PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Tens of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts spent July 5-7 reveling in the vintage motorcycling experience at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, where they found racing, entertainment, the world's largest vintage motorcycle swap meet, seminars, a bike show and more during 2019 Honda AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, presented by Avon Tyres.
The three-day event in Lexington, Ohio—organized and promoted annually by the American Motorcyclist Association—raises funds to maintain the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame museum in Pickerington, Ohio.
2019 Honda AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days. Photo by Jen Muecke
The 2019 event proved the perfect setting for American Honda Motor Co. Inc. to celebrate its 60th anniversary, as well as highlight the 50th anniversary of the iconic Honda CB750, which Honda launched in 1969, and the 40th year since the CBX was introduced.
AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers Bubba Shobert and Scott Summers, both of whom rode Hondas to multiple racing victories during their storied careers, served as co-grand marshals for the event.
AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman expressed appreciation for all those who helped make the event possible.
"It's a joy every year to see thousands of motorcycle owners, racers and enthusiasts gather at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the best vintage motorcycle event in America," Dingman said. "And we want to thank American Honda for its financial support and for bringing its anniversary celebration to this year's event.
"AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is about the history of motorcycling and the vintage motorcycling community, in particular," Dingman said. "I make new friends at each event and get to see longtime friends, as well."
Dingman said the event attracts people of all ages, from all walks of life, who share a passion for motorcycles in a fun, enjoyable and energetic atmosphere.
"We extend our thanks to all the hard-working people who made the 2019 event a success and who supported the continued preservation of motorcycling's heritage through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame," he said. "At the top of that list are the 2019 Co-Grand Marshals and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers Bubba Shobert and Scott Summers."
Shobert led the daily Lap for History around the Mid-Ohio road racing course, joined Sunday by Summers, and participated in a question-and-answer session in the seminar tent in Old Bike Barn Crossroads. Summers competed in the hare scrambles event. Both men hosted autograph sessions in the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame tent, drew the winning tickets for raffle bikes and picked the Grand Marshal's Choice in the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Bike Show, presented by Old Bike Barn.
AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Scot Harden and his wife, Kristi, joined Shobert in leading the Lap for History on July 7.
"In addition, I want to thank all the AMA employees who worked during the weekend event, and, especially, those who gave up their Independence Day holiday to help get things set up so everyone attending could have such a wonderful event," Dingman said.
Dingman also thanked the companies that provided financial support for the event.
"Avon Tyres, Old Bike Barn, Federal Motorcycle Transport, Dubya USA, Biltwell Inc. and Motion Pro all played an important role in supporting AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days and the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame," Dingman said.
AMA promoters and clubs helped with the operation of racing activities throughout the weekend.
"All of the individuals and groups involved with race operations played a key role in the success of this year's event," said AMA Chief Operations Officer Jeff Massey. "AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days would not be the hugely successful event it is without the support of our partners."
Massey thanked WERA Motorcycle Roadracing Inc. for organizing the road racing activities; Trials Inc. for planning and scoring the AMA Vintage Trials event; Mandi Mastin and her family, for running the AMA Vintage Hare Scrambles; Baja Acres MX and Log Road MX for all of the motocross operations; the Christian Motorcyclists Association for providing volunteers for motocross and pit bike racing activities; and Kevin Kelly for announcing multiple events and award ceremonies.
Massey also thanked Steve Nace Racing for assisting with AMA Vintage Flat Track racing and the Ashland County Fairgrounds for hosting the flat track event during AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days weekend.
In addition, Massey thanked AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer John Ulrich and the Roadracing World Action Fund for providing the soft barriers for road racing events and MotoAmerica for assisting in the coordination of the use of the soft barriers.
Massey also thanked American Honda Motor Company and Harley-Davidson Motor Company for providing demo rides to attendees.
"I would like to thank all of our speakers - including Hall of Famers Mary McGee, Scot Harden, Peter Starr and Bubba Shobert—for the excellent educational and entertaining seminars they presented," Massey said. "The bands that performed on Friday and Saturday on the Main Stage in the Old Bike Barn Crossroads also were outstanding."
Other organizations Massey thanked were Ryan Young Products for performing in the Xtreme Trials Exhibition, JCR Studio for assisting in infield and off-road audio, and North High Brewing.
"I would also like to thank the many vendors who filled the Old Bike Barn Crossroads and those who set up at the AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days Swap Meet, brought to you by Federal Motorcycle Transport," Massey said.
Other partners included American Motor Drome Wall of Death and Mark and Dawn Merical. The Mericals provided daily invocations and a rendition of the national anthem.
Thanks also go to Bear Haughton, David Uhl, Ellis Holman, Tom Heil and Chris Heck for judging the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Bike Show, presented by Old Bike Barn.
Motorcycle Ohio, along with individual AMA members, provided many hours of volunteer effort.
Participating clubs included: British Motorcycle Club of Cincinnati, Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club, the Ton Up Club North America, Then Came Bronson and Cincinnati Café Racer.
AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is the country's premier celebration of vintage motorcycles and motorcycling heritage. The event began in 1992 at the AMA headquarters in Westerville, Ohio. AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days moved to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Complex in 1995, making 2019 the 25th year at the facility, now owned by Green Savoree Mid-Ohio LLC.
To learn more about AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, see photos and read stories from the event, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com.
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