2012-03-22 / Front Page

Cross country ATV, dirt bike racers pack Aonia Pass, Washington as GNCC’s big-time racing series returns



Washington Mayor Ames Barnett and son Porter enjoy the action by the pro pits Sunday. Barnett and his wife Ashley met with GNCC leaders Saturday evening to welcome them to Washington-Wilkes and to let them know how important their events are to the local economy. 
Photos by KIP BURKE Washington Mayor Ames Barnett and son Porter enjoy the action by the pro pits Sunday. Barnett and his wife Ashley met with GNCC leaders Saturday evening to welcome them to Washington-Wilkes and to let them know how important their events are to the local economy. Photos by KIP BURKE

When thousands of racers and their families come to Washington-Wilkes, they spend hundreds of dollars each on food, supplies, fuel, and lodging here. Above, a dirt bike racing family from Philadelphia buys gas in Washington before they compete at the GNCC race at Perry Gunter’s Aonia Pass Motocross Park last weekend. When thousands of racers and their families come to Washington-Wilkes, they spend hundreds of dollars each on food, supplies, fuel, and lodging here. Above, a dirt bike racing family from Philadelphia buys gas in Washington before they compete at the GNCC race at Perry Gunter’s Aonia Pass Motocross Park last weekend.

Spectators – and photographers – get a close-up look at the competitors as racers seek out the fastest path through the woods. Spectators – and photographers – get a close-up look at the competitors as racers seek out the fastest path through the woods.

Paramedics with Wilkes Emergency Medical Services are able to quickly reach injured riders with allterrain vehicles. Paramedics with Wilkes Emergency Medical Services are able to quickly reach injured riders with allterrain vehicles.

A three-hour race can end early for racers involved in a first-turn crash. A three-hour race can end early for racers involved in a first-turn crash.

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