Friday, December 16, 2016

Melting Myths about Snowmobiles and Ethanol

With snowmobile season kicking into high gear across many parts of the country, those who enjoy the outdoors are pulling their machines out of storage and getting them ready for another season of exploring. Unfortunately, there are persistent rumors that could mislead snowmobilers about fuel issues related to ethanol. Knowledge is power, so let’s examine a few of the more glaring myths around ethanol use with facts that explain why ethanol is safe to use in your small engine.


Myth: Any level of ethanol blended into gasoline is harmful to small engines.
Fact: Leading snowmobile manufactures such as Arctic Cat, Ski-Doo, Yamaha and Polaris all approve the use of fuel containing ethanol in their engines. An extensive amount of study has determined that E10, or fuel containing 10 percent ethanol and 90 percent gasoline, is suitable for use in small engines such as those found in snowmobiles and outboard boat motors. After all, ethanol is already in 97 percent of gas sold in the United States, so most outdoor enthusiasts are already using it and not experiencing issues.
Myth: Ethanol causes fuel to separate if it sits for an extended period of time.
Fact: Due to the fact that ethanol is water-soluble, it actually helps prevent phase separation. If a small amount of water finds its way into the fuel tank, as is common in small engines, ethanol allows it to be absorbed into the fuel mixture and pass harmlessly through the engine. West Marine states that this is actually a benefit of ethanol, not a drawback, as ethanol “…tends to keep low levels of water moving through the fuel system, keeping the system ‘dry.’” If a more significant amount of water is introduced into the fuel tank, inevitably problems will occur regardless of ethanol content. This is why outdoor enthusiasts should top off their tanks before use to prevent condensation and ensure tanks are empty before storing vehicles for an extended period of time.
Myth: Ethanol is more corrosive than gasoline.
Fact: Testing done by the National Association of Corrosion Engineers determined that fuel containing ethanol is not any more corrosive than non-ethanol fuel. In fact, the issue related to damage of small engines comes from the aromatics, which cause damage to the lines and fuel seals. Any fuel can be corrosive given the right conditions, so users should always follow manuals and practice proper storage procedures.
Myth: Ethanol provides less power than pure gasoline.
Fact: Ethanol is a high-octane biofuel that provides engines with more horsepower than regular gasoline. Pure ethanol has an octane rating of 113 (or higher), while most regular gasoline is 87. Ethanol is added to fuel to raise the octane level and prevent engine knocking. Previous fuel additives such as MTBE were polluting the air and waterways, and were significantly more expensive than ethanol. By switching to ethanol, our environment is cleaner and fuel is cheaper without any loss in power.
Myth: The numerous products sold claiming to cure ethanol-related issues are proof problems exist.
Fact: Any golfer or fishing enthusiast knows that just because a product is marketed as a miracle answer for improved results does not mean the product actually works as advertised. Engine issues can be hard to explain and even more annoying to fix, so it should be no surprise that products are sold claiming to be an easy fix. In reality, E10 fuel can actually reduce the need for fuel additives, since it prevents fuel line freeze, as noted by the Travelers Motor Club. That is why the snowmobile owner’s manual for Polaris recommends that those using non-ethanol fuel add another alcohol-based additive to their gas tank to prevent damage resulting from fuel system icing.
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About American Ethanol
Representing a wide array of ethanol supporters, from farmers to bio-engineering firms, American Ethanol was established by Growth Energy, in partnership with the National Corn Growers Association and others. By establishing a marketing partnership with NASCAR starting with the 2011 racing season, the same year that NASCAR switched its fuel to Sunoco Green E15, American Ethanol aims to educate and inform the broader American public about the benefits of U.S.-made ethanol. For more information, visit www.AmericanEthanolRacing.com, follow us on Twitter @AmericanEthanol or connect with us on Facebook


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Local Racers and Promoters Nominated For AMA Awards

Dec. 13, 2016     
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Media contact: James Holter
Phone: (614) 856-1900, ext. 1280
E-mail: 
jholter@ama-cycle.org

Click here for photos from the 2015 AMA Championship Banquet: http://gallery. americanmotorcyclist.com/AMA- Racing/AMA-Championship- Banquet/ 


Racing award nominees for 2016 AMA Championship Banquet announced
 
AMA members to vote on winners


PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The American Motorcyclist Association has announced the nominees for the 2016 AMA Championship Banquet awards. The awards recognize individuals and organizations that excelled in AMA-sanctioned competition and recreational activity in 2016. 

