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Old 11-09-2018, 05:31 AM   #1
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Thought I'd share a fun experience with BARF. Last weekend, I was lucky enough to attend Colin Edwards' flat track school called Texas Tornado Boot Camp about an hour outside of Houston, TX.

The school is 4 days long, starting with just a bit of instruction and free riding to get acclimated to the style of riding that's totally new to many people on the first day, followed by a routine of instruction, drills, free riding, timed laps, and some fun with guns. Nothing is compulsory, the instruction was absolutely on point, the instructors are all current or past pro riders with heaps of great input. Meeting Edwards was probably my first real celebrity experience. He was around us more or less the entire time -- super down to earth and approachable. Getting kudos on a good timed lap from a 2 time world champ felt good

A number of people were not first timers, which speaks a lot for the school. I was intending it to be a one shot deal myself, but now I'm definitely thinking of a way to do it again, maybe get some friends to join me. We had students from different countries with skills ranging from "just ride on the street and looking to get safer" to "up and coming flat track competitor".

Here are some pics.
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Old 11-09-2018, 06:58 AM   #2
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Did you get to shoot the 50 calibre?
Whats with the goofy costumes.
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Old 11-09-2018, 07:19 AM   #3
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That looks like an awesome time but i dont think I could last 4 days. Was there nap time?
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Old 11-09-2018, 07:21 AM   #4
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Did you get to shoot the 50 calibre?
Whats with the goofy costumes.
Looks like the camp was right after Halloween. Perhaps the camp's Halloween session.

That looks like a blast, hope to attend one day myself. Did a Feel like a Pro Dirt with Brian Bartlow a few years back and it was a ton of fun. But this sounds like another level!
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Old 11-09-2018, 11:54 AM   #5
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I'm glad you liked it.
It's by far the best bang for the buck and fun times you can have around here with the bike buddies
Did you get to race in the Mad Dog dirt wars?
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Old 11-09-2018, 12:12 PM   #6
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Very cool

Looks like a total hoot!!
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Old 11-09-2018, 01:26 PM   #7
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I feel cheated. I looked at the thread title and thought sweet I was gonna hear about how someone learned to play Hey Baby Que Paso with the band and then all I see is a thread about dirt bike riding......
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Old 11-09-2018, 01:38 PM   #8
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I did his racer camp a few years ago. It was a great time! I highly recommend it.
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Old 11-09-2018, 03:05 PM   #9
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Me and a few of the other TWF guys did the racer camp a year ago. It was a great experience and definitely improved my racing especially when it came to controlling and recovering from slides.

I highly recommend it
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Old 11-09-2018, 07:14 PM   #10
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Cool!

Might wanna put the ,50 on a bench, can only imagine the blast of dirt with the muzzle 8” off the ground...
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Old 11-10-2018, 08:18 AM   #11
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I keep saying I'll make it there but haven't yet. Guess I just need to get off my ass and schedule a date.

Great pictures and thanks for sharing
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Old 11-10-2018, 05:35 PM   #12
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Did you get to shoot the 50 calibre?
Whats with the goofy costumes.
Yup Halloween!

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That looks like an awesome time but i dont think I could last 4 days. Was there nap time?
No nap time, but we had perfect amounts of food for lunch and the gun fun was right after. So we had plenty of rest between morning and afternoon. And of course there was always room to pull off the track and grab a water or a snack anytime you wanted.

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I'm glad you liked it.
It's by far the best bang for the buck and fun times you can have around here with the bike buddies
Did you get to race in the Mad Dog dirt wars?
Unfortunately, no.

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Cool!

Might wanna put the ,50 on a bench, can only imagine the blast of dirt with the muzzle 8” off the ground...
That thing was insane. We had it set up on a mat and a bean bag. Wasn't too bad in terms of dirt blasts, but the boom was definitely something. At one point, Colin point an empty styrofoam cup a couple feet to the side of it. I was expecting it to get thrown, but the shock wave tore it into little pieces. By the time I got to shoot it, I was surprised how much quieter it was behind the gun itself.
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Old 11-10-2018, 06:14 PM   #13
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I feel cheated. I looked at the thread title and thought sweet I was gonna hear about how someone learned to play Hey Baby Que Paso with the band and then all I see is a thread about dirt bike riding......
..you said I was your only vato.
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Old 11-12-2018, 04:22 PM   #14
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The camp always looked like fun, thanks for sharing your pics. Is Colin a xenophobe in person, too, or is that just on Twitter?
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Old 11-12-2018, 04:40 PM   #15
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The camp always looked like fun, thanks for sharing your pics. Is Colin a xenophobe in person, too, or is that just on Twitter?
I'm not familiar with Colin's Twitter feed and we -- everyone -- hardly touched politics while I was there, which I found refreshing. For what it's worth, we had a bunch of international students and Colin was super friendly and approachable with everyone.
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