BikeBandit.com AMA Vintage Motorcycle DaysGot a cool Husqvarna motorcycle? Want to show it off? BikeBandit.com AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, July 19-21 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, is just the place.
This year’s event shines the spotlight on the riders and champions of Husqvarna. As part of the festivities, the American Motorcyclist Association will be putting Husky owners front and center in a number of ways.Grant Parsons (AMA Director of Communications & Marketing) says: “Husqvarna has a grand tradition in the U.S., from helping jumpstart AMA motocross competition in this country, to the brand’s success in off-road racing, but none of that would have been possible without the champions and riders of Husqvarna. This year’s BikeBandit.com AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days celebrates those riders in a number of ways. We can’t wait to greet all the riders – and their Husqvarnas – at the event.”There will be special parking for Husky machines on the infield, and every owner who parks a bike there will receive a special gift. For those who bring historically significant Husqvarnas, their bikes may be brought inside the official Husqvarna tent, where the marque’s history will be front and center. On the racetrack, special gifts will be presented to the highest-placed Husqvarna in every national championship class.Event planners are asking Husky owners to let them know what bike or bikes they will bring to ensure a reserved spot. Participation is free. Owners can sign up quickly online.With proceeds supporting the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, BikeBandit.com AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring the riders and champions of Husqvarna, is the country’s premier celebration of vintage motorcycles and motorcycling heritage.The event includes the AMA Classic Field Meet Challenge, amateur national championship roadracing, motocross, hare scrambles, trials and dirt-track in vintage classes, a motorcycle skills test, a Wall of Death stunt show, and demo rides of current street and off-road motorcycles.The weekend also features North America’s largest motorcycle swap meet, bike shows, seminars on a number of topics by noted motorcycling experts and autograph sessions with AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers.This year’s grand marshal is none other than AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Dick Burleson, who from 1974 to 1981 won eight consecutive AMA Grand National Enduro Championships during his remarkable career, earning the nickname “King Richard.”To meet Burleson and learn more about his Hall of Fame career – including his final title that came down to the last section of the last race vs. fellow Husqvarna rider Terry Cunningham – make plans to attend BikeBandit.com AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring the riders and champions of Husqvarna. For tickets, visit midohio.com or call (800) 643-6446.
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