Vintage Roadracing

ROADRACE SCHOOL |  SCHEDULE |  STANDINGS

AHRMA also offers modern roadracing classes. Click here for details.

VINTAGE ROADRACING MISSION STATEMENT: AHRMA’s mission is to recreate and preserve the vintage era of roadracing, including the sights, sounds, smells and camaraderie. Many consider the 50-year time span – from the 1930s to the mid-‘70s – the golden age of roadracing. We recognize that the oldest of these motorcycles are the least available; therefore only small numbers are likely to participate in most events, and some events may have no examples. However, AHRMA is committed to maintaining a venue to showcase these early motorcycles, no matter how few.

VINTAGE SUPERBIKE MISSION STATEMENT: AHRMA’s mission is to recreate and preserve the look and feel of this important era of U.S. Roadracing and to showcase these unique machines. While Superbikes were based on the same production bikes available in the showroom, period performance parts are extremely rare or even unavailable; therefore, a limited amount of modern replacement parts are allowed in the interest of safety, cost containment and competition.

Deadlines: Pre-entry deadlines typically are the Friday two weeks before an event. For certain events, pre-entries may close sooner. Consult the Schedule page of this website for exact closing dates.

Race fees for all events:* Pre-entry: First class each day, $95; each additional class $85. Post-entry: First class each day, $110; each additional class $100. AHRMA-run practice days: $135 (pre- or post-entry for all events except Barber Vintage Festival). Barber Motorsports Park practice: Thursday, $90; Friday, $155; Sidecar (Friday only) $55. Note: Each day of racing is a separate event with a separate fee schedule.

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Practice days will be available at most venues on the Friday preceding race weekend (see schedule).

Confirmation and event details: The receipt of your entry will be confirmed by mail. Details such as directions, starting times and lodging are published in Vintage Views and by following the “Preview” links on the Schedule page.

Membership: Current AHRMA membership is required to compete in AHRMA National events. For AHRMA membership information, please contact us.  Memberships and renewals are available at the track.

Required racing license: New AHRMA roadracers are required to provide evidence that in the past two years they have either successfully completed an accredited roadrace school or competed with another roadrace organization acceptable to AHRMA, including but not limited to AMA, CCS, WERA or AFM. New, novice AHRMA roadracers may not be permitted to ride at certain venues. AHRMA offers a roadracing school at most venues; for more information click here. The minimum age for riders is 18.

Required Transponder: AHRMA uses MYLAPS transponders for timing and scoring (for more-specific information, click here). This unit is required and is available for purchase from www.mylaps.com, or for rent from AHRMA. To rent a transponder, please use this form.

Medical insurance: Proof of personal health coverage is required. Jones-Birdsong Insurance offers a Rider Accident Medical Plan; to apply, use this form: Medical Insurance Application (pdf)

Refunds: Refunds will be issued only to pre-entered riders who have filed a Refund/Credit Request Form with the AHRMA National office. A refund form is in the Handbook, may be obtained from the office, or can be downloaded here. The form may be filed by mail, email, fax, or the office may be telephoned with the relevant information. Please see AHRMA Handbook rule 4.7a for more details.

CLASSES

The following classes are offered. Check the AHRMA Handbook for complete details of class requirements.

500 Premier: 500cc four-stroke OHV or OHC, and 750cc sidevalve machines built before Dec. 31, 1968.
500 Grand Prix: 500 Premier-type bikes with the additional restrictions of 285 lbs. dry weight, stock piston stroke and maximum five-speed gearboxes.
350 Grand Prix: 350cc four-stroke machines; 350cc air-cooled, single-cylinder, two-strokes with no more than five speeds; 250cc two-stroke water-cooled singles; and 250cc twin-cylinder air-cooled two-strokes with no more than six speeds. Machines must have been built before Dec. 31, 1968.
250 Grand Prix: 250cc four-stroke machines; 250cc air-cooled, maximum five-speed, single-cylinder two-strokes; 175cc two-stroke water-cooled singles; and 175cc air-cooled, twin-cylinder, two-stroke machines with no more than six speeds. Machines must have been built before Dec. 31, 1968.
200 Grand Prix Plus: This class combines a variety of engine designs and displacements between 125cc and 250cc, based on an index of performance.
Formula 750: Works 750cc four-stroke machines, including accurate replicas of Formula 750 machines of the early 1970s. Also includes machines not eligible for Sportsman 750.
Formula 500: Two-stroke and certain four-stroke machines up to 500cc, grouped on an index-of-performance basis, with a Dec. 31, 1972, cutoff.
Formula 250: Two-stroke air-cooled machines, including singes up to 360cc and twins up to 250cc, with a Dec. 31, 1972, cutoff.
Formula 125: Air-cooled, twin-shock, steel-framed Grand Prix motorcycles up to 125cc, plus certain GP-kitted street and enduro machines.
Formula Vintage: Open to machines from 500 Premier, Formula 750, Formula 500, Sportsman 750 and more.
BEARS®: The British European American Racing Series for certain two-cylinder machines built up through 1968 and competing under Formula 750 specifications.
Class C: Intended for AMA “Class C” machines up to and including those manufactured December 31, 1951, as a ‘51 model. Class C Handshift is a championship class run together with, but scored separately from, Class C.
Pre-1940 Grand Prix: 1940 and earlier Grand Prix or modified street machines, including 500cc single-cylinder OHV and OHC and 750cc sidevalve machines.
Classic Sixties: A class for 1960 and earlier (or like model) Grand Prix/Clubman 500cc four-stroke OHV and OHC machines, or 750cc sidevalve, in basically standard form. Plus 350cc OHV and OHC. Classic Sixties 650 is open to British and European OHC 650cc machines of the period and the Harley-Davidson KH.
Sportsman: Four-stroke, maximum three-cylinder, streetbike-based machines, divided into 350cc, 500cc and 750cc classes. The cutoff is Dec. 31, 1972.
Novice Historic Production: 1972-and-earlier production street machines with the standard OEM frame, swingarm, forks and handlebar mounts. Engines use the original OEM bore and stroke. Classes are Lightweight (four-strokes up to 500cc, 250cc two-strokes and certain 350cc two-strokes) and Heavyweight (four-strokes up to 750cc and 350-500cc two-strokes).
Sidecar: P1 - Two-strokes up to 1967, maximum 500cc plus allowable overbore. Four-strokes up to 1974, maximum 750cc, plus allowable overbore. single- or two-cylinder engines with no more than two valves per cylinder.  P2 – Four-strokes up to 1982, up to 750cc four-stroke, maximum two-valve-per-cylinder twin-cylinder. P3 - Four-strokes up to 1982, 750-1300cc, any configuration. Rules available from the AHRMA national office.
Vintage Superbike: Three classes for motorcycles built up to model-year 1982, retaining as close to “production” appearance as possible. Classes are Heavyweight (unlimited displacement twins and pushrod triples, and displacement-limited fours and sixes), Middleweight (unlimited displacement singles, with limited pushrod twins, OHC twins, pushrod triples and OHC fours) and Lightweight (smaller singles, twins and multis, using a performance index).
Next Gen Superbike: Superbikes based on late 1980s to model-year 1992 US-model production bikes.