Click here for a gallery of photos from the night's activities at the intro to James Stewart's New Era Capture The Flag cap. Click any photo for a larger image.

2004 was the 50th anniversary for New Era’s 59Fifty model fitted hats, and as part of the celebration they began Capture The Flag, a series of collectable hats inspired by icons in the fields of sports, music, and entertainment. This group has included people like Spike Lee, Jake Burton, The Game, Marc Frank Montoya, and others.

Red Carpet Treatment

We'd love to tell you who all the ladies are, but...well, we don't know. That's ESPN's (and Stoked Mentoring) Sal Masekela, and of course you know James Stewart.

The most recent addition to this select group (and the first motocross racer) was Monster Energy Kawasaki’s James Stewart, who was presented with his hat at a VIP launch event at Pole Position Raceway (www.racep2r.com) in Corona, CA. ESPN X Games host Sal Masekela presented James with his new hat, which featured a gold-embroidered JS logo on ostrich skin. Before handing it over, Sal joked, “I wish I was really good at something, so I could get a sick-ass hat like this.”

These hats are made in extremely limited quantities (300 or less worldwide), come in a cool box, and have a retail price of $125. While that price may seem steep, one of the cool things about the program is that it also help out charities…in this case, Stoked Mentoring (www.stokedmentoring.org), a non-profit organization that helps out “at risk” youth through action sports programs.

Kawasaki KX125

Inside P2R they have rotating displays of different bikes. We thought this 125 was pretty appropriate for the night.

For his part, James said, “I want to thank New Era. When you guys came to me about a year ago and asked me to design a hat I was kind of stoked. As a kid I’d go into the baseball stores and Foot Lockers and not be able to afford all that stuff. Now, a few years later to be able to own my own hat from you guys is an honor. I can’t believe it. Obviously I’ve had some injuries in my time, but seeing all you guys around and all the fans makes it all worth it.”

P2R Karting

After the presentation, it was on to the serious business...of racing karts and having fun. Even though James couldn't drive, we hear there was some cash being laid down in bets on various drivers. Good times.

Speaking of injures, James was actually moving around pretty well, considering that he was just over two weeks out from his knee surgery. He was walking without crutches, though he did have a brace on his recently repaired knee. Aldon Baker was also on hand and said that James has been busy working on rehab, doing some stationary cycling. When quizzed as to whether he thought James would be ready for the outdoor season opener, he didn’t even hesitate before responding to the affirmative.

On sale date for the hat is February 16th. Need more info? Check out New Era’s site at www.neweracap.com.

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