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Vetter Fuel Economy Challenge  


On Friday morning, July 20, 2012, Craig Vetter will host the second Fuel Economy Challenge at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

The Challenge is a 100 (or so) mile ride through Ohio’s beautiful countryside surrounding the Mid-Ohio grounds. The goal for the competitors is to ride the way we really ride and consume the least fuel in dollars and cents.

Well, there are a few more conditions: To qualify as a winner, you must also be able to carry four bags of groceries. How many motorcycles can do that?

The winning Challenger at the 2011 AMA Vintage Days, was Max Perethian (right), son of famous fuel economy pioneer, Charly Perethian. Max consumed $4.53 worth of pump gas on his NX250, getting 156 mpg. His fuel cost was 2.37¢ per mile!

America’s finest inventors will challenge Max in 2012.

Below are some of the streamlined, grocery-carrying bikes you will see at 2012 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days. What is possible? Come join us and find out.

We encourage all kinds of bikes to come on the ride to learn actual mileage. You may be surprised. Even if your motorcycle is not completely finished, bring it anyway. You don’t have to carry the groceries to ride along with us. Maybe you will be inspired to challenge us next year.

For details on times and places, see Craig Vetter's official web page. If you are interested in competing, you also can access the full event rules.

Craig Vetter’s designs have helped shape motorcycles since 1965. In 1999, Vetter was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, which features a permanent display of his work. For 2012 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, Vetter will serve as Grand Marshal. Craig and his wife, Carol, live in Carmel, Calif.