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Board Track (teens thru 1928) take to the half mile limestone track at the Fulton County Fairgrounds, Wauseon, Ohio during the AMCA National Meet.

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VINTAGE HALF MILE RACES HIGHLIGHT WAUSEON, OHIO AMCA NATIONAL MEET

July 17, 2009


By Larry Barnes

 

Start with a dozen hand shift Harleys and Indians, add a pack of priceless board trackers; a herd of seldom-seen Harley 165cc Hummers; 750cc Triumph and Yamaha twins; 500cc Royal Enfields; 250cc Bultacos, and a few other brands...then add AMA pro riders racing the 80's Pro Singles and Vintage Pro Twins, plus the Ohio Speedway Long Track Championship, and you've got an amazing night of dirt track racing!

These races are a highlight of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America (AMCA) national meet, held every year in July at the Fulton County Fairgrounds, along the Ohio Turnpike, near Wauseon, Ohio.  They are promoted by Scott Brown and his very capable "Bike Days Motorcycle Club."

Alcohol burning Jawa Speedway bikes started the night's heat races at about 4:30 pm with crowd favorite Ronnie Rall and his son Chad Rall leading the way around the immaculately prepared half mile.  Chad ended up winning his second Ohio Speedway Long Track championship in as many years.  John Debats was second and Joe Garrison finished third. 

Close finishes seemed to be the order of the day as the full grandstand of people watched Mike Magee, of Conesville, Ohio, beat last year's winner, "Grandma" Linda Blum, in a photo finish on their Harley 165cc Hummers.  Then John Bova, on his Bultaco Pursang, got by James Paden, on his Harley Sprint at the checkered flag in the 250cc brakeless class.

When the board trackers were called out, The History Channel TV crew was there to film the rolling start, as part of an upcoming TV special called "Thunder Road," featuring "the very rare Harley Davidson Board Track bike and Dale Walksler of "Wheels Through

Time Museum"  in Maggie Valley, NC.  Walksler was riding the very last Harley Davidson the factory ever made for board tracking.  Mike Lange won the race though, followed by Vince Martinico, both on older antique Harleys.  Frank Westfall on a Henderson finished third.  Be sure to watch for the TV special later this year on The History Channel.    

Next, perennial vintage champion George Wills took first in the 500/750cc brakeless foot-shift class followed by Randy Blackwell, both on 750cc Harleys.  They were chased by Doug Horner on a 500cc Triumph.

Wills also won the Antique Handshift class on his Harley WR, followed by James Longcot on an Indian Chief, Dennis Clark on a Harley, then Doug Horner and Tom Knight, both on Indian Sport Scouts.  

The Vintage 250/360 class saw the only major crash and injury of the night as Jim Rittenhouse got crossed up and high-sided in turn one.  After a long ambulance stay on the track, Albert McRoberts won the restart on a Honda, followed by Tom Morgan and his Kawasaki and Rich Long on a Honda. 

As the Vintage 600 Pro class got rolling, it began to rain.  About halfway into the race, AMA officials called the race completed and named leader the Tom Morgan and his Honda the winner.

After an hour or so wait, all the remaining races were cancelled and scored by heat finishes, bringing an abrupt end to the night's program.  There will be a lot of "scores to settle" next year in many classes!

Antique Flat Track Motorcycle Races, Friday Night July 17, 2009

Results:

1. BOARD TRACK - TEENS THRU 1928:   

1.Michael Lange-Hd; 2.Vince Martinico-Hd; 3.John Rhodes-Unk; 4.Michael Terry-Unk; 5.Dale Walksler-Hd;

2. 165cc LIGHTWEIGHT - 1948-1966:   

1.Mike Magee-Hd; 2.Linda Blum-Hd; 3.Alan Blum-Hd; 4.Wayne Albertson-Hd; 5.Larry Gillespie-Hd;

3. BRKLS FOOT SHIFT 250cc-1967:   

1.John R Bova-Bul; 2.James Paden Jr-Hd; 3.Carl Forkey-Hd; 4.Albert Mcroberts-Bul; 5.Randy Blackwell-Hd;

4. BRKLS FT SH 500OHV-750SV-THRU 1967:   

1.George Wills-Hd; 2.Randy Blackwell-Hd; 3.Gene Atherton-Tri; 4.Doug Horner-Tri; 5.Ronnie Rall-Re;

5. VINTAGE 250/360cc THRU 1981:   

1.Albert Mcroberts-Hon; 2.Tom Morgan-Kaw; 3.Rich Long-Hon; 4.Patrick Mcdermott-Ca; 5.Kenneth A Arnold-Bul;

