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    Default AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days Festival! July 22nd-25th 2021!

    https://www.amavintagemotorcycledays.com



    EDIT - UPDATING THIS THREAD/TITLE FOR THE 2021 DATES! NEW POST BELOW!


    So...
    The American Motorcyclist Association every year puts on one of the two best vintage motorcycle events in the entire United States in early July in central Ohio...
    One of my only mandatory, MUST-ATTEND events of the year,
    AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days @ Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course near Lexington, Ohio...




    I believe this is the VJMC (Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club) show in the infield of the track:


    For those of you who don't know what it is or have never attended, this is a three-day or better weekend of vintage road racing, sidecar racing, vintage hare scramble woods racing (awesome!), vintage motocross, vintage woods trials, new bike demos, builder booths, vendor booths, live music, other live entertainment like the Wall of Death motordrome show, etc... And a HUGE vintage swap meet...modern trials demos, new bike dealer demos, especially from KTM very regularly, vintage bike shows, vjmc seminars, custom builders booths, etc; and best of all, 23+ acres of swap meet and about 50 or 60 Acres of motorcycle fanatics packed into two big fields of camping areas, with all sorts of entertainment from fellow campers all weekend! Heck I used to thoroughly enjoy just going for the day, and just browsing all of the hundreds and hundreds of spectator bikes lined up in 3 rows along the 1/4 mile or so main boulevard road running from the top of the track to the infield, and browsing the swap... honestly it's such a big race track facility and massive swap meet that it is difficult to do much more than that since the swapmeet can take you one or two days to look through everything thoroughly, and the whole atmosphere is an overwhelming sense of motorcycle meetup heaven...

    This is what I think they call the Lap of Legends (?), you donate $10 or so to the AMA Museum in Pickerington, OH, & you get to do parade laps of this world-class road race course during the lunch breaks! Wes Cooley led the parade laps on one of his old Suzuki/Yoshimura GS1000 race bikes 2 years ago!



    This is a must-attend event for anyone within 6 or even 12 hours travel time of Central Ohio!




    You can get in Thursday July 5th after noon or 3pm to get a camping pass ($20?) And stake out a primo camping spot. I highly recommend camping Thurs night thru Sunday AM to get the full experience... even if just sleeping in your car and making friends with neighbors who have campfires!


    Wes Cooley, Mr. GS1000 legendary Yoshimura superbike racer, himself...



    One of the best weekends of the summer... hit me up if anyone is going, especially if they have additional time to kill and want to ride a ways east for some decent twisties rides (the REAL GOOD STUFF is a few hours east/southeast, but there's entertaining riding not too far away).




    hope to see you guys there!

    Chuck


    Last edited by Chuck78; 07-07-2021 at 06:42 PM.

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    Going to try and ride down from Toronto this year if a few of my buddies are down to join!

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    Great pics!
    Thanks for the info, Chuck.
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    Seriously pondering this one...

    Do you have to join the AMA to have a good time here? In other words, aside from the admission discounts, what would you miss out on without an AMA membership?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bwringer View Post
    Seriously pondering this one...

    Do you have to join the AMA to have a good time here? In other words, aside from the admission discounts, what would you miss out on without an AMA membership?
    Nothing. Other than admission discounts...
    And if you just sign up for the AMA email newsletter, they will even tell you when you can purchase tickets ahead of time for a discounted rate. They go to full price once it gets within a few months of the events.

    It's a pretty awesome time just hanging out there, looking at spectators' bikes, and browsing the gigantic swap meet which will take the better part of a day even if you are just glancing at every booth...

    '77 GS750
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    '99 Kawasaki KDX220 rugged terrain ripper
    '74 Rickman VR250MX
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    '77 Suzuki PE250 Pure Enduro trail beast, ported, Wiseco, TüBliss, Fox Factory Shox/RaceTech
    '76 Rickman CR GS1000-1120cc roadracer, Yoshi cams&4-1, RF900R fork, Works ProRacers
    '79 GS425 489cc, GR650 cams, GS650 fork, twinpot discs, DID rims, GS1100E swinger, Fox Factory Shox
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    NO, It is not necessary to have a AMA membership. There are no membership only seminars or shows. Now, I'm a member of the VJMC and I work their membership booth. In return I get free admission... It really is a fun time. It's more Japanese/European motorcycle oriented. Not much Harley/people. Plenty of hotels around if you're into that. If you like to party and have fun with all the campers, I'd recommend camping at the track. It's a fun time. 👍
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpecialK View Post
    Going to try and ride down from Toronto this year if a few of my buddies are down to join!
    AWESOME!!!
    If it weren't for Lake Erie being in the way, it would be a fairly short road trip! Let me know if you come ahead of time, or wanted to take another two days off after the festival, I can take you on some killer twisty roads down near Marietta Ohio in the Wayne National Forest vicinity, really awesome Appalachian Hills. If you want to put in a seriously long day, less than 400 miles though, I can take you on about a 10-hour ride plus breaks that will hit almost all of the best of the really amazing roads that I love to ride down that way.

    July 4th ("Independence Day" for those of us south of the Canadian border) is the day before I pack up and head out to stake out a Thursday camp spot and check out the swap meet the day everyone is just setting up. National holiday, day off work, so I may wrangle some people together for a good ride down south...or I may save my energy for the weekend at Vintage Days...
    Last edited by Chuck78; 03-20-2019 at 12:45 PM.

