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Andy Ford: First-Place Finisher in 2013 In The A Class Of The AMA Iowa ATV Hare Scrambles Series

December 06, 2013

Andy Ford, 31, of Hastings, Iowa, rode the wheels off his Honda TRX450ER in 2013 to earn the coveted No. 1 plate in the A class of the AMA Iowa ATV Hare Scrambles Series.

Although a longtime dirtbiker, Ford has only owned an ATV for the past four years.

The 2013 season “went really well for me,” Ford says. “I won a couple of races, had a few bad crashes. Haha. The machine ran the best it has ever and didn’t let me down. I worked really hard this year put in a lot of time riding and biking. Overall it was one of the best and fun seasons in racing that I have ever had.”

Probably his toughest competition during the season came from McCain Jennings, although “there were four guys every race who had the speed to win.” But Jennings, Ford says, “was really fast this year and made it very interesting at the end of the year.”

Ford has a little story that shows that contact lenses can cause problems sometimes for racers.

“At Kahoka, Mo., I smoked a tree, landed on the ground and my contact fell out of my eye,” Ford says. “I jumped back on the quad, took off and couldn’t see. I made it about 100 yards before I had to stop.

“I thought my race was over but then I pulled off my goggles and the contact was stuck to the lens!” he says. “I took my dirty finger and crammed it back in my eye!  I finished the race and only lost one spot.”     

One of his most difficult moments happened in Winterset, Iowa, while racing a dirtbike.

“On the first lap I went over the bars flying through a section,” he says. “When I picked myself up off the ground, I had one of those moments when I thought something was wrong. As it turned out I was ok. There for a moment I thought my season was over.”

Ford started racing when he was about 22 and his says that first race was a real eye opener.

“I rode a dirtbike back then,” he says. “It was so rocky and rough I didn’t think it would ever end. The adrenaline kept me coming back and I’ve been racing ever since.” 

He particularly likes racing in the AMA/ATVA events because “the AMA does awesome things for the sport and keeps riding parks open. It’s good to see so many people stand together for the sport we love.”

This year, plans to race in the AMA Iowa ATV Hare Scramble Series in the AA class and also plans to race in the local dirtbike series.

Ford has many sponsors he would like to thank.

“I would like to thank Moose Racing, GBC tires,  Rekluse, Precision, Jet Suspension, Hot Cams, Vortex Pistons, Cylinder Works, Hot Rods, Pivot Works, Exit Shocks, Houser Racing, Flexx bars and Laker Custom Plastic. All of these sponsors have been awesome this year I couldn’t do this without them.

“What advice would he give others who want to race ATVs?

“If you like to ride, it provides you the opportunity to try out many different tracks and see the country, the people you meet makes it all worth it.”

In conclusion, Ford says: “I would like to give a special thanks to all the people who help me out every day. We spend a lot of time in the garage and the woods during the summer, thanks for helping me do what I love to do. Also, to my wonderful girlfriend who has been there supporting me for every race.”

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