Some kids grow up playing soccer, some grow up playing baseball and some grow up racing motocross. Vic Stuart of Regina, Saskatchewan, grew up racing dirt bikes and wouldn’t have had it any other way. His parents were involved in sports car racing for a number of years and supported him in his pursuit of motocross, driving him around the country every weekend over his nine-year career. Stuart cherishes the memories he made and the people he met at the track. Now a father of two himself, he wants his boys, Logan and Carter, to experience the same thing.
His wife, Jen, wasn’t too keen on the idea of her boys ripping around on dirt bikes at such a young age, but after spending a weekend at the track with her family, she has been onboard ever since. “It wasn’t until we went to a race in Regina with our trailer and spent the weekend at the track, (that) she saw how family oriented it was,” said Stuart. “It wasn’t just to go out there to race, wreck a bunch of stuff and leave, but she saw how many families were out there. What impressed her the most was that there were kids in their teens spending the weekend with their parents, which you don’t see very often.” From that weekend on the Stuarts have been travelling around the province and as far as Florida attending races as a family.
Logan Stuart, nine, catching some air at Moto Valley Speedway in Regina, SK. — Jen Stuart photo
“It’s just a great family sport,” said Stuart. “I can’t think of another sport where you get to spend as much time with your family doing something you like doing. People don’t really understand that until they go and see it.”
Logan Stuart, nine, on No. 24. — Jen Stuart photo
The boys participate in both the Saskatchewan Canadian Motorsport Racing Corp. race series as well as the Southeast Corner Racing Circuit series, which keeps the family busy all summer long. The Stuarts have also taken trips to Walton, Ontario, North Dakota and Florida. In Florida the boys race the Mini-O’s and Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross events while visiting family who live there.
Carter Stuart, six, sporting No.21 on his bike. — Jen Stuart photo
Logan and Carter have both already seen some success in their short careers, with a provincial title in the four to six-year-old 50-cc class in each of their names. Logan, who just turned nine, is the older of the two and has already moved on to racing in the 85-cc class while younger brother Carter, six, will continue racing in the 50-cc class this season. Through the boys‘ racing, Stuart has also become involved in the Regina Motocross Club and is currently the acting president. “We’re trying to do everything as a club to make it appeal to young families and young riders because that’s what’s going to keep it running in the future,” said Stuart.
It looks like motocross has a bright future in Saskatchewan thanks to dedicated families like the Stuart’s.