AHRMA honors Dick Mann with unique on and off-road challenge
(January 27, 2021, Elora, Tennessee) The American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA) is honoring an icon of motorcycle racing with a new competition that brings together all of its on and off-road disciplines.
The Dick Mann Team Challenge is based on teams made up of one competitor from each AHRMA competition discipline. Team members are selected at random from the group of AHRMA members who registered for the Team Challenge. The results of individual team member performance at selected ARHMA events during 2021 will determine the winning team.
Team members were selected from the Vintage Motocross Premier 500 class, the Observed Trials Premier Heavy Weight and Light Weight classes, the Dirt Track Seventies Singles and 750 Sportsman classes, the Cross Country Premier and Classic classes and the Road Racing 500 Premier class.
“This is our way to revisit a prominent era that ended in the 1970s,” said Arthur Kowitz, chairman of the AHRMA Board of Directors. “It’s a fun way for AHRMA members to become involved with the competitions, riders and bikes in all disciplines while showcasing our most prestigious machines.”
Points towards the Team Challenge championship will be awarded at these AHRMA events during 2021:
January 16, Dirt Track at Morgan County Celebration Arena; Priceville, AL
February 18-21, Road Racing at Roebling Road Raceway; Bloomingdale, GA
March 6-7, Vintage Motocross, Cross Country and Trials at Cahuilla Creek Motocross; Anza, CA
March 27, Dirt Track at Baton Rouge, LA
April 23, Dirt Track at Willow Springs Raceway; Rosamond, CA
May 28-30, all disciplines at AHRMA Inaugural Classic MotoFest at Heartland Motorsports Park; Topeka, KS
July 16-18, Vintage Motocross, Cross Country, Trials and Road Racing at AHRMA Moto Fest 2, Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca; Monterey, CA
October 7-10 Vintage Motocross, Cross Country, Trials and Road Racing at Barber Vintage Festival at Barber Motorsports Park; Birmingham, AL
Five teams will compete in the Dick Mann Team Challenge during 2021:
Team A includes Luke Sayer in Cross Country on a 1956 TriBSA 650, Beno Rodi in Dirt Track on a 1967 Norton P11, Ron Melton in Road Racing on a 1962 Norton, Rob Poole in Observed Trials on a 1957 Ariel 500, and Ronald Smith in Vintage Motocross on a 1971 Triumph 500.
Team B includes Michael Stivason in Cross Country on a 1973 Triumph TR5T, Hunter Longshore in Dirt Track on a 1976 Yamaha TT500, Stuart Carter in Road Racing on a 1967 Matchless Seeley G50, Mark Sturtevant in Observed Trials on a 1965 BSA B40, and Al Anderberg in Vintage Motocross on a Dick Mann-built 1960 Matchless.
Team C includes Debbie Poole in Cross Country on a 1973 CZ 125, Tim Grow in Dirt Track on a 1968 Rickman/Triumph 500, Chuck Crocco in Road Racing on a 1971 BSA B50, Matt Parsons in Observed Trials on a 1956 Ariel HT500, and Kelly Shane in Vintage Motocross on a 1955 Cheney/Ariel 500.
Team D includes Dennis Brown in Cross Country on a 1967 Greeves Wessex 250, David Aldana in Dirt Track on a 1974 Honda XL350, Wes Orloff in Road Racing on a 1967 Honda CR450, Tyrus Wilson in Observed Trials on a 1964 Greeves TFS, and Cliff Mee in Vintage Motocross on a 1956 BSA Goldstar.
Team E includes Chad Bebout in Cross Country on a 1959 Triumph 650, Colton Roberts in Dirt Track on a 1974 PDV Gringo 360, Larry Poons in Road Racing on a 1971 Seely Condor, Robert Bellicitti in Observed Trials on a 1966 Triumph Cub, and Michael Miller in Vintage Motocross on a 1957 BSA Goldstar.
Submit questions or comments to Christopher Spargo, [email protected].
AHRMA (American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving, restoring and competing on historic motorcycles. With more than 3,000 members, AHRMA is the leading historic motorcycle racing group in North America and one of the largest in the world. The association’s enthusiastic membership reflects this country’s strong interest in classic bikes.