PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Anthony Cox, of Jersey Mills, Pa., was selected Sunday as the winner of a 1975 Yamaha DT100 enduro in the "Ran When Parked" Raffle Bike Challenge at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Royal Enfield.
Bear Haughton (left), owner of Old Bike Barn, and Skidmark Garage owner Brian Schaffran announce the winner of the 1975 Yamaha DT100 enduro. Photo by Jeff Guciardo/AMA
Cox was not present at the drawing. He was contacted by phone on Monday.
"I'm very excited and happy to be the next owner of this fine vintage dirt bike," said Cox, 31, who became an American Motorcyclist Association member in February. " I have been looking at vintage dirt bikes to add to the fleet like a Yamaha XT 500. Once I saw the raffle for the DT100 online, I entered."
The “Ran When Parked” Raffle Bike Challenge provided an opportunity for the AMA and the nonprofit Skidmark Garage in Cleveland, Ohio, to demonstrate how to take a relatively inexpensive vintage motorcycle and get it into operating condition, while learning basic motorcycle mechanic skills along the way.
The project also demonstrated the value of community garages, where motorcyclists can rent space and tools and tap the expertise of seasoned riders and wrenchers.
The Skidmark Garage crew got the motorcycle running during AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Royal Enfield, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this past weekend.
All of the proceeds from the raffle will go to support the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.
"I have been riding since I was 15 while living outside of Buffalo, N.Y., Cox said. "I started off on a 1980 Yamaha QT-50 scooter. I rode it everywhere and all the time. Mind you, it wasn't registered or insured, and I didn't have license. I did get pulled over twice while riding to work and to a friend’s house. But, the cops were cool about it. How much trouble can a 15-year old kid get into when his bike can only go 35 mph?
"Once I got my license, I didn't ride until after college," he said.
More information about the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame and other raffle bikes can be found at www.motorcyclemuseum.org.