Archive for July, 2009

AMA NATC/Trials Finals

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

 

The AMA Trials Nationals finished up in New York this past weekend.  Smagical star Cody Webb took the victories both days, but Pat Smage did what he had to do to clinch his 3rd straight National Championship.

 

Pat zaps his way to another National Championship

Pat zaps his way to another National Championship

A huge congrats goes out to Noel Smage, who also clinched the +50 National Title!  For a guy that spends more time in the tractor shredding the fields than he does on his bike, he sure can ride!    

 

Papa Smage hanging out on the rear wheel

Papa Smage hanging out on the rear wheel

 Everyone at 551 Films would like to take a moment and wish Will Ibsen a speedy recovery.  Will was involved in a horrific crash at the final round that left him pretty beat up.  Keep him in your thoughts and lets hope he is back on the podium in no time.

AMA NATC Vermont Nationals

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

551Films.com destroyer Pat Smage continued his perfect season this past weekend in Vermont.   Pat went 1-1 over the weekend with suave style.  Smagical shredders Cody Webb and Will Ibsen traded places on the podium behind Pat each day.  Wilbur represent!

Pat on his way to another clean.   Photo: Dan Salton

Pat on his way to another clean. Photo: Dan Salton

Hixton OMA Nationals

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

The OMA National Series rolled into Smagical Acres backyard, Hixton Wisconsin. One of Wisconsin’s premier motocross and off road facilities, CMJ Raceway, played host for weekend. 

Rex and H'Idalgo's cousin welcome you to Hixton
Rex and H’Idalgo’s cousin welcome you to Hixton

Just as soon Wilbur and the Demo Trailer got dropped off at the farm, the Hobbi was jammed full and the group headed up north.  The crew consisted of Noel, David, Phil, and Pat Smage, Binz, Rex, Hannah, Max Factor, Kaveman, One Shot Circe, Pharmhouse Phrenzy Philbrick, Al’s Auto Norman LaRose, Lovey, and WI’s winningest moto rider EZ Ezerins.  

The rig was packed with 11 bikes for the weekends festivities
The rig was packed with 11 bikes for the weekends festivities

Pat and Phil took on a different role than usual and worked the pits and the cameras.   Papa raced +50, EZ, Philly, Norman, and David raced “A”, Max and Kaveman rode “C”, One Shot raced “B”, and Binz challenged the big bikes on the 110.

Binz ready to unleash the beast against the big bikes
Binz ready to unleash the beast against the big bikes
Philbrick ended up coming out on top of the locals, with the little charger pounding out 8 laps. He decided to skip some pit stops in favor of headbonking a tree to get a mouthful of sweat.  He used every inch of his 5 foot 5 inch, sandy-haired physique to power that ’97 KX 500 around Hixton’s gnarly trail system.
Philbrick rips the beast through the trees

Philbrick rips the beast through the trees

 Paul Whibley pulled off another near-perfect ride, taking the win.  Jimmy Jarrett had a tough weekend, as a nasty late-race crash left him with a busted wrist.  Scott Watkins rode strong all day, battling with Jarrett for 2nd.  He eventually claimed the spot over Brian Garahan in 3rd.  

Paul Whibley kept his perfect season going strong
Paul Whibley kept his perfect season going strong

 The real standout, however, was Mr. Binz.  As many of you witnessed in Smagical Adventure 2, 9 months ago Binz broke his wrist in 32 places.  He recieved 2 plates and 8 screws and was told he would never regain movement, much less ride. 

Binz rides the 110 like a "bucking bronco"

Binz rides the 110 like a "bucking bronco"

 Today, however,  Binz suited up in his freshest Mongoose BMX pants and took to the “C” class.  Two laps and 3 piles of vomit later, his KLX 110 let go.  He was left stranded at the bottom of a 100 yard hill. 

Max The Factor passes Binz as he catches his breath

Max The Factor passes Binz as he catches his breath

 Phil and Pat were in the area filming a tricky off camber that was taking down quite a few guys, including Max Factor.  At first they though they heard a dying ostrich, but, in fact, it was Binz doing his best whacky-waving-inflatable-arm-man impression. 

Binz was tired....and dirty

Binz was tired....and dirty

 He broke the shift shaft just a mile away from finishing his third lap.  He emptied his stomach a few more times, then fell to the ground where he would lay until the crew headed to find some cliffs to ride unicycles off of. 

