By Bert Baker
Photos By Michael Davis – Moto-Lenz Photos
Originally published July 2019
The American Motorcycle Racing Association (AMRA) held its first race of the year at the legendary Beech Bend Raceway Park on April 28 & 29. With over 200 bikes registered to race, it was an action-packed weekend.
The AMRA is one of the best kept secrets in the American motorcycling culture. Motorcycle racers of all kinds have known about it since its inception in 1985, but the mainstream motorcycling world wasn’t aware of its existence until just recently.
The ownership of the AMRA was transferred this year from long time owners Marty and Jayne Vandenheuval to a five-person ownership group which includes Greg Baugh, John Toth, Marianne Miller, Bill Rowe, and Bert Baker. The goals of the new ownership group are twofold. One, to maintain the same level of racing that the AMRA faithful have grown to expect and two, to increase awareness of the AMRA to those that ride American motorcycles on the street.
The AMRA is an intoxicating blend of good old-fashioned drag racing combined with the raucous American motorcycle lifestyle similar that found at Sturgis or Daytona Bike Week. Part of that lifestyle includes a relentless spirit of cooperation between racers and newcomers alike. A newcomer that wants start racing can walk up to virtually anybody in the pits, be welcomed and given solid guidance on how to get in on the action. Translation: the eclectic group of AMRA weirdos are quick to help each other out and quicker to help someone new to the sport. There’s only one way to start and that’s to attend one of the following events:
Orlando Speedworld Orlando FL – May 18 & 19; Beech Bend Raceway Bowling Green KY – June 29 & 30; US131 Motorsports Park, Martin MI – July 27 & 28; Numidia Dragway Numidia PA – August 24 & 25;
Beech Bend Raceway Bowling Green KY – September 21 & 22; The Rock Dragway Rockingham NC – October 12 & 13
Photos by Michael Davis, Moto Lenz Photos