The minutes from the May 2 Board of Trustees meeting in Terrebonne, OR, are now available here; this document is also permanently posted on the Member Resources page of this website.
After reading the Oregon boards minutes I would be quite curious as to how many dollars are lost on the over 70 entries within any AHRMA discipline? As for bringing modern bikes into any of the current motocross formats I for one think you can say bye, bye to quite a few members. We didn’t join this organization to have modern bikes in the pits or their riders….. AHRMA stands for what? The Northwest has done an excellent job of providing save tracks for vintage bikes without having to bow down to promoters that are merely looking for a big gate.
Oh no!! Don’t get rid of the +70 freebie entry fee yet….I turn 70 tomorrow! In truth, though, this could use some consideration if the amount of money lost is significant. Maybe just waive the first class entry fee and then charge for any additional classes, or just the opposite, charge for the first class and then any additional classes are free. I’d be interested in hearing from any other +70 riders.
As for newer bikes? No way….that’s not what we’re about. I own a modern KTM and use it in the desert or woods with my friends who are also on new bikes. However, they do not belong at the VMX events at all. The comparison is like apples and armadillos!
The +70 free entry might have sounded good but in reality it’s not very sustainable and screws the promoter. Time to just kill it and move on. Modern bikes have modern races, AHRMA already has the membership field spread so thin with all the varitiy of classes that many off road/MX riders only compete against themselves at many events.
Many feel the free 70+ entry is AHRMA’s way of honoring the older riders. If that is the intent of “AHRMA”, the member owned not for profit organization then AHRMA, (we), should foot the bill for the free entry on both sides, Road Racing and Off-Road.
The independent promoters that AHRMA off-road depends on should not have to pay for AHRMA’s honoring the older riders. At this point entry numbers are dropping, our membership numbers are dropping, but more 70+ riders are racing. We need to be more worried about honoring the promoters that are still willing to even put on AHRMA off-road events. We need those promoters putting on events for as long as possible. 11 years from now when I’m 70, God willing if I am still able to ride my vintage motocross & trials bikes, I just want there to still be AHRMA events I can go to.