My desire to see this sort of event actually happen stemmed from more than my goal of involving Motorcyclist with its readers in a more substantial way. Much of it came from my experiences 30 years earlier at another Mid-Ohio, a site a few miles southeast of the current road course that hosted Trans-AMA and 125cc Grand Prix motocross events in the '70s. I attended many of those races as a kid and got the most thrills scrunched up along the snow fences lining the pits, watching my heroes and their mechanics working on bikes and dealing with the stuff professional riders do on race day. Guys like Roger DeCoster, Marty Smith, Gary Semics, Bob Hannah, Steve Stackable, Kent Howerton, Brad Lackey and others. Hero-worship or, worse, jock-sniffing? Maybe. But as a 13-year-old totally immersed in local motocross, these weekends were Utopian. The old Mid-Ohio Moto Park site is now a horse farm, but it remains holy ground, and I try to get there once a year to stand on the dirt the starting gate used to sit in.