Hare scrambles racers at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, July 10-12, will enjoy exciting racing, fun terrain and friendly competition as they race through the woods surrounding Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Hare scrambles racers at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, July 10-12, will enjoy exciting racing, fun terrain and friendly competition as they race through the woods surrounding Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
Part of the 2015 Moto Armory AMA Off-Road Vintage Grand Championship, the hare scrambles races will take place on Friday, July 10. Several classes, designed for motorcycles from different eras, are featured. At 9:30 a.m., the flag will drop to start the vintage hare scramble. At noon, the post-vintage hare scramble will take to the trail. Then at 2:30 p.m., racers in modern hare scrambles classes will compete. Each class will race for approximately one hour.
For details on bike classes and eligibility, and to pre-enter for the event, see www.amavintagemotorcycledays.com > Register to Race. Online pre-entry is available through July 5 at 11 p.m. CT.
A competitor crosses a creek during the 2014 AMA Vintage Grand Championship hare scramble race. Photo by David L. Patton Jr., courtesy of the AMA
Mandi Mastin, a seasoned competitor on the U.S. International Six Days Enduro Women's Trophy Team, has laid out the course for the past five years with the assistance of her family, the Bucher family and a few friends.
Mastin said the 2015 course will begin with a lap of the motocross track, and then head into the woods where competitors will make multiple loops of a 2.5-mile course.
"We put a lot of work into the course this year, because Mid-Ohio clear-cut some of the woods we used to ride," Mastin said. "Mid-Ohio actually helped us out a lot by letting us use a mini excavator this past weekend."
She added that much of the woods course will be new for 2015.
"The trail is going to look totally new to someone who has ridden it in the past. It's a mix of single-track and wide open trail," Mastin said. "With the rainy weather we've been having in Ohio, it is going to be technical course, but will be doable for any level rider. My team and I will adjust course, if necessary, closer to the race, based upon weather and trail conditions. We have a bunch of alternative lines on hand. We try to keep in mind that some of these racers come out and race just once a year. We want everyone to have a good time."
Racing at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days encompasses a variety of ages, disciplines and all levels of rider skill. Past ISDE competitor and AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days 50+ class racer Jeff Fredette offered some advice for new racers.
"Don't be afraid to get into vintage racing," said Fredette, an AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer. "The fact that you're getting out there and riding is awesome. You've got young and old guys and girls just going out there and having fun. Yes it's a race, but at the same time, I do it more for fun. You can't get too serious about it. Just go out and have fun."
As far as your bike goes, Fredette says that the older machines are not nearly as advanced as today's motorcycles.
"Just make sure your bike is prepped and ready to go. The biggest problem with a vintage bike is the carburetor."
Hear what a first-time racer has to say about her jump into vintage racing, on a Husqvarna WR250, at 2015 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days.
For 2015, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum. AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is a fundraiser for the facility, which houses the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame and other thematic exhibits that celebrate motorcycling's heritage.
AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer David Aldana is the grand marshal for AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days this year. One of the most colorful personalities in racing, Aldana teamed with Mike Baldwin to win the prestigious Suzuka eight-hour endurance race in 1981 as a Honda factory rider. He also was one of the most versatile racers in history, competing in nearly every form of motorcycle racing, including motocross and speedway racing.
The museum was founded in 1990 to provide a permanent home to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, which celebrates and preserves the rich tradition of motorcycling in America through the recognition of the sport's greatest heroes. Proceeds from AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days are donated to the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization tasked with funding the operation of the museum and Hall of Fame activities.
AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days includes North America's largest motorcycle swap meet with parts, bikes and memorabilia from all eras. Bike shows bring out examples of some of history's most beloved motorcycles, while stunt shows, such as the American Motor Drome Wall of Death, and demo rides of current production bikes keep attendees entertained. Seminars feature some of the country's leading experts on numerous motorcycling topics.
It all adds up to one of motorcycling's premier events. Purchase tickets now from Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
To learn more about the event, see photos and read stories from past AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, visit www.amavintagemotorcycledays.com. You also can opt-in to receive the official AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days e-newsletter at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/vmdupdates. For updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, search for the hashtag #AMAVMD.