The 2009 AMA Racing/USA Speedway National Championship will fire off the line Saturday, June 6, when the series gets underway at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, Calif.
An impressive field of racers will battle for the title in this year’s three-round championship, which will continue the action at Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway in Sacramento, Calif., on July 10 and Oct. 2. Included in that lineup is 1997 Speedway World Champion and seven-time AMA National Champion Greg Hancock.
What do the Crimean War, the manufacturing of rifles, and the building of bicycles have in common?
They’re all events that led up to the British Birmingham Small Arms Co. — better known to the world as BSA — producing motorcycles that ultimately became among the most iconic in the world. The legendary brand will be honored this year as the Marque of the Year at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, set for July 24-26 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
Motorcycle Hall of Famer and Racer Don Emde to serve as Grand Marshal.
In 1971, a group of young American motorcycle racers who rode for the Birmingham Small Arms Co. (BSA) — marketers of the BSA and Triumph brands — flew to England to compete against some of the most talented motorcycle riders in the world at the inaugural running of the Trans-Atlantic Match Races.
Recently released to the world’s press at the Ace Cafe in London, it would be easy to look at the new Triumph Thruxton as just another retro motorcycle to hit the market, or simply a chance for Triumph to capitalize on the glory days of the British motorcycle industry when British iron ruled the roads. But after spending some time riding around the English countryside, I found the Triumph Thruxton to be a lot more than just a simple fashion statement.