Monday, March 11, 2013
Online Race Entry Available for AMA Vintage Grand Championships
by James Holter
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The American Motorcyclist Association has launched online race entry for the 2013 AMA Vintage Grand Championships. The amateur vintage racing event takes place during AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, July 19-21, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
Competitors in all disciplines can access online pre-entry at www.amavintagemotorcycledays.com > Register to Race. Supplemental rules, class structures and a weekend schedule are also available. In addition, for those who wish to mail in physical entries, downloadable forms are provided, as well.
The AMA Vintage Grand Championships include amateur championship racing in motocross, hare scrambles, trials and roadracing at the expansive Mid-Ohio complex. The dirt-track event, which is round 10 of the AMA Vintage Dirt Track National Championship Series, will be held at the nearby Ashland County Fairgrounds in Ashland, Ohio.
All proceeds from the AMA Vintage Grand Championships are donated to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame to support the Hall of Fame's mission of celebrating the accomplishments of motorcycling's brightest stars. Pre-entry fees for off-road and motocross are $40 per class. Dirt track pre-entry is $30 per class. Roadrace pre-entry is $80 for the first class and $70 for each subsequent class (per day).
Youth racers more than 12 years old are welcome in motocross, hare scrambles, trials and dirt-track competition at the AMA Vintage Grand Championships. Per Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course rules, riders must be 14 or older to compete on motorcycles with displacements greater than 250cc. Roadrace competitors must be 16 or older in all classes.
In addition, new for 2013, all riders under the age of 18 must pre-register. Post entry is not allowed for riders under 18.
"Vintage racing is some of the most fun you can have on two wheels," said AMA Vice President of Operations Jeff Massey. "It's laid back, unintimidating, relatively inexpensive and all about enjoying yourself on your motorcycle. We're excited to offer the AMA Vintage Grand Championships to give both casual racers and serious title contenders a venue to have fun and compete for AMA national championship points and No. 1 plates.
"And, of course, 100 percent of every race entry goes to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame to preserve the legacy of motorcycling for future generations," said Massey.
The AMA Vintage Grand Championships feature the final rounds of the AMA Vintage Motocross and AMA Vintage Hare Scrambles National Championship Series. AMA national champions will be crowned in those disciplines at the conclusion of the event.
The Ashland dirt-track event is a round of the AMA Vintage Dirt Track National Championship Series, which concludes later in the year, and competitors will earn points toward their series awards in that discipline.
For both vintage trials and vintage roadracing, the AMA Vintage Grand Championships serve as the singular amateur national championship event, and the class winners in these disciplines at the AMA Vintage Grand Championships will be recognized with AMA national No. 1 plates.
In addition to the championship points and titles on the line, riders in designated "A" classes will vie for the honors of AMA Track Racing Vintage Grand Champion, AMA Off-Road Vintage Grand Champion and AMA Vet/Senior Vintage Grand Champion. Those who compete in select roadracing and dirt-track classes will earn points toward the track-racing award, while motocross, hare scrambles and trials riders will earn points toward the off-road awards.
A fundraiser for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, the AMA Vintage Grand Championships are part of AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, which features classic motorcycles of all makes and styles, and honors the riders who made them famous. In addition to vintage roadracing, motocross, hare scrambles, trials and dirt-track, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days includes North America's largest motorcycle swap meet, bike shows and awards, stunt shows, demo rides of current production bikes, and seminars on a number of topics by noted motorcycling experts.
The goal of the Hall of Fame, located on the AMA campus in Pickerington, Ohio, is to tell the stories and preserve the history of motorcycling's legends and heroes. For more information, call (614) 856-2222, or visit the Hall of Fame's website at www.motorcyclemuseum.org.
For updates about events and activities, as well as information about past AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, visit www.amavintagemotorcycledays.com.