Story by Jim Witters
Quinn Held was making the trip from his home in Bellevue, Ohio, to AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Behind him in the bed of a pickup was his entry in the 91cc-125cc class of the AMA Pit Bike TT.
“As I was driving, I was thinking, ‘Am I really going up there to just race one class?’” Held recounted as he waited for TT practice to start in the Mid-Ohio infield. “The answer was, ‘No.’ So when I got here, I went to the swap meet, found a bike that was within my budget, bought and entered it in the 50-90cc class. Its number is 4-sale.”
Held was one of 53 entrants for the inaugural AMA Pit Bike TT. And all of the riders appeared to enjoy the spirited, yet good natured, competition, even during the two-hour pre-race practice session.
For Held, the event was an extension of his home life.
“We have a backyard track,” he said. “All the old places we used to ride when we were kids are now parking lots and housing developments. We wanted a place for our kids to ride. And a place where we could ride like we are kids again.”
Held said he stages five track days a year at what he calls the “Fun Farm.” And to help recreate that family-fun atmosphere at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, Held brought along 25 pounds of chicken wings, a grill and his prized wings recipe.
But he also appreciates the rest of the weekend’s events.
“Everything that ever excited me as a kid is right here in one place,” he said. “And everyone here is likeminded. You don’t have to stop and wonder whether someone is going to be thinking like you. That’s what they are all here for.
“And it’s never the same here two years in a row. That’s what keeps me coming back.”