The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is pleased to welcome non-profit organizations to AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days July 9-11 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, a fundraiser for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, is the biggest celebration of motorcycling's heritage in the United States.
The charitable organizations that will be on hand at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days include the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, the Cycle Conservation Club (CCC) of Michigan, the Malcolm Smith Motorsports Foundation, Riders Helping Riders, ABATE of Ohio and the Christian Motorcyclists Association.
"Motorcyclists are known for their ability to assemble for a good cause, and we are happy to have several of these groups join us at one of the biggest events on the AMA calendar," said AMA Special Events Manager Tigra Tsujikawa.
The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation will be making riders aware of the Ride for Kids® event on July 24 in nearby Marysville, Ohio. Ride for Kids events (www.rideforkids.org) benefit the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, which raises money to find the cause and cure for childhood brain cancer.
"At a Ride for Kids event, these children get to forget all the chemo, doctors and hospitals and just be a kid," said Robert Trigueros, Ride for Kids national manager. "Come ride with our kids and you'll be helping to save their lives. The AMA has been a huge supporter of Ride for Kids, so we're happy to take the opportunity at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days to strengthen that bond with AMA members and urge them all to share the passion of motorcycling with our kids."
The CCC of Michigan is one of the most active AMA-chartered clubs when it comes to promoting responsible off-road riding. The organization runs the 26th Annual Michael R. Burlingham Memorial Six Days of Michigan, which includes a trail ride, a dual-sport ride, a road ride and a kids ride. The event is July 24-31 this year. The CCC of Michigan was formed in 1968 to create off-road opportunities in Michigan and was instrumental in establishing the state's current trail system. CCC of Michigan members currently maintain about 1,500 miles of trail in the state.
"We'll be at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days to promote our membership, participate in one of the largest events in the area, and support the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame," said Lewis Shuler, executive director of the CCC of Michigan. "We know that there will be a lot of off-road riders there, and I personally have not been there before, so I'm really looking forward to it."
Supported by 2010 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days Grand Marshal Malcolm Smith, the Malcolm Smith Motorsports Foundation raises funds to help youth in Mexico. The charity's efforts include, but are not limited to, scholarships, computers, playgrounds, school operating funds and agricultural support. More information about the Malcolm Smith Motorsports Foundation can be found at Malcolmsmithmotorsportsfoundation.org.
Also on hand will be Riders Helping Riders, which will distribute free CD-ROM programs focused on teaching bikers how to recognize the signs of intoxication in a friend and keep them from riding their motorcycle under the influence.
ABATE of Ohio Inc., is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving the rights, improving the image, and promoting safe operating practices of Ohio Motorcyclists. At AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, members will help educate the motorcycle community about the organization's legislative agenda in this session of the Ohio Legislature and recruit new members to be motorcycle activists.
The Christian Motorcyclists Association (CMA), interdenominational and evangelistic in nature, adopts the vision of "changing the world, one heart at a time." The CMA will be on hand promoting that vision, as well as providing Sunday morning services.
Held at the world-class Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days features vintage and post-vintage competition in motocross, trials, hare scrambles, roadracing and dirt track. In addition to demo rides of current production bikes, the event includes North America's largest motorcycle swap meet, educational seminars, bike shows, the Federal Companies/Allied Used Bike Corral, motorcycling seminars, the new product Manufacturers' Midway, and club corrals featuring marque and regional clubs.
For 2010, Husqvarna is the event's Marque of the Year, while off-road racing legend Malcolm Smith is serving as grand marshal.
Proceeds from AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days benefit the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. The goal of the Hall of Fame, located on the campus of the AMA in Pickerington, Ohio, is to honor the distinguished men and women whose competitive spirit, passion, vision and entrepreneurship have played a vital role in shaping the sport, lifestyle and business of motorcycling. For more information, call (614) 856-2222, or visit the Hall of Fame's website at MotorcycleMuseum.org.