Travis Pastrana, arguably the most popular motorcyclist since Evel Knievel, may be taking his talents to Nascar. Here’s the news item.
Not many people remember this bike, but in the mid-1970s the horde of 185-mph two-stroke racers completely overwhelmed Harley-Davidson’s outdated V-Twin and the Brits were going out of business, so at one point the only four-stroke on the grid of AMA road race nationals was the Butler & Smith BMW of Reg Pridmore. In spite of racing a motorcycle with 50-year-old engine technology and being down 30 horsepower to the two-strokes, Butler & Smith and Pridmore turned in surprisingly decent results in the early to mid-1970s AMA road race nationals. While the bike was never a serious threat to win races, Helmut Kern and his crew ultimately got the 745cc Beemer down to 310 pounds with a top speed around 165 miles per hour. It featured a custom frame built by Rob North, who fabricated the frames used on the BSA/Triumph triples ridden by Dick Mann, David Aldana and Gene Romero a few years earlier. The reliable BMW scored a slew of top-20 finishes with Pridmore at the controls. His best result was 11th at Pocono in August of 1973, not bad considering Reggie was up against a gaggle of Yamaha TZs and Kawasaki and Suzuki triples.
Thousands of vintage enthusiasts to gather on July 22-24
PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is pleased to announce the 2011 dates for the country’s premier annual celebration of motorcycling heritage. AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days will take place next year on July 22-24, 2011, at the world-class Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
The 20th Annual AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days features classic motorcycles of all makes and styles, and honors the riders who made them famous. Activities include the AMA Racing Vintage Grand Championships, which feature road racing, motocross, hare scrambles, trials and dirt track; North America’s largest motorcycle swap meet; bike shows and awards; a Marque of the Year display that showcases the history of a unique brand; a Grand Marshal; a new-product vendor midway; stunt shows; demo rides of current production bikes; and seminars on a number of topics by noted motorcycling experts.
“For many motorcyclists, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is the premier event of their riding seasons,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “As we’ve seen over the years, the appeal of this event goes beyond classic motorcycle collectors and strict vintage competitors. Motorcyclists of all eras are drawn to AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, brought together by their common love of all things motorcycling.”
Tickets will go on sale Monday Nov. 22 at 8:30 a.m., and begin at $20 per day or $35 for the weekend. Please visit www.midohio.com or call 800-MID-OHIO (643-6446) for more information or to order tickets.
“We are proud to be the host site of this excellent event for the 17th year,” said Michelle Trueman Gajoch, president of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and The Mid-Ohio School. “It will be a phenomenal time for the motorcycle crowd as racing, the swap meet, seminars and more will capture their attention throughout the weekend. This year will be a special one as Mid-Ohio celebrates its 50th Season of Racing, giving fans another historic reason to attend AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days.”
All proceeds from AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days benefit the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum. The goal of the Museum, located on the campus of the American Motorcyclist Association in Pickerington, Ohio, is to tell the stories and preserve the history of motorcycling’s legends and heroes. For more information, call (614) 856-2222, or visit the Museum’s website at MotorcycleMuseum.org.
For updates about events and activities, as well as information about past AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, visit AMAVintageMotorcycleDays.com.
PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) thanks American veterans the world over this Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11, for their willingness to serve to protect and defend the United States and the American way of life.
“There has long been a special relationship between motorcyclists and veterans,” said Rob Dingman, AMA president and CEO. “This Veterans Day, we honor that relationship, and salute America’s veterans for their devotion to serving our country.
“The patriotism, dedication and valor of American servicemen and women is unmatched anywhere in world,” Dingman said. “Our veterans have put their lives on the line in the defense of our principles and freedoms, and we must never forget the sacrifices they’ve made on our behalf.”