Scott Summers is a tough-as-nails rider who won several off-road racing titles on an unorthodox bike.
Here are a few interesting tidbits about Summers, who will serve as co-grand marshall with dirt-track and roadracer Bubba Shobert, a fellow AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer, at the Honda AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, presented by Avon Tyres July 5-7 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
1. Summers rode Honda XR600Rs in the 1980s and 1990s to nine AMA national off-road racing championships. That was a time when many felt you needed to ride a two-stroke to be competitive in off-road racing.
2. He maintained a grueling annual schedule, often including 40 races and up to 20 personal appearances.
3. Summers was known as a very friendly and polite racer.
4. He’s a Kentucky native who was famous for his ability to clean-and-jerk his 290-pound Honda XR600, holding it completely off the ground.
5. In 1999 a poster featured Summers holding his bike on a Kentucky trail and included a pitch to solicit donations from off-highway riders for an AMA lawsuit to be filed against trail closures.
6. In 1993 Answer Products released a line of off-road riding gear designed and endorsed by Summers. Part of the profits went to the AMA to maintain and expand off-road riding opportunities.
7. He ran short 29-inch handlebars at a time when the norm was 31.5 inches, giving him less leverage to muscle around the big four-stroke XR600.
8. Summers won the 1990, 1991 and 1992 Grand National Cross Country championships racing a Honda XR600R against riders on much lighter and more agile motorcycles. He reclaimed the AMA national No. 1 plate in 1996 and successfully defended his title the following year. Summers also won four AMA Hare Scrambles National Championships in 1990, 1991, 1993 and 1995.
9. Summers collected three gold medals competing for the U.S. team at the International Six Days Enduro.
10. A series of injuries, including a broken femur, caused him to miss much of the 1999 and 2000 seasons before announcing his retirement in 2001. He came back to race in the 2004 GNCC series at the age of 36.
Honda AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days presented by Avon Tyres, welcomes riders and racers of all brands to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. All activity at the event financially supports the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit that raises money for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.
The event will include vintage competition in road racing, motocross, hare scrambles and trials at Mid-Ohio and flat track racing at the nearby Ashland County Fairgrounds. Riders in these disciplines are racing for national championships or national championship series points. In addition, the Biltwell Pit Bike Races, the Biltwell Holeshot Challenge and the Biltwell Off-Road Poker Run will also be held.
Vendors from all areas of motorcycling will be at the AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days Swap Meet, presented by Federal Motorcycle Transport, selling gear, parts, accessories and tools.
Honda and Harley-Davidson will be offering demo rides.
Motorcycling experts will speak on numerous topics, including motorcycle restoration and travel. Speakers this year include AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers Scot Harden, Mary McGee and Peter Starr as well as event co-grand marshal and fellow Hall of Famer Bubba Shobert.
Also, AMA staff members will conduct a panel discussion on important legislation affecting riders.
Tickets are available for purchase online at www.midohio.com/tickets/1/vintage-motorcycle-days-ama or at the gate during the event. A weekend pass is $60, a single-day admission for Friday or Saturday is $40 and a single-day admission for Sunday is $35. Kids 12 and younger get in free.