Laguna Seca to Host AHRMA MotoFest For Next Three Years

Press Release | April 5, 2021

Dedicated to keeping vintage motorcycles alive and well, AHRMA signs three-year deal with Laguna Seca to host AHRMA MotoFest. AHRMA Classic MotoFest brings vintage-motorcycle racing to Monterey, California July 16-18.

AHRMA road racers Clint Austin (#720) and Jason Lindquist (#13). Photo by Etech Photo
AHRMA road racers Clint Austin (#720) and Jason Lindquist (#13). Photo by Etech Photo

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Montery, CA (April 5, 2021) – The American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA), today confirmed it will present the AHRMA Classic MotoFest of Monterey for the next three years at the iconic WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey County. With the mission of restoring and racing on and off-road vintage motorcycles while appealing to a wide array of different audiences, it’s an event that fits in with the historic aura of the original Laguna Seca.

During February 2020, AHRMA successfully held a private event at WeatherTech Raceway for its road-racing program that attracted enthusiastic racers from across the country. The July 16-18 AHRMA Classic MotoFest of Monterey will be the bookend to a motorcycle week of activities that begins July 9-11 with the return of MotoAmerica’s professional racing series.

“The WeatherTech Raceway road course and surrounding facilities will be an ideal stage for the incredible AHRMA show that features our diverse run groups,” said Arthur Kowitz, 2021 Chair of the AHRMA Board of Trustees. “Laguna Seca is a classic track and a perfect fit for our classic bikes.”

Photo by Kelly Shane

The MotoFest weekend will appeal to a broad audience base whose interests lie in classic motorcycles. The event features classes for motorcycles spanning pre-World War II up to modern single, twin and triple-cylinder and electric-powered racers. It is more common to see some of these bikes in museums, but AHRMA events are a unique opportunity for moto lovers of all ages to watch and enjoy heritage motorcycles in a very interactive experience for guests to enjoy.

“This is an exciting addition to our season calendar,” commented John Narigi, president and general manager of WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. “This has all the makings for a weeklong series of events and activities to establish the Monterey and Salinas communities as the place to be for sharing the passion of motorcycles’ past, present and future.”

A full array of ticket packages will be available from camping to single-day admission tickets for the AHRMA Classic MotoFest of Monterey. Tickets will go on sale at WeatherTechRaceway.com on April 12.

Saturday Night Drags to be Highlight at AHRMA Classic MotoFest in the Heartland

Drag Racer Tony Nicosia. Photo Courtesy of AHRMA
Drag Racer Tony Nicosia. Photo Courtesy of AHRMA

Classic Drag Racing to be Held at Heartland Motorsports Park

Topeka, KS (April 1, 2021) – The American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA) in association with Luke’s Racecraft confirmed it will host the inaugural Classic Drags at the AHRMA Classic MotoFest in the Heartland.

The event will take place on Saturday, May 29 at the world-class NHRA-sanctioned quarter-mile drag strip at Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka, Kansas and will feature five classes of vintage and next-generation superbike drag-racing under the lights in single-elimination, king-of-the-hill format. Single-elimination grudge matches will also be offered to competitors.

“The Heartland Motorsports Park facility is the perfect venue for us to launch, pun intended, vintage and just-past-their-prime drag bikes,” said Arthur Kowitz, Chairman of the AHRMA Board of Trustees. “Plus, it’s a chance for our road racers to test their skills on a real, traction-enhanced, drag strip.”

Look for three-wheel sidecar rigs and modern electric bikes in the mix as well as exhibitions of exotic multi-engine and semi-pro team rigs. The intense head-to-head competition will get underway at 6:30 p.m. EST and will run until all class champions are crowned.

Competition classes include Vintage Flyweight 0-250cc, Vintage Lightweight 251-500cc, Vintage Middleweight 501-750cc, Vintage Superbikes up to 1982, and Next Generation Superbikes from 1983-1992

“I have been intimately involved with promoting and increasing AHRMA membership for some time and with the growing sport of vintage drag racing globally, I feel that drag racing is a natural fit for AHRMA,” said Luke Conner (Luke’s Racecraft, the 2021 series sponsor). “Drag racing started here and it’s an American Sport. AHRMA is the premier motorcycle-racing program and we are truly multi-disciplined, so AHRMA events are a great place for vintage-motorcycle drag racing.”

For details on the event including tickets, schedules, and specific machine technical requirements, please visit www.ahrma.org/classicdragracing.

For general questions or inquiries regarding exhibition opportunities contact luke.conner@ahrma.org or jim.korn@ahrma.org.

For more information about AHRMA, visit www.ahrma.org

 

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