Story by Heather Wilson
Photos by Zayne Watson
The Moto Armory AMA Off-Road Vintage Grand Champion title was claimed for a second year in a row by Trevor Kline of Hebron, Ohio. He took first in the Open A vintage hare scrambles class, claimed the win in 250 A in motocross and took third in Open A motocross. He also took first in trials competition in the Vintage Lites Expert class.
“It’s great to win this award,” Kline said. “This was not even on my agenda really. I thought we were going to have a little one, so we took it day by day and drove back and forth [from Hebron to Lexington] every day.”
Kline’s wife is 40 weeks pregnant and expects to have a baby boy any day now.
In the Open A class, Kline raced the 1974 Husqvarna 360 that was awarded to him at the 2015 AMA Championship Banquet by his friend Mike Scholl in January 2015.
Gary Roach of Belpre, Ohio, secured the Moto Armory AMA Off-Road Senior Vintage Grand Championship.
“I never really thought about what it means to win this,” Roach said. “I just rode my motorcycle.”
He tried for the championship a few years ago and decided to give it another shot.
“I just had a full knee replacement 8 months ago,” Roach said.
He’s glad that he was able to compete despite not having a lot of practice time this year with recovery of his knee.
He took second in 40-plus Expert in the hare scrambles, third in 40-plus motocross, fourth in 50-plus motocross, and won the Old School Expert trials class.
“I’d like to thank my wife, Toni, Giddings Machine Racing, Team Pentovarna, Penton Products, PentonPartsUSA.com and Wildwood Lake Raceway,” Roach said.
The Moto Armory AMA Off-Road Vintage Grand Championship and Moto Armory AMA Off-Road Senior Vintage Grand Championship are earned based on cumulative points from the three vintage off-road events: hare scrambles, trials and motocross.
Moto Armory sponsored the off-road racing portion of the AMA Vintage Grand Championship, which included the motocross, hare scrambles and trials competitions during AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, July 8-10 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Moto Armory, a collection of more than 600 vintage motorcycles in East Moline, Ill., was also on location displaying some of the coolest vintage machines from its vault.