AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, the annual celebration of all things motorcycling, is just around the corner: July 5-7 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
Thousands of motorcyclists from around the country converge at this famed racetrack to explore North America’s largest motorcycle swap meet, watch vintage road and off-road racing, and gaze and some of the most pristine vintage motorcycles on the planet.
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.
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.
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.
For more information, visit www.amavintagemotorcycledays.com.
Here’s a look at some of the featured activities and entertainment.
Music: The Old Bike Barn Crossroads at 2019 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Honda, includes live music by six bands, vintage motorcycle clubs, custom builders and the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Bike Show.
The six bands are Folquinox, a three-piece band that weaves individual styles into a cohesive body of folk-rock sound, Honey and Blue that features singer/songwriters Adam Darling and Stephanie Amber performing a mix of pop, blues and soul. Hot Rod Deluxe that plays rock, blues, funk and Latin rhythms, Ramey playing Americana music, Parker Louis offering a pop R&B sound, and The Spikedrivers that belts out bluesy, upbeat, country-fried rock.
Old Bike Barn (www.oldbikebarn.com) is a mail-order parts and accessories business based in Columbus, Ohio. The company, started in 2001, offers a selection of custom and maintenance parts for vintage American and Japanese street bikes, café racers, choppers, bobbers and V-twins.
Bike Show: The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Bike Show, presented by Old Bike Barn, features dozens of spectacular restored or original vintage motorcycles.
Classes will include first and second place awards. A limited number customizable, special merit awards will be available for bikes that may not fall within the classes listed. In addition, there will be a Grand Marshal's Choice Award and a Best of Show Award.
Classes, registration and entry information is available at www.amavintagemotorcycledays.com.
Clubs: Vintage motorcycle clubs show up at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days to exhibit the machines that reflect the passion of club members. On hand this year in the Old Bike Barn Crossroads will be Cincinnati Café Racer, the Classic British Motorcycle Club of Cincinnati, The Ton Up Club and the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club.
A specialized club making an appearance this year celebrates the made-for-TV movie and short-lived 1960s television show “Then Came Bronson.” In honor of the show's 50th anniversary, club members will be displaying their motorcycles, which are patterned after the Harley-Davidson XLH Sportster ridden by the series title character Jim Bronson.
Hall of Fame tent: The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame display in the Old Bike Barn Crossroads offers a taste of the Pickerington, Ohio, museum. Attendees can get raffle tickets for the Hall of Fame raffle bikes: a 1951 Harley-Davidson FL and a 2018 Honda CBR1000RR and a 2018 Honda XR650L, which are Nicky Hayden tribute bikes.
The winner of the Harley-Davidson FL will be drawn on Saturday, July 6.
Racing: There will be 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 the Biltwell Pit Bike Races, the Biltwell Holeshot Challenge and the Biltwell Off-Road Poker Run.
Vendors: The event includes 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.
Speakers: Motorcycling experts will speak on numerous topics, including motorcycle restoration and travel. Speakers this year include three AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers -- true legends of the sport. And AMA staff members will conduct a panel discussion on important legislation affecting riders.
Tickets are available at www.amavintagemotorcycledays.com 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.