By Michael Marino
LEXINGTON, Ohio — It was a special weekend for Keith Schultz and his son Fred at 2018 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Royal Enfield. The father-son duo took part in the event's motocross racing. Both father and son earned AMA No. 1 plates after finishing 2-1 in their respective competition classes. Keith Schultz won the Evolution Open Class aboard a 1976 Husqvarna GP250.
Fred Schultz scored the victory in the Classic Non-Current Class while riding a 1989 Yamaha YZ250.
Fred Schultz (left) and Keith Schultz.
According to Keith Schultz, it was the first time he and his son won races at the same event.
Both men attended AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days for the first time in 2016. While the two were at the event as spectators and swap meet shoppers, the racing bug bit them hard.
The elder Schultz, 60, raced in amateur motocross competition from 1974 to 1978 before racing professionally in 1979 and 1980.
The younger Schultz, 26, started riding when he was 8 years old and regularly competes in cross country woods races.
Prior to attending AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, Keith Schultz had begun to rebuild some of his old competition motorcycles.
After his experience at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, he purchased a 1976 Bultaco Pursang 250 to prep for competition in the event's motocross competition.
He returned to AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days in 2017 with his Bultaco ready to race. Fred Schultz competed on his father's 1989 Yamaha YZ250 at the event.
Neither man won a championship in 2017 but had enough fun to return to the event's motocross competition in 2018.
Both men have found there is a lot to enjoy at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days when they are not on the motocross track.
"We love the whole atmosphere of the AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days weekend," Keith Schultz said. "I love watching the road racers and the sidecars. Fred and his buddies liked the pit bike racing."
The duo also have a growing group of friends they bring to the event.
"In 2016 it was just Fred and I," Keith Schultz said. "In 2017, there were four of us in our group. This year we had seven people and next year I know there will be more."
Both men will be honored along with the rest of the class champions from 2018 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days at 2018 AMA Legends & Champions Weekend in Columbus, Ohio, Dec. 7-9.