AMA members help select the winners of the competition categories with their votes, including the prestigious AMA Athlete of the Year honors. AMA members can vote at https://www.surveymonkey.com/ r/2016AMAAwards through Sunday, Dec. 18, at midnight Eastern Time. All AMA members who vote will be entered to win a $25 gift certificate to AMAGear.com. 

Award winners will be announced at the 2016 AMA Championship Banquet on Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Hilton Downtown Columbus in Columbus, Ohio. Class champions from national and regional motorcycle and ATV championships also will be honored with No. 1 plates. Second- and third-place finishers will receive awards, as well. 

"The AMA Championship Banquet is one of the most diverse celebrations in motorsports," said AMA Director of Racing Kevin Crowther. "Each year, we spotlight racers from all areas of motorcycle and ATV competition in what is always an amazing showcase for AMA racing. We honor everyone from youth champions to vintage racers and, of course, the country's top talent in several disciplines." 

The AMA also will recognize AMA-chartered clubs and promoters that raised the bar for AMA-sanctioned activity in 2016. 

The AMA Championship Banquet -- which includes dinner, door prizes and a bike show -- will recognize hundreds of top competitors from across the country in disciplines ranging from dirt track racing to motocross to woods racing and everything in between. 

Tickets for the AMA Championship Banquet are $75 each. AMA Life Members receive a $10 discount. Register here: https://events.r20. constantcontact.com/register/ eventReg?oeidk= a07ecyqnjqo92aebedb&oseq=&c=& ch= 

A free open house will be held at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, on Jan. 20. Attendees are encouraged to attend to see the historic bikes and memorabilia on display, featuring the 2016 inductees: motorcycling pioneer Gloria Tramontin-Struck, desert racing champion and tuner Chris Haines, the late motorcycle designer and engineer Charles Franklin, race frame builder Jeff Cole, road racing champion Miguel Duhamel, dirt track racer Ronnie Jones, desert racing champion Jack Johnson and engine builder and tuner Dennis Mahan. 

The Hilton Downtown Columbus is located in the heart of downtown Columbus and less than 25 minutes from AMA headquarters and the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, with easy access to the interstate and Port Columbus International Airport. Special room rates at the hotel are available through Dec. 20 by calling (614) 384-8600 and using group code AMA17 or by reserving online at https://aws.passkey.com/event/ 15881428/owner/9521521/home

2016 AMA Racer of the Year Nominees 

AMA Athlete of the Year: National Championship Series 

Russell Bobbitt, Champion, AMA National Enduro Championship Series
Ricky Brabec, Champion, AMA National Hare & Hound Championship Series
Gavin Faith, Champion, AMA Arenacross National Championship Series
Marc Freixa, Champion, AMA/NATC MotoTrials National Championship Series
Colton Haaker, Champion, AMA EnduroCross National Championship Series; Champion, FIM Super Enduro World Championship
Billy Janniro, Champion, AMA Speedway National Championship Series
Gage McAllister, Champion, AMA Supermoto National Championship Series
Brandon Paasch, Champion, AMA/FIM North America MotoAmerica KTM RC390 Cup 
Taylor Robert, Overall Winner and member of Championship World Trophy Team, International Six Days Enduro
Kailub Russell, Overall Champion, AMA Grand National Cross Country Series 

AMA Athlete of the Year: Grand Championships 

Jody Barry, AMA Road Race Horizon Award Winner, AMA Road Race Grand Championship
Jarred Brook, AMA Dirt Track Horizon Award Winner, AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship
Eva Hakansson, Land Speed Record Setter, AMA Land Speed Grand Championship
Ben Kelly, Top Amateur, AMA Tennessee Knockout Enduro Grand Championship 
Trevor Kline, AMA Vintage Off-Road Grand Champion, AMA Vintage Grand Championship
Nathan Prebe, AMA Hillclimb Racer of the Year, AMA Hillclimb Grand Championship
Chase Sexton, AMA Motocross Horizon Award Winner, AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship 

