Road America Vintage Motorcycle Classic 2012

For the third year, the Road America Vintage Motorcycle Classic, near Elkhart Lake, Wis., was the place to be in early June.

| November/December 2012

  • Road America Vintage Racing
    Road America 2012 was the best yet, with beautiful weather and plenty of great vintage racing.
    Photo By Jeff Barger
  • Dustin Foretich Racing
    Dustin Foretich racing his 2006 Triumph Thruxton at Road America.
    Photo By Jeff Barger
  • Gary Swan
    Gary Swan of Mission Hills, Calif., races a Honda in Sportsman 350.
    Photo By Jeff Barger
  • Stacie B London
    Stacie B. London of Los Angeles races a Honda CB160.
    Photo By Jeff Barger
  • Shaking Hands
    Paul Elledge (left) and Brady Walker get set for the Vintage Superbike Lightweight race on Saturday.
    Photo By Jeff Barger
  • Ken Debelak
    Ken Debelak of Nashville, Tenn., races a pair of vintage Hondas.
    Photo By Jeff Barger
  • John Schults
    John Schults of La Porte. Ind., races a pair of vintage Harley-Davidsons.
    Photo By Jeff Barger
  • Fred Willink
    Frank Willink of Sunnyvale, Calif., races a Triumph Thruxton.
    Photo By Jeff Barger
  • Kenny Cummings
    Kenny Cummings of New York, N.Y., races a 1968 Norton.
    Photo By Jeff Barger
  • Joe Rybacek
    Joe Rybacek, 1954 M-G Falcone Sport. European, Best Restored.
    Photo By Jeff Barger
  • Kevin Hahn
    Kevin Hahn, 1971 M-G Ambassador. European, Best Rider.
    Photo By Jeff Barger
  • Heath Hemauer
    Heath Hemauer, 1974 Norton Commando. British, Best Rider.
    Photo By Jeff Barger
  • Burt Richmond
    Burt Richmond, 1957 Velocette LE 200. Editor's Choice award.
    Photo By Jeff Barger
  • Todd And Ben Meyer
    Todd and Ben Meyer (right), 1952 BSA Gold Star. British, Best Restored.
    Photo By Jeff Barger
  • Burt Richmond With Honda
    Burt again, for Diane Fitzgerald, 1968 Honda CL125A. Japanese, Best Rider.
    Photo By Jeff Barger
  • Dave Spooner
    Dave Spooner, 1978 Yamaha XS650. Best Custom.
    Photo By Jeff Barger
  • Phil Taylor
    Phil Taylor, 1938 H-D FXRT. American, Best Restored.
    Photo By Jeff Barger
  • Samuel Oliva
    Samuel Oliva, 1971 Honda SL350. Japanese, Best Restored.
    Photo By Jeff Barger
  • Broughton Sheboygan Marsh Park
    Riders line up for a group photo below the 40-foot observation tower at Broughton Sheboygan March Park.
    Photo By Jeff Barger
  • Rick Richter
    AHRMA racer Rick Richter of Hayward, Wis., the Motorcycle Classics/Road America Getaway Giveaway winner.
    Photo By Jeff Barger
  • Classic Bike Lineup
    There were a lot of great classic bikes to see at Road America 2012. Here's hoping for even more next year!
    Photo By Jeff Barger

  • Road America Vintage Racing
  • Dustin Foretich Racing
  • Gary Swan
  • Stacie B London
  • Shaking Hands
  • Ken Debelak
  • John Schults
  • Fred Willink
  • Kenny Cummings
  • Joe Rybacek
  • Kevin Hahn
  • Heath Hemauer
  • Burt Richmond
  • Todd And Ben Meyer
  • Burt Richmond With Honda
  • Dave Spooner
  • Phil Taylor
  • Samuel Oliva
  • Broughton Sheboygan Marsh Park
  • Rick Richter
  • Classic Bike Lineup

Unofficially billed as “America’s National Park of Speed,” the 4.048-mile Road America circuit was built in 1955, when the track was carved out of 525 acres of beautiful Wisconsin farmland. Located a stone’s throw from Elkhart Lake, Wis., the circuit was constructed when road racing on the surrounding public roads — ongoing since 1950 — was banned. Since then, Road America has become hallowed ground, its original 14-turn configuration never altered.

June 8-10, 2012, welcomed the 3rd Annual Road America Vintage Motorcycle Classic, and good weather this year made this the best yet, as the first two events witnessed occasional rain and wind, putting a mild damper on things. But not this year. With temperatures in the 80s and plenty of sun, spectators were able to really enjoy all the event had to offer.

On track

The American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA) put on a great race weekend as usual, with vintage and modern racing Saturday and Sunday. A highlight for spectators and racers alike, and the beginning of the racing schedule both days, was the Battle of the CB160 LeMans Start, with 15 racers lining up across the track on their small-bore Hondas, waiting for the signal to race across the track and bump start their bikes before roaring off. The home advantage paid off for Evie Hunt of Kenosha, Wis., who finished first in the CB160 races on both Saturday and Sunday.

With 10 races held every day, there was great vintage racing action for fans of every flavor of vintage bike, from pre-1940 hand-shift singles and twins to vintage superbikes and 2-strokes, Battle of the Twins, the Thruxton Transatlantic Challenge (which features modern Triumph Thruxtons) and even modern motard racing.



Under the big tent

Motorcycle Classics was there again, as we have been from the start, hosting our 3rd Annual Ride & Show. This year we moved from the large parking lot just inside the entrance to a new spot closer to the action in the swap meet. We had a great turnout, with more than 50 bikes entered in our show. The upper Midwest is home to a vibrant vintage bike scene, and this show always brings out a wide and interesting variety of machines. We had everything from land-speed race bikes to a vintage trials Triumph, a Kawasaki Z1 that had been modified into a trike, café racers, a Honda CB750-powered chopper, plus a lovely mix of original and restored British, Italian, German, Japanese and American bikes. Fabulous.

Our guest judge this year was vintage bike enthusiast and friend of the magazine John van Dam of Van Dam Trucking. Based in Fargo, N.D., when he’s not delivering bikes to the stars, John collects and restores bikes in his free time. A fan of Laverdas, he owns the Laverda RGS1000 that belonged to former Cycle World editor David Edwards’ brother. Needless to say, John’s a kindred soul, and he lent his considerable knowledge to help us pick out our winners in five different classes (see great Road America photos in our Image Gallery).

gerald estes III
10/26/2012 11:48:12 AM

nice photos







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