Daytona Bike Week Info

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Daytona Beach, Florida: Bike Week 2012 Roars In To Daytona Beach: The 71st Anniversary of Daytona Beach Bike Week will be held March 9th through March 18th as motorcyclists from all over the country roar into the Daytona Beach Area. This year’s event is Presented by Harley-Davidson Insurance and was moved to one week later than originally planned due to the Daytona 500 being rescheduled to one week later in calendar. The new position in the calendar will remain for the foreseeable future.

This year’s event will again be highlighted by the continued resurgence of the historic downtown area, as Harley-Davidson Motor Corporation stages their new product show in Riverfront Park in Downtown Daytona Beach. Activities in Riverfront Park will include live bands, motorcycle stunt shows, food, vendors and manufacturer’s displays. In addition, the park will again host the Official Bike  week Headquarters.

Also back after a 7 year hiatus is the much loved Bike Week Community Appreciation Parade! Once an iconic event for several decades, the Bike Week Parade was sidelined in 2004 when the Daytona 200 was moved from a Sunday to a Saturday event. But the parade is back and expected to be better than ever. All interested participants should congregate at the staging area in the south parking lot of the Ocean Center on Saturday, March 17th beginning at 6:30 AM entering from Main Street on Oleander Ave. At 9AM the Parade will leave the Ocean Center with an escort of Daytona Beach Motorcycle Police on the way to Daytona International Speedway!

Additionally, the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce is proud to offer the latest version of the Bike Week App for Bike Week Daytona Beach 2012. Because it is produced by the managers of Bike Week in Daytona Beach, the app can provide everything a visitor needs to know not only about Bike Week in Daytona Beach but the entire county of Volusia. Included in the app is information on the Official Calendar of Events, the ability to create events within the system, a list of bands and concerts, area restaurants, attractions, bars and clubs, local weather, news and a Bike Week photo gallery. And so much more! Just visit the app store for our latest version and stay tuned for a version for Blackberry and Droid.

The Bike Week Treasure Hunt also returns in 2012 and promises to be a big hit with our visitors. Participants will have their “passports” stamped at 10 different locations throughout the Daytona Regional Area culminating in a visit to the Official Bike Week  headquarters in Riverfront Park where they will turn in their completed passport to receive their Bike Week
2012 Commemorative Coin. Only 300 coins will be printed. New this year, visitors can enjoy some of the finest dining in Volusia County all at one location! On Friday, March 16th 11:00am – 10:00pm on Manatee Island in Riverfront Park the 1st Annual Volusia Palooza™, will showcase local restaurants and all the food and beverages they have to offer. Also enjoy live music from local bands all day in the amphitheater. You won’t want to miss this opportunity! $5 admission includes one free beer and the inaugural Volusia Palooza™ Bike Week poster. Racing activities at the Daytona International Speedway will kick off on the new Daytona Flat

Track on Thursday, March 15th and Friday, March 16th. The Daytona Supercross, America’s toughest and most demanding Supercross event will be held on Saturday night, March 10th. This year’s Bike Week will also feature the 71st Daytona 200, the prestigious season-opening event to the AMA Pro Racing season and the most historic motorcycle race in America on Saturday, March 17th. The Speedway will also feature free demo rides and displays from top manufacturers, overnight camping, food and live  entertainment.

And it just wouldn’t be Bike Week in Daytona Beach without the tradition of the iconic Budweiser Clydesdales once again parading down Main Street during two showings on Saturday, March 10th and Sunday, March 11th. Both appearances are scheduled for 2 PM and are expected, once again, to draw large crowds of enthusiastic onlookers.

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Bike Week Festival Task Force Co-Chairman Bob Wilson voiced his enthusiasm on this year’s event, “We are delighted to welcome our visitors back to the 71st running of the World’s Largest Motorcycle Event ®. There has never been more to offer our guests, from the historic Main Street and Beach Street Area to Biking on the Boulevard, Destination Daytona, Daytona International Speedway, Riverfront Park in downtown Daytona Beach and, of course, the World’s Most Famous Beach.”

Additional information on Bike Week in Daytona Beach can be found on the Official Daytona Bike Week Website at www.officialbikeweek.com . A Calendar of Events is online as well as lodging information, The Loop Ride (with map), vendor information, a history of Bike Week, Official Licensed Merchandise, area business searchable database, Welcome Center and the
largest Bike Week photo gallery on the net!

Restaurant and attraction details are also listed at www.daytonachamber.com for those wishing to make the most of their visit. For accommodations, check out www.bookingdaytona.com For information on any aspect of Bike Week 2012, contact the Daytona  Regional Chamber of Commerce at 386-255-0981.

AHRMA Announces a “World Championship” Mini-Series

The American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA) announces a new mini-series for the conclusion of the 2011 Road Racing season

The 2011 AHRMA World Championship series, a first for AHRMA, is a mini-series that will tabulate results from all road race classes for the 7th Annual Barber Vintage Festival (October 8th and 9th) and the one round of the last event of the road race season at Daytona International Speedway, the following weekend (October 14th thru 16th).

