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AMA Has Two Hot Dates For The Motorcycle Calendar

According to the motorcycle advocacy group, American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), there are two important dates to write down in that biker calendar.

Both annual events, the first honors motorcycling’s best and brightest with the 2016 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The Class of 2016 will be honored Thursday, October 13th, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

For the third year, the induction ceremony will be held in conjunction with the American International Motorcycle Expo, an event that brings together consumers, dealers, manufacturers and the world press in one location for global product launches, demo rides, motorcycling seminars and more.

“We are pleased to return to AIMExpo, where the world of motorcycling is invited to join us as we shine a bright spotlight on our legends through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “The Hall of Fame not only showcases its members, but the grand scope of motorcycling itself, and we feel it is important to give the motorcycle industry an opportunity to join us as we honor these influential racers, designers, advocates and pioneers.”

This October, eight individuals will join the ranks of motorcycling’s greatest advocates and champions when they are enshrined during the ceremony. They are:

  • Jeff Cole, race frame designer and builder
  • Miguel Duhamel, championship road racer
  • Charles Franklin, designer and creator of the Indian Scout
  • Chris Haines, racer, tuner and mechanic
  • Ronnie Jones, professional dirt-track racer
  • Jack Johnson, desert racer
  • Dennis Mahan, team manager for several Hall of Famers
  • Gloria Struck, pioneering woman rider

In addition to the new class of Hall of Famers, the AMA honors an existing inductee each year as an AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend, these are members of the Hall of Fame whose accomplishments have transcended motorcycling and achieved legendary heights.

The 2016 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend will be announced in the coming weeks.

For 2016, the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony includes a formal sit-down dinner with tickets running $130 per person, but AMA Life Members only paying $120. AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers can attend for no charge.

Past AMA Hall of Fame Induction ceremony - Source AMA

A little further out, vintage motorcycle racers, restorers, collectors and fans can mark their calendars in anticipation for July 7-9, the dates for 2017 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, which features vintage motorcycle racing in numerous disciplines, bike shows, stunt shows, seminars, a swap meet with hundreds of vendors and much more, raises funds for the nonprofit AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

“We’re pleased to announce the dates for AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days 2017, so attendees can start making plans for this wonderful event,” says Dingman. “Today, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is recognized as one of the country’s premier motorcycling festivals, and it’s important to remember that it celebrates the illustrious history that has shaped motorcycling in this country.”

AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days traces its roots to 1990 and has been held at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course since 1995. The track is a superb location for the event, accommodating road racing, trials, hare scrambles and motocross, in addition to a full slate of non-competition events.

The announcement of the 2017 date follows the execution of a multi-year agreement with Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course to host the event.

“We could not be happier to not only announce our 2017 date this early, but to also confirm a multi-year agreement with the premier motorcycle association in the country,” said Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course President Craig Rust. “Our partnership with the American Motorcyclist Association and AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days continues to grow and is one of the fan favorites on our schedule each year.”

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