6. VINTAGE 600cc PRO THRU 1980:   

1.Tom Morgan-Hon; 2.Thomas Englehart-Hon; 3.Nathan Long-Tri; 4.Aaron Long-Yam; 5.John Debats-Hon;

7. HAND SHIFT - 1936 THRU 1951:   

1.George Wills-Hd; 2.James Longcor-Ind; 3.Dennis Clark-Hd; 4.Doug Horner-Ind; 5.Thomas Knight-Ind;

8. 80's PRO SINGLES THRU 1989:   

1.Thomas Englehart-Hon; 2.James Longcor-Rot; 3.Dan Crawford-Ca; 4.Jim Bolenbaugh-Rot; 5.James Monegan-Hon;

9. VINTAGE OPEN AMATEUR - THRU 1980:   

1.Eric Kolenda-Tri; 2.John Evers-Yam; 3.Aaron Long-Yam; 4.Terry Higgins-Yam; 5.Tedd Smith-Yam;

10. VINTAGE OPEN TWINS-PRO-THRU 1980:   

1.Chad Rall-Yam; 2.Eric Kolenda-Tri; 3.Randy Blackwell-Hd; 4.Donald Bannerman-Unk; 5.Patrick May-Yam;

11. OHIO SPEEDWAY LONG TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP

1st Chad Rall #52x   Mansfield, OH
2nd  John Debats #41x   Kawkawlin, MI
3rd Joe Garrison #777   Lawrenceburg, IN
4th Chris Thomas #18   Mansfield, OH
5th Daniel Weicht #30   North Webster, IN
6th Steve Brinker #32P   Plainfield, IL
7th Chris Hathaway #82  Syracuse, IN
8th  Mark Engle #3   Clinton, MI
9th  Rod Massie #69   Wooster, OH
10th Mike Callen #33e   Galesburg, MI
11th Sean Massie #61   Wooster, OH
12th Kevin Sexton #60F   Elyria, OH
13th Ronny Rall #52   Engadine, MI
14th Jon Massie #77   Wooster, OH
15th Michael DeChamplain #63 Detroit, MI
16th  Dave Weicht #26   Pierceton, IN

 

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The History Channel's cameras roll for an upcoming show called "Thunder Road" featuring Dale Walksler and the very rare H-D Boardtrack bike that he competes on at the Antique Motorcycle Races during the 27th annual Wauseon National at the Fulton County Fairgrounds in Wauseon, Ohio.  (Photo courtesy of Wheels Through Time)

 

EVENT INFORMATION
2010 BIKE DAYS WAUSEON

Event:   Bike Days –AMCA Wauseon National
             Half Mile Antique Flat Track Motorcycle Racing and the
             Ohio Speedway Long Track Championship 
 
             During the Antique Motorcycle Club of America Meet – 28th year

Date:    Friday, July 16, 2010

Event Location:    Fulton County Fairgrounds
                              8514 SR 108
                              Wauseon, Ohio  43567

Directions:  Ohio Turnpike Exit 34 - Go ¼ mile north on State  Route 108 to fairground entrance.  (Northwestern, Ohio)

Pit Gate:       North Gate for entrance into the pits. (look for signs)

Promoter:     Bike Days LLC Motorcycle Club
Contact:       Scotty Brown
Phone:          (330) 837-5694  Fax: (330) 837-4146
Website:       www.bikedays.com  Email: scotty@bikedays.com

Mailing Address:  Bike Days LLC
                              1245 Cleveland St SW
                              Massillon, Ohio  44647

Schedule: Friday, July 16, 2010
 10:00 am  Pit Gate Opens – (North Track Gate)
              Registration Opens - Bike Days Rider Registration trailer (pit area)

 1:30 pm  Registration Closes

 2:00 pm  Riders’ Meeting @ Registration Trailer (all riders must attend)
               General Admission gates open (Grandstands)

 2:15 pm  Practice by class order posted in the pits.

 4:30-5:45pm Heat races will start, same order as practice schedule.

       Be ready to race.

 6:30  pm Opening ceremony.

General Admission:    Adult                     $15.00 
 (Grandstands)              Kids Ages 6-12      $5.00
                                    Ages 5 and under    FREE

Pit Pass:                    Adult                       $20.00
(Riders & Crew)        Ages 6-12               $10.00
                                 Ages 5 and under      FREE
 
Wristbands:  Your wristband is your event ticket/pit pass and must be worn at  all times.  If you leave the facility, you must have it on in order to re-enter.  This is your gate ticket.  Do not take it off.

Event T-Shirts: T-shirts may be purchased under the grandstands and in the pit area. 

Release of Liability:  You are responsible for your own safety.  All persons entering the pit area must sign the liability release waiver.  Parents or legal guardians must sign the release for children under 18 years of age.

