Everything Old Is New Again at AMA Vintage Bike Show

If you dig your motorcycles them with a touch of patina and a little history behind them, mark your calendar for July 20-22.

That’s when the American Motorcyclist Association and the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame welcome a wonderful assortment of expertly restored and original condition motorcycles from everywhere on the plant during AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

“The fundamental elements of a motorcycle are simple – two wheels and an engine to move them,”  said AMA Director of Operations Jack Penton.  “Since the invention of the motorcycle, we’ve seen countless renditions of this basic form. AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days offers the country’s most distinctive display of these machines, on the track, on the road and as part of the bike shows that anchor our appreciation of two-wheeled art.”

The grounds of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course will be jam packed with vintage motorcycles, and four bike shows will highlight these historic machines: the Hall of Fame Ride ‘Em, Don’t Hide ‘Em Bike Show and Scooter Bike Show on Friday, July 20, and the Hall of Fame Static Bike Show and Café Racer Bike Show on Saturday, July 21.

And they won’t just be sitting around in a field. Owners will taking them out for their paces as part of the Ride ‘Em, Don’t Hide ‘Em Bike Show.

That show begins with a lap of the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, then leaves the grounds for a 25-mile scenic ride, returning for a judged show at 2 p.m.

Classes include American, British, European, Japanese and Specials/Customs, as well as special show awards. Registration will be on site at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame tent starting at 8 a.m. on Friday.

On Saturday the Hall of Fame Static Bike Show features restored or original-condition vintage bikes outside the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame tent. Registration opens at 8 a.m., with judging starting at 1 p.m. and awards at 3:30 p.m.

The Motorcycle Hall of Fame Static Show features motorcycles from the early 1900s through 1989. Bikes featured will include American, British, European and Japanese models that span various decades. The machines will be set on the show grid and be on public display throughout the day.

Not enough for you yet? Two shows will celebrate “Rockers and Mods,” the two-wheeled subculture that is experiencing a classic resurgence in America and is a focus of this year’s AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days.

A Friday bike show will include the Italian metal-bodied scooters, while British café-racer motorcycles will take center stage on Saturday.

For specific bike show times and locations, see AMAVintageMotorcycleDays.com > Schedule & Directions .

“AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is all things motorcycling, from the people, the motorcycles and the racing that defines our motorcycling culture,” Penton says. “The bike shows are a key element of that mix, and we expect to offer some amazing examples of motorcycle technology this year.”

With proceeds supporting the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is the country’s premier celebration of vintage motorcycles and motorcycling heritage. In addition to demo rides of current year street and off-road motorcycles, the event includes amateur national championship roadracing, motocross, hare scrambles, trials and dirt-track in vintage classes.

The weekend also features North America’s largest motorcycle swap meet, bike shows, a classic field meet for motorcycles and scooters, and seminars on a number of topics by noted motorcycling experts.

Tickets to AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days can be purchased online at MidOhio.com.

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