Pat and Phil help Binz push the stocker out of a valley

Pat and Phil help Binz push the stocker out of a valley

Papa Smage, Stormin Normin, EZ Ezzy, and Philby get ready to rip

Papa Smage, Stormin Normin, EZ Ezzy, and Philby await the start

David Smage rippin the woods

David Smage shredding the woods

Phil cheers on Norman from Alsautosalvageandsales.com

Phil cheers on Norman from Alsautosalvageandsales.com

Papa Smage rails as Phil captures through the trees

Papa Smage rails as Phil captures through the trees

Uncle Circe scrubbing???

Uncle Circe scrubbing???

 Just before sunset they arrived at the spot.  There was a perfect runway off a 40 or so foot cliff into 300+ feet of water.  Pat and Phil jumped off it a few times on the unicycles and Papa and Rex did some one leggers off of it.  Binz flopped off the little cliff for a bit, and it was back to the track.  

Pat drops the 40 footer on the Uni

Pat drops the 40 footer on the Uni
Binz attempts a gainer off the mini cliff

Binz attempts a gainer off the mini cliff

 Monday brought some trials filming in the Quarry with Pat, Uphill whoops stocker race, a helmet cam loop around the OMA track with Rex, and Pat and Phil shredding the KTM’s at CMJ.  A thanks goes out to the OMA promoters for bringing the event to the Hixton location, and also to Owner Chris Halverson for his hospitality, for holding the event, and for not running Phil over with his own trials bike.  On the way home they stopped to check out the home of future Smagical ripper Justin Jelenik. They took the tour of the trials sections, then Phil and Rex skated the mini for a bit.  Being a “beginner skater”, Rex took a few comical slams dropping in, luckily, with cameras rolling.  Next up is the Las Vegas Endurocross.  Check back soon for some filming updates.

Phil shredding Justin Jelenik's mini ramp
Phil skating Justin Jelenik’s mini ramp

Gordy’s Trials Demo

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

 

Saturday, July 11th marked Gordy’s customer appreciation event at Cobalt Farms.  Having seen the show at Road America, Tom W. decided that the Smage Bros. would be a good addition to entertain his loyal customers.  One of the farms many boat hangars was transformed into a playland, for both kids and adults.  Several bounce houses, catered food, and a live band accompanied the Smage Bros. Riding Shows for the evening.  Here are some pictures from the show…

 

Wikid gets the crowd amped for the show
Wikid gets the crowd amped for the show

 

 

Phil back tire hops the barrels

Phil back tire hops the barrels

 

Phil picks out the brave volunteers

Phil picks out the brave volunteers

 

Pat rear tire hops in circles

Pat rear tire hops in circles

 

Pat and Phil sign posters for the kids

Pat and Phil sign posters for the kids

More TTC Fun

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

 

With all of the fun and entertainment that went down over the course of the 2 Day Nationals at TTC, it was impossible for one entry to contain all the action.  So without further hesitation, enjoy another batch of pictorals.
Pat keeps his perfect season alive

Pat keeps his perfect season alive

Binz going for the double backie off the rope swing

Binz going for the double backie off the rope swing

Five-5-1 Films at Foster Falls

Five-5-1 Films at Foster Falls

Pat doing what he does best, cleaning sections

Pat mid-splatter

Binz met a new friend, Vladamir the Snail
Binz met a new friend, Vladamir the Snail
Cody ponders section 2 while Vladamir the Snail oversees

Cody ponders section 2 while Vladamir the Snail oversees

Rex catches Binz in a gooned out freestyle walking pose

Rex catches Binz in a gooned out freestyle walking pose

Hock swings above Papa Smage as he prepares for section 8

Hock swings above Papa Smage as he prepares for section 8

Rex gets dressed up in his 4th of July suit

Rex gets dressed up in his 4th of July suit

David Mizell celebrates his 125 Expert victory
David Mizell celebrates his 125 Expert victory

SA3 Night Shots

Friday, July 10th, 2009

The crew decided to try something new the other night.  Phil has been messing around riding some trials with the 200, and has been getting ideas for some shots here and there.  It wasn’t until after watching some footage from the Ambition Snowskates team trip this past winter that it him them: night time riding shots.  The generators came out and the lights were lit.  The rest, well…you’ll see in SA3.  Here are some pictures from the night.  

