The trip out to Mid-Ohio Vintage Days proved to be a bear, with the weather stacking against us, hindering our progress, and turning a slab-only ride into a ‘hurry up and wait’ affair. Dodging storms and a never-ending string of trucks along I-70 became tiresome, and impatience set in, with us just wanting to reach our goal quickly and safely…
Eventually, after 2 full days of riding (and waiting!), we reached our goal. The Mid-Ohio Vintage Days at the Race Track in Lexington, OH. Once we picked up our tickets, we arranged to meet Danny’s Ohio friends, the great folks from Venturi Moto. These guys hooked us up the whole weekend, and introduced us to some amazing moto-lovers, who took us in as some of their own, fed us, and allowed us to hide from the Ohio sun under their canopy.
Instead of having to set up out at the camp grounds, Matt and Keith from Venturi Moto allowed us to pitch our tents right behind their canopy, getting us so much closer to all the action. A great hook-up, and a chance to mingle with the passers-by who are scouring the grounds for that one part they just MUST find.
Mid-Ohio Vintage Days consists of vintage racing, the largest swap meet in the country, and more bikes than you can imagine. There seemed to be 100,000 people, mostly on small bikes (100cc or less, brought for traversing the show), riding throughout the grounds, enjoying a make-shift city of all things motorcycle. An interesting culture to be sure, but a bit overwhelming for a first-time attendee.
Saturday, our first full day at the show, found us wandering over to the paddock to check out the race bikes, of every type and vintage. The chance to freely walk through the mechanic’s area sets this race weekend apart from the pro-sanctioned events (MotoGP, SBK etc), and was for me, the highlight of the weekend.
We got a chance to watch the early morning practice runs, with the racers feeling out the track, and testing out their latest settings. These guys and gals seemed fearless, poised for battle, yet somehow still retaining a fun attitude about the whole thing. Later in the day would see the start the official races, and we picked our favorite spots along the track, in preparation for a chance to get some photos of the action.
Next up, a tour of the swap-meet. An exercise in sun-poisoning and the great search for vintage bike parts…