Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club of North America Celebrates 40 Years

Miyapet ad from Japan.
Miyapet ad from Japan.

The Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club of North America will be celebrating its 40th anniversary during AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, July 7-9 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

Founded in 1977, the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club of North America (vjmc.org) is the premier worldwide club dedicated to the preservation, restoration and enjoyment of vintage Japanese motorcycles. The club defines “vintage” as bikes that are 20 years old or older.

Sean Carrigan, club board member and national field representative coordinator, said the club will have “a super rare 1950s Miyapet model by Miyata Manufacturing Co.” on display. “Miyata built the first Japanese motorcycle in 1913,” he said.

AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days — an annual fundraiser for the nonprofit AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame — features vintage motorcycle racing, bike shows, seminars, demo rides, live music, the American Motor Drome Wall of Death, a swap meet with nearly 1,000 independent vendors and much more.

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The Old Bike Barn is sponsoring the Old Bike Barn Crossroads, which includes live music, the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Bike Show, club displays, a craft beer garden, vendors and more.

The full schedule of AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days events is available at amavintagemotorcycledays.com.

Tickets are available for purchase at americanmotorcyclist.com or at the gate. A weekend pass is $60, a single-day admission for Friday or Saturday is $40 and a single-day admission for Sunday is $35. Kids 12 and under get in free.

AMA members get a $15 ticket discount through June 5.

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