AMA ATV Athlete of the Year 

Colt Brinkerhoff, Pro ATV Champion, AMA National Hare and Hound Championship Series; Pro ATV Champion, AMA West Hare Scrambles Championship Series
Walker Fowler, Overall ATV Champion, AMA Grand National Cross Country Series
Alan Myers, 450 A Champion and Production A Champion, AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series 

AMA Female Racer of the Year 

Nicole Bradford, Women's Champion, AMA National Hare and Hound Championship Series
Eva Hakansson, Land Speed Record Setter, AMA Land Speed Grand Championship 
Jordan Jarvis, Girls Sr. (12-16) and Women (14+) Amateur Champion, AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship
Alicia McCormick, WXC ATV Champion, AMA Grand National Cross Country Series 
Becca Sheets, WXC Champion, AMA Grand National Cross Country Series 

AMA Vet/Senior Racer of the Year 

Bart Bast, Track Champion, Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway
Steve Bromley, 1970s 250cc and 1970s 750cc Champion, AMA Vintage Dirt Track National Championship Series
John Grewe, Masters 50+ Champion, AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship 
Fred Hoess, FIM ISDE Vintage Class Champion
Gary Roach, AMA Vintage Off-Road Senior Grand Champion, AMA Vintage Grand Championship
Billy Schlag, Senior A Champion, AMA Grand National Cross Country Series; Open A Champion, AMA Full Gas Sprint Enduro Championship Series 

AMA Youth Racer of the Year 

Micah Hertrich, 125cc Expert Champion, AMA/NATC MotoTrials National Championship Series
Troy Hill, Youth All-Star (13-15) and Schoolboy Sr. (14-17) Champion, AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series
Sterling Martin, 150cc Youth Champion, AMA Youth Speedway National Championship
Mason Matthies, Big Wheel (12-15) Champion, AMA West Hare Scrambles Championship Series
Jett Reynolds, 85cc (9-11) Limited and 85cc (9-12) Champion, AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship
Hunter Riemer, Super Mini Sr. (14-15), AMA Grand National Cross Country Series
Tyler Scott, AMA Youth Dirt Track Racer of the Year, AMA Dirt Track Grand Championships 

2016 AMA Organizer of the Year Nominees 

AMA Motocross Organizer of the Year 

2x Promotions; Porterville, Calif.
Feld Entertainment Inc.; Palmetto, Fla.
MX Sports Inc.; Morgantown, W.Va. 

AMA Off-Road Organizer of the Year 

Full Gas Sprint Enduro Championship Series; Hickory, N.C.
Racer Productions Inc.; Morgantown, W.Va.
National Hare & Hound Association; Los Angeles, Calif. 

AMA Track Racing Organizer of the Year 

Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway; Auburn, Calif.
Steve Nace Racing Promotions; Paducah, Ky.
California Flat Track Association; San Francisco, Calif. 

AMA ATV Organizer of the Year 

National Hare and Hound Association; Los Angeles, Calif.
Racer Productions Inc.; Morgantown, W.Va.
Western New York Offroad Association; Newfield, N.Y. 

AMA Recreational Road Riding Organizer of the Year 

Roar on the Shore; Erie, Pa.
Schuylkill County Motorcycle Club; Schuylkill Haven, Pa.
Midwest Motorcycle Club; Indianapolis, Ind. 

AMA Recreational Off-Road Riding Organizer of the Year 

Knapp Creek Fire Department; Knapp Creek, N.Y.
Wisconsin Dual Sport Riders; Neenah, Wis.
Touratech USA; Seattle, Wash. 

AMA Club of the Year 

Trials Inc.; Louisville, Ky. 
Polka Dots M/C (CA); Fair Oaks, Calif. 
Ramapo Motorcycle Club; Congers, N.Y. 

