On July 1, 2019, AHRMA’s Board of Trustees met to review rules proposals for the 2020 racing season. A summary of the proposals, including the preliminary Board decisions, is linked below. Members are invited to provide feedback on each of the proposals prior to the October 7 meeting, when final determinations will be made. Voting Trustees are: Carl Anderson, Kevin Burns, Luke Conner, Fred Guidi, Arthur Kowitz, Brian Larrabure, Louis LeBlanc, Debbie Poole, Rob Poole, Ellen Voermans, Beno Rodi and Kelly Shane. Each Trustee’s initials are listed by his/her actions below.

The votes recorded below are votes for/against a Trustee’s motion; if the motion was to reject the proposal, a “For” vote is a vote against the proposal. Underlined wording would be new for the 2020 Handbook, a strike-through indicates wording proposed to be removed.

ReminderThese are the preliminary Board decisions. Members are invited to review the votes on each of the proposals prior to the Fall meeting, and contact Trustees with any comments. Final determinations (votes) will be made at the October 7 meeting at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Birmingham, AL.

In order to submit questions or comments on the rule proposals, please complete the AHRMA Rules Proposal Feedback Form by clicking the button below.

AHRMA Rules Proposal Feedback Form

GENERAL

3.6.j – Restarting Red-flagged Races

Replace paragraph j as follows:  In a race in which the red flag is displayed before the leader has completed less than half the scheduled laps, the race will be restarted with original grids.  The race lap count will be lessened by 1 lap to allow for additional warm up lap.  If the leader has completed more than half the scheduled laps before the red flag is displayed, the race will be deemed complete and scored by last completed lap by the field.  If a rider causes a red flag after the leader has completed more than half of scheduled laps, the offending rider will receive a DQ.  Race Control, Referee and Director will determine if rider, track conditions or other circumstances caused the red flag. (Faynisha Pentecost)
Committee: N/A  
Discussion: CA motioned to accept the proposal, FG seconded
July Board: (12 For the motion)

4.7 – Refunds

a) Refunds will may be issued only to pre-entered riders who have completed a Refund Request form. The form is found near the end of this book and also may be obtained from registration at an event, online at www.ahrma.org or from the AHRMA National office. This form must be filed with the office by mail, fax or email, or with an AHRMA official at the event. Requests for refunds or credits will not be accepted via telephone.

b) A rider contacting the AHRMA office up through the day of the event will be refunded the full amount, less a $5 administrative charge. A rider filing for refund not more than 14 days after the event will be refunded 50-percent of the total entry. After that time, the entry fee will be deposited into the Benevolent Fund. This policy applies to National events, unless noted otherwise on the entry form.. Any refunds issued will be less a $5 per entry, per daily event administrative charge. A rider filing for refund not more than 14 days after the event may be refunded up to 50-percent of the total entry. This policy applies to all National events, unless noted otherwise on the entry form.   (Brian Larrabure)
Committee: N/A  
Discussion: CA motioned to accept the proposal, AK seconded
July Board: (12 For the motion)

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Change the name of AHRMA’s official publication to “Vintage Views” (Matt Hilgenberg)
Committee: N/A  
Discussion: KB motioned to reject the proposal, BL seconded
July Board: (8 For/ 4 Against [KS, RP, DP, EV] the motion)

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When AHRMA competition events are held in conjunction with a non AHRMA event and it is necessary to combine classes AHRMA classes should only be combined with AHRMA classes. (Michael Collier)
Committee: N/A  
Discussion: RP motioned to reject the proposal, KS seconded
July Board: (12 For the motion)

SECTION 9 – GENERAL ROADRACING RULES

9.3.f – Road Race Bodywork

. . .All machines fitted with a bottom fair, must be fabricated of suitable material to function as a belly pan. All machines fitted with split or two piece fairings must be fitted with an internal oil containment system. All machines fitted with split or two piece fairings must be fitted with an internal oil containment system. . . . (Matt Hilgenberg)
Committee: N/A  
Discussion: RP motioned to accept the proposal, CA seconded
July Board: (12 For the motion)

