Greg’s Garage: AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum

2 07 2014

July 2, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Episode #35  – Segment 3: AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum Part 3! We wrap up our visit to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum. Check out the Jeremy McGrath ‘Nac Nac’ statue, Café Racer display, art collection, donated cool bikes and more!

 

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British at Heart…

13 05 2013

DONINGTON PARK, UK  – May 13, 2013 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Did you know Norton hand build all their engines in house!? The answer is Yes, we certainly do. Here’s a picture from engine build this morning…

Norton are truly British at Heart…

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Norton Motorcycles designs, engineers and manufactures premium large displacement road-going motorcycles, proudly made in England by British hands for markets around the world. Norton motorcycles are characterized by superior quality with a focus on confident road holding and pleasing road manners, styled in the Café Racer and British Roadster tradition.

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Norton Launch in Japan

16 04 2013

DONINGTON PARK, UK – April 16, 2013 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The British Embassy in Tokyo kindly hosted the Norton Motorcycles launch party, taking Norton back into the Japanese market after some 30 years.. The first Commando 961 bikes were there and received great attention from the discerning Japanese dealer network that Norton Japan has worked hard to put in place over the last 18 months. The bikes received great accolades from the dealers who also spent time with Stuart Garner, CEO of Norton Motorcycles and Joe Adams head of International Sales. Stuart and Joe flew over for the launch at the British Embassy particularly to meet the dealers, thanking them as well as the staff of Norton Japan for their hard work and ongoing support for Norton.

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Stuart and Joe went on to meet Richard Buttery [pictured below] the First Secretary, Head of Trade at UK Trade and Investment and Matthew Matsumoto-Prouten, MBE Second Secretary. They discussed the return of Norton and issues in the Japanese market. Norton pass on their thanks to all at the British Embassy for their help and kind hospitality.

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Norton Motorcycles designs, engineers and manufactures premium large displacement road-going motorcycles, proudly made in England by British hands for markets around the world. Norton motorcycles are characterized by superior quality with a focus on confident road holding and pleasing road manners, styled in the Café Racer and British Roadster tradition.

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Norton in the USA

16 11 2012

Norton Motorcycles Prepares for Production of U.S. Models with receipt of EPA Certificate of Conformity

DONINGTON PARK, UK  – November 15, 2012 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Norton Motorcycles reached its’ most important U.S. milestone this week with receipt of the EPA’s Certificate of Conformity for its’ model year 2013 Commando 961 series of motorcycles.  With the approval in hand, the EPA’s certification process for the U.S. of the Norton Commando 961 Cafe Racer, 961 Sport and 961 SE models is complete.

In September Norton announced the successful durability testing carried out by its’ laboratory in the U.S. to ensure compliance with EPA and CARB exhaust, noise and evaporative emissions. The issuance of the EPA Certificate of Conformity confirms federal emission standards compliance and testing approval.

Whilst this news may seem a little boring and technical in nature, it is a major hurdle for a small specialty manufacturer, and the first approval sought by the new Norton Motorcycles for the USA.

Finally, and critically important to Norton is the California Air Resources Board review and approval, which typically follows EPA certification by two or three few months.

The factory, located within the Donington Park Racing Circuit  is ready to begin production of U.S. and Canadian 2013 models for these key markets. Visit www.nortonmotorcycles.com for all the latest news.

Norton Motorcycles designs, engineers and manufactures premium large displacement road-going motorcycles, proudly made in England by British hands for markets around the world. Norton motorcycles are characterized by superior quality with a focus on confident road holding and pleasing road manners, styled in the Café Racer and British Roadster tradition.

