By the end of the 2017 race season I was starting to make a name for myself and stand out at my local AMA District 6 races. I was racing in the vintage class, and most of the bikes I was racing against were purpose-built flat-track bikes from the ’70s and ’80s. I didn’t mind because I was beating most ...Read More »
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Weedsport, N.Y., July 8—American Flat Track fans turned out in droves on Saturday night for the Harley-Davidson New York Short Track, packing the beautifully-renovated Weedsport Speedway so tightly that the ticket office was forced to close down shortly after opening ceremonies. The massive crowd was rewarded in a major way, too, as reigning AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines ...Read More »
Proving a point at Lima Half-Mile Lima, Ohio, July 1—Grand National Champion Jared Mees has racked up 18 Main Event victories during his historic run these past two American Flat Track seasons. Saturday’s win at the Indian Motorcycle Lima Half-Mile, however, may just be the sweetest of all. Mees rode like he had a point to prove. Last year’s title ...Read More »
Jared Mees to drive Jim Phelps’ 900-horse dirt mod car at Weedsport Daytona Beach, June 30—Racers are racers, right? The good ones all have dynamic skills, an amazing sense of traction and a single-focus determination to win. But moving from two wheels to four—or from four to two—changes the game dramatically, and that’s exactly what’s about to happen on the ...Read More »
My 1980 Ironhead was completed two weeks before my first flat track race at the Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, Georgia, and we arrived there three days before the race, leaving plenty of time to fish and plenty of time for me to get my head ready. I don’t go in to anything just to do it; I’m competitive and need ...Read More »
Daytona Beach, Fla., June 17—Defending Grand National Champion Jared Mees (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle Rogers Racing SDI Scout FTR750) was at his level best on Saturday night as American Flat Track returned to Remington Park for the OKC Mile presented by Indian Motorcycle of Oklahoma City. While a packed house looked on in awe, the 2018 AFT Twins presented by ...Read More »
Mees, Baker, Bonsey, Carver Jr., Eslick, Smith, Texter and their motorcycles to take part Daytona Beach, Fla., June 13—The 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, a 4-day-long celebration of motorsports history, design and technical achievement, and perhaps the most glamorous and anticipated motoring event of the year, is less than a month away—and American Flat Track will be there, showcasing some ...Read More »
Faith Ahlers and the Grizzly Race Team to circumnavigate the globe St. Michael, Minn., May 5–6—There doesn’t seem to be any better way to celebrate International Female Ride Day than Saturday’s launch party for Faith Ahlers, sponsored by Kuryakyn and Camacho and hosted by Bison Thunder Motorcycle located in St. Michael, Minnesota. Faith, riding an Indian Chieftain Dark Horse, is ...Read More »
Mees dominates demanding Indian Motorcycle Red Mile Lexington, KY, June 3—Any fleeting hopes that surfaced at last week’s Springfield Mile suggesting that reigning Grand National Champion Jared Mees might be vulnerable were promptly quashed Saturday at the Indian Motorcycle Red Mile presented by Indian Motorcycle of Lexington. Mees rode as if he were eager to immediately reconstruct his aura of ...Read More »
Jared Mees and Kenny Coolbeth finish 2-3 Springfield, Ill., May 28—It may have come a day later than originally planned due to Sunday’s weather postponement, but American Flat Track made good on its Memorial Day tradition. The world’s greatest dirt track motorcycle racers once again put on a spectacular show for the crowd who came back out to the Illinois ...Read More »