Representative Michael C. Burgess (R-Texas) introduced House Resolution 676 on the House floor today congratulating the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) on its 85th anniversary, and commending the Association for promoting and protecting the interests of motorcyclists since 1924.The resolution notes that AMA members make up "the world’s largest and most dedicated group of motorcycle enthusiasts," and that riders are "one of the nation’s most passionate subcultures." It goes on to state that "the House of Representatives congratulates the American Motorcyclist Association on its 85th Anniversary and commends it for having promoted and protected the rights and interests of motorcyclists and motorcycle enthusiasts since 1924."In acknowledging the honor, AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman credited the AMA’s membership of motorcycling enthusiasts.
"We are honored by the resolution that Rep. Burgess introduced today, and we humbly accept these accolades on behalf of our members who are the motivating force behind the Association," said Dingman. "The AMA’s mission is to be this country’s leading advocate of the motorcycling lifestyle, and we’re proud to have served in that capacity for 85 years. We would like to thank our dedicated members who, through their unwavering support, provide the AMA with the human, financial and operational resources we need to meet our goals."The resolution highlights the AMA’s dedication to motorcycling’s heritage through its Pickerington, Ohio-based AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, which "honors those who have contributed to the history of motorcycling through political activism, culture and sport, and which preserves the heritage of motorcycling for future generations."The resolution also notes how the AMA collaborates with member clubs, promoters and partners to sanction thousand of motorsports events each year.The AMA is commemorating its anniversary this weekend, July 24-26, at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days celebrates the history of all of motorcycling with vintage motorcycle racing, classic bike shows, seminars and speeches, and North America’s largest motorcycle swap meet. A special feature at this year’s event will be the AMA 85th Anniversary Parade, which will be led by AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer and Grand Marshal Don Emde, and includes a 1924 Harley-Davidson as well as other motorcycles representing each of the nine decades in which the Association has protected and promoted the motorcycling lifestyle.