Contacts

USA
dan.vanepps@nortonmotorcycles.com
Norton Motorcycles USA
P.O. Box 185
Beacon Falls, CT 06403

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Motorcycling field meet coming to AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days

26 06 2012

PICKERINGTON, OH – June 26, 2012 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The field meet is one of motorcycling’s most iconic activities, when riders get together and display their riding skills in an organized setting. This July 20-22, the American Motorcyclist Association will feature these classic games at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Rockers and Mods, held at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

The AMA Classic Field Meet Challenge will take place on the infield of the roadrace course on Friday, July 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday, July 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, July 22, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. ABATE of Ohio will oversee registration and officiating. Registration will take place on site each morning.

“The main goal of all field meets is the same: for everyone to have fun,” said AMA Director of Operations and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Jack Penton. “Activities are designed to be as entertaining as they are challenging. These aren’t trials contests! You certainly don’t need a particular type of motorcycle, and you don’t need any special skills — beyond a healthy confidence in your own ability to maneuver your motorcycle.”

Individual events will include activities such as a barrel race, a balloon toss, a slow race, Bite the Weenie, Ride the Plank and Whack the Murphy. Other games will be included, as well. The winning riders of each event will receive a medallion for each day of competition.

“I’d like to extend a big thanks to ABATE of Ohio for managing the field meet this year,” Penton said. “The AMA Classic Field Meet Challenge will be a blast for both spectators and participants. Whether you’re riding in the event or just want to figure out what Whack the Murphy is all about, make sure you check out the action on the infield at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days.”

There is no extra cost to register and participate in the AMA Classic Field Meet Challenge, but a small donation to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame is encouraged. Riders will need to ride their own motorcycle or scooter and wear appropriate gear (helmet, long pants and eye protection are mandatory). Motorcycles or scooters can be from any era; they do not need to be vintage to participate.

Questions about the field meet can be directed to AMA Road Riding Manager Dave Hembroff at dhembroff@ama-cycle.org.

With proceeds supporting the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is the country’s premier celebration of vintage motorcycles and motorcycling heritage. In addition to the AMA Classic Field Meet Challenge, the event includes amateur national championship roadracing, demo rides of current street and off-road motorcycles, motocross, hare scrambles, trials and dirt-track in vintage classes. The weekend also features North America’s largest motorcycle swap meet, bike shows and seminars on a number of topics by noted motorcycling experts.

This year’s AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days will celebrate the classic “Rockers and Mods” two-wheeled subculture that is experiencing a popular resurgence in America. Activities will shine a spotlight on British café-racer motorcycles and Italian metal-bodied scooters made popular by the self-described Rockers and Mods of the early 1960s.

The grand marshal this year is AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame member and noted designer Craig Vetter, whose contributions to motorcycling range from the iconic Windjammer fairings and the Triumph X-75 Hurricane to the Mystery Ship limited-production, high-performance motorcycles and a number of high-profile motorcycle fuel-economy contests.

Tickets for AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days can be purchased at www.midohio.com. More information about AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days can be found at www.amavintagemotorcycledays.com.

About the American Motorcyclist Association
Since 1924, the AMA has protected the future of motorcycling and promoted the motorcycle lifestyle. AMA members come from all walks of life, and they navigate many different routes on their journey to the same destination: freedom on two wheels. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights organization, the AMA advocates for motorcyclists’ interests in the halls of local, state and federal government, the committees of international governing organizations, and the court of public opinion. Through member clubs, promoters and partners, the AMA sanctions more motorsports competition and motorcycle recreational events than any other organization in the world. AMA members receive money-saving discounts from dozens of well-known suppliers of motorcycle services, gear and apparel, bike rental, transport, hotel stays and more. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, the AMA honors the heroes and the heritage of motorcycling for future generations. For more information, please visit AmericanMotorcyclist.com.

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Bike shows at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days feature classics of all makes, models

6 06 2012

PICKERINGTON, OH – June 6, 2012 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – On July 20-22, the American Motorcyclist Association and the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame will welcome a wonderful assortment of expertly restored and original condition motorcycles from numerous eras, styles and countries of origin at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

“The fundamental elements of a motorcycle are simple — two wheels and an engine to move them — however, since the invention of the motorcycle, we have seen countless renditions of this basic form,” said AMA Director of Operations Jack Penton. “AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days offers the country’s most distinctive display of these machines, on the track, on the road and as part of the bike shows that anchor our appreciation of two-wheeled art.”

