Union County Hosting Big Buck MotorCross Race

Over 1200 racers are expected to compete at the 15th Annual VP Racing Fuels Big Buck GNCC event, America's largest off-road motorcycle and ATV racing series held right here in the Upstate, at the Big Buck Farm in Union County. The event serves as round four of the 2013 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series.

The race is expected to draw several thousand spectators from all over the U.S. and the surrounding community. Riders will compete on highly tuned dirt bikes and four-wheeled ATVs, and racers will include top international talent, such as U.S. National Champions and World Champions from Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

The Big Buck GNCC is typically a favorite of both fans and racers alike, due in part to the spectacular "creek jump" where riders launch off of a dirt bank and over the water. The rest of the 10-12 mile racecourse consists of tight woods, rocks, hill climbs, fast field sections and other obstacles that make this stop a must-see on the tour.

History of Big Buck

In 1973 Henry Turner purchased a large piece of property in Union County. He and his family used the property for deer hunting and after hunting while gathered around a campfire, they would always ask each other if anyone had seen the "Big Buck". Several years later, when Henry's son, Hank, got really into kart racing and later cross country motorcycle and ATV's, Henry contacted Grand National Cross Country Trail Designer, Dave Coombs who worked with him to create a national racing series track aptly called "Big Buck".

In 1997, the first Big Buck Grand National Cross County race was held on the Turner's track and the VP Racing Fuels Big Buck GNCC continues to attract thousands of racers and spectators. Since its inception, over 17,000 riders from all over the world have participated in the Big Buck GNCC events.

The Big Buck Course

The Big Buck course presents the standard GNCC obstacles, everything from tight woods, to fields, creek crossings, rocks and hill climbs. It's a fast, wide-open course, but it's definitely not easy! The field sections are fast, fast, fast and they get chopped up and rough as the weekend goes on, so you need to have your suspension sorted for that.

Kawasaki chose the Big Buck to introduce their long awaited ATV (then called the V FORCE) to the public. Riders, writers, and Kawasaki officials left Union County, SC satisfied they had challenged some of the best trails in the world- the GNCC trails of the "Big Buck".

Yamaha also came to the Big Buck in 2009 to introduce their latest ATV, the YFZ450X, to the world. Again the riders, writers and Yamaha officials were impressed with the GNCC trails and terrain.

Big Buck Race Details

Four-wheeled ATVs will compete throughout the day on Saturday, April 20, and dirt bikes will race on Sunday, April 21. Local riders are invited to race the event, as GNCC Racing offers classes for riders of all skill and experience levels. The amateur racer entry fee is $40 and riders can sign up at the event.

Spectator passes run $15 for the full weekend, with pro pit access and pro autographs at no additional charge. On both Saturday and Sunday, youth riders race at 8 a.m., amateur rider's race at 10 a.m., and the top amateurs and pros race at 1 p.m.

Food vendors such as Bid Daddy's BBQ, England's Pit Stop, Creek Jump Beverages and Hardee's will be onsite.

To get to the track, take I-26 to Exit 44, then take Highway 49 North 7 Miles and look for the signs. For more information on the series, visit the GNCC official website.

Photos provided by Chris Jones, New Day Photography and GNCC Racing.



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