big things to come with the
father-son maldonado team!
The father-son team of Humberto and Blayne Maldonado have taken ownership of the Rallies from former owners Ron and Jill Andrews. Both long-time Ruidoso residents and Golden Aspen Rally participants and supporters, the Maldonados are excited to continue the great tradition of the Golden Aspen and AspenCash Rallies.
It was just 16 years ago that Blayne was the youngest solo rider to ever participate in the Rally Parade on a custom cycle made by his dad.
"When Blayne was 6-years-old, I built him a custom bike, and I asked Ron if he could ride in the Golden Aspen Rally Parade with me," said dad Humberto (Bert, as he is known to locals). "After getting approval from every law enforcement officer he could find, he finally told me that Blayne could ride as long as he rode between Ron and me at the front of the parade. So that is what we did - it was such a memorable experience!"
According to Andrews, things got a little dicey when the parade of thousands of motorcycles hit the "Y" and turned onto Highway 70: "We never even thought about that!, Boy, we made the turn onto Highway 70 and got up to highway speed, Bert looked over at me with eyes as big as saucers...we looked down at Blayne, and he never missed a beat. That kid brought that little bike right up to speed and stayed with us the whole way. Priceless!!"
Blayne and Bert have big plans for both the Golden Aspen and the AspenCash Rallies, the biggest of which is to bring both events back to their roots by moving them back into Lincoln County and the Village of Ruidoso. The May rally will be held at the Ruidoso Convention Center, and the September rally will once again take up residence at the Ruidoso Downs Race Track. In addition, the pair will have live entertainment throughout the day in conjunction with the trade show along with headliners in the evening.