March 18, 2003
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Tom Lindsay
Phone: (614) 856-1900 X1357
PICKERINGTON, OHIO -- The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) has announced that the Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA) has been named the AMA`s first Road-Riding Affiliate.
The AMA grants Road-Riding Affiliate status to effective and credible road-riding organizations that complement the AMA`s mission to pursue, promote and protect the interests of motorcyclists.
The alliance means that the AMA, with more than 250,000 members, and GWRRA, a national enthusiast organization of 85,000 riders around the world, will join together to serve the interests of street-riding motorcyclists. As part of its affiliation with the AMA, the GWRRA also agrees to promote AMA membership among its members and other riders who attend GWRRA events.
GWRRA full members are Honda Gold Wing or Honda Valkyrie riders, though owners of other motorcycles may join as associate members. Founded in 1977, the GWRRA has grown to its current size by remaining dedicated to its motto: "Friends for Fun, Safety and Knowledge."
"In the motorcycling community, there’s no better example of a grass-roots enthusiast group than the GWRRA," said Gary Sweet, AMA Vice President of Membership and Marketing. "Having the strength of their numbers behind us only makes the AMA stronger and better able to fulfill the mission of protecting the interests of motorcyclists."
“The Gold Wing Road Riders Association has long supported the efforts and agenda of the AMA in its never-ending quest to protect the rights and freedoms of those who enjoy the sport of motorcycling,” said Mike Wright, GWRRA President. “As an AMA Road-Riding Affiliate, we look forward to a partnership that will further strengthen the determination of all motorcyclists to defend their right to freedom of travel, both on and off the roads of America.”
Two major GWRRA events will also carry the AMA logo. The 25th annual Wing Ding, the GWRRA`s largest rally, will be an AMA affiliate event this year. The 2003 Wing Ding is scheduled for July 1-4 in Madison, Wisconsin.
The 4th Annual ANPAC Motorcycle Jubilee, scheduled for August 29-31 in Springfield, Missouri, has been designated the AMA South Central Regional Road Riding Convention for the second year.
For more information about the GWRRA, visit www.gwrra.org. To learn more about the AMA, visit www.AMADirectlink.com or call 1-800-AMA-JOIN.
Issued March 18, 2003
About the American Motorcyclist Association
Since 1924, the AMA has protected the future of motorcycling and promoted the motorcycle lifestyle. AMA members come from all walks of life, and they navigate many different routes on their journey to the same destination: freedom on two wheels. As the world`s largest motorcycling organization, the AMA advocates for motorcyclists` interests in the halls of local, state and federal government, the committees of international governing organizations, and the court of public opinion. Through member clubs, promoters and partners, the AMA sanctions more motorsports competition and motorcycle recreational events than any other organization in the world. AMA members receive money-saving discounts from dozens of well-known suppliers of motorcycle services, gear and apparel, bike rental, transport, hotel stays and more. Through its Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, the AMA preserves the heritage of motorcycling for future generations.