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2008 banquets location, dates set

American Motorcyclist Association announces dates, location for 2008 professional and amateur banquets PICKERINGTON, Ohio--The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is pleased to announce that the annual 2008 AMA Sports and AMA Pro...

American Motorcyclist Association announces dates, location for 2008 professional and amateur banquets

PICKERINGTON, Ohio--The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is pleased to announce that the annual 2008 AMA Sports and AMA Pro Racing awards banquets will be held at Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Ala., Nov. 22 and 23.

The much-anticipated gathering of motorcycle racing superstars honors the accomplishments of the year's amateur and professional champions, and is attended by their families, friends, fans and industry leaders. In addition to serving as the official end-of-season ceremony for AMA-sanctioned racing events, the banquets provide enthusiasts one of their best opportunities to meet and greet their racing heroes.

The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum houses one of the most spectacular collections of motorcycles in the world. The facility, set on the grounds of Barber Motorsports Park, displays scores of historic and popular motorcycles from a collection of more than 1,200 machines. The meticulously restored bikes range from a Honda RC161 to a Bohmerland three-seater to a world-championship-winning Morbidelli to everything in between.

"The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum is a world-class venue, making it the perfect setting for recognizing our world-class athletes," said Rob Dingman, AMA president and CEO. "Across the board, from the national Vet class enduro champion to the 2008 AMA Superbike champion, this weekend will honor the best motorcycle racers from all disciplines. The AMA couldn't be more thrilled to showcase our top riders in one of the world's finest facilities dedicated to our shared motorcycling heritage."

The weekend will kick off with the AMA Sports banquet on Saturday, Nov. 22, and will present national awards to the top riders in AMA Sports sanctioned events and series, such as the AMA FMF Racing National Enduro Series, the AMA FMF Racing National Hare & Hound Series, the AMA/MAXXIS National Endurocross Series and the AMA/NATC National Observed Trials Series. Also being honored will be national champions from the AMA/Air Nautiques Amateur National Motocross Championships, AMA Black Cat Gold Dirt Track Grand Championships, AMA Sports Road Race Grand Championships, AMA Eastern and Western Hare Scrambles Series, Hillclimb and Ice Race National Championships.

The next day, Sunday, Nov. 23, some of the world's best motorcycle racers will be honored for their performances in the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship presented by FMF, the AMA Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited, the AMA Flat Track Championship, the AMA Supermoto Championship, the AMA Hillclimb Championship, and the Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship. Also being recognized will be the four-wheel off-road stars from the ITP Tires/Moose Racing AMA/ATVA Pro Championship.

Tickets to the AMA Sports Banquet are $85, and tickets to the AMA Pro Racing Banquet are $125. Tickets can be purchased online at www.AmericanMotorcyclist.com/RacingBanquets. Printed orders can be faxed to (614) 986-1962, Attn: Cyndi Freeze-Cain, or mailed to AMA Racing, Attn: Cyndi Freeze-Cain, 13515 Yarmouth Drive, Pickerington, OH 43147.

The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum is located at 6030 Barber Motorsports Parkway, Leeds, AL 35094. More information can be found at www.barbermuseum.org.

Additional area information, including listings of local accommodations, is available from the Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 458-8085 or www.birminghamal.org.

-credit: ama

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