Isle of Man TT Winner, Dave Roper named Grand Marshal of the 2021 FIM NORTH AMERICA VINTAGE ROAD RACING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Loudon, New Hampshire, April 2021 – The United States Classic Racing Association (USCRA), the oldest vintage motorcycle road racing organization in the U.S., announces vintage road racing legend and the first American to ever win at an Isle of Man TT, Dave Roper as Grand Marshal of the 20th annual FIM North America Vintage Road Race Championships sanctioned by the AMA, on June 12-13, 2021 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, New Hampshire.
Bob Coy, Director of the USCRA had this to say about Dave Roper: “Dave is an unassuming and very accomplished racer’s racer. For over 48 years. Dave has raced and ridden the world’s greatest factory road racing bikes around the world, through his long association with Team Obsolete. There is no other individual who has accomplished more racing and maintaining the rarest and greatest of the old machinery in pursuit of his passion.”
Dave Roper personifies vintage racing. Competing continually since 1972, he has captured over 20 AHRMA National Championships in a variety of classes on different machinery. In 1984, Dave won the Senior Historic TT at the Isle of Man, making him the first American to ever win at the famed mountain course. For the majority of his racing career, Dave has been a “factory” rider for Team Obsolete, successfully campaigning some of the most prestigious and historic motorcycle in the world.
In 2019, Dave was the subject of the award-winning independent documentary “Motorcycle Man.” The USCRA will be screening the film as part of the weekend’s events.
Additionally, Dave will be competing on his 1946 Moto Guzzi Dondolino at the Tower Hill Climb in downtown Weirs Beach, Laconia, NH on Tuesday, June 15. The Tower Hill Climb is an authentic recreation of the original competition, dating back to 1918. Admission to the event is free and is part of the 2021 Laconia Bike Week activities.
More information on the event, which will take place at the start of Laconia Motorcycle Week, can be found at www.race-uscra.com, or on the USCRA facebook page.
About the United States Classic Racing Association (USCRA) www.race-uscra.com
The USCRA is the oldest vintage motorcycle road racing organization in the United States. The club promotes four general types of events: Road racing on both proprietary built road race circuits and real roads courses (Gunstock® and the Streets of Laconia®), as well as Observed Trials, Motogiro USA® and Pewter Run® touring events held on open public roads.
The mission of the USCRA is:
• The preservation and racing use of historic and modern racing motorcycles and sidecars
• To foster close and competitive racing in a spirit of sportsmanship and camaraderie
• Provide accessibility of classic motorcycle racing to interested enthusiasts
• Promote and grow the sport
• And most importantly, to have FUN!
About the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) www.fim-live.com
The FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) founded in 1904, is the governing body for motorcycle sport and the global advocate for motorcycling. The FIM is an independent association formed by 113 National Federations throughout the world. It is recognized as the sole competent authority in motorcycle sport by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Among its 50 FIM World Championships the main events are MotoGP, Superbike, Endurance, Motocross, Supercross, Trial, Enduro, Cross-Country Rallies and Speedway. Furthermore, the FIM is also active and involved in the following areas: public affairs, road safety, touring and protection of the environment. The FIM was the first international sports federation to impose an Environmental Code in 1994.
About the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) www.americanmotorcyclist.com
Since 1924, the AMA has protected the future of motorcycling and promoted the motorcycle lifestyle. AMA members come from all walks of life, and they navigate many different routes on their journey to the same destination: freedom on two wheels. As the world’s largest motorcycling organization, the AMA advocates for motorcyclists’ interests in the halls of local, state and federal government, the committees of international governing organizations, and the court of public opinion. Through member clubs, promoters and partners, the AMA sanctions more motorsports competition and motorcycle recreational events than any other organization in the world. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, the AMA preserves the heritage of motorcycling for future generations. AMA members receive money-saving discounts from dozens of well-known suppliers of motorcycle services, gear and apparel, bike rental, transport, hotel stays and more.