While the grounds of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course will boast vintage motorcycles at every turn, four bike shows will highlight the best and most historic machines: the Hall of Fame Ride ‘Em, Don’t Hide ‘Em Bike Show and Scooter Bike Show on Friday, July 20, and the Hall of Fame Static Bike Show and Café Racer Bike Show on Saturday, July 21.

First, owners will have the opportunity to show off their running vintage motorcycles as part of the Ride ‘Em, Don’t Hide ‘Em Bike Show. The show begins with a lap of the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, then leaves the grounds for a 25-mile scenic ride, returning for a judged show at 2 p.m. Classes include American, British, European, Japanese and Specials/Customs, as well as special show awards. Registration will be on site at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame tent starting at 8 a.m. on Friday.

On Saturday, the Hall of Fame Static Bike Show will feature pristine restored or original-condition vintage motorcycles outside the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame tent. Registration opens at 8 a.m., with judging starting at 1 p.m. and awards at 3:30 p.m. The Motorcycle Hall of Fame Static Show features motorcycles from the early 1900s through 1989. Bikes featured will include American, British, European and Japanese models that span various decades. The machines will be set on the show grid and be on public display throughout the day.

In addition, two shows will celebrate “Rockers and Mods,” the two-wheeled subculture that is experiencing a classic resurgence in America and is a focus of this year’s AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days. A Friday bike show will include the Italian metal-bodied scooters, while British café-racer motorcycles will take center stage on Saturday.

For specific bike show times and locations, see AMAVintageMotorcycleDays.com > Schedule & Directions.

“AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is all things motorcycling, from the people, the motorcycles and the racing that defines our motorcycling culture,” Penton said. “The bike shows are a key element of that mix, and we expect to offer some amazing examples of motorcycle technology this year.”

With proceeds supporting the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is the country’s premier celebration of vintage motorcycles and motorcycling heritage. In addition to demo rides of current year street and off-road motorcycles, the event includes amateur national championship roadracing, motocross, hare scrambles, trials and dirt-track in vintage classes. The weekend also features North America’s largest motorcycle swap meet, bike shows, a classic field meet for motorcycles and scooters, and seminars on a number of topics by noted motorcycling experts.

Tickets to AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days can be purchased online at MidOhio.com.

About the American Motorcyclist Association
Since 1924, the AMA has protected the future of motorcycling and promoted the motorcycle lifestyle. AMA members come from all walks of life, and they navigate many different routes on their journey to the same destination: freedom on two wheels. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights organization, the AMA advocates for motorcyclists’ interests in the halls of local, state and federal government, the committees of international governing organizations, and the court of public opinion. Through member clubs, promoters and partners, the AMA sanctions more motorsports competition and motorcycle recreational events than any other organization in the world. AMA members receive money-saving discounts from dozens of well-known suppliers of motorcycle services, gear and apparel, bike rental, transport, hotel stays and more. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, the AMA honors the heroes and the heritage of motorcycling for future generations. For more information, please visit AmericanMotorcyclist.com.

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Thundersprint 2012

11 05 2012

CASTLE DONINGTON, UK – May 11, 2012 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Our race trailer is fully loaded and ready to deliver great entertainment at this weekends Thundersprint. Visit us on Saturday and see the Commando 961 Sport, Cafe Racer and the world speed record holding rotary powered NRV588 at the Norton stand located in front of Northwich Memorial Hall.

On Sunday, there will be some not to be missed displays from Ian Mackman on a race version of our Commando 961 Cafe Racer in addition to the 447 yard ‘Grand Prix in a Car Park’ – The Thundersprint.

We are pleased that Alltruck plc have got on track with us which allows us to participate in great events such as this.

For full details of the event, see www.thundersprint.com

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