Weekly PDX motocross tradition spans generations

Thursday Night Motocross started in 1966

Thursday Night Motocross is the longest-running nighttime dirtbike race in the country. (Facebook)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — There’s something special happening every Thursday night at Portland International Raceway.

Riders young and old pack the track for Thursday Night Motocross, one of the longest-running traditions in Portland sports thanks to Rick Wylder.

“Our dad started it back in 1966,” Wylder said. “It’s just been generations of families.”

Anyone’s welcome, as long as they can ride and own a bike. Boys and girls as young as 4 scream around the course on mini bikes, and the older guys come out too.

Thursday Night Motocross is the longest-running nighttime dirtbike race in the country. (Facebook)
Thursday Night Motocross is the longest-running nighttime dirtbike race in the country. (Facebook)

“Our goal is to make it for all ages and all skill sets,” Wylder said. “Make it safe so that the fast guys can go fast if they want to, the little guys can get out there and have a good time and not be afraid… we have 2 guys on the track at all times that are sort of the referees.”

It’s the family environment and attention to detail that have helped make Thursday Night Motocross the longest-running nighttime dirtbike race in the country.

Races run through September. It costs $8 to watch and $22 to ride.

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