AMA Thanks Companions, Supporters and Attendees Who Made thirtieth Operating of AMA Classic Motorbike Days a Roaring Success
PICKERINGTON, Ohio — AMA Classic Motorbike Days offered by Royal Enfield — one of many largest single-weekend summer season occasions in all of motorcycling, together with the nation’s largest bike swap meet — as soon as once more thrilled motorcyclists from across the nation and the world who flooded to the Mid-Ohio Sports activities Automobile Course in Lexington, Ohio, July 22-24, for 3 jam-packed days of driving, racing, and vintage-bike enjoyable.
Organized and promoted by the American Motorcyclist Affiliation, the annual occasion raises funds for the American Motorbike Heritage Basis, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that helps fund the AMA Motorbike Corridor of Fame’s mission to advertise and protect the historical past and heritage of motorcycling in America.
“Tens of hundreds of motorcyclists got here collectively at AMA Classic Motorbike Days for a weekend of celebrating classic bikes, spending time with associates, and having fun with the liberty provided by two wheels,” stated AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “Annually the AMA takes nice delight in organizing this weekend occasion, and none of it could be potential with no lengthy listing of companions, supporters and volunteers. We respect all of them, and everybody who attends from motorcycling’s numerous group, to assist us increase cash for the AMA Motorbike Corridor of Fame. It’s one heck of a celebration!”
The Grand Marshal for the thirtieth working of the occasion was AMA Motorbike Corridor of Famer and 1993 500cc World Champion Kevin Schwantz, who frolicked signing autographs, greeting followers and taking part in Q&A classes. He additionally led the Lap for Historical past every day aboard a really particular bike, a custom-painted Suzuki GSX-R1000 performed up within the Pepsi Racing livery he ran early in his Grand Prix profession. The GSX-R is without doubt one of the two AMA Motorbike Corridor of Fame Raffle Bikes for 2023, the opposite being a tricked-out 1985 Suzuki GS750 with a number of Superbike-spec components.
“Having Kevin there was an actual deal with,” stated AMA Editorial Director Mitch Boehm, “for the followers, after all, as he’s a beloved determine in American highway racing historical past, and Kevin is nothing if not incredible with followers. But in addition as a result of it was his first time attending VMD, and from what I may inform, he had a blast trying out all of the cool stuff that’s VMD. So thanks, Kevin, for being so gracious to the numerous attendees, for selling the 2023 raffle bikes, which assist fund the AMA Motorbike Corridor of Fame, and for including one thing actually particular to our occasion.”
AMA Enterprise Improvement Supervisor Michael Kula thanked the numerous firms who supplied monetary assist for the occasion.
“Large because of Royal Enfield who stepped up because the Presenting Sponsor and had their demo bikes out in power,” Kula stated. “Suzuki got here in as our Affiliate Sponsor, after which GEICO Insurance coverage, SSR Motorsports, EBC Brakes, Cycle Gear, Biltwell, B’laster, Iron Pony, Quick Home, Previous Bike Barn, Kenda Tire, Federal Motorbike Transport, Design Engineering, Crimson Roof Inn, Arkansas Motorcycling, Classic Japanese Motorbike Membership, Basic British Motorbike Membership of Cincinnati, STACYC, Wholesale Cycle, Motorbike Sherpa, Whiteknuckler Model, Skidmark Storage, Evil Espresso, Crawford Auto Aviation Museum, Central Powersports Distribution, Merla Moto, Inexperienced Leaf Trade Corp, Bikes and Espresso, Matt’s Sticks, MoTow USA and Whole Energies all generously supported the occasion.”
“Our associates at Triumph and Indian,” Kula continued, “additionally had demo bikes for attendees to pattern all weekend. We will’t thank these firms sufficient, as a result of all of the proceeds go to assist the AMA Motorbike Corridor of Fame.”
