Archive for June, 2009

Sportland 2 Trials Show/SA3 Filming Update

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

 

Sportland 2 welcomes the bikes

Sportland 2 welcomes the bikes

The south side of Milwaukee was the site of the Smage Brothers most recent riding show.  It was bike day at Sportland 2, with different street bike competitions going on throughout the day, as well as a vendor row for company reps to showoff their goodies. 

 

Vendor row

Vendor row

Rain clouds greeted the gang as they rolled up, with drops soon to follow.  The first show was a little damp and misty, but the crowd still got a kick out of Phil tire-tapping Binz’s personal space and Pat circle-wheelying the “Sherco Unicycle” around the trailer.  

 

Pat jumps to endo, Phil jumps to wheely, Binz tries not to loose his lunch

Pat jumps to endo, Phil jumps to wheely, Binz tries not to loose his lunch

 

 

 Just as the sun started to peak through the clouds, a group of street bikers thundered into the parking lot.  The numbers continued to grow throughout the day, as did the temperatures.

 

Binz lets one of the bikes bring out his inner dragon

Binz lets one of the bikes bring out his inner dragon

 

  By the time the final splatter of the final show was completed and the awards were handed out to the best bikes of the day.  

 

Tom Wolf hands out the hardware

Tom Wolf hands out the hardware

 

SA 3 Filming Update

 

Just as soon as the goat van galloped into Smagical Acres, Pat had the “Sherco Unicycle” unloaded and the cameras were rolling.  Phil fired up the stock 110, Hock ripped the Zuma, and H’Idalgo mounted his ATV.  The misssion: Stack Footage. 

 

Pat blowing minds on the "Sherco Unicycle"

Pat blowing minds on the "Sherco Unicycle"

 

Pat took one wheel riding to new levels, while Phil and the others took wheelies to a new level…of stupidity.  

 

Phil trying to hang with pats 1 wheel skills on the 110

Phil trying to hang with Pats 1 wheel skills on the 110

 H’Idalgo came out of hibernation and stole the show for the day, proving his tree climbing skills translate directly into extreme ATV/Quad/4 wheeling.  

Dalgo awaiting the cue for action

Dalgo awaiting the cue for action

Keep your eyes on the site in the next few months for SA3: Smagical Acres first teaser.

Smage Farm Trials

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Once the last show dropped at Road America, Pat and Papa headed back to the farm to finish set-up on sundays AMA District 16 Trials event.  Phil and Rex decided to stay the night at RA to take in some of the songs from “Oil Can Larry” and check out the EFC ultimate fighting.  The band cranked out some great covers and the fighters threw out some close fighting.  

 

JB shreddin the mini Sherco at Smagical Acres

JB shreddin the mini Sherco at Smagical Acres

Just after the sun peered into Wilburs windows, it was back on the road for home.  They arrived just in time for the event.  Being their home turf, both Pat and Phil decided it would be best for them to ride exhibition and leave the battles to the other riders.  In the Champ class it was a battle between Pauly “Philby” Philbrick, from “Philbricks Pharmhouse Phrenzy” fame, and Papa Smage.   Papa getting the nod at the end of the day was not the biggest surprise to Pauly; “He’s the teacher, duuuude, its tough to beat the guy that taught you what trials was all about, ”  he remarked.   Pappa was not the only 551 Films ripper who scored a win, however.  “OSC” himself, Uncle Circe, took top honors in the highly competitive intermediate class.  After the final scores were tallied and the pitbikes, trials bikes, and moto bikes were put to rest it was goooone fishing for 551 Films.

Road America AMA Superbike Weekend

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

With rounds 1 and 2 of the nationals in the books, the 551 films crew shifted gears into show mode.  Wilbur got dusted off, the demo trailer got hooked up, and the gang headed off to Road America for the AMA Superbike Double header weekend.  

 

Wilbur gives his road wheels a workout

Wilbur's trailer lost a hoove (hubcap) on the drive up north

 The drive took its toll on the demo rig, as Wilburs crazy-fast acceleration caused one of the trailers hub caps to hit the road.  But as always, the goat van delivered everyone to the event safely.  

 

Pat wheelies his zuma into Road America

Pat wheelies his zuma into Road America

 

 

Friday was day one for the shows, and the weather was gorgeous.  Mostly  sunny skies treated the attendees to perfect spectating weather.  Although it was only practice day for the Superbike riders, it was show time for the Smage Bros. 

 

Pat and Phil double up on the barrells

Pat and Phil double up on the barrels

The few

Road America means one thing...BIKES...

Road America means one thing...BIKES...

