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What a day. Where do I even begin about this past Saturday’s Banned In The Backyard Jam?
So much happened during the twelve-plus straight hours of riding and debauchery that happened in an Apopka, Florida, backyard. This is the backyard that is now carrying the torch of chaos from the now defunct 71N trails/compound in Casselberry, and funneling all that mayhem into this jam. I saw a person getting branded, dudes being handed beers as they were mid-air while launching over a monster truck after pedaling full speed down possibly the sketchiest run-up ever created, a Roman candle fireball one millimeter away from shooting out an eye, countless other Roman candles and assorted fireworks igniting in a bonfire that created a fiery fountain of projectiles that had more than a few people running for cover, and said bonfire growing so out of control and producing so much heat it was close to consuming a drum set, vehicle, light generator, and the entire ramp setup before finally being showered to extinction. And that’s merely a few of the countless things that went down.
I’m sure there are plenty of stories from each of the hundreds of people who traveled from near and far to witness and/or take part in this Ghetto Street comp-style tradition of lawless, anything-goes jams. All I can really say is that it needed to be experienced firsthand. Trey Jones, James Covington, and the Banned crew are already making plans for the 2013 Banned In The Backyard Jam; don’t miss that one.Â -RD