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Carlsbad US Grand Prix 1980: One Day of Magic

World Movie Premiere - San Diego, CA

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Celebrate Marty Moates' "Day Of Magic" on the 30th anniversary of his epic 1980 Carlsbad USGP victory!

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What: World Movie Premiere - Carlsbad USGP 1980: One Day of Magic
Where: San Diego's historic 1500-seat Spreckels Theatre
When: Tuesday Evening June 22nd, Reception at 6pm, Screening at 8pm

6:00pm - MotoUSA VIP Reception
7:30pm - Doors Open
8:00pm - Movie Screening
10:00pm - After Party

$20 each, $30 for 2
VIP Pass: $100 includes MotoUSA Legends Reception with your favorite motocross heroes, preferred seating and After Party. Processing fees apply to all ticket purchases.

Post Premiere AFTER Party $20 each
More fun after the movie at Side Bar just a few blocks away from the Spreckels Theatre. '80s Night: Break out the vintage moto gear & stuff you wore to the USGP. Come as you were back in 1980!

Movie premiere proceeds will benefit Adaptive Athlete events in San Diego.

Movie Premiere Notes:
Source: Resource Marketing

Although the star of the epic Carlsbad USGP: 1980 - One Day Of Magic documentary movie has tragically passed away, many of the supporting cast of characters will be on hand for world premiere in San Diego on Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 ( This premiere marks 30 years to the day that local privateer Marty Moates shocked the motocross world by winning the United States Grand Prix and becoming the first American racer to ever win against the all-powerful Europeans. In addition to people like legendary promoter Gavin Trippe, America's only 500cc GP world champ Brad Lackey, and last USGP winner Ricky Johnson, the "co-star" of the movie has been making the rounds of the A-listers: Marty Moates' #23 LOP Yamaha!

The bike made a parade lap in honor of the Moates Cup at the recent USGP at Glen Helen, with Veteran's Cup winner Doug Dubach in period motocross gear (complete with Marty's customary Jofa mouthguard unsnapped) taking it around the track. More recently #23 was at Charlie's Foreign Auto as part of the Encinitas Classic Car Nights season kick-off. From now until show time, the bike will be on display at NCY Motorsports showroom in nearby San Marcos.

The bike was prepped by Rick Doughty of Vintage Iron fame under the watchful eye of Laurens Offner, who was Marty Moates sponsor and mechanic in 1980. The YZ465 motorcycle went into make-up for its starring role on the red carpet at the historic 1912 Spreckels Theatre in downtown San Diego on June 22nd. Fresh fork boots and new grips from Daystar (another of Marty's original sponsors) and some other minor cosmetic surgery keep this diva looking as good as she did that day of fame 30 years ago.

A joint effort by the Old Mission Beach Athletic Club and the Miss Mission Beach Pageant working in conjunction with Pipeline Digital Media means the proceeds of the Carlsbad USGP: 1980 movie premiere will be going to benefit the San Diego Adaptive Sports Foundation. "Our mission is to improve the quality of life for children and adults with physical disabilities through sports and recreation," is how the SDASF charter reads. "And it is our mission to help them succeed is this goal," adds USGP movie premiere co-promoter Scott Cox.

Another aspect of the premiere that warrants attention is the show program itself. Scott Cox and Todd Huffman have recreated the original 1980 USGP race program, complete with period advertisements and now-historical (and in some cases hysterical) photos. Former USGP winners Broc Glover and Chuck Sun will probably cringe, but the show programs are a great bit of moto-memorabilia to take away from the premiere. In fact there is already some talk of a second printing because they turned out so well.

Don't forget the paintings renowned artist Rob Kinsey will be unveiling at the San Diego premiere... not to let the cat out of the bag but one of Rob's paintings is featured as a full page in the program. For a sneak peek at his other MX-inspired artwork, click on

To view the trailer and get information on the premiere, visit:

Carlsbad USGP Historical Profile:

Until that fateful day in June 1980, the FIM 500cc United States Grand Prix at Carlsbad had been dominated by European racers. "The princes of the sport," as ABC Wide World of Sports announcer Jim Lampley called them at the time had reigned supreme in the nine years that the race had been promoted by Gavin Trippe and his partner Bruce Cox.

In fact, Dutchman Gerrit Wolsink won the USGP at Carlsbad an astounding five times himself. The dried clay of Carlsbad's "blue groove" track became known as "The Rock" as it continued to crush America's best riders. In 1977, American Jim Pomeroy made history in Carlsbad by becoming the first American to win a moto at Carlsbad. However a crash in the first turn of the second moto prevented an American from winning the overall and again handing a victory to "The Dentist". It would be another three years before an American would be in contention for the Carlsbad crown.

In the summer of 1980, two men were battling it out for the 500cc World Championship: American "Bad Brad" Lackey and Belgium's Andre Malherbe. As the series headed from Europe to California, most fans were betting on Northern Californian Lackey who had been flying the U.S. flag solo on the GP circuit for eight long years. However on that hot Sunday in June, it was not Lackey or even one of the regulars on the GP circuit that leaped to the front of the first moto. It was not even one of the established Factory American riders ready to make a name for themselves by leading the world's best for a couple laps at least.

Marty Moates

Instead of one of the heroes or legends, it was local privateer Marty Moates who grabbed the holeshot. Marty not only led the first moto, he overcame crashes and passed the Euros to win the second moto as well! A virtual unknown he had finally accomplished what no other American rider before him could over the previous decade... win the Carlsbad USGP! And ABC's Wide World of Sports' cameras were rolling all the while.

The Carlsbad USGP:1980

In 1980 San Diego's Marty Moates became the first American to win the U.S. Grand Prix of Motocross in the event's ten-year history. Not only did Moates' victory end a string of European wins, it opened a floodgate for other American USGP champions including San Diego's Broc Glover, the 1984 winner, and Ricky Johnson, the 1986 champion. The film documentary was produced by Todd Huffman and Pipeline Digital Media, creators of the successful television series The Motocross Files. For information visit:

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