AMA MAY 2021 MOTORCYCLE NEWS
April 7, 2021
American Motorcyclist Association Vintage Motorcycle Days 2021 is On!
It’s true, vintage bike fans the AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is happening this July 23-25 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio! And while the whole COVID mess kept things in limbo for a lot longer than we’d planned, we’re happy to tell you that most of the things you love about VMD — the off-road and road racing, the swap meet, the Hall of Fame activities and more — will all be on the docket.
A few things to keep in mind this year: One, we’ll all have to practice some social distancing, wear masks when in a crowd, and do our best to keep everyone safe. Let’s all work together to make this year’s event a big — and safe — success!
Two, discounted tickets for VMD 2021 are available now from Mid-Ohio at midohio.com/tickets. But hurry…prices go up on April 27!
Note: If you purchased tickets or swap-meet space for the 2020 event, which was cancelled due to COVID-19, those tickets and swap-meet reservations will be honored in 2021. Also, you will receive correspondence from the AMA well before the event containing details on how these tickets and/or swap meet spaces will be administered, etc. Please contact AMA Director of Operations Steve Austin with questions or concerns at email@example.com.
As a final treat, this year’s VMD event will have a very special theme. Bruce Brown’s epic moto-documentary On Any Sunday debuted 50 years ago this July, and to celebrate we’ll be featuring some of the people, motorcycles and memorabilia that helped comprise what is arguably the best motorcycle movie of all time. We might even screen the movie during the weekend! Specifics are still coming together, so watch the AMA website and social media for updates.
July in central Ohio can only mean one thing: AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days! We hope you join us!
ACTION ALERT: Call on Your Senator to Support Oregon Lane-Sharing Bill
Oregon Senate Bill 574 has passed the Joint Committee on Transportation and been sent to the full senate for consideration. The bill would legalize lane sharing on roads with posted speed limits of 50 mph or higher when traffic is stopped or moving at 10 mph or less. The AMA supports lane sharing legislation to promote rider safety and to limit road congestion.
Now is the time to contact your senator and request their support for S.B. 574!
Come Ride the Alps with Us
Yep, you heard that right. The AMA, in conjunction with world-renowned Edelweiss Bike Travel, has designed a very special Alpine tour for this August 21-29 called, appropriately, the AMA Alps Challenge Tour. And challenging it will be, as during the seven days of glorious riding through some of the most majestic geography on earth, tour participants will summit 17 of the Alps’ most epic passes.
Of course, it’s not totally about riding. There’s the amazing geography. The uber-cool Euro Alpine culture. The history and architecture. The culinary and coffee-based delights. And of course the yummy adult beverages in the evenings … all of which contributes to a lot of bench racing at night! This will be a trip you’ll remember forever, so check out the story on our website and get signed up. Rumor has it this one is filling up fast!
AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Del Kuhn Passes
Del Kuhn, one of the nation’s top off-road racers in the 1940s and ’50s, passed away peacefully on March 24 at the age of 95. Despite only racing for nine years, he became one of the best-known off-road racers and was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2003. Godspeed, Del.
AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer and Racing Legend Dick Mann Passes
Mann, a two-time AMA Grand National Champion, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998
PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Dick “Bugsy” Mann, one of the most versatile racers to ever throw a leg over a motorcycle, passed away on April 26 at the age of 86.
Mr. Mann, born June 13, 1934 in Salt Lake City, Utah, was a two-time AMA Grand National Champion (1963 and 1971), and became best known for being the first person to achieve a motorcycle racing Grand Slam, which involved winning across all five types of circuits included in the Grand National Championship: road racing, TT, short track, half-mile and mile. When he retired from racing in 1974, Mann had 24 national victories, which — at the time — placed him second in all-time wins within the AMA Grand National Series.
While Mann got his racing start in scrambles, he soon got hooked on turning left on dirt ovals, and after some time learning his trade, headed to the professional racing circuit in 1954, turning expert in 1955. He achieved his first national win at the Peoria TT in 1959, quickly establishing himself as an elite racer in the series.
Mann also helped pioneer the sport of motocross in the U.S., competing in several of the early AMA professional motocross races in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Perhaps Mann’s most fulfilling national win was his victory in the 1970 Daytona 200 aboard the then-new Honda CB750. He’d been racing the Daytona 200 for 15 years and finished second three times, and in 1970 finally got to the top step of the podium, holding off rising stars and future Hall of Famers Gary Nixon and Gene Romero, as well as former world champion and Hall of Famer Mike Hailwood. That win wasn’t just Mann’s first victory at the 200, but the first time a Honda had won an AMA national.
Despite retiring from professional racing in 1974, Mann returned to his trail-riding roots in 1975, qualifying for the United States International Six Days Trial team, competed for the U.S. on the Isle of Man, and brought home a bronze medal.
Beyond being a legendary racer, Mann’s mentorship of the next generation of American racers and future Hall of Famers like Dave Aldana, Mert Lawwill and Kenny Roberts, was just as important.
In 1995, Mr. Mann was presented with the AMA Dud Perkins Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing his significant contributions to the sport. He was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1998.
Look for more coverage of Mann’s legacy and career in future issues of American Motorcyclist.
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