Super Hooligan Flat Track Race

Hooligans hit the jackpot in Las Vegas

Helder Alvernez leads Hunter Klee and Drake McElroy around the tight and technical flat track inside The Orleans Arena

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Roland Sands Design built Indian Scout Sixty

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Thor Drake out front and keeping his white attire clean

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The Super Hooligan battlefield inside The Orleans Arena

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A lineup of Roland Sands built Indian Scout Sixties ready to hit the track

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Cameron Brewer with the " Eye of the Tiger" in staging

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Chris Wiggins in the lead and getting away from Thor Drake during the main

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The Super Star Pro's of the Super Prestigo race used a Motocross style starting gate. Brad Baker (6) , Jared Mees (1) and Kenny Coolbeth (2) are among those blasting off the line on their 450's.

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White versus Black, Thor versus Chris...both were haulin' ass

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This is the moment the lead changed with 2 laps to go. A downed rider caused a bit of chaos in turn 3/4 as the leaders came around and amid some confusion with the yellow flag and a bike down in the racing line, Thor Drake ( In White) squirted inside and Chris Wiggins went wide.

In a huge and cool suprise to all the Hooligans and everybody in the arena, the winner of the Super Hooligan main, Thor Drake was presented with a brand new Indian Scout Sixty!!!

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No event in Las Vegas is legit unless it has the King performing. Looks like Charlie Sheen has been moonlighting to us.

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Vegas Showgirls helped out with the opening ceremonies

Sean Delshadi chilin' in the pits conducting a video interview for Hot Bike. Look for the Super Hooligan video soon.

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Hunter Klee filling up his minimalist , race use only , gas tank.

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Super Hooligan number plate

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Suicide Machine Co. in the house at the Super Hooligan race

Another view of Hunter Klee's minimalist, race use only , gas tank

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Roland Sands Design built Indian Scout Sixty Flat Track machine

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Chopper Dave at the riders meeting. He rode that flathead in the qualifiers.Dave rules!

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The Speed Merchant in the house at the Super Hooligan race

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Aaron Guardado ready to get down

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Roland Sands and 4x AMA Superbike National Champ Josh Hayes go over line choice and track conditions

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Chris Wiggins gets ready to put a whooping on everybody in the heat race while Cameron Brewer goes over a few things with Super Star Stunt Rider Aaron Colton who is an amazing flat track racer and can run with the best.

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Chris Wiggins lining up with first pick at the line for the heat race due to his fastest qualifier time

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Chris Wiggins wasn't messing around and got into the lead immediately in each race he was in.

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Roland Sands in staging

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Hooligan line up for a heat race.

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Chris Wiggins leads Roland Sands and the rest of the pack

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Roland Sands is always fast, loose and fun to watch

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Gratuitous show girl photo

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Hooligans thunder off the line

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Always smiling, always fast and always wearing white....that's Thor Drake.

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Drake McElroy had a nice pair of vintage Yoko Motocross pants

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The fast guys of the Super Prestigo race. Road racing stars Roger Hayden and Jake Gagne roostin'

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Alfonso "Fonz" Vasquez getting on the gas

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Thor Drake leading a heat race

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Helder Alvernez and Shaun Guardado

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That look when somebody sits on your bike......Roland Sands was actually having a blast all night, we just happened to snap this pic the only second he didn't have a ear to ear grin

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The Hooligan race class has come a long way in a few short years. Once a sideshow class at the local SoCal speedway tracks good for some thrills and guaranteed spills. It has morphed into a respected racing class complete with sponsored racers and televised races!!

I first noticed the "Hooligan" class, V-Twin based street bikes, a few years ago at Costa Mesa Speedway during " Harley" night. I had ventured to these Harley nights a few times before but things were a little different now. A few times a year, the race promoter invites anybody on a street legal V-Twin to come out and race and put on a " show" for the racing fans, i.e. a crashfest. Ape Hangers, out of control baggers, billowing smoke, high sides, dirt in your beer and wild cheering from the rabid crowd were always a given.

As I walked the through the pits checking out the bikes getting ready for the carnage that night a few years back, I noticed a Sportster that was purely bad ass. It was rocking a set of 19'"wheels with professional grade flat track tires front and rear and a bunch of other race specific-go fast goodies. This was no street bike and it sparked my interest and competitive juices. I found out Chris Wiggins was the man with this machine. I straddled the trackside wall intently at race time as he roared around the track and was taken aback. He hauled ass on that bike, and it looked like a hell of a good time. Things were about to change.

Street Tracker style of bikes have always been around in some shape or form, but this was something different. This was a whole new movement and Chris Wiggins was leading the charge of these loud, wild but very fast gang of rag tag racers, the"Hooligans".

I myself was bitten by the Hooligan bug and picked up a beater Sportster from Craigslist on the cheap and became addicted to the racing , camaraderie and good, sometimes rowdy times these Hooligan races provided. Plenty of others were bitten also such as Roland Sands who was there from the beginning with a lot of heavy Hooligan promotion and help in growing this form of racing.

Fast forward a few years from that warm, muggy spring night at Costa Mesa Speedway to a tropical fall evening at The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The Hooligan Class now was being run in conjunction with the Superprestigio of the Americas race. The Superprestigo is an all-star type of motorcycle race. Racers from all types of motorcycling compete on a flat track for bragging rights as to who is best motorcycle racer. Competing in the Superprestigio were World Champions from road racing, Stunt Riders, Flat Track National Champions, American Superbike Champions, Hillclimb National Champions and on and on. All these riders have one thing in common, they have insane talent on a motorcycle.

So what were the Hooligans doing here then? I think that was the question asked by many unfamiliar with this fast growing class of racing.

As soon as the green flag dropped for the first Hooligan heat race, everybody now knew. These guys are legit racers and maybe a bit crazy for wrestling around 500lb street machines on the tight and challenging track inside The Orleans Arena. The Hooligans quickly became a fan favorite throughout the stands because of this.

Chris Wiggins was once again leading the charge in this event. He was fastest qualifier and led the main event until a few laps from the end when Thor Drake snatched victory from him with a pass for the lead as a result of a downed rider , a yellow flag and general chaos. Many flat track veterans would say " Short Track got him" in reference to the unpredictable nature and random luck in such tight confined racing.

It was a fantastic night for Thor Drake as he was rewarded with a brand new Indian Scout Sixty for his win . Probably a much bigger and better prize than the "real' racers in the Superprestigio received. The Hooligan class trully has become "Super".

Super Hooligans Results 2015 1. Thor Drake (Harley-Davidson) 2. Chris Wiggins (Harley-Davidson) 3. Roland Sands (Indian) 4. Hunter Klee (Harley-Davidson) 5. Drake McElroy (Indian) 6. Travis Newbold (Indian) 7. Ben Giese (Yamaha) 8. Brendon Lutes (Indian) 9. Shaun Guardado (Harley-Davidson) 10. Helder Alvernaz (Harley-Davidson) 11. Travis Hayes (Harley-Davidson) 12. Mitch Gallagher (Harley-Davidson) 13. Aaron Colton (Indian)