27-year old Brittney Olsen must be the youngest vintage motorcycle racer. After finding out the Sturgis city’s plans to close down the old track for good, Brittney began to think of a way to revive the Sturgis half-mile and its glorious motorcycle racing. In 2015 she founded 20th Century Racing and claimed two of her victories on the Historical Sturgis Meade County Fairgrounds Half Mile race. Good friend and mentor Bruce Eide approached Brittney after the 75th Sturgis Rally with the idea of hosting a vintage motorcycle festival, thus the concept of The Spirit of Sturgis was conceived. Following months of planning, hard work and gaining the blessing from the city of Sturgis and the Sturgis Chamber of Commerce, Indian Motorcycle Sturgis and Brittney are set to host the first ever Spirit of Sturgis Vintage Motorcycle Festival on Friday, August 26th – Sunday, August 28th of this year.
The Spirit of Sturgis Vintage Motorcycle Festival will offer guided Gypsy Tours through the Black Hills and two days of vintage motorcycle races plus a swap meet and antique flea market for vendors, collectors and enthusiasts at the Meade County Fairgrounds located at 1802 Ballpark Road in Sturgis, South Dakota. Friday’s main event is the half-mile vintage motorcycle flat track races with classes ranging from the early 1920s through 1980s as well as a benefit party plus vintage bike show following the races Friday night in the infield of the old track. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame. Saturday’s main event features exciting pre-70s “Run What You Brung” dirt drags. Continue reading ‘Spirit of Sturgis Vintage Motorcycle Festival Set For August 26-28, 2016’