RED BUD, WHITE & BLUE:
To the 4456 people who live in the tiny town of Buchanan, Michigan, the “redbud” is an indigenous tree that produces bright, small, heart-shaped, reddish-purple flowers. However, outside of the city limits, Red Bud spells
m-o-t-o-c-r-o-s-s (clever, huh?). Every year since April 28, 1974, a man named Gene
Ritchie has hosted the transcontinental AMA National Motocross Championship at
his racetrack, Red Bud Track ‘n Trail—not to mention the now long-gone Trans-AMA
series that pitted the fast-learning American riders against the iron men of Grand
Prix motocross. Red Bud has been 39 years in the making and is now the
“showcase” motocross track on planet Earth. Red Bud represents all things great
about our sport.
Adding to the aura of this magical place is that the Red Bud AMA 250/450
National is traditionally held on the Fourth of July weekend. MXA went to Red Bud
to find the spirit of American motocross. And, with the help of a few friends—both
young and old— we did. Redddd Budddddd!