Motorcycle events come and go, but the AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days seems like it's a permanent fixture on the summer show circuit. Every July, thousands of vintage bike enthusiasts from around the country gather around the rolling green hills of the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course to kickstart classic metal, race vintage bikes, ogle exotic customs, and swap stories with fellow gearheads. This year was a true gem, with crowds of happy attendees perusing hundreds of classic bikes, a sweet lineup of customs, and new bikes and restorations. Among the many Triumphs, Hondas, and Harleys you could also find pretty much anything else under the sun, like classic Benellis, current-day Royal Enfields, Janus 250s, Can-Ams, and on and on.
The AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days Swap Meet jams hundreds of vendors together to sell, buy, or trade bikes and parts, while the AMA Vintage Grand Championship, with roadracing, motocross, hare scrambles, and trials, is happening right next door. There’s a full slate of demo rides, bike shows, and stunt shows too, like the jaw-dropping American Motordrome Wall of Death (with riders navigating the wooden planks on vintage Harleys and Indians). Here is some of the other cool stuff we saw.