Half a Century of Thrills at the Hangtown Motocross Classic

The Hangtown Motocross Classic, a high-octane event steeped in history, continues to draw thousands of spectators and the elite of motocross racing to Rancho Cordova, California. This event, which started in 1969, was the brainchild of the Dirt Diggers North Motorcycle Club (DDNMC). Initially hosted in the rugged landscapes near Placerville—once known as Hangtown during the Gold Rush era—the race captured the spirit of adventure and competition inherent to the sport.

In 1979, as the event grew in popularity, it found a permanent home at Prairie City OHV Park. Here, state-of-the-art facilities, including permanent sprinklers, robust fencing, and a modern announcing tower, have raised the bar for motocross events nationwide. Hangtown is not just a race; it’s a spectacle of speed, skill, and dirt that has evolved into a beloved tradition.

Each year, the Hangtown Classic showcases the raw power and fearless spirit of its competitors. From its humble beginnings with just 180 riders and a $600 purse, to becoming the cornerstone of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, Hangtown’s legacy is as enduring as the tracks carved by the motorcycles themselves. It remains a testament to the vision of its founders and the passionate community that has supported it through decades of transformation.


Hangtown MX

Prairie City OHV Park
13300 White Rock Rd.
Rancho Cordova, CA 95742

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