Pit Area for “direct drive” motorcycles.   There will be a specific pit area assigned for Speedway and Board Track.  Signs will designate area.

Number Plates:  Number plates must be located on the front and left side of the bike.  Numbers must contrast with color of plate (example: white plate with dark numbers).  Please make sure they are readable so the scorekeepers can score your number correctly.  If you do not have a readable number on the front and left side, you will not be scored. Duplicate numbers in a class will be asked to add an extra number or letter to their plate.

All classes of motorcycles must have working handlebar mounted kill switch.  Please baffle open exhaust.

Awards – Checkered flag to first place winners and plaques awarded to second and third finishing positions plus contingency prizes.

NO Pit Racing.  - 5 mph only in the pits.  No bikes or quads outside the track.  No unsupervised children on motorcycles, quads or bicycles. 

Racers and crew are permitted to camp overnight in their pit area.  No water or electric hook-ups.  No campfires.   Prohibited:  fireworks, firearms and glass containers.

Food Concessions – Available in the pit area.

Race Rain Date – Saturday, July 17, 2010 at 12 noon.

The Wauseon National Meet is hosted by:  Lake Erie Chapter, Maumee Valley Chapter, Ohio Valley Chapter and the River Valley Chapter.  Over 500 dealers vend parts and motorcycles that are over 35 years old.  There are field games on Saturday morning, a pig roast on Saturday evening and a judged antique bike show on Sunday morning.  For vendor pre-registration contact Rocky Halter at (330) 832-1989.

YouTube Video from the Wauseon National 
Wauseon Racers - Pusherman Racing
Thor racing @ Wauseon - Wheels Through Time
Field Games @ Wauseon - Wheels Through Time

 ANTIQUE MOTORCYCLE CLASSES
AMCA WAUSEON NATIONAL RACES


1-BT
BOARD TRACK – TEENS THRU 1928
1. No brakes.
2. No gearbox or clutch (if running, transmission must be locked in one gear).
3. Rolling start.
4. These motorcycles were raced originally with clincher rims and tires and late twenties drop center rims and tires.  While safety is our major concern, please try to keep your tires and rims more styled to the period.

2-LW165
165cc LIGHTWEIGHT – 1948-1966
1. Rear brakes required – no front brakes.
2. Years of bikes are 1948-1966 Harley-Davidson.
3. 1948-1966 engines.
4. Stock frames from 1948-1966 hard tail or swing arm frame.  Frame may be braced for extra support.
5. You must use stock cylinders 1948-1966, but may alter intake and exhaust ports.
6. Must run stock gas tank.
7. No reed valves intake.
8. You may change the head, carburetor and exhaust pipes.
9. You can change the wheels, handle bars, seat and front end if you wish.

3-BRKL250
BRAKELESS FOOT SHIFT 250cc THRU 1967
1. No brakes, no aftermarket swing arm frames.
2. 250cc short track and ½ mile machines.
3. Engines produced 1967 model year and before (examples:  Triumph Cub, BSA C-15, Honda Hawk, Bultaco Metisse).
4. Aftermarket rigid frames such as cates and sonic weld may be used.

4-BRKL500
BRAKELESS FOOT SHIFT 500 OHV – 750 SV THRU
  1967
1. No brakes and rigid frame.
2. Foot shift and hand clutch.
3. 750cc side valve, 500cc overhead valve.


5-V250
VINTAGE 250/360cc THRU 1981

1. Brakes required.
2. Air cooled engines singles or twins.
3. Two stoke or four stroke motors.

6-Pro600
VINTAGE 600cc PRO THRU 1980
1. Rear brake required.
2. All Honda Ascot’s are legal.
3. Must be a twin shock frame.

7-HS
HAND SHIFT –1936 THRU 1951

1.  No brakes and rigid frame.
2.  Hand shift and foot clutch.

8-ProSingles
80’s PRO SINGLES THRU 1989

1. Rear brake required.
2. Air cooled single.
3. Twin Shocks.
 
9-Vopen
VINTAGE OPEN AMATEUR THRU 1980

1.  Rear brake required.
2.  All Honda Ascot’s are legal.
3.  Must be a twin shock frame.

10-ProTwins
VINTAGE OPEN TWINS-PRO THRU 1980

1. Rear brake required.
2. Twin shocks.
3. 42 mm forks are legal.
4. No larger than a wm5 rear wheel.

11-SPW
SPEEDWAY 500cc

1. No brakes.           2. Methanol fuel.      3. 19”or 22” rear wheel legal.
4. Single or 2-speed trans. legal.              5. Speedway or Long Track chassis legal.

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