Factory Pilot MX Tour


To most, Memorial Day weekend signifies the kick off to summer, but in the Motorcross world it means one thing: Glen Helen. To celebrate the upcoming outdoor season, Oakley threw a party for its top accounts, athletes and industry comrades. Oakley headquarters was fully equipped for the evening, with the brand new Rolling O Lab, a fresh built out lobby and a custom goggle bar. Wahoo’s served up dinner, the DJ was spinning and the bar was wide open.

Breaking a record for the newly christened west coast R&D unit, more than 400 people experienced the Rolling O Lab. Upon finishing the world-class clinic, they received their gift bags, which included a custom FP tour, new Factory Pilot Gloves and tons of other goodies. At this point it was time to enter the custom goggle bar, where each participant got to choose a frame color, outrigger and strap to create a special goggle.

As part of Oakley’s evolving artist and special collaboration, the party also served as the launch of the limited edition Troy Lee Design Gascan. The crew from TL design brought out the collection, and a few of the yet to be released pieces were put up for a special prize.  Live rock and roll karaoke provided by the Lamones determined who would receive the glasses.

The headliners of the night were Hermosa’s own “The Darlings”.  The boys rocked the house for the fired up crowd, inspiring some wild dance moves.

Thanks to everyone involved, including the entire Oakley goggle building staff, Troy Lee design, the Mars Group, The Darlings, DJ Dax, One industries and Redbull.

See everyone in Utah for Stop #2, as the Factory Pilot MX Tour officially hits the dirt.


Liam Barrett


May 26, 2008