AMA to run Vintage Grand Championship

AHRMA may lose AMA sanctioning

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Apr. 07, 2009
The American Motorcyclist Association will introduce a new vintage motorcycle racing championship at the 2009 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, July 24-26 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

The inaugural AMA Racing Vintage Grand Championships will award No. 1 plates to the top riders in the premier classes. In addition, the rider earning the most premier-class points across multiple vintage motorcycle racing disciplines will be named the AMA Racing Vintage Grand National Champion.

“AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is the country’s premier event for vintage bike enthusiasts, and the world’s largest celebration of motorcycling's heritage,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “It’s only appropriate to recognize the top competitors at the event with AMA Racing National Championships. A charter dispute may end the AHRMA's 20-plus years of association with the AMA.In addition, naming an AMA Racing Vintage Grand National Champion echoes an honor that has been very important in the shared history of motorcyclists, and allows us to recognize one outstanding individual who excels across multiple disciplines.”

Class champions will be invited to the end-of-year AMA Racing awards banquet and will have the right to defend their plates at the 2010 AMA Racing Vintage Grand Championships.

The AMA Racing Vintage Grand Championships replaces races traditionally held at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days by the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association. The AMA and the AHRMA are currently involved in a sanctioning dispute. The AHRMA was given a deadline of April 30 to address the AMA’s concerns over parts of its charter. The announcement of a new vintage racing championship suggests a resolution may not be reached by the deadline.