Along with sponsoring the occasion, Kenda Tire, together with STACYC and Iron Pony, additionally organized a children’ space that included tracks for youths to expertise STACYC’s electrical bikes.
“Final, we are able to’t neglect in regards to the a whole lot of distributors who make up the nation’s largest bike swap meet yearly,” Kula added. “Not solely do they supply monetary assist for the AMA Corridor of Fame, however they supply a definite and outright enjoyable ambiance that attendees merely received’t discover anyplace else.”
AMA Director of Membership Advertising and Companies Amanda Donchess stated she appreciated the AMA members, chartered organizations, accomplice organizations and enormous variety of volunteers who helped make the occasion profitable this 12 months.
“Classic Motorbike Days is all the time an incredible place to satisfy and listen to from members,” Donchess stated, “and this 12 months AMA members deserve an enormous thank-you for displaying up in a giant means. Between particular person members, chartered organizations just like the Christian Motorcyclist Affiliation and accomplice organizations like Motorbike Ohio, over 100 volunteers dedicated their effort and time to make the occasion a hit. AMA chartered Basic British Motorbike Membership, together with the Classic Japanese Motorbike Membership, returned with collections of classic bikes that assist VMD reside as much as its title.”
“A whole bunch of latest members joined over the weekend,” Donchess added, “and some even earned AMA Constitution Life Member standing. As all the time, I’m already wanting ahead to subsequent 12 months and seeing acquainted member faces and loads of new ones.”
Classic racing at AMA Classic Motorbike Days attracts hundreds of race entries every year in classic motocross, hare scrambles, trials, highway racing and flat monitor.
“This 12 months’s thirtieth working of AMA Classic Motorbike Days was a giant success,” stated AMA Director or Racing Michael Pelletier, “and none of it might be achieved with out the assist of our racing companions and volunteers. They supply the muse wanted to placed on such an incredible occasion every year, and we’re very appreciative of these efforts.”
“Among the many most necessary racing companions is the Roadracing World Motion Fund,” Pelletier continued, “and we respect them offering comfortable limitations for the highway race course.”
Pelletier additionally thanked WERA for highway race operations, BAJA MX Inc. for motocross operations, Rosanna Gzebinski in racing registration, Mandy Mastin for hare scrambles operations, Trials Inc. for the trials occasion, announcer Kevin Kelly, motocross monitor builder Jeff Beerbower/Log Highway MX, MX Referee Ray Bergeron, the Christian Motorbike Affiliation for flagging duties, RaceLine Ministries (Mark and Daybreak Merical) and Speedy 2-Means, Zack Eaton for set up and upkeep of soppy limitations, and Brian Kozicki Occasions for the AV help.
Off-road racing volunteers included Chad Bailey, Tim McAdams, Tim Kennedy, John Starling, Mikah Cole, Doug Vann, Josh Miller, Roger Miller, Kris Kudla, James Rose, Trevor Barrick, Luke Sanford, Scott Denney, Greg Schlabach and Jon Martin.
AMA Chief Working Officer James Holter acknowledged the work of the AMA’s most necessary operational accomplice for the occasion, Mid-Ohio Sports activities Automobile Course.
“Mid-Ohio Sports activities Automobile Course is our most important accomplice for AMA Classic Motorbike Days,” Holter stated. “Your complete Mid-Ohio staff, led by Mid-Ohio Sports activities Automobile Course President Craig Rust, helped the AMA produce a smooth-running occasion in 2022. I’d prefer to particularly acknowledge the around-the-clock work of the security crew, led by Mid-Ohio Sports activities Automobile Course Security Supervisor Brian Sipes, for protecting everybody protected and safe throughout one of the crucial eclectic and enthusiastic weekends in motorcycling.”
AMA Classic Motorbike Days is the nation’s premier celebration of classic bikes and one of many largest single-weekend bike occasions every summer season. To be taught extra about AMA Classic Motorbike Days, learn tales from the occasion and see images, go to AmericanMotorcyclist.com.
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