New Harley Series AMDRAGS Announced

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Buzz Kanter, Publisher of American Iron and Roadbike magazines, has announced the launch of an exciting new approach to American motorcycle events. Backed by an experienced team of racers and show bike promoters, Kanter has established a new Harley-Davidson drag racing sanction, AMDRAGS, along with a custom and classic motorcycle show series, the Pro/Am Showbike Series.

By combining AMDRAGS motorcycle drag racing with the Pro/Am Showbike Series, Kanter believes the new venture will offer something for all American motorcycle enthusiasts. This ranges from classic American motorcycles and the latest custom chopper show bikes, to street racers and all-out professional V-twin drag bikes.  The new ventures are operated out of Kanter’s Crossbow Productions.  Kanter also owns TAM Communications in Stamford, Connecticut.

“A lot of enthusiasts will ride in for the bike show and discover drag racing,” Kanter said. “Others will come for the racing action and be turned on by the custom and classic bikes. This is going to be an action-packed, family-oriented activity.”

AMDRAGS is the American Motorcycle Drag Racing All Gas Series. It will launch its inaugural 2006 season with Pro, Sportsman Index, ET and FLASH® classes. Kanter has hired Dragbike.com Editor Matt Polito to be AMDRAGS Director of Racing and Andrew Rosa as AMDRAGS Tech Director.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to establish a new era in motorcycle drag racing events,” said Polito. “With the editorial reach of American Iron and the promotional expertise of Crossbow Productions, AMDRAGS promises to bring motorcycle drag racing to a much broader audience than it has been exposed to before. We are very excited about the possibilities.”

Polito brings over 15 years experience in motorcycle drag racing industry including photojournalism, publishing and Internet promotion.  Polito is co-owner of the Dragbike.com website with Scott Valetti.

AMDRAGS has established the class structure and preliminary rules for their 2006 racing season. “We limited the number of classes for fast paced, exciting racing,” said Polito. “This is an all-gas race series, but we’ll run Top Fuel as an exhibition class at our 2006 events.”

Heading up the AMDRAGS Pro classes will be Outlaw Pro Stock, which is based on NHRA legal Pro Stock bikes with a twist: NHRA-legal 60 degree machines running 160 cubic inches can run below NHRA minimum weight. The weight restriction is also taken off for bikes with unlimited cubic inch 45 degree motors.  Nitrous oxide will be allowed for 45 degree, 160 cubic inch motors. “V-Twin Pro Stocks are the hottest thing in drag racing today,” said Polito. “The modern, purpose-built engines produced by Vance & Hines and S&S have revolutionized the sport. We’ll showcase these bikes and the riders who race them.” 

AMDRAGS will also run Extreme Modified, an entry-level Pro class allowing 120 inch, 45 degree motors with single carburetors, 7-inch slicks and wheelie bars.

Sportsman index classes will include Super Twin, a 9.70 class, and Street Comp, a 10.90 class. There will also be two ET dial-in classes. Pro ET, geared for the touring bracket racer, will allow slicks and wheelie bars. It will pay a sizable purse and awards national championship points. Street ET will be and entry-level class for street-legal motorcycles with DOT rubber and no wheelie bars. It will be and entry-level class which will allow anyone to literally ride into the track and enter his or her bike in competition.

FLASH® racing features the ultimate in high-performance street bikes. All FLASH® racers must complete a 50 mile road course before settling matters on the track.  There will be different levels of classes within FLASH®.

In addition to competition racing, AMDRAGS events will host Thunder Alley Race School, which is open to all makes and models of motorcycles and will teach drag racing at beginner and intermediate levels. Chief instructor is Maura Hall.

The Pro/Am Showbike series will offer builders a chance to share their latest creations with a large audience on local and national levels. There will be classes for all American-made motorcycles from original classics to the latest state-of-the-art customs. Kanter currently organizes and promotes custom and classic motorcycle shows including his flagship event the Gotham Motorcycle Classic in New York City.

Marketing opportunities for the 2006 season include sponsorships for overall events, AMDRAGS race classes and racer contingencies, Thunder Alley Race School, and Pro/Am Showbike classes. Vending opportunities are also available at each event.

“We’re all pretty excited about the marketing opportunities we’re offering,” said Terry O’Brien, Director of Sales and Marketing at Crossbow Productions. “By combining the excitement of drag racing with world class bike shows, we can deliver an impressive number of active motorcycle enthusiasts to our marketing partners.”

“This is the time to get in on the ground floor as we kick off the AMDRAGS and Pro/Am Showbike series early in 2006,” stated O’Brien. “Our sponsors will benefit in many ways, including listings in all print and on-line advertising, editorial exposure in our national and regional media partners, and banner ads and links on our websites. All of our sponsors will get special display opportunities and banners at each event.”  Terry O’Brien can be contacted at 203-425-8777 x25 Email: TerryO@amdrags.com.

Further details and rules are at www.AMDRAGS.com or www.FLASH-Race.com.

Matt Polito can be contacted at mattp@amdrags.com

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