Catalano receives Legends Award

Dwight Catalano was presented with the Legends and Heroes Award last Saturday in Denver. He also announed plans to revive the Cat’s Classic event this summer (Courtesy photo).

ALAMOSA – Dwight Catalano was presented with the prestigious Legends and Heroes Award last Saturday at a Supercross event at Empower Field in Denver.

The Legends and Heroes Award is given to racers that have made a difference nationally and put down footprints that have lasted.

Catalano was originally nominated for the award in 2019, but the nomination was dropped because of COVID. He was nominated again, this time he received the award.

Catalano, 72, still races as often as he can and he is on the steering committee for a new organization which will be in the San Luis Valley on Aug. 17-18 if all the permits are approved. The new club offers classes for classic vintage and modern bike races. It was in the valley in 2022 and it will be at Sutak Raceway which is just south of Alamosa. It was also decided to resurrect the Cat’s Classic later this summer.

Catalano is an 18-time Colorado Pro/Exp Level Champion, a Dubya World Vet Motocross champion with 300 wins in four states in more than 1,500 races.

He started racing while attending Adams State University in 1970. His first race was near where the dispatch facility currently sits. He has been involved in every motocross state-wide since the 70s acting as SRCA referee for two years, then promoter, competition director and board member.

SRAC was ranked as the third largest most organized association in the United States.

Most of his titles were from the SRAC and he raced some AMA nationals in the late 70s and early 80s. He has won in California, Idaho, New Mexico and Wyoming.