Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club of North America to Host 40th Anniversary Celebration at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days

Rare Miyata Miyapet to be on display.

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There's ton of Japanese motorcycle history in this photo! A Honda CB450, two Yamaha XS650s, A Suzuki RE5 (earlier model), A Suzuki GT750 "Water Buffalo", A Honda CB-1...the list goes on an on!Photo: American Motorcyclist Association

The Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club of North America will be celebrating its 40th anniversary during AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days on July 7-9 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

"The Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club has been a mainstay for years at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, and it's an honor to help them celebrate the 40th anniversary of the club with us," said AMA Chief Operations Officer Jeff Massey.

Founded in 1977, the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club of North America is the premier worldwide club dedicated to the preservation, restoration and enjoyment of vintage Japanese motorcycles. The club defines "vintage" as bikes that are 20 years old or older.

"The Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club of North America looks forward to celebrating our 40th anniversary with a large display of vintage bikes, club merchandise, magazines and a members rally at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days," said Sean Carrigan, club board member and national field representative coordinator. "Don't miss our big tent in the infield and club booth in the swap meet."

Carrigan said the club will have "a super rare 1950s Miyapet model by Miyata Manufacturing Co." on display. "Miyata built the first Japanese motorcycle in 1913," he said.

AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days — an annual fundraiser for the nonprofit AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame — features vintage motorcycle racing, bike shows, seminars, demo rides, live music, the American Motor Drome Wall of Death, a swap meet with nearly 1,000 independent vendors and much more. The Old Bike Barn is sponsoring the Old Bike Barn Crossroads, which includes live music, the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Bike Show, club displays, a craft beer garden, vendors and more. The full schedule of AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days events is available at amavintagemotorcycledays.com.

Tickets are available for purchase at americanmotorcyclist.com or at the gate. A weekend pass is $60, a single-day admission for Friday or Saturday is $40 and a single-day admission for Sunday is $35. Kids 12 and under get in free. AMA members get a $15 ticket discount through June 5.