Plan now to attend one of the greatest celebrations of all things motorcycling: AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, presented by Honda Motorcycles, July 5-7, 2019 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
Honda Motorcycles is the sponsor and featured marque. As an extra-special treat, three-time AMA Grand National Champion and AMA Superbike champion Bubba Shobert will serve as grand marshal.
Shobert is a longtime factory Honda rider and one of the winningest racers in professional motorcycle competition.
"I was a member of Team Honda for a long time,” says Shobert, who was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1998. “Our factory teams in dirt track and road racing had a lot of success over the years. Coming back to Mid-Ohio for AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Honda, will be a thrill for me, seeing a lot of old friends and fans and”also all those vintage Hondas.”
In addition to "those vintage Hondas,” including original and restored CB750s and CBXs, two bikes in particular will be on hand to thrill race fans: Shobert's Factory Honda RS750, owned by American Honda, and his 1988 VFR750 championship-winning Superbike, owned by Superbike collector extraordinaire Brian O'Shea.
Honda is very happy to be a big part of this year’s AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days.
“The staff at American Honda is very excited to be sponsoring AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days,” says Manager of Experiential Marketing Keith Dowdle. “As a member organization, the AMA stands proud as the representative for those of us who love motorcycles, and AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days brings together generations of people and motorcycles that reflect the true passion of our customers and the brands that they love.”
In addition to celebrating the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking CB750, which Honda introduced in 1969, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days will acknowledge the 60th anniversary of American Honda Motor Co. Inc. The North American subsidiary of Honda Motor Co. was founded in 1959.
“What does a multinational corporation do when it's taking the world by storm with small bore, functional two wheelers, like the Honda Cub, the Dream and the CB450?” asks AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. "If you're Honda, you go in an entirely different direction and invent the original superbike — the CB750 — and you change motorcycling forever. That ingenuity and influence has driven innovation across the American motorcycle landscape for generations, and we're excited to honor it all at the 2019 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, presented by Honda Motorcycles."
AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, presented by Honda Motorcycles, welcomes riders and racers of all brands to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the annual event. All activity at the event will financially support the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, the 501(c)(3) that raises money for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.
AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, presented by Honda Motorcycles, will feature 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, there will be exhibition pit bike races and dirt drags.
The event will include vendors from all areas of motorcycling, selling gear and services for motorcycles old and new. Past vendors have included vintage and modern gear sellers, painters and pinstripers, parts and tools dealers, community garages and much more.
There will be a drawing for a vintage raffle bike that raises additional funds for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. In 2019, the winning ticket will be drawn for a 1951 Harley-Davidson Panhead.
Motorcycling experts will speak on numerous topics at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, presented by Honda Motorcycles, including motorcycle restoration and travel. Speakers often include AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers, who are true legends of the sport.
The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Bike Show recognizes exceptional examples of motorcycles from all eras and countries of origin. Bike owners are encouraged to bring out their best original and restored machines for fans to appreciate.
AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, presented by Honda Motorcycles, will also include North America's largest motorcycle swap meet, with more than 700 spaces of vintage motorcycles, parts, gear and memorabilia.
In addition, demo fleets will be on hand for riders to experience some of the best modern motorcycles available to purchase today.
Much more takes place at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days for photos, video articles from past events, and more information, visit www.amavintagemotorcycledays.com.