Vintage motorcycles and the men and women who love to race them will see more track time this summer in the AMA Vintage Motocross and AMA Vintage Hare Scrambles National Championship Series. The new series will kick off on May 4-5 in Athens, Ohio, and wrap up at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days in Lexington, Ohio, on July 19-21.
"Vintage racing is an important part of the AMA's past, present and future, and I'm pleased that we are able to expand our vintage motocross program into a series," said AMA Motocross Manager Kip Bigelow. "Our members have expressed considerable interest in more vintage racing and we're pleased to partner with an experienced promoter. I'm looking forward to some great racing on the track, as well as some invigorating bench racing and reminiscing about old times that goes hand-in-hand with the sport."
Each round will feature two days of racing: vintage hare scrambles and motocross competition on Saturdays and post-vintage hare scrambles and motocross on Sundays.
"Few pastimes are as liberating, exciting and fun as riding a dirtbike fast through the woods — just like when we were kids," said AMA Off-Road Manager Chuck Weir. "Vintage motorcycle competition remains one of the most accessible, affordable and least-intimidating ways to get involved in motorsports racing. I encourage all AMA members with a vintage motorcycle in their sheds to consider battling for an AMA Vintage National Championship in 2013. Who says you can't be young again?"
AMA-chartered promoter Bart Newman from Log Road MX will serve as the series organizer in addition to hosting the second round on June 1-2.
"The chance to be a part of the AMA Vintage National Championship Series has been in the works for a couple years," said Newman. "Assembling a group of fellow promoters with a passion for the sport was paramount in making this series a success, and we have done that. This four-race series incorporates hare scrambles, vintage motocross and modern support classes for riders from 10-years old to 100-years old. I am super pumped to be a part it."
The AMA Vintage Motocross and AMA Vintage Hare Scrambles National Championship Series expand the AMA Vintage Grand Championships, held each summer at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days. Previously, AMA-sanctioned vintage racing followed the AMA Grand Championship model, which has a long and proven history with premier events such as the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships at Loretta Lynn's and the Dirt Track Grand Championships.
The vintage motocross and hare scrambles series join the AMA Vintage Dirt Track National Championship Series, which is in its third year and also features a round at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days.
More information about the AMA Vintage Motocross and AMA Vintage Hare Scrambles National Championship Series can be found at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/racing/nationalchampionships/vintagenationals.aspx.
AMA Vintage Motocross and AMA Vintage Hare Scrambles National Championship Series
May 4-5: Action Sports, Athens, Ohio
June 1-2: Log Road, Bronson, Mich.
June 22-23: Lincoln Trails, Casey, Ill.
July 19-21: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio