riders in the US. Jordan was the first racer on the island to ever use clipless pedals (pedals and shoes used by road and mountain bikers to lock your feet on to your pedals). His father Karl saw what the other racers on the mainland were using and found that it was a big advantage. Because Jordan was so small Karl had to modify a pair of soccer cleats to fit the clipless cleat on to the bottom of the shoe. Now you look around and everybody in Hawaii is using these clipless pedals. You can thank Jordan and Karl for bringing the idea back to Hawaii!
And here we are today back at the track doing what we now do best which is manning the grill and keeping the beer cold! Back then you could say Marlon and I were a bunch of crazed BMX parents screaming and yelling for our kids to PEDAL! Knowing what we know now it's time to relax and just enjoy and have fun (at least that's what I keep telling Marlon)!
In his first race 2 weeks ago Chug got 2nd place in the 5 novice Class. This past weekend he got 1st place! Not bad for a 5 year old who has only been riding bike without training wheels for a couple of months!
The Sand Box BMX Track is located on Sand Island sandwiched between the Honolulu Airports reef runway and Keehi Lagoon as well as Kalihi and downtown Honolulu. It really is a beautiful sight all the way around. The track shares property with a mini bike track (seen in the background) as well a harbor where all the canoe clubs race. There's also a couple of good surf spots straight out from the track.
Back to serious business. Instead of pedal it's cook faster we stay hungry! And no burn da burgahs!
Team Shake & Bake! "If you ain't 1st your last!" Hey I'll take last as long as there's some ono grinds on the grill and cold beer in the cooler!
Check out our Hawaii x Destroy blog for more photos of the Sand Box BMX Track.