AMA Media Award 

Racer TV; Morgantown, W.Va.
On The Pegs; Sapulpa, Okla.
Cycle USA; Franksville, Wis. 

About the American Motorcyclist Association
Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world's largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders' interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com.
Not a member? Join the AMA today: www.americanmotorcyclist.com/ membership/join 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

27th Annual East Coast Indoor Nationals Car and Bike Show

In early December we attended the 27th Annual East Coast Nationals at the Cow Palace in Timonium, Md. For me it was a flash back to my teenage years and all of the hot American muscle cars that I grew up ever so fond of.


This event is one of the largest on the east coast and it featured cars from the 1920's right up to the present day Chevrolet Corvette Z06 which in many peoples opinion is still the best bang for the buck from any day and age when it comes to value to performance in a sports car.



The show also featured vendors from the industry along with hot dog eating contests, a large slot car track, a visit from Santa Claus and was a fundraiser for the MD Toy for Tots. At the end of the day the 50/50 fundraiser winner also donated back to charity the $7000 he could have put in his pocket. 


One of our favorites ended up being a 1920 Ford Model T Speedster #5 Race Car that ended up winning the outstanding vehicle and display award. It reminded my son and I of the car from the popular Disney Film - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.




In talking with the owners Karen and Joey we got some background on this car and found it was the same year and model as the car used in the film. The car was originally hand built by George Navaro of Fremont CA over 25 years ago. Starting with a stock 1920 Ford Model T with its original Ford Flat Head 4 cylinder engine Mr. Navaro set out to build one of the finest cars representing the golden age of racing.

With a number of upgrades to make the car ready for racing it was first entered into the 200 mile Santa Clara California Endurance Run having a top speed of over 68 mph. The car was then entered in shows winning numerous awards and ended up changing hands several times and eventually was found in a barn in Virginia in the fall of 2013.

The current owners purchased the car at a Harrisburg Pa auction in 2014 and after a mild eight month restoration began to enter her in car shows both locally and nationally. After winning numerous awards the car won top "Show Class Race Car" in Washington DC at the National Armory this past March and was also selected as 1 of 12 to be displayed at the 2016 Carlisle Ford Nationals out of 5400 applicants.

See a You Tube video about this great car and its owners byClicking Here



This weekends show featured cars from every era and there was something for everyone to see. Props to the promoters of the show for wanting to keep the dream alive. In its 27th year the show was taken over two years ago by the Trail Way Sport Club, the same folks who also promote the Motorama Show coming up in February in Harrisburg, Pa. Their mission is to keep sharing this great part of our American heritage for years to come. Co promoter Andy Goodman has been around the car show scene globally for 20 years now and he said this show featured the best collection hes maybe ever seen in one place. 

Check out a video from the show by: Clicking Here


To get info or to register for the upcoming Motorama Show - Click Here









Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Area and Regional Qualifier Dates Released

Dec. 7, 2016     
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Media contact: James Holter
Phone: (614) 856-1900, ext. 1280
E-mail: 
jholter@ama-cycle.org

Click here for an action photo of a 2016 event: http://gallery. americanmotorcyclist.com/ AMAMedia/Racing/n-gvHTH/i- hFGgKCH/A 


2017 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship announces dates for Area Qualifiers and Regional Championships
 
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The American Motorcyclist Association is pleased to announce the AMA Area Qualifier and Regional Championship schedule for the 2017 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, presented by AMSOIL.
 
The qualifying program takes place in 33 states, starting with the 55 Area Qualifiers that begin in February and run through the end of May. The 13 Regional Championships will run in eight major geographical regions throughout the United States, taking place from late May through June.
 
"The AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship program has become the most prestigious amateur motocross competition in history, and the 2017 program will live up to that legacy," said AMA Motocross Manager Kip Bigelow. "The AMA along with the program's organizer, MX Sports, has worked diligently to create an Area Qualifier and Regional Championship schedule that has calendar balance, geographic balance and features some of the country's best tracks and facilities. We're very pleased to be involved and provide AMA members and their families with the exclusive opportunity to race for an AMA National Motocross Championship."
 
