Carlsbad USGP: 1980: Special Screening

Motorcycle History

What better way to celebrate Team USA’s come from behind victory at the 2010 Motocross of Nations than to remember the man who first proved Americans could beat the all-powerful Europeans at their own game?

That’s right, the Marty Moates movie is coming home as "Carlsbad USGP:1980 – One Day Of Magic" is set for a special weekend of screenings at the historic 1927 Carlsbad Village Theatre.

Timing for the DVD world release of the documentary covering the first time an American won the United States Grand Prix of Motocross at the original Carlsbad Raceway is perfect, notes the film’s producer Todd Huffman.

Todd Huffman says: "What great timing to remind everyone of just how significant Marty Moates’ win was on the weekend following Team USA’s efforts at winning the MX of Nations."

Pivotal figures from past USGPs will be coming to Carlsbad to commemorate the "one day of magic" that changed the sport forever, including Broc Glover and David Bailey.

David Bailey says: "We are honored to have David Bailey confirmed for this weekend. Racers like David picked the gauntlet thrown by Marty and continued the American’s rise to dominance in the sport of motocross."

For those who may have forgotten, Bailey led Team USA to five consecutive MX des Nations wins from 1982-85! Broc Glover who had some epic battles with the Europeans at the Carlsbad USGP over the years also teamed up with Bailey to win the 1983 and 1984 Motocross des Nations.

Todd Huffman says: "We realize not everyone could make it to Colorado to cheer on Team USA this past weekend, so we thought what better way to bring the experience home to Carlsbad, site of the original USGP."

The weekend kick-offs with a special DVD release event on Friday, October 1st, which includes:

Special Screening of "The Carlsbad USGP: 1980 – One Day of Magic Presented by Daystar Products" Show starts at 7:30 with a quick live auction of an original ABC Banner used at Carlsbad Raceway for the USGP and a chance to meet legends David Bailey and Broc Glover, among other stars.

See Team USA memorabilia along with Marty Moates’ #23 Yamaha YZ465 replica on display in the lobby.
DVDs, USGP Bibs and Movie Posters will be available for purchase at all screenings.

Note: This theatre only seats 300 so reserve your seats early for any of the seven (7) screenings throughout the weekend!

An original ABC-TV camera position banner from the 1980 USGP, a Marty Moates’ LOP Yamaha YZ 465, and Moates’ USGP starting gate from Carlsbad were a popular focal (and focus) point for San Diego movie premiere attendees.

Where: Carlsbad Village Theatre
2822 State Street, Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 720-2460

When: October 1st, 2nd and 3rd, 2010

Screening Times:
Friday, October 1st: (Special DVD Release Event) 7:30pm
Saturday, October 2nd: 1 pm, 4 pm, 7 pm
Sunday, October 3rd: 1 pm, 4 pm, 7 pm

Ticket Prices: Advance Purchase Online or at Box Office (prior to October 1st) $10.00
At the door: $15.00

Tickets can be purchased online at:
Or by phone at (760) 720-2460
For more info and driving directions visit:

Sponsored by: Daystar Products, Pipeline Digital Media, City of Carlsbad, Moto Retro Magazine, AMA HoF Event-Vegas, Pala Raceway, Vintage Iron, Early Years of Motocross Museum, Ossa Planet and

To view the trailer and get information on the premiere, visit

Carlsbad USGP Historical Profile:

Until that fateful day in June 1980, the FIM 500cc United States Grand Prix at Carlsbad had been dominated by European racers. "The princes of the sport," as ABC Wide World of Sports announcer Jim Lampley called them at the time had reigned supreme in the nine years that the race had been promoted by Gavin Trippe and his partner Bruce Cox.

In fact, Dutchman Gerrit Wolsink won the USGP at Carlsbad an astounding five times himself. The dried clay of Carlsbad’s "blue groove" track became known as "The Rock" as it continued to crush America’s best riders. In 1977, American Jim Pomeroy made history in Carlsbad by becoming the first American to win a moto at Carlsbad. However a crash in the first turn of the second moto prevented an American from winning the overall and again handing a victory to "The Dentist". It would be another three years before an American would be in contention for the Carlsbad crown.

In the summer of 1980, two men were battling it out for the 500cc World Championship: American "Bad Brad" Lackey and Belgium’s Andre Malherbe. As the series headed from Europe to California, most fans were betting on Northern Californian Lackey who had been flying the U.S. flag solo on the GP circuit for eight long years. However on that hot Sunday in June, it was not Lackey or even one of the regulars on the GP circuit that leaped to the front of the first moto. It was not even one of the established Factory American riders ready to make a name for themselves by leading the world’s best for a couple laps at least.

Instead of one of the heroes or legends, it was local privateer Marty Moates who grabbed the holeshot. Marty not only led the first moto, he overcame crashes and passed the Euros to win the second moto as well! A virtual unknown he had finally accomplished what no other American rider before him could over the previous decade… win the Carlsbad USGP! And ABC’s Wide World of Sports’ cameras were rolling all the while.


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