The Hoefts, are one fast family. Dad Darrin owns a pool company, but that’s not what his life is about. What runs through his veins is the love of motorcycles, riding and racing, he’s one of the fastest Vets around, His sons are proof that you are born into it, Justin races for Troy Lee Designs, he flat out hauls ass. And his younger brother Tyler was following in his footsteps.
April 1st, 2015 was bittersweet, as the motocross community gathered at Glen Helen in memory of Tyler Clay Hoeft. The Fasthouse crew was there to ride, remember and celebrate his life. Tyler was a precocious 14 year-old who left us much too young after succumbing to injuries sustained in a crash in Freestone, Texas. He grew up on two wheels, riding around his hometown of Castaic Lake, and blossomed into a fast, determined and dedicated racer. To his friends and family, Tyler was kind, gentle, and loyal. On the track he was an intense competitor who loved racing motocross. Those lucky enough to witness him ride saw a talent few possess: an effortless and fluid style that was poetry in motion.
Tyler’s memorial service went exactly how he would have liked it. Following a touching devotional, everyone in attendance joined the family on the track for a parade lap, Tyler's dad Darrin, mom Michelle, brother Justin, and Justin’s girlfriend Kaelyn led the procession around the track where Tyler had spun countless laps throughout his life. Afterwards, the track was open for riding, allowing everyone to spin laps in memory of Tyler. It’s often difficult to understand why tragedies like this happen, however, in his short time with us, Tyler touched a lot of lives, and lived more in 14 years than most do in a lifetime. It was a day filled with sadness, but it was also a day filled with laughter, memories, and good times—exactly how Tyler would have wanted it to be. It was truly a celebration of Tyler’s life. He will never be forgotten.