Thursday, June 7, 2012
Bike Shows at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days Feature Classics of All Makes, Models
by James Holter
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- On July 20-22, the American Motorcyclist Association and the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame will welcome a wonderful assortment of expertly restored and original condition motorcycles from numerous eras, styles and countries of origin at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
"The fundamental elements of a motorcycle are simple -- two wheels and an engine to move them -- however, since the invention of the motorcycle, we have seen countless renditions of this basic form," said AMA Director of Operations Jack Penton. "AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days offers the country's most distinctive display of these machines, on the track, on the road and as part of the bike shows that anchor our appreciation of two-wheeled art."
While the grounds of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course will boast vintage motorcycles at every turn, four bike shows will highlight the best and most historic machines: the Hall of Fame Ride 'Em, Don't Hide 'Em Bike Show and Scooter Bike Show on Friday, July 20, and the Hall of Fame Static Bike Show and Café Racer Bike Show on Saturday, July 21.
First, owners will have the opportunity to show off their running vintage motorcycles as part of the Ride 'Em, Don't Hide 'Em Bike Show. The show begins with a lap of the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, then leaves the grounds for a 25-mile scenic ride, returning for a judged show at 2 p.m. Classes include American, British, European, Japanese and Specials/Customs, as well as special show awards. Registration will be on site at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame tent starting at 8 a.m. on Friday.
On Saturday, the Hall of Fame Static Bike Show will feature pristine restored or original-condition vintage motorcycles outside the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame tent. Registration opens at 8 a.m., with judging starting at 1 p.m. and awards at 3:30 p.m. The Motorcycle Hall of Fame Static Show features motorcycles from the early 1900s through 1989. Bikes featured will include American, British, European and Japanese models that span various decades. The machines will be set on the show grid and be on public display throughout the day.
In addition, two shows will celebrate "Rockers and Mods," the two-wheeled subculture that is experiencing a classic resurgence in America and is a focus of this year's AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days. A Friday bike show will include the Italian metal-bodied scooters, while British café-racer motorcycles will take center stage on Saturday.
For specific bike show times and locations, see AMAVintageMotorcycleDays.com > Schedule & Directions.
"AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is all things motorcycling, from the people, the motorcycles and the racing that defines our motorcycling culture," Penton said. "The bike shows are a key element of that mix, and we expect to offer some amazing examples of motorcycle technology this year."
With proceeds supporting the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is the country's premier celebration of vintage motorcycles and motorcycling heritage. In addition to demo rides of current year street and off-road motorcycles, the event includes amateur national championship roadracing, motocross, hare scrambles, trials and dirt-track in vintage classes. The weekend also features North America's largest motorcycle swap meet, bike shows, a classic field meet for motorcycles and scooters, and seminars on a number of topics by noted motorcycling experts.
Tickets to AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days can be purchased online at MidOhio.com.