Story by Jim Witters
Enthusiasts from across the country are converging on Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, for three days of immersion in the vintage motorcycle culture.
AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days begins today, July 8, offering the nation’s largest vintage motorcycle swap meet, vintage motorcycle races, bike shows and displays, field meet activities and seminars.
The event also features live music, custom builders, demo rides of current production bikes, the American Motor Drome Wall of Death and a craft beer garden.
“This is the place to be for motorcyclists of all ages and interests,” says AMA Chief Operations Officer Jeff Massey. “The sheer size of this event and the excitement of the people attending are energizing. People can spend three days here and still not experience all that’s available.”
AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is a fundraiser for the nonprofit AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.
But the event also provides the opportunity to meet and interact with Hall of Fame inductees who attend, to participate in skills tests at the field meet and to see a selection of motorcycles from Moto Armory, the largest private collection of vintage dirt bikes in the country.
This year, through the generous support of Suzuki Motor of America, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days honors the career of Suzuki rider and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Wes Cooley.
The infield display, Celebrating 40 Years of AMA Superbikes, presented by Suzuki, will showcase the rich history of AMA Superbike racing with a number of historic championship-winning machines. The central piece of the display will be Cooley's 1980 championship-winning GS1000, which Cooley will ride in demonstration laps around the road race course each day.
Those attending the event can learn about special events during the weekend by opting in to receive text alerts. Texting AMAVMD to (856) 888-4636 ensures attendees will have the latest information, while providing them a chance to win a free t-shirt.
Tickets are available for purchase on the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course website at www.midohio.com or at the gate.
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 under get in free.
For more about AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, see www.facebook.com/AMAVintageMotorcycleDays.
Financial contributors include Moto Armory, Nationwide Insurance, Suzuki Motor of America, Federal Motorcycle Transport, Old Bike Barn, Iron Pony/Pony Powersports and Sena Technologies Inc.