The event started off as an idea that Gary Gardella came up with during the FD Round 2 Atlanta, while talking to friend and pro drift driver, Eric O’Sullivan. The conversation was about
The first call was off to good friend, Jarod DeAnda. “Jarod is one of the most creative and well respected people I know,” stated Gardella. “It took about 2 minutes for him to run with this idea and he was on board to help put it together.” Within a few days Jarod had locked in X Games Gold medal winner Chad Kagy and Dew Tour champion Anthony Napolitan and Gary contacted local heroes and X Games gold medal winner, Scotty Cranmer and X Games winner Garret Reynolds. All four guys accepted the invitation to this event and Throttle Thursday began to take shape. The two continued to work together to get the participation of FD drivers Tanner Foust, Chris Forsberg, Ryan Tuerck, and Vaughn Gittin JR as well as the Animal Bikes and Hell on Wheels crew. JR thought the event was a great idea and helped to get the DC shoes BMX team.
In addition, to Formula Drift TV providing coverage of the event, Gardella Racing worked with Andy Laputka from Shoot First Media to document this incredible experience. Jarod DeAnda worked with Fuel TV, interviewing all the riders and drivers at the track and bike park. " The paradox of BMX'ers and drifters together makes so much sense," said DeAnda "the common aspects being action, adrenaline, passion, and freedom of expression! Throttle Thursday was historic!" The Fuel TV show, Daily Habit, will be airing around the second week in July; updates on exact airing will follow with more information.
"I am very thankful for all the people that were involved in helping me put this event together,” said Gardella “especially, Jarod DeAnda, Ernie Manasala, Chris Ernst, Jeff Jones from Hell on Wheels, Eric from DC Shoes, Vaughn Gittin JR, Scotty Cranmer SR, DJ Impulse, John Dunzelman and Animal Bikes. There were many companies who provided giveaways for participants and helped to make Throttle Thursday a hit,” continued Gardella “I need to thank Zoo York, ERGO, Jegs, and SC Action Sports.” “Finally, I would like to thank all of the pro riders for coming out and being involved to make this event a success; Scotty Cranmer, Garret Reynolds, Chris Doyle, Chad Kagy, Daniel Dhers, Anthony Napolitan, Jeremiah Smith, Pat Laughlin, Augi Simoncini, Cory Berglar, and Robert Kinder.”