9.3.h – Sound

Sound testing will take place at AHRMA National events. This will be a pass-by test at a section of the circuit where machines are under full throttle. As dB(a) levels differ from circuit to circuit due to background and distance, only the worst offenders will be notified. Failure to meet track-imposed noise limits may result in disqualification from the day’s event and no refund of entry fees. These results will be posted and published in AHRMA MAG. At tracks where noise limits are in effect, AHRMA will adhere to the track’s policy. A maximum sound limit of 105dB(a) will be imposed for all machines on the track and in the pits, including generators. A standard of how to determine sound will be created.

The AHRMA sound limit is 105 dB(a). The sound level will be measured while the machine is on the track during practice sessions and racing events.  A static test may be used off-track with the sound meter held 45° off the centerline of the silencer and 48” from the tip, and the throttle held at ½ redline.  If the machine is found to be not in compliance with the AHRMA limit of 105 dB(a) or a track-imposed lower limit in either test, the machine will not be allowed to continue until it is brought into compliance. No refunds of entry fees will be issued.  The limit of 105dB(a) will be imposed for all machines on the track and in the pits, including generators.  (Kevin Burns)
Committee: N/A  
Discussion: AK motioned to accept the proposal, RP seconded
July Board: (12 For the motion)

9.6.5 – Publishing Regional awards Criteria, General

National Series awards are based on a rider’s best finishes in one-half of the total number of races in the series, rounded up to the next whole number if necessary (e.g., in a 19-race series, a rider’s 10 best finishes count). A rider must score points in at least two events to be eligible for National series awards. Criteria for regional series awards will be defined and printed in AHRMA MAG prior to first event of the year. Criteria for Regional Series Awards will be defined and published prior to the first event of the year. Yearly schedule changes to events and locations may change the regional series criteria. Year-end scoring ties will be broken by the greatest number of first-place finishes, then second-place finishes, third-place, etc. If still tied, the position will be awarded to the rider with the better results in any head-to-head, on-track meetings. In the event of an absolute tie, the oldest rider wins.  (Elli Klein)
Committee: N/A  
Discussion: KB motioned to accept the proposal, FG seconded
July Board: (12 For the motion)

9.6.5 – Race Count for Nat’l RR Championships

National Series awards are based on a rider’s best finishes in one-half of the total number of 20 races in the series, rounded up to the next whole number if necessary (e.g., in a 19-race series, a rider’s 10 best finishes count) (David Bourbeau, Alex McLean)
Committee: N/A  
Discussion: AK motioned to accept the proposal, BL seconded
July Board: (10 For/ 2 Against [KB, CA] the motion)

9.7.2.C – Engine Overbore

c) Allowable overbore is a class’s maximum displacement plus the following limits, or the specific machine displacement, as in the performance-indexed classes (such as 200 Grand Prix Plus and Classic Sixties 650): Four Stroke Cylinders may be overbored by a maximum of .080”, singles; .060”, twins; .040”, triples; and .020”, fours. Two Stroke cylinders may be overbored by a maximum of .080″. . . . (Christopher Spargo)
Committee: No, 2-1 Anderson, yes
Discussion: RP motioned to accept the proposal, CA seconded
July Board: (11 For/ 1 Against [AK] the motion)

9.7.5.c – Tires and Rims

Tire warmers are prohibited allowed on vintage motorcycles with treaded tires.   (Kenny Cummings)
Committee: No, 2-1 Anderson, yes    
Discussion: RP motioned to reject the proposal, KS seconded
July Board: (10 For/ 2 Abstain [KB, RP] the motion)

9.7.6.g – Sportsman Rim Size

Sportsman: Rim diameter must be at least 18 inches and not exceed WM4 (2.5 inches) WM3 (2.15 inches) front and WM4 (2.5 inches) rear. WM5 (3.0 inches) rear rims are per