AMA Vintage Days At Mid-Ohio Feature Yvon Duhamel And Something Called The Wall Of Death…

AMA Vintage Days At Mid-Ohio Feature Yvon Duhamel And Something Called The Wall Of Death…

© 2004, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.


From a press release issued by Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course:


DUBLIN, Ohio (July 14, 2004) – For fans attending the AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, July 16-18, a weekend packed with activities and events has been set to highlight the historic motorcycles, both on and off of the racing surface. While strolling through Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course’s 330 acres, spectators will encounter an array of off-track activities sure to please.

BMW will be the Featured Marque at 2004 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, celebrating the manufacturer’s historic past. The BMW Mobile Tradition Display will exhibit classic motorcycles and memorabilia. Riders visiting Mid-Ohio and Vintage Motorcycle Days on their BMW bikes will be able to park in a designated BMW-only parking area, located conveniently in Mid-Ohio’s infield.

No Vintage Motorcycle Days attendee will want to miss World Champion Stunt Rider Jean-Pierre Goy. Best known for his spectacular stunts in several James Bond films, Goy will treat spectators to daring performances throughout the weekend. Alternating between different BMW models, Goy executes rolling burnouts in clouds of smoke, wheelies in tight circles (with no hands), terrifies unknowing volunteers from the audience, and defies the laws of physics during his stunts. Tapped as the world-record holder for the longest continuous wheelie (over 100 miles), the stoppie distance record (383 feet) and numerous other crazy, not to mention dangerous, achievements. Fans can catch his wild act several times during the weekend in the upper paddock.

The ever-popular Will Stoner Swap Meet is an event like no other held in the United States. Introduced to Mid-Ohio fans in 1992, the event has grown into a complete weekend hosting more than 900 vendors, all of which bring a unique selection of parts and memorabilia with them. Covering more than 35 sprawling acres, the Will Stoner Swap Meet is the largest of its kind in the country.

Returning to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the second year of thrilling entertainment, Rhett Rotten’s “Wall of Death” performance is always a crowd pleaser. Located among the hustle and bustle of the infield, Rotten’s performance will take place a total of eleven times throughout the weekend. Live music from Terry Davidson and the Gears will entertain spectators with their classic rock sound.

Motorcycle riders have the opportunity to take a lap of the track from the seat of their own bike during the “Lap for History.” The cost of the lap is $5 and all proceeds go to the AMA Hall of Fame Museum. Sign-up takes place at the AMA Members Tent, and laps are during the lunch break both Saturday and Sunday.

Licensed motorcyclists can test-ride a variety of different bikes at the demo rides display located in the upper paddock. Representing manufactures include BMW, Harley-Davidson, Suzuki, Buell, Triumph, and Moto-Guzzi.

Weekend spectators are also invited to listen to motorcycle historians and experts discuss various motorcycle components. Motorcycle Hall of Fame Executive Mark Mederski kicks off the seminars with “You Have Made History” followed by Fred Jakobs discussing BMW Mobile Tradition, “100 years of Ernst Henne” and “80 Years of BMW Motorcycles.” John Healey teaches “Triumph Technicalities,” while Charles Falco presents “Understanding and Tuning your Carburetor.” Walker Powell explains “Motorcycling Collectibles” as Craig Vetter wraps things up with “The History of the American Motorscooter,” “The History of the Vetter,” and “Motorcycle Streamlining…Are you really slippery?”

This year’s Grand Marshal is motorcycle legend Yvon Duhamel. Duhamel spent the late 1960’s and 70’s as one of the world’s top motorcycle road racers, both in the United States and overseas. Duhamel was elected into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999, and will eventually be joined by his son, Miguel, the still-active AMA Superbike racer who has captured more career wins than anybody in the series.

For more information or tickets to Vintage Motorcycle Days, call 1-800-MID-OHIO or visit today.

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is a 2.4-mile, 15-turn permanent road racing circuit in Lexington, Ohio. Located 60 miles north of Columbus and 75 miles south of Cleveland near Mansfield, the track has been called the most competitive in the U.S. and annually hosts a diversity of locally, regionally and nationally sanctioned racing events for amateur, club and professional riders and drivers. Mid-Ohio’s 2004 schedule features seven spectator events, including the AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days (July 16-18), Honda Super Cycle Weekend presented by Dunlop Tire (July 23-25), Mid-Ohio Road Racing Classic (August 6-8), Unlimited Audio and Accessories presents the Triple Crown Tuner Challenge (August 21-22) and SCCA National Championship Runoffs? presented by Kohler (September 20-26).

Founded in 1981 and headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, TrueSports, Inc. is a privately held motorsports entertainment enterprise. The company owns and operates Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and The Mid-Ohio School, and promotes a wide variety of motor racing, driver instruction, corporate, and family entertainment events throughout the year.

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