AHRMA: Special Racebike Demos Planned At New Jersey Round

AHRMA: Special Racebike Demos Planned At New Jersey Round

© 2024, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. From a press release issued By AHRMA:


(Knoxville, TN) The American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA) is honoring motorcycle innovator John Britten and bringing back the sounds of the past during their event June 21-23 at New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP). Two of the iconic Britten V1000s will be displayed in the paddock and will be seen and heard during on-track demonstrations.

Stephen Briggs will ride the CR & S Britten P-001 which has been part of similar demonstrations during ARHMA events at Barber Motorsports Park, Road America and NJMP as well as at the Isle Of Man, Assen and in New Zealand. Briggs campaigned this motorcycle in the 1995 World BEARS championship taking second place. He won the New Zealand series in the 1996-97 season.

“As a custodian of the bike I feel it is important to keep these bikes in the public eye. It helps to continue John Britten’s legacy of the innovation he and his team used to create a World level racing machine,” said CR & S Britten P-001 owner Bob Robbins.  “For people to see and hear them roar on the track is a fitting tribute. It’s always great to hear from people who knew of them from the past and also ones who never knew what they were but are stunned at the timeless design.”

The second Britten that will be at the AHRMA event is P-003 which was purchased new in 1994 and still owned by Dr. Mark Stewart. It was one of three Brittens, along with P-001 and P-002 sent to the Isle of Man for the 1994 TT.  

Stewart rode P-003 briefly during the mid 1990s.  It was fully rebuilt after not running for almost 30 years. Chuck Huneycutt, long time Barber Dairies Racing team rider and retired Barber Museum Restoration Shop Manager will ride P-003.  Huneycutt has previous experience riding a Britten.

The bikes will complete several laps of the NJMP track immediately following the lunch break on Saturday and Sunday. They will be on display and Britten experts will be available to answer questions throughout the weekend.

Joining the Brittens on track will be another very special bike owned by AHRMA racer Ralph Staropoli. He will demonstrate his 1993 Yamaha YZR500ROC, raced in 500GP in 1993 by Italian racer Renzo Colleoni. Restored and upgraded in 2002 by a German Gran Prix motorcycle specialist, it is a beautiful example of the two-stroke era. See and hear it as these three bikes do some spirited laps around the NJMP Thunderbolt circuit.


Ralph Staropoli's 1993 ROC-framed Yamaha YZR500 grand prix racebike. Photo by Ralph Staropoli, courtesy AHRMA.
Ralph Staropoli’s 1993 ROC-framed Yamaha YZR500 grand prix racebike. Photo by Ralph Staropoli, courtesy AHRMA.


About AHRMA:

The American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to competing on fantastic classic and true vintage along with a wide range of modern motorcycles.  With over 3,000 members, AHRMA is the largest vintage racing group in North America and one of the biggest in the world. The association has grown steadily over the years, reflecting the increasing interest in classic bikes.

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