Time for Florida Madness, Already?

Brent Avis
by Brent Avis
The American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA) has just released it's schedule of events for the upcoming bike Week madness.

Running from the first of March through the ninth, this list of events is where some of the best racing takes place during bike week. It's also a cool place to check out vintage machinery and, occasionally, run into some of the AMA's top Superbike racers in the stands, taking a break from their own frenzied action...

THURSDAY, MARCH 1
Roadrace Practice, DeLand Municipal Airport: The DeLand circuit is1.8 miles long, laid out on the runways and taxiways of a former naval airstation (now a busy municipal airport). The event hearkens back to the dayswhen many roadraces took place on aerodrome courses. Gates open 7:30 a.m.Practice begins at 9 a.m. The last activity of the day, scheduled to end at4:30 p.m., will be a combined Historic Production/Novice race. Gate fee $10per person.

FRIDAY, MARCH 2
Progressive Suspension Historic Cup Roadrace, DeLand: Round one ofthe 2001 vintage/Sound of Singles/Battle of Twins/Sound of Thunder nationalseries, along with International Classic GP. Gates open 7 a.m. Practice 8-10a.m. Racing begins at 10:30, with an hour break at noon. Gate fee $10.

Northwest Maico & CZ National Post-Vintage Motocross, Motocross ofMarion County, Reddick (near Ocala). The first event in AHRMA&'sfirst-ever national series for machines from 1975 to the early 1980s. Therewill also be AHRMA vintage support classes, plus an all-day swap meet.Practice at 9 a.m., racing at 10. Gate fee $10 per day or $25 for theweekend. Info: 352-591-2050, [email protected], www.marioncounty.com.

SATURDAY, MARCH 3
Speed & Sport National Vintage MX, MX of Marion County, Reddick:Motocross of Marion County hosts the second round of the '01 nationalseries on a truly vintage-friendly circuit. Practice at 8 a.m. and racing at9. Gate fee $10 per day or $25 for the weekend. Info: 352-591-2050, [email protected], www.marioncounty.com.

SUNDAY, MARCH 4
Roadrace Registration & Tech Inspection, American MotorcycleInstitute, Daytona Beach, 8 a.m.-5 p.m: This is a mandatory stop for allcompetitors racing Monday or Tuesday at Daytona International Speedway,giving enthusiasts the opportunity to see hundreds of the vintage racemachines from all over the world. An autograph session with AHRMA DaytonaGrand Marshal Joe Leonard and other racing legends will take place in theafternoon. Open to the public, no charge.

Speed & Sport National Vintage Trial, MX of Marion County, Reddick:AHRMA's triple- national weekend at Reddick ends with round two of thenational trials series. The trial begins at 10 a.m. Gate fee $10 per day or$25 for the weekend. Info: 352-591-2050, [email protected],www.marioncounty.com.

The Classic Motor Cycle Dirt Track National, Jackson Motorsports,Ocala: It will be short track racing under the lights for the series opener.Practice begins at 4 p.m., with racing at 6. Admission $10. Information:352-867-0997.

MONDAY, MARCH 5
Classics Days Historic Cup Roadracing, Daytona InternationalSpeedway: This is among the most prestigious vintage events anywhere,featuring some of the world's best riders and machines. Practice runsfrom 8-11 a.m. Then Joe Leonard and other legends will take part in theGreat Men autograph session at 11 in the AHRMA information tent beforeracing begins at noon.

AHRMA Concours d'Elegance by Motorsport, Daytona Speedway:Runs along with an AMA/Will Stoner Swap Meet next to the InternationalHorseshoe.

TUESDAY, MARCH 6
Classics Days Historic Cup Roadracing, Daytona Speedway: Daytwo, featuring the International Classic Grand Prix in addition to the fullslate of vintage classes and modern singles and twins. Practice 8-11 a.m.Great Men, Great Machines parade laps of the speedway, 11:30 a.m. Racing atnoon. The Will Stoner swap meet continues, and there's anotherconcours in the swap meet area.

The Classic Motor Cycle Dirt Track National, Orange County Raceway,Bithlo (just east of Orlando). This excellently prepared short track offeredsome great racing last year, so expect a big turnout for 2001. Practicebegins at 4 p.m. and heat races at 6. Gate fee $10. Information:407-568-1243.

FRIDAY, MARCH 9
The Classic Motor Cycle Dirt Track National, Oglethorpe Speedway,Savannah, Ga. After a pair of short tracks, dirt trackers will be ready totackle a real half-mile on their way home from Bike Week. The well-preparedOglethorpe oval should be just the ticket. Practice 5 p.m., racing 7 p.m.Gate fee $15. Info: 912-964-8200, www.oglethorpe-speedway.com.

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