For the 16th consecutive year, the AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, the nation’s largest celebration of motorcycle history and heritage will return to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for a weekend packed full of exciting events July 9-11.
For fans of vintage motorcycle racing, there will be plenty to see as riders navigate through the The Esses and roar through Thunder Valley. The track won’t be the only area bustling with activity, however.
The AMA Vintage Motorcycle Swap Meet, the largest of its kind in North America, is a big part of the weekend for all in attendance. Parts of all kinds, as well as hundreds of makes and models of motorcycles will be made available at vendor spots covering 35 acres of grounds at the facility. Prospective buyers will get to test out brand new bikes on the surrounding country roads during the demo rides. Can-Am, Kawasaki, KTM, KYMCO, Triumph and Yamaha will all be participating as well as others.
Also off track, legendary riders and notable motorcycle figures will share their exclusive knowledge of motorcycle history, business and culture during the Seminar Series discussions. Some of the speakers include Bob Vail (Building Motorcycle Specials), Metro Racing’s Don Miller (How To Get Started in Vintage Racing), Rider Magazine’s Eric Trow (Ride Like It’s 1969: A Vintage Approach to Riding in Today’s World), as well as John Healy and Don Hutchinson (Triumph Technicalities).
This year, the event honors the legacy of Husqvarna as the 2010 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days Marque of the Year. Many riders might have first become familiarized with the brand in the 1960s, but Husqvarna’s motorcycle history spans back to 1903 when it first started fitting frames with engines.
Malcolm Smith, the rider who took the Swedish manufacturer to the forefront with several gold medals in the International Six Day Enduro, is this year’s AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days Grand Marshal. A diverse competitor, Smith is known not only for his excellence as a rider, but as a driver as well, earning victories in the Baja 1000 a total of six times – three on four-wheels and three on two.
In addition to the road racing on the 15-turn, 2.4-mile circuit, there will be hare scrambles, motocross and observed trials taking place throughout the grounds. The Ashland County Fairgrounds host dirt track racing on Friday night.
Tickets for the AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days as well as all of the season’s events can be purchased by calling 800-MID-OHIO (643-6446) or visiting www.midohio.com
. Tickets start at $35 for all three days of the weekend and all children 12 and under get in free.
A comprehensive motorsports facility, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course features a permanent road-racing circuit with two primary configurations: a 2.4-mile, 15-turn, and a 2.25- mile, 13-turn circuit. The park-like, 330-acre complex is located in Lexington, Ohio, near Mansfield, 60 miles north of Columbus and 75 miles south of Cleveland. The track has been called the most competitive course in the U.S. and annually hosts a diverse lineup of locally, regionally and nationally sanctioned racing events for amateur, club and professional drivers and riders. Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is owned and operated by TrueSports, Inc.