AHRMA Dream Team participates in the 24 Hours of Perry Mountain
Press release | May 26, 2021
The AHRMA 24 Hour Dream Team will compete in the Perry Mountain 24 Hour Challenge June 5-6 in Maplesville, Alabama.
The following is an AHRMA press release…
Elora, TN (May 26, 2021) – A “dream team” of professional and amateur racers representing the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA) will compete in an off-road marathon aboard vintage machines. The AHRMA 24 Hour Dream Team will compete in the Perry Mountain 24 Hour Challenge June 5-6 in Maplesville, Alabama.
The event pits runners from across the country against each other and against the clock. The format is based on a 24 hour relay race with teams of four runners each. Each rider participates in his own motorcycle. The course covers rugged, hilly and sandy terrain common to southern Alabama.
While most teams will be racing on the latest modern off-road competition motorcycles, the AHRMA Dream Team will be riding older motorcycles eligible for AHRMA events. This means the bikes will be at least 35 years old, have air-cooled engines, drum brakes, and limited-travel suspension.
The Dream Team members represent an elite group of AHRMA members who regularly participate in AHRMA National Championship events. Not only will they ride older motorcycles, but they will also be decades older than their competition – some are professional racers with full factory backing.
“The AHRMA 24 Hours Dream Team will not be going to this event to just walk around and have their picture taken,” said Anthony Paul, AHRMA Off-Road Director. “They’ve been planning this event for months and will continue to plan and train for this event because the plan is to win.”
The members of the Dream Team include horsemen Fred Hoess, Trampas Parker, Tommy Veator and Terry Cunningham. Craig Hayes will serve as team mechanic and Anthony Paul will serve as team manager.
Hoess, 54, from Stanhope, New Jersey, began his competitive career in 1980 when he won the New England Trail Rider Association Mini Grand Champion. Over the next 40 years, his accomplishments included Hare Scrambles National Series Championships, a member of the ISDE World Junior Trophy team (winning gold medals) and success in the regional enduro series. Hoess is a 27-time gold medalist at the International Six Days Enduro (ISDE). Hoess is ISDE’s winningest American competitor. He is also several times AHRMA Post Vintage Open Expert champion.
Parker, 53, from Okmulgee, Oklahoma, was inducted into the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Hall of Fame in 2009. He is a two-time motocross world champion winning the 125cc championship in 1991 and the championship 250cc in 1991. He won six. Italian Motocross Championships. Parker is the only American to have won races in all three motocross categories of the 125, 250 and 350cc World Championships. Parker is also the only rider to have won races in these categories in the same year.
Cunningham, 62 from Greenback, TN. He has achieved multiple victories in Grand National Cross Country and National Hare Scrambles competition, won four National Enduro Championships, two ISDE silver medals, five ISDE gold medals and was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the ‘American Motorcycles Association (AMA) in 2018. He continued his racing victories with several post-vintage AHRMA Open Expert National Championships
Veator, 52, from Perry, Ga., Is a former Kawasaki Team Green member and KTM Support Team rider. He is three times FTR Enduro champion, several times SETRA Enduro and SETRA Hare Scramble Champion, the SORCS 4 Stroke A Champion 2015, 2017 SORCS 30A Champion and twice AHRMA Post-Vintage 200 Expert National Champion. He brings the Perry Mountain 24 Hour Challenge experience to the AHRMA team as the 2001 and 2006 champion.
“We couldn’t even dream of doing this race, on these bikes and with these riders, without the help of all of our AHRMA members who have come together to support us,” said Paul.
AHRMA doubles and dispenses two teams at Perry Mountain 24 Hours
The following is an AHRMA press release…
Elora, TN (May 25, 2021) – The American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA) presents “The Vintage 6,” a team of amateur AHRMA racers, to take on the Perry Mountain Off-Road Marathon aboard vintage machines.
The “AHRMA Vintage 6” will compete in the 6 bike 45+ category in the Perry Mountain 24 Hour Challenge on June 5-6 in Maplesville, Alabama and join the “AHRMA-Dream Team” of off-road superstars.
The event pits runners from across the country against each other and against the clock. The six-bike class format is based on a 24-hour relay race with teams of six riders each. Each rider participates in his own motorcycle. The course covers rugged, hilly and sandy terrain common to southern Alabama.
