Racers compete Saturday evening at Ashland County Fairgrounds during a round of of the AMA Vintage Dirt Track National Championship Series. Photo by Joe Hansen
LEXINGTON, Ohio — Fans filled the massive grandstand at Ashland County Fairgrounds to watch riders competed in a round of the AMA Vintage Dirt Track National Championship Series.
The race is part of AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Riders of Kawasaki, the country’s largest celebration of vintage motorcycles and the people who love them.
It was the Mugnusson brothers, Myles and Marshall’s, second year lining up to race in this round of the AMA Vintage Dirt Track National Championship Series.
Fifteen-year-old Myles races a Honda CR450, while his 13-year-old brother, Marshall races a CR250.
The two sometimes compete together in the open amateur class, but mostly the two work to help each other become better riders.
“He helps me a lot,” Marshall said of his older brother. “I can follow him and try and stay with him and get faster or just watch what he does and stuff. It makes me a lot faster.”
The two say their favorite part of this race is seeing all their racing friends and watching all the vintage bikes compete.
“I like connecting with all my friends and stuff,” Myles said. “This event is really different from all the others, because there’s so many vintage bikes and just a lot of people having a good time.”
Michael Cashatt traveled all the way from Bell, Fla., to compete in the vintage dirt track race.
He began racing nearly 70 years ago, but just recently got back into racing through vintage dirt track competition.
“Vintage Days is the No. 1 vintage event,” Cashatt said. “I had to take a break from racing for a while after I was hurt, but this bike and vintage racing allows me to get back into it and have a good time.”
For Joe Baker of Columbia Station, Ohio, vintage racing has allowed him to return to the racing scene after taking a few years off.
“Putting together a vintage bike is a lot cheaper for me,” he said. “Me and my dad have been playing with vintage bikes for many years.”
Baker has attended AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days since he was a kid, with his father, and plans to keep attending for as long as he can.
“There is no bigger event where there is this big of a group of vintage riders,” Baker said. “I have a lot of memories of racing flat track with friends, and coming here I get to see all those people and sort of relive those memories.”