 

Phil scopes out the lighting
Phil scopes out the lighting
Phil gets RED...eeeeee.

Phil gets RED...eeeeee.

 

Flicking it sideways off the cement

Flicking it sideways off the cement

 

Into the night...

Into the night...

 

Phil dusts himself off and straightens his bars after a fall
Phil dusts himself off and straightens his bars after a fall

 

Up Sherco MTN on the Katooomer

Up Sherco MTN on the Katooomer

 

Dropping off Sherco MTN

Dropping off Sherco MTN

 

Relaxing after a rad session

Relaxing after a rad session

REEEEEED BUUUUD!

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

In the motocross world, two words are synonymous with the nations birthday, Red Bud.  Buchanan Michigan is the what many consider one of the birthplaces for American Motocross.  Dating all the way back to 1974 when Kenny Zhart (the same Kenny Zhart who dialed in Phil’s klx 110 suspension for Mini Moto SX) took top honors at the first Red Bud on his Bultaco, Red Bud has been a fixture on the motocross map.

REEEEEEEEEEEED BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUD!

REEEEEEEEEEEED BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUD!

 The event had three days of racing, with the amateurs racing friday night, saturday night, sunday, and the pros taking to the track saturday afternoon.  Friday night was also the setting for the Parts Unlimited Pitbike Race.  Phil’s mod 110 ended up having an oil leak that was unable to be fixed in time for the race.  So the crew just came to cheer on 551Films riders’ Willy Browning, Troy Smalls, Paulie Harding, and Eric Utech.  The later three hovered around inside the top five in the stacked 110 Pro class, so a congrats goes out to the group.  Smagical 2 shredder Willy Browning took top honors on his CHP 110.  Joining the evenings racing festivities was an incredible display of fireworks that Red Bud is known for.

It wouldnt be Red Bud without fireworks!

It wouldnt be Red Bud without fireworks!

Saturday marked the time for the Pros to show what they know.  Smagical 2 cover boy Willy Browning swapped his 110 out for a 250F and qualified for the Pro main event. Jake Wiemer took the overall in 250’s with a 2-4, Christophe Pourcel 2nd, and KTM’s Tommy Searle 3rd.  In the big bike class Josh Grant became a first time national winner with a 2-1,  points leader Chad Reed 2nd, and last rounds winner Ivan Tedesco 3rd.

Red Bud "Let J-Law ride" to a top 10 in moto 2

Red Bud "Let J-Law ride" to a top 10 in moto 2

Rookie sensation Justin Barcia scrubs the finish line

Rookie sensation Justin Barcia scrubs the finish line

SA3 Prospect Kody Kamm won some motos on the Pro track sunday

SA3 Prospect Kody Kamm won some motos on the Pro track sunday

 

Part of the sunday aftermath
Part of the sunday aftermath

On the ride home the crew ran into some 4th of July traffic.  This made it possible for them to read each of the 6,000 Krazy Kaplans billboards that littered the highway.  With Hochmuth the pyro along on the trip, it was inevitable that a stop was in order.  Everyone loaded up with some roman candles and other pain inducing fireworks.  Just as the van was loaded, Hock came up with the idea of a parking lot roman candle battle.  They kept the van running, grabbed the cameras, and shot flaming balls at each other.  551 Films hopes everyone had a grand 4th of July and that they celebrated it a little safer than we did.

The infamous "Krazy Kaplans Fireworks"

The infamous "Krazy Kaplans Fireworks"

 

Keep the van running, light, fight, leave

Keep the van running, light, fight, leave

 

Phil attempting to dodge a shot...

Phil attempting to dodge a shot...

 

He failed...

He failed...

 

 

The second fail was more costly...a handful of hair to be exact

The second fail was more costly...a handful of hair to be exact

 

PSF Films June Update

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

551 Films rider Pat Smage has been doing his own video series for a couple of years.  He recently started his own Youtube monthly updates.  The updates include a  mix of incredible footage, edited by Pat himself.  Check out the link:    and eeeeeeeenjooooooy.