The AHRMA Vintage 6, like the AHRMA Dream Team, will be aboard vintage motorcycles eligible for AHRMA events. This means the bikes will be at least 35 years old, have air-cooled engines, drum brakes, and limited-travel suspension. AHRMA Vintage 6 Members represent a premier group of AHRMA members who regularly participate in AHRMA National Championship events.
Members of the Vintage 6 team include Curt Comer (Team Manager), Suzy Moody, Alan Drane, Kevin Hutchinson, Bob Bean, Steve Blakley and Heath Parker.
Comer, 63, from Elora, Tennessee, will ride a 1985 Husqvarna 250 WR. Comer has served as AHRMA Executive Director since 2019. AHRMA Member since 1990, he has competed with AHRMA in all disciplines, including road racing, practice, motocross, cross-country and flat track. Comer holds several motorcycle championship titles, including that of the United States National Trials Champion in 1981.
Internationally, Comer finished 18th at the 1978 FIM Trial World Championships and a member of the 1984 American Trial des Nations team in Poland. He has won Senior Category Championships, Observed Trials, Super Senior A National Enduro, +50 ST and TT National Championships and +40 Grand Dirt Track Champion. He competed in previous Perry Mountain 24 Hour Challenge races on teams in the early 2000s, winning 2nd Duo Class in 2007 and +50 Ironman winner in 2008.
Moody, 59, from Salida, Colo., Will ride a 1984 Yamaha IT200. Moody started competing in 1973 and has won several off-road races in the women’s category and won overall victories. In 2001, she represented the United States in the first AMA ISDE women’s team in France. Moody has participated several times in the Perry Mountain 24 Hour Challenge in the Ironman Woman Class and Teams. She is new to WERA road racing and holds expert championships from 2004-2009. She currently competes in the AHRMA National Motocross and Cross Country Series. In addition to his many competitive accomplishments, Moody has held officer positions in NATRA, SERA, SE & TRA and AMA organizations, and founded the Cumberland Mountain Riders Association (CMRA which has one of the largest areas of The country’s private riding in Winchester, Tennessee. Moody owned Madison Cycle Supply, a full-service Husqvarna, Aprilia and Beta dealer, with her late husband Paul Fann.
Drane, 59 from Houston, TX, will be riding a 1985 Husqvarna 250 WR. Drane is a NETRA class winner of Jr. Enduros. He is sponsored by Ron Grene Hercules. Drane holds the title of Texas Championship Hare Scrambles 1992-93 Champion in the Expert class and was the ISDE 1994-95 qualifying series and final at the Texas Championship Hare Scrambles Championship. He won several AHRMA Expert MX and Cross Country championships.
Hutchinson, 53, of Ball, Louisiana, will ride a 1987 Husqvarna 430 XC. He is a two-time ISDE veteran, five times in the 24-hour team, and in 2007 he won the 250A 24-hour class. He is a champion of the SERA Enduro class on several occasions.
Bean, 68, lives in Osceola, Indiana. He will drive a 1985 Husqvarna 250 XC. Bean is a three-time ISDE medalist. He also holds three Mini Olympic Championships, 34 AHRMA National Championships as well as nine AMA National Motocross Championships.
Blakely, 57 from Washington, Missouri, will ride a 1987 Yamaha YZ400. His first motorcycle competition was in 1971 at the age of 8. From there his racing accomplishments include 1987 Dade City MX 1st overall 250 champion, 1998 Best Desert Ironman champion, 2000 1st place 250 Sportsman at the Glen Helen 24 Hour race, 2001 1st overall at Amateur Utah National Hare & Hound, 2001 second overall National Hare & Hound Four-Stroke Open “B”, 2003 Ironman “Vegas to Reno” Expert class second place, 2004 Ironman Vegas-to-Reno Expert-class first place (23rd overall), AHRMA 250 GP Championships / 50 More than intermediate class 2020.
Parker, 52, from Stonewall, Louisiana will be riding a 1984 Yamaha IT 200. Parker returned to motorcycling and racing in 2006 after a 24-year hiatus. He is the 2010 Louisiana Cross Country +40 amateur champion and won a few Central-South regional championships in 2018. He started racing with the AHRMA in 2014.
“Setting up two AHRMA teams for Perry Mountain really shines a light on vintage off-road racing,” said Arthur Kowitz, Chairman of the Board of Directors of AHRMA. “Our Vintage 6 team is a great combo of former pro racers, world class champions and a few fast amateurs, all on some really cool classic off-road bikes.”
For more information, visit www.ahrma.org or www.perrymountainmotorcycleclub.com