Story by Heather Wilson
Photos by Jeff Guciardo
Kurt Wiegand of Columbus, Ohio, was spotting exchanging cash for a 1992 Honda XR 100 in the swap meet.
When asked why he bought the bike, his reply was simple: “I’ve been walking all day.”
Wiegand and his friends are camping at the event and he says he might enter his friend’s pit bike into the AMA Pit Bike TT later today.
“I might even put a sign on the bike while I’m riding it on the last day and try to sell it before I head home,” Wiegand joked.
The AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days swap meet is one of the nation’s largest, with hundreds of vendors offering everything from tiny carburetor springs to entire bikes–including some that actually start and run.
AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is happening this weekend, July 9-10, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
For 2016, with 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.
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. A weekend pass is $60, a single-day admission for 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.
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.