Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Too Many, Not Enough

The next event on my race schedule is by far the longest, the American Motorcycle Association's Vintage Motorcycle Days at the Mid-Ohio Sportscar Complex. It starts with racing Saturday July 12 and Sunday July 13, but I will stick around to race the WERA event immediately following on the 14th and 15th. That is four days of practice, racing and sleeping in a van in Lexington Ohio, a place that generally feels like the armpit of the earth in July. This goes without mentioning the 20 hours round trip drive time....

Vintage Motorcycle Days is exactly that, three days with every kind of vintage motorcycle you could imagine. Road-racing, motocross, trials and flattrack, 50,000 spectators and a 40 acre swap meet with more junk and rusty parts than you can shake a Bultaco at. It's been 8 years since I last attended/participated and I am looking forward to it. The plan is to drive all night on Thursday and have Friday to relax and travel the swap meet.

In order to save walking the 40 acres repeatedly in the Ohio Valley heat, I have turned once again to my Craigslist addiction to find suitable transportation. As per usual Craigslist does not disappoint, with the perfect find located in Fredericksburg: a 1987 Yamaha QT50 scooter, complete with headlight, cup holder, front and rear rack and clear title. After terrorizing a suburban cul-de-sac with the scream of the 50cc two stroke, I spend an hour haggling the hipster owner down from $500 to a more reasonable $375. What's one more motorcycle....right?


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