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A better write up on budget jam
Ok, before I sort out the despicable excuse for photos that I took and post them here, probably about a month away…., I shall basically sum up the weekend.
Rolling down at about 1ish after I wake up nice and early at the hours of midday the crowd was buzzing, there was a ridiculous amount of people there, making it very hard to park, and very hard to not see someone you knew or hadn’t seen in a long time.
Not much happened on the Saturday daytime to be perfectly honest, it started off to plan, with the scheduled comp etc. but soon got shut down by the police, due to the bad influences coming down. Luckily, Bruza managed to have a chat and swing things our way. But much to the disappointment of many, after a small scuffle/misunderstanding between the locals, it didnt stop the conflict or the police wanting to stay and keep an eye on things, so it slowly turned into drinking/having a laugh. Which was exactly what happened, EVERYONE had a laugh. From trying to persuade drunken friends that paint was orange juice and that they should get their 5-a-day, to taking the absolute piss out of drunken girls passed out on peoples laps and it looking like vulgar acts being performed…. Also, may I add, never let Jake Daw hold a taser when he is sitting next to you, I have Mike King to thank for that shocking result in my leg……
Times calmed down as the night went on, a few more drunken laughs, it was all fun, then leaving at about half 2 when everyone decided to turn to their tents and call it a night to be up nice and early for Sunday.
Which brings us to Sunday, a much more mellow day, obviously the asbo youths did not realise this was a 2 day event, so the rest of the comp got finished, which was a nice feeling, thats for sure. Thanks to my good friend Jonny Bevell, the music and microphone kept going, even though the council didnt want a petrol car running to power it, Bevell volunteered his good old ‘free diesel KONE van’ and went out and bought a power adapter to run it all off his van battery, what a nice young man.
Due to the comp actually managing to take place, this was photo time for me, but like I said, the pictures weren’t great, I just can’t wait to see Fred Murray’s and Dunc’s (over at therollingimage.com) article in rideukbmx magazine.
Either way, Sunday was crazy, seeing some crazy shit from everyone, a few names to stick out would be Aaron Nicholson, Ben Wallace, Mike Miller, Isaac Lesser, Dean Cueson and last but not least, Basingstoke wonder and Budget Jam’s champion, Luke Towey, with his crazy tech shit, just amazed everyone, well done mate.
Unfortunately the council did get onto the Bruza’s about the rubbish, and saying it cost over £700 to clean up, and was making them pay it, but luckily (kinda) they agreed to half it and is now making them pay £373, still ridiculous, but thanks to many people chipping in they are slowly getting donations and hopefully will have enough within a jiffy.
That beside, the weekend was really good, and hopefully next year we can have a few more paying sponsors and the council behind us, meaning Basingstoke will be put on the map and it’s gonna go off!! They’ll have to change the name as it will no longer be budget, just remember your roots and holla!! Ya get me?
And check out this quality edit, filmed by guildford’s own Mike King (thats right, the same Mike King that gave Jake Daw the taser…)
But seriously, watch it, that boy has got some skills behind a video camera.
GOOD OLD CAPTAIN FUN 😉 – from www.ffwdbmx.com, the video can be found righttttt here.