This mini-series was created to allow international riders an easy way to compete in two AHRMA nationals at two premier facilities in one easy trip. All racers must be entered for both events to be included in the final standings.

A contingent of Manx-mounted New Zealanders and several international champions have already signed up to join the AHRMA regulars as they battle for points in the 500 Premier race.

Vintage enthusiasts will not want to miss this spectacular lineup. Visit the AHRMA website for event information, announcements, event schedules and/or directions visit: www.ahrma.org and/or www.barbervintagefestival.com.

About AHRMA

The American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association is the recognized leader in classic motorcycle racing in North America, and the premier vintage racing organizations in the world. AHRMA is a member-owned non-profit association with a 30 year history of offering national and regional road racing, motocross, dirt track, cross country and observed trials competition.

The fastest vintage motorcycles in America, race ready and revving to go!

 

Daytona’s 2012 Bike Week To Compete With College Spring Break

Last month NASCAR said they intended to schedule the Daytona 500 a week later in the year.  At that time, there was widespread speculation that the Daytona 200 motorcycle race would also have to be pushed back a week since the track needs a week to make the changes.  Officials with Daytona International Speedway confirmed that next year’s motorcycle-racing schedule will take place a week later on the calendar.

That means the race will fall in the window of March 9th -18th with Spring break for most colleges typically falling on the 3rd week in March, putting the two in direct competition for hotel motel rooms in the Daytona Beach area.

One possible solution that has been mentioned is to separate the races from Bike Week but critics of that proposal say that the manufacturers who participate in the Daytona 200 will not accept that as an option.

Right now the 2012 dates have been announced and all the parties in Daytona are taking a “let’s see what happens” approach to next year’s bike week.

Harley-Davidson Returns to AMA Racing on the Daytona High Banks

Scott Russell To Make Vance & Hines XR1200 Class Debut

Milwaukee (Feb. 22, 2011) – Harley-Davidson will return to the historic high banks of Daytona International Speedway March 10-11 with one of the Speedway’s most legendary stars, Scott “Mr. Daytona” Russell, when the AMA Pro Racing Vance & Hines XR1200 series kicks off the 2011 season during Bike Week.

A record five-time winner of the Daytona 200 race, former Harley-Davidson factory VR1000 Superbike rider, and 1993 World Superbike Champion, Russell will ride a Harley Owners Group sponsored XR1200 motorcycle wearing his favorite No. 4 in his first AMA Pro motorcycle race at the Speedway since retiring from the series in 2002.

“I’m excited to get on one of those Harley XRs,” said Russell. “I ran some endurance races last year and I think I still have some gas left in the tank. It will be fun to race with the rest of the guys at Daytona and hopefully run up front.”

In addition to Russell, the Vance & Hines XR1200 class will feature a large grid of riders with a vast range of talent and experience, from veteran stars such as 2007 Daytona 200 winner Steve Rapp (Parts Unlimited) and former AMA Flat Track Grand National Champion Joe Kopp (Latus Racing) to young guns like Michael Beck (J&P Cycles) and brothers Kyle Wyman (RMR/Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing) and Travis Wyman (Harv’s Harley-Davidson).

Based on largely stock Harley-Davidson XR1200 motorcycles equipped with a race-preparation kit provided by series sponsor Vance & Hines, the series brings the exciting rumble of Harley-Davidson V-Twin engines back to AMA Pro Road Racing at Daytona for the first time since the end of the VR1000 Superbike program in 2001.

The seven-lap XR1200 feature race is scheduled to start at 3:15 pm EST on March 11 (subject to change). At least twenty racers are expected to make the grid at Daytona the largest in the two-year history of the class, which expands to a nine-round schedule in 2011 after a debut midway through the 2010 season. As of February 22, the following racers have posted entries for the Daytona race (in order of number plate):

  • Joe Kopp (Latus Motors Racing)
  • Scott Russell (H.O.G. Racing)
  • Steve Rapp (Parts Unlimited)
  • Josh Chisum (Troy Lee Designs)
  • Michael Morgan (Python Exhaust)
  • Michael Corbino (RMR/Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing)
  • Paul Schwemmer (Peter Brady/Level 10 Contractors)
  • Chase McFarland (Latus Motors Racing)
  • Travis Wyman (Harv’s Harley-Davidson)
  • Tyler O’Hara (GPBikeParts.com)
  • Kyle Wyman (RMR/Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing)
  • Michael Barnes (Drag Specialties)
  • Matthew Heidel (Shar-Tuff Racing/Davis Harley-Davidson)
  • Chris Fillmore (RMR/Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing)
  • Michael Beck (J&P Cycles)
  • Paul James (James Gang/Hoban Brothers/H-D of Appleton)
  • Brett Sassaman (Eagle Harley-Davidson)
  • Gerry Signorelli (No sponsor listed)
  • David Estok (No sponsor listed)
  • Charlie Long (Racing Connection)