    '77 GS750
    920cc, 4-1, GS1100E swinger, 18"rims, Fox Factory Shox, twinpot dual disc, VM29's, Yoshi cams
    '99 Kawasaki KDX220 rugged terrain ripper
    '74 Rickman VR250MX
    PROJECTS:
    '77 Suzuki PE250 Pure Enduro trail beast, ported, Wiseco, TüBliss, Fox Factory Shox/RaceTech
    '76 Rickman CR GS1000-1120cc roadracer, Yoshi cams&4-1, RF900R fork, Works ProRacers
    '79 GS425 489cc, GR650 cams, GS650 fork, twinpot discs, DID rims, GS1100E swinger, Fox Factory Shox
    '77 GS550 650-740cc susp/brake mods

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    A well produced video of some swap meet highlights from a custom-builder's perspective:
    https://youtu.be/V11N8dIUpm8


    Here's a decent video ride-through compilation of the event, note: the campground area unsanctioned "barrel racing" shown here is what I would call tame daytime practice runs before the after 5 p.m. crowd gets there!
    https://youtu.be/QHZNvUm14G0

    Lots of other videos of all sorts of different prespective of the weekend...


    Here's the road race track:
    (Camping is the two fields on the left, vintage MX area is next field at bottom left just out of the picture, swap meet is the fields on the right over to the red barn. Official displays and booths of custom builders, VJMC bike show, trials demos, Wall of Death Motor drome vintage thrill show, paddock, etc ate all above that at the far end of the track beyond the swap meet fields an into the "infield" portion of the road race course)






    Lunchtime parade laps:


    2 years ago, Wes Cooley was the Grand Marshall and legendary guest of honor... last year Jeff Fredette the famous Kawasaki KDX (& 1st few years on Suzuki PE250 Enduros!) Enduro racer was present, racing, signing autographs, etc...



    Sidecar racing is always one of the must-see road race events...

    Last edited by Chuck78; 01-29-2018 at 03:11 PM.

    '77 GS750
    920cc, 4-1, GS1100E swinger, 18"rims, Fox Factory Shox, twinpot dual disc, VM29's, Yoshi cams
    '99 Kawasaki KDX220 rugged terrain ripper
    '74 Rickman VR250MX
    PROJECTS:
    '77 Suzuki PE250 Pure Enduro trail beast, ported, Wiseco, TüBliss, Fox Factory Shox/RaceTech
    '76 Rickman CR GS1000-1120cc roadracer, Yoshi cams&4-1, RF900R fork, Works ProRacers
    '79 GS425 489cc, GR650 cams, GS650 fork, twinpot discs, DID rims, GS1100E swinger, Fox Factory Shox
    '77 GS550 650-740cc susp/brake mods

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    Quote Originally Posted by storm 64 View Post
    If you like to party and have fun with all the campers, I'd recommend camping at the track. It's a fun time. ��
    Yes... camping there in a massive filled with thousands of other vintage bike fanatics is like a whole different world than just visiting the event during the day time on Friday or Saturday - which is also amazing, but what's better than that? Doubling or tripling the awesome weekend experience by camping there!!!! Bringing a dirt bike makes it even more amazing, since you're camping in the dirt & there are unsanctioned after-hours no-rules races around trash barrels in between the 2 main camping fields! Some seriously amazing antics!

    Anyone looking for entertainment, or any youngsters or party animals looking to have a wild time, look no further... Just go to "Vintage Daze" and hang out after hours at the fence row between the first and second camping fields, AKA "Ripper's Row!"



    This article does a pretty good job of summarizing it, 4 of our crew are in a bunch of those photos & you can see our front row (to the barell races) campsite!
    http://www.chinonthetank.com/2015/07...o-2015-photos/

    Campground after 5pm:

    ((having a vintage dirt bike while camping here is definitely a huge bonus!))










    Then...once it's too dark to race around barrels, there's the corner party from the Louisville dudes Old Kentucky Kickdown I think they are called... they do some cool vintage bike events in Louisville Kentucky, and host a campground "Corner Party" and burnout "contest" until at least midnight every year! It's a good nightcap for a vintage bike festival while camping in a field full of vintage bike fanatics...
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    Last edited by Chuck78; 06-30-2018 at 01:48 PM.

    '77 GS750
    920cc, 4-1, GS1100E swinger, 18"rims, Fox Factory Shox, twinpot dual disc, VM29's, Yoshi cams
    '99 Kawasaki KDX220 rugged terrain ripper
    '74 Rickman VR250MX
    PROJECTS:
    '77 Suzuki PE250 Pure Enduro trail beast, ported, Wiseco, TüBliss, Fox Factory Shox/RaceTech
    '76 Rickman CR GS1000-1120cc roadracer, Yoshi cams&4-1, RF900R fork, Works ProRacers
    '79 GS425 489cc, GR650 cams, GS650 fork, twinpot discs, DID rims, GS1100E swinger, Fox Factory Shox
    '77 GS550 650-740cc susp/brake mods

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    This is noted in my calendar. I get weekends off anyway so I will likely blast out and camp for a night or two then blast back Sunday morning.
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