PSF monthly on the cover of Trials Comp...monthly

PSF monthly on the cover of Trials Comp...monthly

Trials Training Center Nationals

Monday, July 6th, 2009

 

Welcome To Trials Heaven

Welcome To Trials Heaven

 The lush, rolling Tennessee mountains are home to more than just the Kimball Rollerskating Rink, they also house the legendary Trials Training Center (www.trialstrainingcenter.com).  Every type of terrain is well represented at the TTC, making it the perfect stop for rounds 3 and 4 of the AMA Trials National Championship.  The crew arrived late friday afternoon after a few stops to check out some land for sale in the area.   Light was sparse, so a quick trip up to Lampkins Falls was the only riding to be done.  

 

Team RYP/HEAL Clothing/Go Fast!/ EVS/551films team rider Pat Smage studies section 1

Team RYP/HEAL/Go Fast!/ EVS/551films rider Pat Smage studies section 1

Saturday started off with hot temperatures and sun.  It seemed as the temperatures skyrocketed, so did Pat’s riding level.  Pat also raised the bar for loop scores, dropping just a single dab on his first time around the 12 sections.  He followed that up with an equally impressive 2 points on his second loop.  Cody Webb did his best to keep Pat honest, riding strong and stacking clean after clean. 

 

Smagical 2 star Cody Webb left Pat with no room for error

Smagical 2 star Cody Webb left Pat with no room for error

Heading into the 4 Pro Shootout sections, however, Pat had a firm grasp on the lead.  The shootout sections mimicked the top line in the FIM World Rounds, so difficulty was definitely on the mind of all the top 5 qualified Pros.  Then in rained.  Steady downpours greeted the riders as they dropped into each section. The riders rose to the occasion, with cleans being scored consistantly.  Pat kept on his “A game” the entire time, losing only a few marks and cleaning sections that most thought were impossible in the conditions. 

 

Pat was on target all weekend

Pat was on target all weekend

Pat and Phil’s cousin Erin ended up taking more of a beating than most of the riders.  Ronnie Como’s bike took a wrong turn up section 3’s opening splatter and his bike flipped out of control and came to a rest on her right knee.  She toughed it out and stayed to watch Pat throw a victory 1 footer off the final seven foot rock drop.  Pat 1st, Cody 2nd, and Will Ibsen 3rd. 

 

Pat splatters in Pro Shootout section 2

Pat splatters in Pro Shootout section 2

Sunday was much of the same for the Pros, as Pat set a pace that was too solid for the rest of the class to match.  The podium remained the same in all three positions. Some incredible rides were thrown down by the whole group, with MavTV.com there to document the action.  

Ronnie Como gets forward as the MavTV crew gets the shot
Ronnie Como gets forward as the MavTV crew gets the shot

    Phil decided  to save the $100 minder fee, and his body, and rode Expert this weekend.  One thing that didnt change was his JLaw-esque reputation with the NATC.  After getting penalty points before even starting for being late (with no start time to be found), he was still the final rider on the course got and got DNF’d for not getting his finishing time written on the scorecard. 

 

Phil says "Let J-Law Ride"

Phil says "Let J-Law Ride"

Sunday was better for “Smagical”, as the first points on his card this time were from actually dabbing.  After taking an extended first loop break to rub the crazy cramps out of his arms, it was crunch time.  Phil had 1 hour to finish his last 2 loops.  Most of the other guys thought it would be impossible to finish in time, but Phil saw it as an oppourtunity to turn the loop into one big endurocross track.  With it being so late, most of the other competitors were already finished, so a clear track lay ahead.  He kept his bike running the whole time and skipped checking out the sections beforehand, finishing exactly on his minute.  

Team 551 films rider Noel “Papa” Smage took over his class’s points lead with a solid 2-2 showing on the weekend.  For a guy who rarely practices, the eldest Smage sure can rip.

 

Papa Smage scored some podiums

Papa Smage scored some podiums

Everyone decided to hang around an extra day and do some filming on the 200.

 

Phil parked the Sherco and the crew set out to film on the KTM

Phil parked the Sherco and the crew set out to explore on the KTM

  After bagging some shots they headed to Foster Falls in search of walls to climb up and cliffs to jump off.  A few busted feet later, and it was time to head back to Smagical Acres. 

 

Rex jumps as Phil trips off of Foster Falls

Rex jumps as Phil trips off of Foster Falls

Check back next week for some more filming teaser shots.  The night time is the right time…

Happy Holidays from 551 Films

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

551 Films is off to the Red Bud MX national.  We’d like to wish you all a  happy 4th of July weekend.  In order to properly celebrate the holiday…make your eyes smile with some of Phil’s “style”…

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