Sep 1, 2011
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Famed celebrity's racing team to field vintage bikes
TOOELE VALLEY, UTAH "” This weekend's Bike Fest at Miller Motorsports Park will attract teams from all across the United States. One of those is Jay Leno's Big Dog Garage Racing Team, based in Burbank, Calif.
The team is making its second appearance at Miller Motorsports Park, having visited previously in 2008 for a vintage automobile race. This weekend, the team will be fielding a 1976 Honda Formula 500 and a 1993 Honda Open Two-Stroke to compete in the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association's Bonneville Vintage Grand Prix.
Although Leno, the renowned comedian and television host, will be unable to attend due to work commitments, he will be well represented by the team. Bernard Juchli, the mechanical mastermind behind Leno's acclaimed collection of automobiles and motorcycles, will ride the two bikes in competition this weekend. Juchli is a championship-winning racer on both two and four wheels and will be looking to add to his trophy collection from Miller Motorsports Park.
As interesting as the motorcycles the team will bring to race is the race hauler that will transport them. The team travels in a vintage 1961 Flxible Starliner bus, powered by a turbocharged and supercharged Detroit Diesel engine with an Allison transmission and towing a vehicle hauler adorned with an unmistakable caricature of Leno's face.
The team is very much looking forward to their return to Utah. Discussing the team's original visit to Miller Motorsports Park in 2008, team general manager Ron Bermudez said, "The reception that the Big Dog Garage Racing Team received at Miller Motorsports Park was second to none in my 30 years in motorsports. The staff made us feel at home after our long trip from Jay's garage in California. We also had the honor of meeting the late Larry Miller, who gave us a private tour of his Total Performance Museum of priceless Ford racing cars. The passion he had for motorsports was evident in his eyes, as was the pride he had in his world-class facility. We can't wait to get back on that wonderful track this weekend."
To see a video of Leno, Juchli and the team bus, visit ~ . Better yet, come see it for yourself this weekend and visit with the team.
The weekend will provide fans with a chance to see the past, present and future of motorcycle technology, as the vintage and historic bikes of the Bonneville Vintage Grand Prix will be joined by the comptemporary sport bikes of MMP's own Masters of the Mountains racing series as well as the futuristic electric superbikes of the TTXGP, the world's premier electric motorcycle racing series.
Tickets for Bike Fest are priced at $10 on Saturday and Sunday for adults, or $15 for both days. Friday admission is free to everyone, and kids 12 and under are free on Saturday and Sunday.
For event tickets or information regarding Miller Motorsports Park, visit the track's website at or call 435-277-8000. For more information on the Bonneville Vintage Grand Prix, visit their website at . For more information on the Masters of the Mountains series, visit the Utah Sport Bike Association's website at . For more information on TTXGP, visit their website at .