2010 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days
AMA Announces 2010 Vintage Motorcycle Days
October 15, 2009 - The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA)
has announced the 2010 dates of the country's premier
annual celebration of motorcycling heritage.
AMA Vintage Motorcycle
Days will take place next year on July 9-11, 2010, at the
world-class Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
Tickets will go on sale Nov. 30. Please visit MidOhio.com
or call (800) MID-OHIO for more information or to order tickets.
The 19th Annual AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days features classic
motorcycles of all makes and styles, and honors the riders who made
Husqvarna Named Marque of the Year for 2010 AMA Vintage Motorcycle
Husqvarna, the legendary make that ruled AMA
Racing off-road competition throughout the 1970s and 1980s, has recently
made a full-throttle return to national championship contention.
July 9-11, the iconic brand will celebrate its heritage and build toward
its future as the Marque of the Year at the 19th annual AMA Vintage
"Arguably the most dominant off-road racing brand in the United
States for a generation of racers, Husqvarna has recently returned full
force to AMA Racing national competition,'' said Tigra Tsujikawa, AMA
special events and marketing manager. "We're pleased to showcase both Husqvarna's history and the company's renewed investment in
motorcycling's present and future at this year's AMA Vintage Motorcycle
"Husqvarna Motorcycles is delighted to be the AMA Vintage Motorcycle
Days Marque of the Year for 2010," said Husqvarna Motorcycles North
America President Mark Brady. "Launching the new decade with this
prestigious recognition is indeed an honor. Everyone at Husqvarna
Motorcycles is very much aware of the great history of the brand, and we
are determined to bring back the glory days.
"We believe that developing a closer relationship with the AMA is an
important part of growing and protecting the rights of every rider in
America," Brady added.
As part of Husqvarna's participation in AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days,
fans will be able to get up close and personal with the Husqvarna's moto-history,
from its genesis in Sweden in the early 1900s to the high-tech off-road,
motocross and dual-sport bikes the company sells and races today.
Although many U.S. riders first became familiar with Husqvarna in the
early 1960s, the company had been selling motorcycles since 1903 when it
fitted Husqvarna frames with engines from makers such as FN and Moto-Reve.
In 1920 Husqvarna began building its own engine, a 550cc four-stroke
50-degree side-valve V-twin. Another early milestone was the legendary "Svartkvarna,"
built in 1946. It was a lightweight, reliable two-stroke that could
endure hard use with minimal maintenance. The machine established a
reputation that would define the Husqvarna marque for decades to follow.
By the early 1960s the two-stroke revolution had yet to reach the
United States. U.S. riders were still tackling the woods and deserts on
converted Harley-Davidsons, Triumphs and BSAs. It was about this time
that a man named Edison Dye, now a member of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of
Fame, took a motorcycle tour of Europe during which he became instantly
enthralled with the European sport of motocross, and a new breed of
lightweight two-stroke bikes favored by its competitors.
A few years later, Dye put a Husqvarna motocross bike in the hands of
a young American rider named Malcolm Smith for evaluation. Smith, also
an AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer, gave the bike a thumbs up. This
persuaded Dye to become the U.S., Husqvarna importer in 1966.
As part of
a marketing campaign Dye organized visits to the U.S., by the reigning
Swedish world motocross champion Torsten Hallman, who also has since
taken a seat in the Hall of Fame. Not only did Dye sell Husqvarna
motorcycles but he also introduced a new style of motorcycle racing to
While educational displays and seminars at AMA Vintage Motorcycle
Days will focus on Husqvarna's rich history, the machines also will be
among the many brands that amateur racers will test on the racetrack in
the multiple racing disciplines that are part of the weekend's
AMA Hall of Famer Malcolm Smith to serve as Grand Marshal
for 2010 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days
One afternoon in the mid-1960s, a man walked into a Southern California
motorcycle shop looking for someone to race an unproven motorcycle with a
foreign-sounding name. Lucky for that man, he walked into the right shop
and found the right racer. Malcolm Smith took Edison Dye's offer, and
their partnership would help establish the Husqvarna motorcycle brand as a force
in American off-road.
In recognition of Malcolm Smith's contributions to the success of Husqvarna,
the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and Husqvarna Motorcycles North
America are pleased to announce that Smith will serve as Grand Marshal at the
19th annual AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days this July 9-11 in Lexington, Ohio.
