Six premier custom motorcycle builders will provide a modern touch to AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, as they display some of their best designs along Builders’ Row at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, July 8-10.
“These bikes will showcase innovation, attention to detail and amazing creativity,” said AMA Chief Operations Officer Jeff Massey. “Every motorcyclist is going to want to visit Builders’ Row during this event. To have this much motorcycle-building talent in one place is a real treat.”
The featured builders include:
- Analog Motorcycles: Gurnee, Ill., builder Tony Prust combines skills from past careers and interests, such as audio engineering and carpentry, to create motorcycles and components that are complex in thought and design, yet simple in execution.
- Chris Carr Design: Founder and owner Chris Carr started his business as a hobby in a small garage with few tools. A designer and artist at heart, he now directs those talents toward vintage motorcycles in his Caro, Mich., shop.
- Federal Moto: The company, with locations in Chicago and in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, creates one-of-a-kind motorcycles and accessories for the everyday adventurer.
- The GasBox, Cleveland, Ohio: The GasBox builds custom motorcycles from the ground up and also takes classic motorcycles and transforms them into something new.
- Loaded Gun Customs: Owner Kevin Dunworth prides himself on always crossing the lines, blurring distinctions and challenging conventional concepts and wisdom. Those traits are evident in the motorcycles he produces at his shop in Selbyville, Del.
- TC Bros. Choppers LLC: Brothers Tyler and Tim Cobb possess a passion for garage-built custom motorcycles. Their Wauseon, Ohio, shop offers supplies for the do-it-yourself custom bike builder who is not afraid of getting dirty.
- Wilkinson Brothers: Graphic designers Casey and Corey Wilkinson are motorcycling diehards from Carmel, Ind. The brothers found a way to combine their love of motorcycles with their creative talents.
For 2016, with the generous support of Suzuki Motor of America, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days honors the career of Suzuki rider and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Wes Cooley. The infield display, Celebrating 40 Years of AMA Superbikes, presented by Suzuki, will showcase the rich history of AMA Superbike racing with a number of historic championship-winning machines. The central piece of the display will be Cooley’s 1980 championship-winning GS1000, which Cooley will ride in demonstration laps around the road race course each day.
AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days features the Moto Armory AMA Off-Road Vintage Grand Championship, including vintage and post-vintage motocross, hare scrambles and trials, as well as vintage and post-vintage road racing on Mid-Ohio’s road race course and dirt-track racing at the nearby Ashland County Fairgrounds sponsored by Nationwide Insurance. Mini road racing and a pit bike race also will be held during the event.
The weekend includes North America’s largest motorcycle swap meet sponsored by Federal Motorcycle Transport, the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Bike Show presented by Old Bike Barn, the American Motor Drome Wall of Death, a classic motorcycle field meet, demo rides of current production bikes, seminars, live music, raffle bikes, a beer garden with the region’s best craft beers, and displays of AMA clubs and custom bike builders.
Tickets are available for purchase on the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course website at www.midohio.com or at the gate. A weekend pass is $60, a single-day admission for Friday or Saturday is $40 and a single-day admission for Sunday is $35. Kids 12 and under get in free.
AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is a fundraiser for the nonprofit AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. Financial contributors include Moto Armory, Nationwide Insurance, Suzuki Motor of America, Federal Motorcycle Transport, Old Bike Barn, Iron Pony/Pony Powersports, and Sena Technologies Inc.