While it may take more than a month of planning and prepping, the whirlwind that is Chaparral Motorsports’ biggest sale of the year, the annual Monster Parking Lot Sale, only lasts seven hours. Eager with anticipation for deals and huge discounts, this year attendees started lining up as early as 5am on October 7th and once the gates dropped at 8am the crowd shopped non-stop until the registers closed down at 3pm.
It’s hard to believe how fast time flies as this this year marked the 31st annual Monster Parking Lot Sale. Coincidentally there were 31 vendors who participated in this year’s event, which made for excellent shopping with attendees bouncing from booth to booth. The diversity in vendors covered the gamut from motocross gear suppliers such as ODI and FMF, ATV flag mounts and accessories from Stiffy, UTV accessories from Assault Industries, and street bike jackets and riding pants from Alpinestars.
In fact, with so many different vendors on site, everyone had their own agenda as to what they wanted to shop for first. Even though the massive crowd looked like they were about to storm the doors at a Black Friday sale, once the gates opened everyone peeled off towards their desired booths which made for a smooth a calm start. Of course there were a couple spots like Oakley, the Fox eyewear booth, and the Metal Mulisha booth that a few people rushed directly to in order to make sure they got exactly what they wanted before items sold out.
The Chaparral vending area was a big draw with exceptionally low prices on roller gear bags, mx gloves, zippered hoodies, motorcycle helmets, and of course every type of ATV, UTV, cruiser, street bike, and dirt bike tires you could possible think of. It wasn’t long before there were boxes and deserted pallets that had been picked bone dry.
As was the case last year to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Parking Lot Sale, this year we held another scavenger hunt with more than 35 prizes donated from our vendors up for grabs. So on top of great deals and discounts attendees were able to score free swag if they were keen enough to spot one of the scavenger hunt tags hanging throughout the vendor area.
Between all the deals and prizes that were given away, there was plenty of opportunity for people to stack up on everything they needed and then some. We know for a fact that many people weren’t just at the Monster Parking Lot Sale to treat themselves; they were also there to get a big jump on their Christmas shopping. And just like Christmas, there’s a lot of buildup and excitement leading up to the big day and then it’s over in a flash.