PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The Ashland Dinner Ride, an annual tradition that benefits the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, offers motorcyclists a casual, scenic 40-mile cruise from Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, to the historic half-mile dirt track in Ashland, Ohio, on July 8.
The ride takes place as part of AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Riders of Kawasaki. The three-day vintage motorcycle fest is the largest of its kind in North America.
For a $35 donation to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, participants in the July 8 fundraiser ride to the Ashland County Fairgrounds' half-mile, have dinner at the track, and then settle into reserved grandstand seats to enjoy the vintage dirt track races. Dinner ride participants also receive a pit pass.
"This is a very relaxed and enjoyable route through the countryside," said AMA Recreational Riding and Volunteer Manager Marie Wuelleh, who will lead the ride. "We'll have everyone at the fairgrounds in plenty of time for dinner and conversation before the racing begins."
Staging for the ride begins at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 8, on the False Grid at Mid-Ohio. Riders can make their $35 donation and register for the ride at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame tent in the infield of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
For 2017, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Riders of Kawasaki, will celebrate the riders and machines that have made Kawasaki motorcycles famous for more than five decades in America. In addition, the AMA affinity group for fans of Kawasaki -- ROK, Powered by the AMA -- also will be front and center throughout the event. AMA members who join the ROK, Powered by the AMA, affinity group receive special benefits from Kawasaki Motors Corp. USA, such as a 10 percent discount from all purchases at www.kawasaki.com. For more information, see www.kawasaki.com/rok/whoweare.
An annual fundraiser for the nonprofit AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Riders of Kawasaki, includes vintage motorcycle racing, bike shows, seminars, demo rides, live music, a swap meet with nearly 1,000 independent vendors and much more.
The Old Bike Barn is sponsoring the Old Bike Barn Crossroads, which includes live music, the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Bike Show, club displays, a craft beer garden, vendors and more.
The full schedule of events at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Riders of Kawasaki, is available at www.amavintagemotorcycledays.com.
Tickets are available for purchase at www.midohio.com or at the gate. A weekend pass is $60, a single-day admission for Friday or Saturday is $40 and a single-day admission for Sunday is $35. Kids 12 and under get in free.
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