And it attracts riders from across the west and this year even brought two, Mike Kirsch and Ron Rivernburg, from Illinois. Just to ride here is an accomplishment in the world of motorcycle racing.
While most rookies don't win, especially in the pro, amateur race, a 19-year-old from Lompoc, Calif. came, competed and won. But there were some challenges besides the rocks.
"I kind of pulled out a little bit and about halfway through is where I fell and jammed my knee really hard and hurt my wrist. I thought I hurt my knee but got on the bike and kept going," Logan Holladay said after. "About three laps in I pretty knew the course, where the biggest rocks were but I could pretty much hit anything with this bike as it was handling so good.
"Lap traffic was brutal as everybody was all over the place and I ran into a ton of people as they were cutting into my line. But the dust wasn't an issue."
Once in the lead, Holladay was never headed and extended his advantage at every lap. At the checkered, he had an almost seven-minute lead over Robert Underwood, who charged from the 21st row to finish second.
A few other riders also made dramatic charges through the traffic during the four-hour event. One was motocross one was motocross pro Nathan Tiearney, who came from the 30th row to take third.
Two former champions also made charges from the back. One was VC native Reece Honea, who came from the 35th row and ended up fourth, while desert racing great Ty Davis started in the 40th row and ended up 17th.
"The race was good and on the first lap I took my time," Tiearney said. "After I got all the bugs out then I could start hauling butt and most lappers were pretty cool."
Riders competing in the VCGP are given starting numbers and line up in rows of 10 on C Street. As each row is started they turn down a steep hill and head for the course.
The time differential is figured and determines the rider's finish so one could be actually head of another on time although they are behind chasing that person.
Before the racing begins, a "head start" position is auctioned off with the proceeds going to deserving people in Virginia City. This year Willy Heiss made the winning bid and got to start before anybody else.
Spanish Springs High School junior Jenelle Chattin was the only female to race on Saturday, when the pros and amateurs go. Sadly she crashed early in the race and was too shaken up to continue.
The first non-pro to reach the finish, and win the Open Expert division, was 10th place Virginia City resident Matt Zulim. Josh Wilson, the Washoe County Assessor, was the next non-pro to reach the line finishing 13th and winning Over 30 Expert victory.
After the racing ended, seven pro riders received penalties for course cutting and all were dropped from top 10 finishes.
Sunday is reserved for the Novice, Bomber, Vintage and Women riders. Unlike Saturday's event this one is only three hours long although they still raced on the 22-mile course.
Before the race started, the event was dedicated to the memory of racer John Bergsma, who died in an airplane crash and was buried Saturday in Virginia City.
Winning the head start position for this event was Nichole Collins, a 16-year-old high school junior from Jackson, Calif. She got a two-minute head start of the field.
After the start, at the transition to dirt, there was an ugly incident when one rider cut in front of Patti Henning, who bid and won a first row spot. Unable to avoid crashing she went down and was run over by a couple of other riders.
Fortunately Henning was able to get up and continue racing.
In the end Cory Vannoy, riding a Bomber bike that broke its rear shock, won the event by almost six minutes over Tony Weatherman, the Open Novice winner.
"The shock blew out on the second lap but it was a pretty smooth race and I didn't have any crashes," Vannoy said. "On the first lap I was able to catch the overall Novice and I just held it from there on this 1986 Honda XR600."
While it takes a determined racer to ride and finish the race a couple went beyond this requirement. Henning was one of them as, after repairs were made, she soldiered on - and crashed several more times - to win the Women's class ahead of Collins.
The only mother-daughter riding team was Henning and her daughter Jenna, who finished third in their class. And Jenna possibly suffered broken toes after contact with another rider.
Another determined soul was Travis Kerns, who dressed like the late Steve McQueen and rode a vintage Husqvarna, with very primitive suspension, to 225th place.
After he finished Kerns said, "It's a '72 450 Husky and I feel pain right now as it beat the hell out of me. Still I had a lot of fun, hope to do it next year."
While other events have suffered reduced rider counts, the VCMC officials were pleased due to an increase of racers at this year's event. On Saturday 439 riders took the green, while on 414 started Sunday's race.
