AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days News

Grand Marshal: Hall of Famer, Kawasaki Icon Jeff Fredette

In 1978, a nervous rookie off-roader lined up in the rural Swedish countryside at the biggest off-road race in the world, the International Six Days Trial (ISDT). Six days later, Jeff Fredette was credited with a gold medal finish, and launched what would become one of the most enduring international motorcycle racing careers of all time.

In recognition of Fredette's stellar off-road racing career, his record-setting number of ISDT and International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) finishes and his support of the Kawasaki brand, the AMA and Kawasaki Motors Corp. USA are pleased to announce that Fredette will be honored as Grand Marshal at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Kawasaki, Marque of the Year, July 22-24, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

Craig Vetter Fuel Economy Challenge will be on location

Competition breeds excellence, and on July 22 at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Kawasaki, Marque of the Year, at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, Motorcycle Hall of Famer Craig Vetter will challenge all comers to push the limits of motorcycle fuel economy.

"The goal of the Craig Vetter Fuel Economy Challenge is to discover the least amount of energy -- in dollars and cents -- it takes to travel the way we really ride," said Vetter. "The conditions of these events reflect utility and reality, not controlled track conditions. Not only do entered motorcycles have to produce excellent mileage, but they must be comfortable, attractive and be able to carry a reasonable load -- such as four bags of groceries."

As the country's grandest celebration of the people and machines that define motorcycling's history, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days provides a unique backdrop for an event focused on the future of motorcycle design. Maybe the best part? You can challenge Vetter yourself!

Buy stuff at North America's largest motorcycle swap meet

Motorcyclists know that there are few things cooler than a sweet vintage ride -- except for a sweet vintage ride that you pick up at a great bargain. The hunt for those deals brings enthusiasts back to the swap meet in droves every summer.

This year is expected to be one of the biggest swap meets ever, as hundreds of vendors and thousands of buyers converge at the largest celebration of motorcycle heritage in the country.

"Covering nearly 20 acres of landscape around the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course complex, the swap meet is an impressive site to behold," said AMA Director of Operations and Motorcycle Hall of Famer Jack Penton. "There are new-old-stock pistons, crank seals, fork boots, wheels, complete running bikes, not-so-complete and not-so-running bikes, shocks, fenders -- the list goes on and on.

"This is the place to find that one elusive part you need to finish your prized project, or get started on your first one," said Penton. "With 2011 shaping up to be one of the biggest swap meets in the history, the opportunities for great deals and great finds will be considerable."

Aermacchi/Harley-Davidson Club will serve as Classic Club

The Aermacchi/Harley-Davidson Club has been selected as the Classic Club for 2011 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Kawasaki, Marque of the Year.

"Motorcycling history is rich with distinctive relationships that produced some of the most interesting examples of motorcycle technology," said Jack Penton, AMA director of operations and Motorcycle Hall of Famer. "The Aermacchi/Harley-Davidson line of 1961-1978 certainly fits that description, and we're pleased to provide attendees an opportunity to appreciate these special motorcycles."

Still time to register for the AMA Vintage Grand Championships

Online registration is still open for the 2011 AMA Racing Vintage Grand Championships, which take place during AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Kawasaki, Marque of the Year.

Competitors can sign up at the below links:
* Road Race
* Motocross
* Trials
* Hare Scrambles
* Dirt Track

For rules, class structures, a weekend schedule and downloadable entry forms in PDF format, please see the vintage racing page on our website.

The AMA Racing Vintage Grand Championships include amateur championship racing in motocross, hare scrambles, trials and roadracing at the sprawling Mid-Ohio complex. The dirt-track event, which is a round of the AMA Racing Vintage Dirt Track National Championship Series, will be held at the nearby Ashland County Fairgrounds in Ashland.

Please note that all proceeds from entry and gate fees at this event support the Motorcycle Hall of Fame.