"Even today, decades after Malcolm Smith's racing prime, his fan base rivals
some of the top names in the sport," said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman.
"To anyone who has met him, the reason for that is clear: Malcolm Smith is
synonymous with everything positive about motorcycling -- fun, sportsmanship,
and excitement. He will serve as an exceptional Grand Marshal at this year's AMA
Vintage Motorcycle Days as we celebrate the brand on which he became famous:
Added Husqvarna National Sales and Marketing Manager Scot Harden: "When it
came to honoring a Grand Marshal at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, Malcolm Smith
was the obvious choice. We look forward to celebrating the storied history
of Husqvarna with Malcolm, as well as a large number of other past Husqvarna
legends and champions on July 9-11."
Smith says he's looking forward to meeting fans and enjoying the activities
himself at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days.
"I was last at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days three years ago and had a
wonderful time," Smith said. "I particularly liked walking around the
large field where they sell all the old bike parts, buying a truckload and then
figuring out how to get it all back to California. I'm spoiled. I
like to ride new bikes, but I really enjoy working on old motorcycles. I
work on them every day."
Smith said that he remembers the day he was introduced to Husqvarna
motorcycles like it was yesterday.
"When Edison Dye brought me the bike, we laid out a track and some trail that
went up into the hills," Smith said. "When I came back from that ride, I said,
'Mr. Dye, you have yourself a rider.' The bike was so far ahead of
anything else available at the time, and so reliable."
Following his encounter with Dye, Smith's success and influence wasn't
limited to the track. Smith's positive evaluation of those first
Husqvarnas also persuaded Dye to become the U.S. Husqvarna importer in 1966.
That decision paved the way for Dye to bring in reigning Swedish world
motocross champion Torsten Hallman to race the bikes in the United States.
Not only did that move further advertise the quality and speed of Husqvarnas and
help Dye sell a lot of motorcycles, but it also established the sport of
motocross on American soil.
In his role as grand marshal, Smith will participate in numerous fan-friendly
activities, from autograph signings to discussions of his history with
Husqvarna. This will be a rare and unique opportunity for Smith's
thousands of fans to meet and greet the off-road legend.
As a racer, Smith gained fame for his accomplishments in the Baja 1000 and
for his gold-medal-winning rides in the International Six Day Enduro
competitions, but his notoriety reached well beyond the motorcycling community
as the star of the influential 1970s motorcycle movie, "On Any Sunday."
The scenes of Smith play-riding with his buddies, which included popular
actor Steve McQueen, showed people across the country just how fun motorcycling
could be. The movie helped launch an explosion in the popularity of off-road
motorcycling in America.
More on the 2010 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days Event
Activities include the AMA Racing Vintage Grand
Championships, which feature road racing, motocross, hare scrambles,
trials and dirt-track racing.
The event will also inlude North America's largest motorcycle
swap meet; bike shows and awards; a Marque of the Year display that
showcases the history of a unique brand; a Grand Marshal; a
new-product vendor midway; stunt shows; demo rides of current
production bikes; and seminars on a number of topics by noted
"AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is the highlight of many
motorcyclists' calendars," said AMA Special Events and Marketing
Manager Tigra Tsujikawa. "By announcing the dates now, we hope to
provide our fans, enthusiasts and racers ample opportunity to set
their schedules for next year."
"As always, AMA Vintage Motorcycle
Days will be a treat for motorcycling fans of all eras -- and ages
-- and we don't want anyone to miss out on this unique opportunity."
Michelle Trueman Gajoch, president of TrueSports Inc., which owns
and operates the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Mid-Ohio School,
added: "The AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days weekend is a special event
that we are proud to host for the 16th straight year."
"Classic sportbikes on a historic track like Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course make
the races a real spectacle to see. The on-track action, coupled with
one of the world's largest motorcycle swap meets, is a treat for
fans as well as riders."
Proceeds from AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days benefit the AMA
Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum. The goal of the Hall of Fame,
located on the campus of the AMA in Pickerington, Ohio, is to tell
the stories and preserve the history of motorcycling's legends and
For more information, call (614) 856-2222, or visit the Hall
of Fame's website at MotorcycleMuseum.org.
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