The event in Lexington Ohio, takes place from July 24th through July 26th. The weekend’s festivities include vintage racing, North America’s largest swap-meet, bike shows, demo rides and more. Matt Olsen, the Antique Motorcycle Club of America’s Youth Coordinator, is planning on riding his 1936 Harley Davidson EL from South Dakota to the AMA Vintage Days to participate in the AMA’s 85th anniversary parade. What makes Matt’s trip so unusual is that he and his passenger, Mara Butler, plan on riding the 1,100 miles in 24 hours with no chase vehicle or support team.
“We would love to qualify for the Iron Butt Association Saddle Sore 1,000 award,” Matt explains. “In order to qualify for an IBA Saddle Sore 1,000 award, you have to ride at least 1,000 miles in 24 hours. And we want to do it on a 71 year-old Harley-Davidson. We want to shatter the general motorcycling public’s perception that the old and collectible motorcycles belong in museums, or that they can’t be ridden.” Matt explained. If Matt and Mara succeed, Matt’s 36 EL will be the oldest Harley to qualify for an IBA award. You will be able to check on their progress by going to his BlogSpot (updated at each gas stop)