Story by Heather Wilson
Photo by Jeff Guciardo
Father-son team of David DeLancett and his son, Sean, have been coming to AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days from their Philadelphia home for seven years.
They drove nine hours to each sport a 1974 Honda CR 250 Elsinore in vintage motocross competition at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, on Saturday, July 9.
“This is the bike I always wanted in 1974, but couldn’t get it, because I didn’t have the money,” David said. “I bought this bike from the swap meet here and got a good price for it. Now, I come here and have the best time of my life.”
David was able to snatch the 50-plus AMA National Championship for the first time since he’s been attending.
“It’s taken me this long to get here,” David said. “I’ve had good years and not so good years, but I’ve been improving.”
David said it’s fun to race with family and that he and Sean both raced in the 250 B/C vintage motocross class.
“It’s our main event every year,” Sean said. “We race a couple other vintage races too. It’s great, because I want to beat him, and he wants to beat me.”
Sean added that this was the first year he’s been able to finish both motos without breaking down.
It’s obvious that the father-son duo enjoys their time at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days and are sure to be returning for years to come.
AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days continues through Sunday, July 10, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
The weekend includes the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Bike Show presented by Old Bike Barn, the American Motor Drome Wall of Death, a classic motorcycle field meet, demo rides of current production bikes, seminars, live music, raffle bikes and displays of AMA clubs and custom bike builders.
Tickets are available for purchase on the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course website at www.midohio.com or at the gate. Admission for Sunday is $35. Kids 12 and under get in free.
For more about AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, see www.facebook.com/AMAVintageMotorcycleDays.
AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is a fundraiser for the nonprofit AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. 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.