PICKERINGTON, Ohio — AMA Off-Road Vintage Grand Champions for 2015 were crowned at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, on July 12. Trevor Kline, 25, of Hebron, Ohio, won the AMA Off-Road Vintage Grand Championship and David Smeal, 55, of Danville, Pa., claimed AMA Off-Road Senior Vintage Grand Champion honors.
“Many AMA members who compete at the AMA Vintage Grand Championship don’t enter just one discipline, and this award was founded to recognize the best, most versatile riders at the event,” said AMA Supercross Director Kevin Crowther, who oversaw the vintage racing program at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days this year. “The AMA Off-Road Vintage Grand Champions excel in woods racing, motocross and trials. Winning this award is a true testament to all-around riding ability. It’s my pleasure to congratulate both Trevor and David on winning these awards in 2015, and to be the first to invite them back to defend their titles at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days next year.”
This is the first year that Kline and Smeal have earned top honors at the Moto Armory AMA Off-Road Vintage Grand Championship, although both have competed at the event in the past. For 2015, Moto Armory sponsored the off-road competition program at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, which included motocross, hare scrambles and trials.
Kline rode Open A in the vintage hare scramble, 250A and Open A in vintage motocross and Vintage Old School in trials. He said the determining factor this year was having a better trials bike than past years.
“This year we put together a different trials bike that’s more trials-oriented, because that’s normally where my whole event fell apart every year,” Kline said. “We put together an old Bultaco and ended up pulling it off this year.”
As far as the best track conditions, Kline said the motocross on Saturday was awesome.
“It’s probably been about the best it’s ever been here,” he said.
Kline assured fans that he will be back to defend the Vintage Grand Championship next year.
“I’ll come back every year,” Kline said. “It’s a good time.”
As the AMA Off-Road Vintage Grand Champion, Kline earned the most combined points in eligible vintage motocross, hare scrambles and trials classes during the event.
Smeal became the AMA Off-Road Senior Vintage Grand Champion by earning the most combined points in senior classes in the vintage motocross, hare scrambles and trials disciplines. A six-year competitor at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, this year Smeal competed in the vintage hare scrambles aboard a 250 Penton and a Maico that has been in his family since 1974. He rode the trials on a Yamaha TY250.
“We buy them old, fix them up and get the best guys to work on them,” Smeal said. “That’s why we end up here.”
He says he has never ridden trials in the mud.
“That was a challenge,” Smeal said. “That was probably the worst I’ve done, but I enjoyed every minute of it.”
For 2015, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days celebrated the 25th anniversary of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum. AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is a fundraiser for the facility, which houses the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame and other thematic exhibits that celebrate motorcycling’s heritage.
AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer David Aldana was the grand marshal for the event this year. One of the most colorful personalities in racing, Aldana teamed with Mike Baldwin to win the prestigious Suzuka eight-hour endurance race in 1981 as a Honda factory rider. He also was one of the most versatile racers in history, competing in nearly every form of motorcycle racing, including motocross and speedway racing.
The museum was founded in 1990 to provide a permanent home to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, which celebrates and preserves the rich tradition of motorcycling in America through the recognition of the sport’s greatest heroes. Proceeds from AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days are donated to the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization tasked with funding the operation of the museum and Hall of Fame activities.
The annual AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days includes North America’s largest motorcycle swap meet with parts, bikes and memorabilia from all eras. Bike shows bring out examples of some of history’s most beloved motorcycles, while stunt shows, such as the American Motor Drome Wall of Death, and demo rides of current production bikes keep attendees entertained. Seminars feature some of the country’s leading experts on numerous motorcycling topics.
To learn more about the event, see photos and read stories from past AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, visit www.amavintagemotorcycledays.com. You can also opt-in to receive the official AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days e-newsletter at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/vmdupdates. For updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, search for the hashtag #AMAVMD.