 

Rex admires the countless used Dunlops

Rex admires the countless used Dunlops

 

The big bikes were clocking in at 170 MPH+!

The big bikes were clocking in at 170 MPH+!

 

Ultimate fighting was new to Road America this year

Ultimate fighting was new to Road America this year

 

Blake Young's team gets him prepped for the race

Wisconsin native Blake Young's team gets him prepped for the race

Nebraska AMA/NATC Trials

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Rounds 1 and 2 of the AMA/NATC Trials Nationals took place this past weekend.  The Goat Van got to rest its hooves for a bit as Pappa Smage railed  the Sherco rig down to Omaha.  Pat, Pappa, Phil, Rex, and, of course, H’Idalgo, set out to retain Pat’s national championship.  

 

Pat checks gets some love at a gas station on the way to NE

Pat gets some love at a gas station on the way to NE

The crew arrived thursday to shake out Pat’s new GoFast!/ Gnar Bar/ Heal Clothing/ EVS/ 551 Films/ RYP Factory Sherco.  The Nebraska terrain proved to be a worthy setting for the event.  Huge limestone chunks were scattered throughout the picturesque rock quarry. 

 

Giving the bikes a break

Giving the bikes a break

 

 

As soon as the trailer was unloaded the DVD tent went up and the guys headed out on the bikes. Phil was looking to get some “seat” time in on the trials bikes, as he was only able to ride once before the trip.  Pat got his bike set up to his liking, and Pappa popped some big wheelies.  

 

Wilbur watches over as Pat gets mentally ready for RND 1

Wilbur watches over as Pat gets mentally ready for RND 1

Saturday rolled around and the event  got underway.  Phil had planned on competing in the expert class due to his little time on the bike, but that didnt quite happen.  While Phil scrambled to find red duct tape to make a number plate with, Pat came up with the idea of using the MotoPlayground sticker to write “PRO.”  And with that, H’Idalgo set out to work, so much for not crashing alot…

 

H'Idalgo poses in front of his motoplayground.com masterpiece

H'Idalgo poses in front of his motoplayground.com masterpiece

Pat set the tone for the day, cleaning section one with ease while Phil’s rear tire crossed a support line gate and he was given a five.  Things continued to go that way for the remainder of the day, as Pat kept stacking cleans and Phil stacked points.

 

Cody Webb celebrated his 21st with 2 podiums

Cody Webb celebrated his 21st with 2 podiums

Pat grabbed the victory over birthday boy Cody Webb by 2 points, followed by Will Ibsen.  Phil tied for 7th, but time penalties pushed him back two places.

 

Will Ibsen grabbed 3rd on Saturday

Will Ibsen grabbed 3rd on Saturday

Sunday came just as quickly as saturday did, and the riders were treated with 12 new sections to throw their bikes at.  Phil didn’t bring enough money to sign up for both days with the crazy late entry fees, so he was relegated to filming and practicing.  Pat set the pace early with only a single dab in the first 7 sections. 

 

Pat flicks his way into the early lead Sunday

Pat flicks his way into the early lead Sunday

The riders then hit a standstill with section 8’s mud bog.  They played a waiting game until Webb pulled the trigger and attempted the 10 foot rock wall directly after the 2 foot deep mush. 

 

A support rider rips through the mud like a Bear

A support rider rips through the mud like a Bear

Cody ends the mud wait-out as 10X Champ Geoff Aaron looks on

Cody readies to go as 10X Champ Geoff Aaron looks on

He nearly got it, but ended up taking a nasty drop off the wall to his side.  All the rest of the pro’s got 5’s on the section as well, and the loop continued.  By the end of the second loop, Pat had control of the lead, with Cody, Will, and Keith Winleand battling for the rest of the podium positions.  Will and Cody became the only riders to conquer the muck of section 8, but it wasn’t enough to catch Pat. 

 

Pat tops Cody and Keith Wineland

Pat tops Cody and Keith Wineland

After the event Phil and Rex headed back out with the cameras to stack some footage for SA3.  They found a rad tree ride to get some shots on.  Just as the battery died, the rains started to move in. 

 

Phil gets some SA3 filming in after the event

Phil gets some SA3 filming in after the event

The trailer got packed in a hurry and everyone piled into the rig with refreshingly drenched clothes.  Now it’s back to Wisconsin to grab some more shots before next weekends AMA Superbike Trials Shows.  A big thanks to Brad Baumert, Ryan Young, Mike Harker, Steve Storz, and everyone at Sherco for the help over the weekend.  Phil would also like to thank all of those who bought Smagical 2 over the weekend and helped fund his ride on saturday.  Check back soon for some more SA3: Smagical Acres filming teaser pictures.