PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Dozens of motorcyclists will participate in the Ashland Dinner Ride -- an annual tradition that benefits the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame -- on July 9 during AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, riding from Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, to the historic half-mile dirt track in Ashland, Ohio.
For a $35 donation to the Hall of Fame, participants ride to the Ashland County Fairgrounds, enjoy dinner at the track, and then settle into their reserved grandstand seats to enjoy the vintage dirt track races. Riders also receive a pit pass.
"We'll take you on about a 40-mile ride through the countryside and get you to the fairgrounds in plenty of time to enjoy dinner and settle in for some great vintage dirt track racing action," said Rob Baughman, AMA assistant manager for recreational road riding, who will be leading the ride.
This year's ride is sponsored by Sena Technologies Inc., makers of motorcycle communications equipment, smart helmets, cameras and noise-control products.
Sena is giving away a 10C motorcycle Bluetooth camera and communications system (www.sena.com/product/10c) to a randomly selected dinner ride participant.
"At the heart of both Sena and the AMA, we like to think it's truly about the passion and joy of riding and living life to its fullest," said Sena CEO Tae Kim. "That's why we're so proud to be a partner of this association and help to support the great events, such as AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, that they organize and put on for riders all across the nation!"
AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is 8-10 at Mid-Ohio.
Other activities during the weekend include North America's largest motorcycle swap meet, the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Bike Show, the American Motor Drome Wall of Death, a classic motorcycle field meet, demo rides of current production bikes, seminars, live music, Builders' Row featuring some of the country's best custom bike builders, two premier raffle bikes on display, a beer garden with the region's best craft beers, the AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days Adventure Bike Challenge, the AMA Pit Bike TT and displays by some of the AMA's most active classic clubs.
AMA members who buy event tickets directly from the AMA before June 6 receive an exclusive price discount. AMA members can call (800) 262-5646 to purchase a weekend pass for $45, a one-day pass for $25 for Friday or Saturday, or a $20 pass for Sunday, a $5 savings off the regular advance rate. There is no service charge for AMA members when purchasing through the AMA.
Schedules and entry information are available at www.amavintagemotorcycledays.com.
For 2016, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days will celebrate the championship-winning career of AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Wes Cooley and the 40-year anniversary of AMA Superbike racing. Cooley will be on hand throughout the weekend to sign autographs, participate in Q&A sessions and perform demonstration laps on his championship-winning GS1000 each day.
AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, a fundraiser for the nonprofit AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, includes vintage and post-vintage motocross, trials, hare scrambles, vintage road racing and mini road racing in the upper paddock. A half-mile dirt track event will be held at the nearby Ashland County Fairgrounds.