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I heard that the owner of Washougal passed away, and read a bit that he had to fight some battles that cost him a lot of money to keep Washougal open. I hope there's someone there to keep the place open and fight those battles. Maybe I need a sense of urgency to get up there and see that track. 

RIP sir, thanks for all you did. 

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15 minutes ago, mxaniac said:

Ugh, sad day for us Washingtonians.

Ryan posted it up yesterday I think. Hope they have a day of remembrance at the track. Ill camp and just get shitty with the grey hairs 🙂

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20 minutes ago, KTMRider4Life said:

I heard that the owner of Washougal passed away, and read a bit that he had to fight some battles that cost him a lot of money to keep Washougal open. I hope there's someone there to keep the place open and fight those battles. Maybe I need a sense of urgency to get up there and see that track. 

 

RIP sir, thanks for all you did. 

The dirt is nothing like it was 20 years ago. Best time to ride it is after a national when the track is tilled with chips. Morning practice is what its about for dirt quality.  By second moto of the day I've seen square holes on jump faces and shiny spots throughout corners. But it is an amazing facility. 

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My great grandparents lived on Blair Rd,which you pass as you follow the river from town to get to the track. I spent a lot of time there,and the Washougal facility will always hold a special place in my heart. I hope somebody else takes as much pride in the place as Ralph Huffman did. Good write up here. https://www.clarkcountytoday.com/news/motocross-community-mourns-loss-of-ralph-huffman/

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2 hours ago, 777654321 said:

The dirt is nothing like it was 20 years ago. Best time to ride it is after a national when the track is tilled with chips. Morning practice is what its about for dirt quality.  By second moto of the day I've seen square holes on jump faces and shiny spots throughout corners. But it is an amazing facility. 

I'm not trying to ride it, just want to watch a National there. 

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Just now, KTMRider4Life said:

I'm not trying to ride it, just want to watch a National there. 

You drive up we will have to make a weekend of it. Your family would enjoy the views. If you go solo then weekday race night at Portland raceway where all the privateers race then the big show sat. Would be fun. Great place for a good weekend.  

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Damn, the Pacific NORTHWET racing community has taken a hit the last month.

Bob & Linda Leach and now Ralph...

RIP and condolences the families 

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11 minutes ago, Bryan II said:

RIP. I remember that place as a kid. Epic track.

Yup, that track is really something. Matter of fact, that was the very first track I ever got a holeshot on.   I thought NOW WHAT!!!??? I never gotten a real holeshot before.   :eek:

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On 3/23/2021 at 8:50 PM, 777654321 said:

You drive up we will have to make a weekend of it. Your family would enjoy the views. If you go solo then weekday race night at Portland raceway where all the privateers race then the big show sat. Would be fun. Great place for a good weekend.  

I have twice done the ski at Mt. Hood on Friday, watch the race on Saturday trips. Would love to expand that to ski Friday, ride Friday afternoon around Hood on some of the ST around there, maybe ride the bikes to the race Sat. and skip the auto line ups, head to Gifford and ride GP on Sunday. That would be a banger weekend!

Here are some pics...

How cools is it that you can be 10-15' away from these guys as they rip past on the top of Horsepower Hill?

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48 minutes ago, Tye Durden said:

I have twice done the ski at Mt. Hood on Friday, watch the race on Saturday trips. Would love to expand that to ski Friday, ride Friday afternoon around Hood on some of the ST around there, maybe ride the bikes to the race Sat. and skip the auto line ups, head to Gifford and ride GP on Sunday. That would be a banger weekend!

Here are some pics...

How cools is it that you can be 10-15' away from these guys as they rip past on the top of Horsepower Hill?

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Hit a Mt  VIEW MX practice day during the week.  The track is fun. 

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10 minutes ago, 777654321 said:

Hit a Mt  VIEW MX practice day during the week.  The track is fun. 

That's where my son broke his back last year. 

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26 minutes ago, MXOldtimer said:

That's where my son broke his back last year. 

Sorry to hear that.

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MORGANTOWN, WV – March 25, 2021 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – It is with heavy hearts that MX Sports Pro Racing, the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, and American motocross as a whole mourn the loss of Washougal MX Park patriarch Ralph Huffman. A legend of the sport in the Pacific Northwest, Huffman passed away on Monday, March 22, at the age of 83.