The weekend kicked off Friday evening with a reception featuring past champions as well as other notable riders. One of them was legendary Dick Mann, now about to turn 75, who told of what it took to be a national champion in years past as racers had to compete on short and mile flat tracks, TT events and road racing.
Another was Brad Lackey, the first and only American to win the 500cc motocross championship in Europe. Three-time champion VCGP Shane Esposito, last year's winner Pete Neely and the only Virginia City native to win the race Reece Honea also spoke.
Desert Inferno Racing was on hand as they are producing a DVD of the event titled "Dust on the Comstock." More information can be found at www.DesertInferno.org.
•This weekend there is something for just about every type of racing fan.
Reno-Fernley Raceway kicks off the action at 7 p.m. Friday at the oval with a show headlined by the IMCA Modifieds.
The MRANN series journeys to Fort Sage, outside of Doyle, Calif. for the Cinco de Mayo 100. The Pee Wees, Mini Bikes and V Women race Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. while Sunday's big bike race has a 10 a.m. start time.
Another Saturday, Sunday show is at Top Gun Raceway where the straight-line racers have a 9:30 a.m. start. Along with the usual Summit ET series the MOPAR Invitational is Saturday while the National Dragster Challenge is one Sunday.
On Saturday, starting at 1 p.m., the Lovelock Speedway hosts another of its regular shows. That evening at 6 p.m. the American Valley Speedway in Quincy, Calif. kicks off its racing season.
On Sunday, at 10 a.m., the Nevada GFI series hosts its next race at the Mustang Motor Plex while the Northern Nevada Kart Club will be in action at Desert Park Raceway.
OTHER RACING NEWS
•NASCAR'S Nevada Quartet was in action this weekend. T.J. Bell raced in the rain delayed Camping World Truck race that runs today starting around 8 a.m. and shown on Speed TV.
The other three were at the Talladega Super Speedway. In Saturday's Nationwide race Kyle Busch started ninth and finished 10th while Brendan Gaughan didn't do so well starting 18th and ending up 36th.
In Sunday's Sprint Cup race Kurt Busch charged from 30th to finish eighth while younger brother Kyle wound up 25th.
38th Annual Virginia Grand Prix
•Saturday, April 25
Overall: 1. Logan Holladay, 2. Robert Underwood, 3. Nathan Tiearney, 4. Reece Honea, 5. Ross Neely, 6. Cory Vannoy, 7. Sam Key, 8. Sean Berryman, 9. Cody Wallis, 10. Matt Zulim, 11. Joe Shipman, 12. Josh Fitzpatrick, 13. Josh Wilson, 14. Willy Heiss, 15. Jimmy Roberts, 16. Adam Thiessen, 17. Ty Davis, 18. Ron Day, 19. Cody Quinn, 20. Patrick Smart
Class winners: Pro- Logan Holiday, Open Exp.- Matt Zulim, 250-Exp.-Pete Neely, 125 Exp.- Tanner Tremaine. 30 Exp.- Josh Wilson, 40 Exp. - Jimmy Roberts, 40 Exp. - John Mason, 50 Exp., Darrol Brown, Open Ama. - Scott Jones, 250 Ama. - Paul Yarborough, 125 Ama. - Stephen Garrez
•Sunday, April 26
Overall: 1. Cory Vannoy, 2. Tony Weatherman, 3. Steve Walkeiwicz, 4. Matt Mirell, 5. Jeff Bernard, 6. Scott Gray, 7. Mike Sedano, 8. Dave Merrill, 9. A.J. Divecchio, 10. Brian Carson, 11. Justin Moyle, 12. David Brent, 13. Zac Cameron, 14. Codi Hutchings, 15. Travis Stokes, 16. Travis Witherspoon, 17. Rowdy Hulse, 18. Mark Hildbrand, 19. Dave Peissner, 20. Joe Majors
Class Winners: Open Nov. - Tony Weatherman, 125 Nov. - Codi Hutchings, 250 Nov. - Matt Mirell, 30 Nov. - Zac Cameron, 40 Nov. - Jeff Bernard, 50 Nov. - Gussy Lee Pruett, 60 - Peter Prichard, Bomber - Cory Vannoy, Vintage - Travis Kerns, Women - Patti Henning
* - Full results can be found at, www.eventscoring.com.