LEXINGTON, Ohio — When Kari Troute lined up for the AMA Vintage Hare Scrambles on Friday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, it was her first time competing in any type of motorcycle race.
“My goal is to finish the race without laying my bike down,” Troute said before the race began. “It’s been hard to find a bike that fits me, so getting into vintage and finding this bike has made me really excited about competing.”
Vintage motorcycle racers from all parts of the country competed in the hare scrambles races during AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Riders of Kawasaki. The event continues through Sunday, July 9.
AMA member Mark Williams competed in the hare scrambles for his first time at this year’s AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days.
He traveled from Virginia Beach, Va., to race his 1972 CZ250. It was the first time he had raced since competing in local District 16 hare scrambles almost 20 years ago.
For 20-year-old AMA member Kaley Michals, racing in the hare scrambles at this event is just another race. She’s been riding since she was about 5 years old, when her father first shared his passion for motorcycles with her.
Father and daughter compete in vintage and non-vintage motorcycle races together year round, which includes competing in hare scrambles at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days since 2015.
“Me and my dad have been racing together a long time,” Michals said. “It’s cool that we get to share a passion together in vintage motorcycles and racing, and I can ride my mom’s XR200 and make memories together as a family.”
For a full scheduled of weekend events, go to www.vintagemotorcycledays.com.