PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Motorcyclists from across the country came together for a three-day weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, July 8-10, to celebrate vintage bikes, competition and camaraderie with fellow enthusiasts at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days.
The annual event -- organized and promoted by the American Motorcyclist Association -- raised funds for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, a 501(c)(3) organization, to support its mission to promote the heritage of motorcycling in America.
This year, through the generous support of Suzuki Motor of America, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days honored the 40th anniversary of AMA Superbike racing and the career of two-time AMA Superbike champion and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Wes Cooley.
AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman thanked all the volunteers, partners and AMA staff members who participated.
"AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is an event that brings us together as motorcyclists and allows us to reflect on the history of the sport and look forward to what lies ahead," Dingman said. "Attendees not only get to peruse and enjoy old bikes, but also reconnect with old friends and meet new ones. We would like to thank everyone who helps with our mission to promote and preserve motorcycling's heritage through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame."
Dingman also thanked those companies that provided financial support for the event.
"Moto Armory, Nationwide Insurance, Suzuki Motor of America, Federal Motorcycle Transport, Old Bike Barn, Holland freight company, Iron Pony/Pony Powersports, and Sena Technologies Inc. -- all played an important role this year in supporting AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, as well as the Hall of Fame," Dingman said.
Additionally, many AMA clubs and promoters provided operational assistance during the event.
"This event would not be possible without the support of our partners," said AMA Chief Operations Officer Jeff Massey. "We also offer special thanks AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Tom White, who volunteered his time to announce the motocross races and all of the individuals involved with race operations."
Massey thanked WERA Motorcycle Roadracing Inc. for organizing the road racing activities; Trials Inc. for planning and scoring the vintage trials event; Mandi Mastin and her family for running the vintage hare scrambles; Baja MX; Log Road MX; Action Sports MX; the Christian Motorcyclists Association for providing volunteer flaggers for motocross, pit bike and flat track races; Dayton M/C for their help with the motocross program; Ashland County Fairgrounds for hosting the vintage dirt track races; Ohio Mini Roadracing League; as well as Green Savoree Mid-Ohio LLC and its staff for supporting all activities on the property.
In addition, Massey thanked John Ulrich and the Roadracing World Action Fund for providing the soft barriers for road racing events and KTM and Janus Motorcycles for providing demo rides to attendees. Thunder Roads Ohio was also instrumental, in addition to the premier display participants -- Ton Up, the Cincinnati Café Racer Club/Garage Brewed Moto and the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club -- for showcasing their bikes.
Club Corral participants included: Central Ohio Norton Owners Club, Classic British Motorcycle Club of Cincinnati, Classic Wing Club, Kawasaki ZL Owners Association and Warrior Soul Military Motorcycle Club.
"I would like to thank all of our speakers for providing educational and entertaining seminars for attendees of this event through our seminar program," Massey said.
Other partners included RoadMAPS/RoadRUNNER, Zero Motorcycles, American Motor Drome Wall of Death, ABATE of Ohio, Motorcycle Ohio, SLAM Services, Mark and Dawn Merical, Griff Allen, Brian O'Shea, Ken Edgar, AMI Graphics, North High Brewing, JCR Audio, TextInteractions.com, Ryan Young Products, Hatfield RV and Ride for Kids. Former AMA Board of Directors member Jim Viverito assisted Grand Marshal Wes Cooley during the event.
Bike builder partners included Analog Motorcycles, Chris Carr Designs, Federal Moto, Loaded Gun Customs, T.C. Bros. and Wilkinson Brothers.
Thanks were also extended to Mark Mederski, David Uhl, Ron Ribolzi, Bear Haughton, Ellis Holman, Sergio Kyriakis and Ric Stewart for assistance during the bike show.
AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is the country's premier celebration of vintage motorcycles and motorcycling heritage. To learn more about AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, see photos and read stories from the event, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com.
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