The story behind the long road to success for the IFMA Ramps

The IFMA ramps are specifically designed to meed special requirements unlike any other ramps in the world. These are made to take at least 40,000 hits per year and never go to the shop for refreshing or repairs. They are also required to take the abuse of loading and unloading in minutes and are often handled with heavy equipment at the wee hours of the morning after a IFMA event wraps up it's final night. They are required to fold up to just less than 5'5" tall in order to fit under the second level platform and are also designed to fit 2 abrest in a semi.

The IFMA ramps have evolved over time. In 1999, PACE rented 3 ramps from Mickey Diamond for all 5 stops on thier innagural IFMA tour. While this worked out sufficiently, the ramps fit with zero clearance into the semi and were very heavy and had no wheels. This proved to be very time consuming and used up so much space in the semi that it was agreed upon that new ramps had to be built for 2000.

Previsouly, PACE had a couple ramps built in New York and these were transported to Monster Truck shows all across the country. When they were preparing to go into the 2000 season, measurements were taken of our Rev.1 ramp during a FMX exhibition in Arizona. Changes were made to the ramp design to accomodate extra width for quads by the use of bolt on extensions on both sides, collapsable down to just over 5' tall and a shorter overall length to fit requirements of shipping in the Werner Enterprises semi. These were built but, Unfortunately, the changes made to the ramps rendered them less than desired. While they performed quite well, the people running the IFMA series knew they could be better.

During this same 2000 season, John and Robert Distler informed their dad of the complants with the 3 new ramps. They took measurements and updated their dad and he, like before, pulled in some associates to work with him to develop a new ramp that would be specifically designed for a 250cc bike indoor arena ramp. When done, they found the ramp did not differ mcuh from their first ramp, Rev.1. They found out that as little as one inch differnce between ramps could be felt by the riders and the ramp was put to the test on May 5, 2001. The ramp was taken to Las Vegas for a FMX exhibition during the day of the SX Finale. What was discovered was this ramp fit the ticket. While the Rev.3 was built to the Distler's specifications and not capable of folding up, the crew at the IFMA office decided to have this angle reproduced by their ramp builder in New York. Rick Distler copied the angle onto cardboard and overnighted it to New York where they built 4 new ramps off this template. The first outing for these ramps was in Phoenix during the kickoff of the 2001 IFMA Summer/Fall series. Distler's Rev.3 ramp was used at 5:00 am for some TV morning show spots as the new ramps were still being trucked in. When practice started that early afternoon on the new IFMA ramps, the morning show jumpers found the ramps felt the same. None of the riders complained and several went out of the way to compliment the design.

While you can't buy plans for the IFMA ramps, you NOW have the ability to purchase the IFMA Spec Ramp. Email us for quotes