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!
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.
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.
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.
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
1. BOARD TRACK - TEENS THRU 1928:
1.Michael Lange-Hd; 2.Vince Martinico-Hd; 3.John Rhodes-Unk; 4.Michael Terry-Unk; 5.Dale
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;
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
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;
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
1.Eric Kolenda-Tri; 2.John Evers-Yam; 3.Aaron Long-Yam; 4.Terry Higgins-Yam; 5.Tedd
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;
OHIO SPEEDWAY LONG TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP
1st Chad Rall #52x Mansfield, OH
John Debats #41x Kawkawlin, MI
3rd Joe Garrison #777 Lawrenceburg,
4th Chris Thomas #18 Mansfield, OH
5th Daniel Weicht #30 North Webster,
6th Steve Brinker #32P Plainfield, IL
7th Chris Hathaway #82 Syracuse,
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
Dave Weicht #26 Pierceton, IN