Utah Motorsports Campus will turn back the hands of time this weekend, September 3-4, as the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association returns for the 11th annual Bonneville Vintage Grand Prix.
Vintage and contemporary road racing motorcycles and sidecars on tap
The longest-running annual event at this facility, since 2006 the Bonneville Vintage Grand Prix has attracted vintage and historic road racing motorcycles from the 1940s to the 1980s, creating a virtual rolling museum illustrating the history of the sport.
The weekend schedule includes a practice day on Friday, followed by racing on both Saturday and Sunday, all on the 2.2-mile East Course. Following morning practice sessions, racing will start at noon on both days, with 11 races scheduled each day.
Included in the event will be the extremely popular Le Mans-start “Battle of the CB-160s” race. To start this race, the racers must run across the track to a “bike holder,” bump-start their motorcycle then battle for the lead.
Also on the schedule will be two rounds of vintage and modern sidecar racing with the ever-popular Sidecar Racers Association West, making their annual Utah appearance.
On the UMC West Course, the Utah Sport Bike Association will hold Round 5 of their six-round 2016 Vortex Masters of the Mountains championship, with the best amateur motorcycle road racers from throughout the Intermountain West competing in 26 different classes. They will have practice sessions each morning, with feature sprint races starting at 11:45 a.m. on both days.
Off the track, Saturday’s Motorcycle Classics Vintage Motorcycle Show will feature an unusual collection of vintage bikes, with Triumph being honored as the featured marque. On Sunday, Suicide Lane Cycles will host a Custom Bike Show. Motorcycle-riding spectators will be allowed to ride the track during lunchtime on Saturday and Sunday for $10/day, with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge, a facility which will provide free housing to cancer patients (and their caregivers) from throughout the Intermountain West. In addition, the UMC Kart Track will be open for kart rentals throughout the weekend.
Tickets will be available at the Box Office for the 11th annual Bonneville Vintage Grand Prix, priced at $10/day or $15/weekend for adults, with kids 12 and under admitted free of charge. All patrons arriving on motorcycles will be admitted free of charge and allowed to park in the paddock, and there will be a free gear check provided for motorcyclists courtesy of the Christian Motorcycle Association. There will be no admission fee on Friday, and parking is free throughout the weekend.
For more information about the Bonneville Vintage Grand Prix, visit their website at www.BonnevilleVintageGP.com. For more information about the USBA Vortex Masters of the Mountains series, visit www.UtahSBA.com. For more information on the Sidecar Racers Association West, visit www.FormulaSidecars.com. For information regarding Utah Motorsports Campus, browse this website or call 435-277-8000.
Utah Motorsports Campus is managing the facility formerly known as Miller Motorsports Park on behalf of Tooele County while the procedures to sell the facility take place.
John Gardner, Public Relations Manager