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Kevin Schwantz to Race Barber Vintage Festival in October

by Richard Backus

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Kevin Schwantz at Pukekohe in 2009 
Kevin Schwantz riding the Ken McIntosh-built Norton Manx at Pukekohe, New Zealand, in 2009.
Photo by Bryan Mawhinney.

1993 500cc Grand Prix World Champion Kevin Schwantz, former TT record holder, Maria Costello, Dutch Superbike series regular Peter Politiek, and a contingent of Manx-mounted New Zealanders will battle with American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA) regulars for points at the 7th Annual Barber Vintage Festival in October, the first race of the AHRMA Vanson World Championship mini-series.

Schwantz will race the McIntosh Norton Manx he raced two years ago at Pukekohe, and Costello will compete on a Dunstall Lowboy. Politiek will be aboard his immaculately prepared Ducati and race the AHRMA Formula Vintage class. Politiek, Costello and the New Zealanders will follow the AHRMA regulars as they head to Daytona to complete their 2011 race year and the mini-series. Kevin’s, Maria’s and the New Zealanders’ participation is being funded by contributions from AHRMA membership.

Vintage enthusiasts will not want to miss this spectacular lineup and possibly the most competitive 500 Premier grid ever. For more event information, registration information, event timing or directions visit: and/or

About the 2011 AHRMA Vanson World Championship SeriesThe 2011 AHRMA Vanson World Championship series, a first for AHRMA, is a mini-series that will tabulate results from all road race classes for the 7th Annual Barber Vintage Festival (October 8th and 9th) and the one round of the last event of the road race season at Daytona International Speedway, the following weekend (October 14th thru 16th).

About AHRMA The American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association is the recognized leader in classic motorcycle racing in North America, and the premier vintage racing organizations in the world. AHRMA is a member-owned non-profit association with a 30 year history of offering national and regional road racing, motocross, dirt track, cross country and observed trials competition.

The fastest vintage motorcycles in America, race ready and revving to go! – From an AHRMA press release.