Oxford Man, MotoAmerica Superfan Zooms Off to Every Race with the Freedom Gained from Retirement

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Greg Carlson, 74, a retired chef from Oxford, follows the MotoAmerica circuit, traveling from race to race in his RV.

While many fans of motorsports have to settle on watching just a few races of MotoAmerica in person due to work, Greg Carlson makes every one. The 74-year-old fan from Oxford has that latitude thanks to his retirement. Anthony Conroy caught up with this motorcycle-racing superfan for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Carlson doesn’t miss one stop on MotoAmerica’s nine-city, 20-race calendar. Most recently, he was one of the thousands of fans who flocked to Pittsburgh International Race Complex, site of the latest round of the MotoAmerica championship.

For Carlson, being able to fully enjoy the nation’s premier motorcycle road racing series is the fulfillment of a dream.

He travels with a caravan of fans who follow the circuit in their RVs, settling in for a weekend of races before trundling off to the next location. The mobile transport provides not only sleeping and eating convenience but also protection from the elements.

“I love it,” he said. “And if it gets too hot, I can just go inside and watch. You don’t have to die.”

However, his favorite pastime does come with a few drawbacks.

“I’ve been on the road for six months,” he said. “We’ll see if the wife recognizes me (when the season’s over).”

Read more about Greg Carlson in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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