Masters of Mini History
How We Got HereThe Masters of Mini (MoM) first began in 2003. The Pit Bike movement was strong but still very young and unorganized. Pit Bike races were more back yard gatherings than the full blown events of today. They were simple and FUN - the way it should be. We took note...
2003- 2005The first Masters of Mini events was held at Connecticut River Motocross in Rocky Hill, CT. The first race in 2003 had 16 entries yet there were only 14 bikes on hand - two guys actually signed up at the last minute and borrowed their buddy's bikes to race. One of the great things about this sport is the willingness to lend a hand, wrench, part or at times even a whole bike so that the guy next to you can still race. Where else do you see that level of compassion and camaraderie? The first MoM race hosted just two classes - 49cc "stock" and the 88cc "modified" class. Back then there were no 12 inch bikes - just Honda based 50s. Each year, we added a class or two as needed until the decision was made to take this annual event to the next level and make it a full blown series in 2006.
2006The first year of the "series" offered 8 classes - Grom (14-17), College Boy (18-24), Senior (25+), Fat Boy (over 200lbs), Poor Boy (50cc), Modified (88cc), Limited (110cc) and Unlimited (Open). Masters of Mini attracted 844 entries in our maiden season as a full fledge tour, which was only 4 races that year. Transworld Motocross Magazine became the title sponsor which helped launch the popularity and notoriety of The Masters of Mini Series during this 3 year deal. The New England Based Series traveled to the Marshfield Fair in MA, Rocky Hill in CT, up to Cycles 128 in Beverly, MA and ended at the historic indoor track known as Mototown USA in Windsor, CT for the final round in Dec of '06. It became very apparent, we were on to something...
2007MoM expanded to 10 classes to accommodate the increasing ridership (adding Middle Age which bumped the Senior class to 30+, We also changed the Groms to Yoots, and now offered the 10" and 12" Rockstar classes) in 2007, MoM attracted 1488 entries over a newly expanded 5 race series. We returned to all of the 2006 tracks but added the very popular Crow Hill MX track in MA.
2008MoM was on a tear and saw continued growth and expansion. The tour now offered 12 classes (bringing back the College Boy and adding for the first time an official Womens class, also the Senior class was bumped up to 35+ because we seemed to attract a bunch of old farts who thought they could hang...) In 2008, MoM attracted 1133 entries in a limited 4 event schedule. Unfortunately, the Mototown round was canceled which was devasting since it had potential to be the biggest event yet. Transworld Motocross Magazine backed the series during these three years. TWMX contributed greatly to the series success by bringing much needed attention to the tour and the East Coast Pit Bike Scene, for which we thank them.
2009MoM saw an unprecedented expansion of the series to 7 events, even doubling up on some tracks, with 14 classes now offered (we dropped the 10" rockstar since everyone ran 12" bikes and changed the wheels, added Superstock (up to 75ccs), Kamikaze (up to 135ccs), and Playbike (up to 16" rear and 150ccs), the series drew 1610 entries, another year of continued growth and fun!
2010MoM experienced some tremndous challenges in 2010. Besides the economy and the overall MX market being down, Marshfield, the season opener was cancelled due to 3 days of historic rain. The track looked like a lake with the jumps sticking out like islands. And with Mototown not available, the tour was a short 3 races. Yet with only 3 races, MoM still attracted 686 entries.
2011In 2011, MoM pulled out the stops and looked towards the future of our sport. An aggressive 6 round schedule was put in place and for the first time, we ventured outside of the boarders of New England. Round 2 brought us to Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ to battle against our arch enemies at 2up racing (not really, we drink beer with those guys - they are cool). But the gauntlet was thrown and 2up and others answered the call making it the biggest race on the east coast in 2011.
Good weather blessed the series and all 6 rounds were successful and well attended. The Masters of Mini Series attracted 1260 racers in 2011, a nice way to go into 2012.
2012This is it - our 10th straight year! We are so honored and humbled to have made it this far. 2012 we are again looking to grow the sport and explore new tracks, formats and ideas that will help our sport and our series continue to be strong. Our 10th Year Celebration will be 8 events - a 7 race series for the Championships and an 8th stand alone event for the best of the best. An invitational race at GPNY - the indoor Go Kart Track in Mt Kisco, NY.
It looks like we rounded a corner in 2011, as we started to see growth again in 2012. The series grew to 1445 entries for the season. Pit Bike racing is starting to show some life again as more new faces show up to race because friends share the good word about MoM. 2013 looks promising as we enter our 2nd decade of fun.
2013Now in our second decade, MoM needed to step it up a bit for our 11th year in a row. So we have a 6 round championship tour planned hitting our favorite tracks throughout New England. We kept the bonus round at GPNY in December bc it was such a hit last year. And we upped the game with a killer end of year party in January to watch A1 LIVE. This year we have even bigger and better prizes and a massive Nationwide raffle at the rider's meeting so we hook you up even before you set foot on the track! Come see why the Masters of Mini Series is 11 years strong!
201412 years and still going strong, MoM added some new twists for 2014. Rocky Hill is back on the schedule for the first time in several years. The 6 championship rounds run June-November as usual with Dec earmarked for some indoor fun, and of course our famous SX Awards Party Jan 3. In addition to the very popular 14 classes for pit bikes, demand arose for a mini Quad class - so Class 15 has been created for quads 90cc and under - stock. This is for adults - not kids- and just for fun. But we also added 9 kids classes for the Milford, Rocky Hill and Thunderbowl rounds. We added 50cc 4-6, 50cc 7-9, 50cc Open, 65cc 7-9, 65cc 10-11, 65cc Open, 85cc 10-11, 85cc 12-14, 85cc Open. We have had more parents who race with us ask if they can bring their kids, so yes, now you can. It is so cool to see moms and dads race their pit bikes while their kids race their little bikes. Will this change the raw fun of MoM, nope! Our riders get it!
2015Sadly, the original "MoM" and our matriarch Laurie Olcott passes away after a 5 year battle with Breast Cancer. Her family, understandably devastated, took the season off to figure out what direction to go in the future.
2016The Series comes back to honor a strong woman and our great family of racers (who offered a level of support to our family that can not be described in words). All we can say is a heartfelt THANK YOU for understanding. The Series 14th year brought new tracks and new opportunities to the 6 Championship Round Series. Among some of the popular favorites we added the NEW NHMX and a revamped MX338 to the circuit and both were praised for their creative flow. The Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Ride takes on a new meaning and honors Laurie Olcott and others who have been affected. The SX Awards Party in January was postponed until March due to a freak blizzard, but didnt scare away the strong so the party went on, just 2 months later. But one of the best raffles in MoM history sent many home with more than just awards... :)
2017Now moving into our 15th Season MoM has matured into a fine tuned Series. Once again, 6 Championship rounds will run from May to October awarding the very best and most dedicated racers in 14 different classes. No one ever imagined we would be where we are 15 years after this all began, but we can tell you one thing - We aint done yet... Now lets go bang bars and toast our friends!
Our 14 classes have proven to offer more diversity than most big bike races, offering at least 2 classes for every rider, however more and more choose 3 and even 4 classes to enjoy and compete in. Our goal is to offer some of the fairest and most fun racing around. We cant wait to see what this season brings. As with any growth, change is inevitable and MoM is in a constant state of evolution. In order to remain as one of the premier Pit Bike Series in the North America, MoM staff solicits feedback from riders in all classes to address concerns and insure fairness and FUN throughout. MoM has a simple goal - To provide a fun, professional atmosphere for everyone to come play and enjoy riding/racing Pit Bikes. We are humbled by your support. Thank you and we look forward to riding and racing with you! davo