Remembering Loretta: an Icon & Superstar

By Will Burgess and John Trends

Loretta Lynn, of country music and supercross racing fame, passed away Monday at the age of 90.

“Our precious mom, Loretta Lynn, passed away peacefully this morning, October 4th, in her sleep at home in her beloved ranch in Hurricane Mills [Tenn.],” said Lynn’s family in a statement. No cause of death was given.

Lynn experienced a lot in her life this past year. From record floods inundating Loretta Lynn Ranch, to the rebuilding efforts that saw her play host to a benefit concert to provide aid to flood victims of the nearby towns, to her induction into the American Motorcyclist Association Hall of Fame, and, of course, her yearly opportunity to accommodate the Loretta Lynn’s Amateur Motocross Championship that was little over two months ago, Lynn simply never slowed down even as she turned 90 years old in April.

Of course many will always remember her as The Coal Miner’s Daughter, superstar of country music fame, but for the motocross community, especially the amateur riders, there will always be a special place in their hearts for her as the Matron Saint of dirt bike racing during the annual race on her sprawling ranch that people affectionately refer to as “Loretta’s”.

All this week, Adrenaline Powersports Magazine will be featuring our top articles about Lynn and the legacy of the Loretta Lynn Amateur Motocross Championship, and what it has meant to so many young, aspiring racers.

Loretta Lynn’s legacy lives on every day in her iconic music and the race she helped establish.

We leave you with this touching and somber duet performed in 2016 by Lynn and Willie Nelson, entitled “Lay Me Down”. Loretta, you will be missed.


Will Burgess is a journalist with Adrenaline Powersports Mag, John Trends is Editor in Chief.

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