April 3, 2003
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Tom Lindsay
PICKERINGTON, OHIO -- The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) has announced that Harley-Davidson will be the “Featured Marque” at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days 2003, to be held July 18 - 20 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of Harley-Davidson Motor Company, the event will feature an exhibit of classic motorcycles and memorabilia. Benefiting the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, the weekend will include raffles for two Harley-Davidson motorcycles: a restored 1941 FL “Knucklehead”; and a 2003 100th Anniversary Heritage Sotftail, donated by Harley-Davidson and autographed by Willie G. Davidson.
Reigning as Grand Marshal of AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days 2003 will be Mert Lawwill, 1969 AMA Grand National Champion. Lawwill, who was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1998, was one of the top riders on the AMA circuit during the 1960s and 1970s. He’s also remembered for his role in the movie "On Any Sunday," the 1971 classic that chronicled Lawwill’s bid to defend his AMA Grand National title.
The legendary Mid-Ohio circuit will again host American Historic Motorcycle Racing Association (AHRMA) roadracing throughout the weekend; AHRMA motocross, observed trials and dirt-track racing also will be on the schedule. In all, the AHRMA racing events are expected to attract more than 1,100 competitors.
AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days 2003 also will feature two vintage bike shows, as well as a custom bike show; the traditional AMA Swapmeet, North America’s largest; a slate of guest speakers, including Jean Davidson, author of Growing Up Harley-Davidson; demo rides offered by Harley-Davidson, Buell, BMW, Triumph and Moto-Guzzi; an array of vendors featuring new products from top manufacturers and dealers; the annual Motorcycle Hall of Fame Auction of motorcycles and memorabilia; and an original 1941 “Wall of Death” drome, with vintage Indians and Harley-Davidsons defying gravity on its hardwood walls.
This year marks AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days’ twelfth return to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Motorcycles previously honored with the Featured Marque distinction include BSA, Honda, Norton, Penton, Vincent, Indian and, most recently, Spanish motorcycles.
Spectator tickets for AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days 2003 are available from Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course at 1-800-MID-OHIO or www.midohio.com. For more information about AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days 2003, visit www.AMADirectlink.com or call 1-800-AMA-JOIN.
Issued April 3, 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.