The AMA Area Qualifiers serve as the first step in qualifying for the world's largest and most celebrated amateur motocross championship. The AMA Regional Championships then serve as the next step to seed riders into the annual AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship. Only riders who finish in a qualifying position at a Regional Championship are eligible to race the amateur national event in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.
 
"The logistics of scheduling venues and organizers, at the same time being sensitive to the local race community and longstanding events, makes the scheduling process very difficult," said MX Sports Director Tim Cotter. "In addition, the AMA has done a great job cultivating race tracks across the country. There are more racetracks in America that are capable of hosting an Area Qualifier or Regional Championship than ever before, making the process very competitive."
 
This year's lineup includes many historic tracks, such as Unadilla MX and High Point Raceway in the Northeast. The tour also returns to other favorites, such as the Southeast's Muddy Creek Raceway, RedBud MX in the Mid-East and Thunder Valley MX Park in the South Central region.
 
To view the 2017 AMA Area Qualifier and AMA Regional Championship schedule, see www.mxsports.com/events.
 
For additional information, visit the series official website at www.mxsports.com or call (304) 284-0101. Also follow the official Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts for exclusive content and to catch the latest news.
 
About the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship
The Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship is the world's largest and most prestigious amateur motocross racing program. The national qualifying program consists of AMA Area Qualifiers (February through May) and AMA Regional Championships (May through June), hosted at select motocross facilities across the country. The qualifying system culminates in the AMA National Championship (the first week in August) hosted annually since 1982 at the home of country music star Loretta Lynn in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. Nearly 22,000 racers attempt to qualify in 38 classes for the 1,482 available positions at the national event. Christened "The World's Greatest Motocross Vacation," the AMA National Championship has launched some of the biggest names in professional motocross and Supercross competition, including Ricky Carmichael, Ryan Dungey, James Stewart and Ryan Villopoto. The national program is produced by MX Sports Inc., a West Virginia-based race production company, and sanctioned by AMA. For more information, please visit www.mxsports.com.

American Motorcyclist Association Sanctions Snow Bike Racing


Dec. 2, 2016     
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media contact: James Holter
Phone: (614) 856-1900, ext. 1280
E-mail: jholter@ama-cycle.org



Click here for a photo of snow bike racing (source: Big Nasty Hillclimb LLC): http://tinyurl.com/snowbikeracing 

 
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- This winter, the American Motorcyclist Association will begin sanctioning the relatively new sport of snow bike racing, which features competition off-road motorcycles modified for snowy terrain.

"The AMA is excited to be getting involved in the new and innovative sport of snow bike racing," said AMA Motocross Manager Kip Bigelow. "We have been watching it with interest for several years and decided that it makes sense to embrace this interesting new competition segment."

The inaugural series sanctioned by the AMA will be the AMA Championship Snow Bike Series, promoted by Big Nasty Hillclimb LLC, an AMA-chartered promoter out of Boise, Idaho, that has experience promoting hillclimb and hare and hound events.

The first round of the AMA Championship Snow Bike Series will be held at ERX Motorpark near Minneapolis, Minn., on Dec. 18.

The snow bikes, which swap out wheels and knobby tires for a ski up front for steering and a high-performance snowmobile-style track in the rear for traction, will compete on a motocross-inspired half-mile track of jumps, banks, right and left hand turns, and whoops and dips.

"We have learned from past snow-bike events that when dirt, dust and rocks are eliminated, racing gets closer," said Ron Dillon, the principal of Big Nasty Hillclimb LLC and the series director for the promoter. "Racers will be riding inches from each other, fighting for a spot in our main events, and it is an absolute blast to watch them go at it."

Spectator admission is $10 for ages 13 and older, $5 for kids 6-12 and free to those 5 and under. Veterans and active military members will be offered free admission with military identification or if wearing full uniform. Practice begins at 9 a.m., with racing starting at 11 a.m.

For more information about the Dec. 18 event and the AMA Championship Snow Bike Series, contact Ron Dillon at (208) 573-4255, or visit the series' website.

About the American Motorcyclist Association
Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world's largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders' interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com.
Not a member? Join the AMA today: www.americanmotorcyclist.com/membership/join