Back in the day when there were no formal racetracks, cars and motorcycles did their racing on flat oval or straight dirt tracks. Requiring nothing more than an empty plot of land, it was an accessible motorsport, particularly for those just getting into the sport or grass roots racers.
Today, flat track racing is making a comeback thanks to the efforts of Mel Aquino of Mel Aquino’s Off-road Training Camp, Sam Tamayo of MX Messiah Fairgrounds and others who enjoy the fun and thrill of flat track dirt racing.
Last November 26, a special flat track event was held at the MX Messiah Fairgrounds in Taytay Rizal as flat track racers battled it out for the benefit of Tahanang Walang Hagdan Foundation in Manila, an organization that provides help and livelihood for the disabled. There were 18 categories during the event with kids as young as 3-years-old joining the races.
This event will culminate at the Round 2 finals on December 17 with part of the proceeds of the 2-leg event going to charity. This includes in-kind donations from racers and sponsors.
According to Mel Aquino, flat track racing teaches the rider proper motorcycle control which then can be used on real life on-road situations. When asked about the flat track charity event, he stated that everyday is a perfect time to give back to the community, especially to those who are underprivileged.
Registrations are now ongoing for the 2nd round of Flat Track for a Cause. For more info, please contact Mel Aquino at 0917-703-1399 or visit their Facebook page, Mel Aquino’s Yamaha Offroad Training Camp.