May 13, 2011 - The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) announced that Kawasaki Motors Corp. U.S.A. will be celebrated as the 2011 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days Marque of the Year, July 22-24, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
"Kawasaki put the 'Good Times' in motorcycling from the very beginning, and has become a world icon," said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. "We are really pleased that attendees at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days will see firsthand the company and the people that brought us incredible machines like the Samurai and Avenger models, then the Mach III triple (book review) and the 900cc Z-1, all the way to today's Ninjas, Concours 1400s and Vulcans.
"With Kawasaki as our 2011 Marque of the Year, we're bringing the good times to AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days in a big way," Dingman said.
Kawasaki, well known as a leader in the performance category for the past 45 years in the United States, has won numerous AMA racing championships on pavement as well as dirt.
The recognition for the company as AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days Marque of the Year will include interactive opportunities for attendees to be immersed in the brand's history, as well as providing a chance for licensed riders to demo current Kawasaki motorcycles.
Chris Brull, Director of Marketing Communications for Kawasaki said "This event is one of the industry's best opportunities for a brand to cement its historical relevance with the motorcycling community, and Kawasaki is honored to be able to build a performance bridge between its early days and the present."
Hosting a "Kawasaki City" at the Mid-Ohio venue for the event, the company will exhibit many of its groundbreaking models, including the famed 500cc Mach III triple and the 900cc Z-1, recognized as the industry's first true superbike.
According to Brull, Kawasaki riders attending the event will enjoy special perks, including a Kawasaki-only parking area and the chance to participate in a special lap of the Mid-Ohio track.
In addition to historical product displays at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, Kawasaki will also showcase its Team Green amateur racing program, currently in its 30th year of providing support to young racers around the country. Since its inception, it has become the most successful program of its type, and has helped boost numerous eventual off-road national champions into the spotlight.
The winner of two Kawasakis -- a restored, classic Z1 and a new Z1000 -- will also be announced at the event.
Tickets are still available, with a $5 suggested donation per ticket to the Motorcycle Hall of Fame for each chance to win. Call (614) 856-2222 or visit the Motorcycle Museum for more info.
AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is America's grandest celebration of motorcycling heritage, with national championship vintage racing, the world's largest motorcycle swap meet, new bike demo rides, seminars, classic motorcycle shows, new product vendors, club displays, a used motorcycle sales area, and other displays.
Enthusiasts from across the country regularly attend the three-day celebration. Tickets for AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days are available now from the Mid Ohio race course.
Information about competing in the vintage races at the AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is available on the Vintage Motorcycle Days website. Proceeds from AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days benefit the Motorcycle Hall of Fame. The goal of the Hall of Fame, which is on the AMA campus in Pickerington, Ohio, is to tell the stories and preserve the history of motorcycling's legends and heroes.
(May 27, 2011) - The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is pleased to announce that the Aermacchi/Harley-Davidson Club has been selected as the Classic Club for 2011 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, July 22-24, at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
"Motorcycling history is rich with distinctive relationships that produced some of the most interesting examples of motorcycle technology," said Jack Penton, AMA director of operations and Motorcycle Hall of Famer.
"The Aermacchi/Harley-Davidson line of 1961-1978 certainly fits that description, and we're pleased to provide attendees of AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days an opportunity to appreciate these special motorcycles."
The selection of the Classic Club complements the announcement of Kawasaki as the 2011 Marque of the Year for AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days. By honoring a Classic Club, the AMA continues a long-standing tradition of recognizing the many brands that are represented at America's grandest celebration of motorcycle heritage.
"The legendary Aermacchi/Harley-Davidson Sprint CRTT flat-single racers were born in 1961 when the Italian factory Aermacchi entered into a financial relationship with Harley-Davidson," said John Basore, who is working with the AMA to organize the Classic Club display.
"The union led to the production of 65cc to 350cc street and racing motorcycles for AMA-sanctioned lightweight competition. AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days will be a rare opportunity for fans to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the birth of this unique brand."
As this year's Classic Club, Aermacchi/Harley-Davidson will be featured in a special display tent on the grounds of Mid-Ohio, and visitors will have a chance to see bikes, memorabilia and more relating to the rare motorcycles.
Those interested in displaying their vintage Aermacchi/Harley-Davidson or brand-related memorabilia as part of the Classic Club display can contact Basore at (336) 245-3594 or firstname.lastname@example.org.