HISTORY OF RAVE X
Rave X Motorsports is a multifaceted company that has a retail store in Maine plus an online store at www.ravexmotorsports.com. We are also the creative team behind the Outer Limits Tour, which is a traveling freestyle show. We have booked shows all around the United States. These shows include, but are not limited to, snowmobiles, atv's and dirtbikes which perform aerial stunts for big and little crowds. For more information on these shows please click the EVENTS tab on this page, or click here.
Rave X was started in 2005 by Dave Carlberg, Ralph Gallagher and Travis Philpot. We wanted to create a fun, non sales, atmosphere where we could discuss snowmobiling year round, even when it was eighty degrees outside. Our goal was to carry brands that were not readily available in the northeast at the time plus grow the genre of freestyle riding in places that have never seen or heard of ramping snowmobiles.
Without a retail store, we started to order products from vendors and set them up in Dave’s basement. We had a few vendors like Troy Lee Designs that would set us up as a vendor without a physical location. Our first paying customer was Jared Landers. He came to Dave’s house and bought a bunch of tee shirts. This helped us get motivated to hit the streets and find a retail location. After much looking we opened our first location at 13 Main St. in Gray, Maine. We outgrew that location within one year.
The old Spencer’s location became available so we quickly jumped on that opportunity and opened the doors to Rave X’s first Mall location in May 2008. We all split our time between the two locations and really started to gain some serious headway despite the crashing economy. At this point, with the crazy retail traffic at the Maine Mall, the Rave X Facebook page and email list grew immensely.
Now, as we work hard to make up for the hole that the Newington store created we get more and more stoked with the rise of loyal customers and fans. People have been traveling from all over to patronize our store, internet orders are flooding in daily and we have diversified with the our new creation; the Outer Limits Freestyle Tour.
As a back up plan, in 2009 we decided to take our love for the sport to the next level and organize a traveling freestyle show called the Outer Limits Tour to help spread the word and generate some more funds. Little did we expect, the shows became a huge success. This has led to a nationally distributed DVD series called FRESH and countrywide recognition!
In February 2012, Rave X decided that the Maine Mall was a thing of the past and moved to Western Avenue in South Portland. We were hoping to get back the feel of the Gray store but with a higher amount of foot traffic. With 17,500 friends on Facebook, 19,000 followers in Instagram, a 4,000 person database and a great customer service track record, we are ready to rock. After three months on Western Ave. we have seen a tremendous improvement in business from the mall and have gained back a ton of great hardcore riders. This will be our best move to date!
Also, In 2012 we started the Miss Rave X contest! This started to help engage younger males while at the same time show girls that Rave X is a cool place to shop for themselves as well. The contest has been a huge success with over 100 entries each year. This has also helped introduce us to other spokesmodels that are willing to help our social media exposure. If you want more info on becoming a Rave X Girl email us at email@example.com.
In 2018, we started construction on a stand alone shop in the back parking lot and brought on a technician, Kevin Glatz, to start turning wrenches and bring us into a new business plan of selling parts AND installing them. Later in 2019, we were lucky to snag Jamie "stoka" Stokes and add him to the team. Our building out back was finished and we had two awesome techs to start helping customers with their maintenance needs. Today, Ralph and Dave are still accompanied by Jamie and Kevin plus our part time sales guys, Trav, Jeff and Jake. In 2023 the team is dialed! Thanks to our great techs and sales guys, we now offer FULL SERVICE for all of your machines.
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