“The vibrant motocross scene of the Pacific Northwest, which is among the most passionate in the country, simply would not carry the prominence it does without the influence of Ralph Huffman,” said Davey Coombs, President of MX Sports Pro Racing. “His passion and his unique vision rejuvenated the Washougal National and made the scenic Washougal MX Park a destination for any motocross fan. More importantly, through his love of the sport he fostered a community of enthusiasts that is bigger and stronger than ever.”

A native of Roseburg, Oregon, Huffman’s ties to motocross date back to the 1970s, during the sport’s infancy in the U.S., which eventually connected him to Washougal MX Park in the early 1980s. He first sought to help the track in whatever capacity was needed, but his passion and unwavering commitment soon allowed him to become an integral part of the team, notably for the annual Washougal National. By the late ‘80s Huffman had assumed the rights to the lease of the property, which became a turning point in the history of both the track and the event.

After the American Motorcyclist Association elected to forego a visit to Washougal in 1987, Huffman dedicated all his time, effort and resources into upgrading the facility. He was determined to not only bring the Nationals back to Washougal, but also make the event a cornerstone of the world’s most prestigious motocross championship. The return of the Washougal National in 1988 was a success and the event is now one of the sport’s marquee showcases each and every year thanks to its impeccable scenery, truly unique and challenging layout, and one-of-a-kind home crowd. The Huffmans obtained ownership of the track in the 1990’s and Ralph, his wife Carolyn, and son Ryan have spearheaded the operations ever since.

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Thanks to the efforts of Ralph Huffman and the Huffman family, the atmosphere at Washougal MX Park is one of the most unique and memorable in all of motocross.
Photo: Rich Shepherd

While the Washougal National is the crown jewel of motorsports events in the Pacific Northwest, it’s the booming amateur motocross scene that has truly helped foster the legacy of Washougal MX Park and represents the four decades of dedication by the Huffman family. For motocross enthusiasts throughout the region, Washougal is hallowed ground. It is a symbol of everything they love about the sport. On weekends throughout the year riders will come by the hundreds to set up camp and take advantage of the opportunity to sprint up Horsepower Hill and weave in and out of the trees that surround the track. It’s one of the most unique and captivating experiences the sport has to offer, and none of it would be possible without Ralph Huffman’s willingness to make his dream a reality all those years ago.

“Ralph was cut from the same cloth as my dad, Dave Coombs, Sr., Gene Ritchie at RedBud, and Ward Robinson at Unadilla,” added Coombs. “They each shared a love for the sport that was so strong that it became bigger than them. It drove them to dream big and create an environment where the mutual love of motocross could be celebrated by everyone. They wanted to create something their communities would be proud of, that motocross enthusiasts would seek to journey to, and that the world would recognize as the pinnacle of the sport. It’s not a surprise that this shared passion was passed down to future generations and became the family business for all of us. Ralph Huffman will be greatly missed, but his impact on the sport will never be forgotten.”

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The picturesque landscape that surrounds Washougal MX Park has led to its distinction as “America’s Most Scenic Raceway.”
Photo: Rich Shepherd

Huffman is survived by his wife, Carolyn, nine children, and more than 30 grandchildren and great grandchildren.

With Huffman’s passing, the 2021 Washougal National will carry added significance in celebration of his legacy. The event will take place on Saturday, July 24.

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On 3/24/2021 at 12:15 AM, MXOldtimer said:

Damn, the Pacific NORTHWET racing community has taken a hit the last month.

Bob & Linda Leach and now Ralph...

RIP and condolences the families 

I never made it to Albany, but unfortunately I think this is a sign of the times.  We've got an aging demographic of owners, and  nobody is going to have the drive and passion to keep these tracks going like these families in the future.

I'll say straight up I've got several friends that have or have had tracks, and it's a thankless job.  When you've worked 16 hours to produce the best riding environment you can under the circumstances of variable weather, crowds, worker attendance, and even water supply and all you see is a sea of people complaining because of their own inadequacies it's a tough pill to swallow.

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