Heart Of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts Racing


Curious about motorcycle road racing? Want to get close to the action? One way to have a look is to volunteer as a Corner Marshal (Corner Worker) at one of the Midwest tracks. The HoAME Club provides marshals for racing at about eight tracks and a variety of track days. We are most actively involved with the Great Plains and Midwest Divisions of the Champion Cup Series (CCS). The racers in these events depend on a safety crew stationed at most turns on the track. From each station, marshals provide communication to race control and other stations, flagging (alerting following racers of a crash or other hazard), pick up (handling the wreck by aiding the downed rider and removing the bike), oil spill removal, and fire fighting if required.

Working the corners is a great way to enable your buddies to go racing. New workers are paired with veterans. Wear something white, take plenty of water, gloves, a whistle, and sun block. Usually there’s a break for lunch. A stopwatch is handy as you become curious about relative lap times. Training is available.

Robert Putnam is our club’s Corner Worker Captain. Contact Robert at 913-221-8852 or robert_putnam@email.com. He is AMA Corner Marshal certified and regularly works race control (Track Marshal) for the CCS Great Plains Division.

Races in the Midwest are organized by CCS, AHRMA, WERA, CRA, MRA, CMRA and others. Each organization manages a series of races usually beginning in March or April. AHRMA is unique because the focus is on racing vintage motorcycles. This allows a participant to begin on a small, inexpensive machine close to the original production model and progress to more challenging classes as skill level increases. These races are also great to watch.

One of our most distinguished club members is Norbert Nickel who began racing in his native Germany in 1948. In 1999, Norbert won AHRMA’s national championships in both pre-1940 and Class C footshift classes aboard a 1939 BMW R51 replica. He repeated his pre-1940 championship in 2000 and again in 2006. Come to a club meeting on a Wednesday night and talk with Norbert about racing a motorcycle.

Two highlights of the racing season are the opening event at Daytona and the mid-July event at the Mid-Ohio track in Central Ohio.

The HoAME Club always supports the CCS annual race series events at Heartland Park in Topeka. We also support events at the Mid-America Motorplex south of Omaha on I-29, MPH near Hastings, NE, Gateway near St. Louis, and the Iowa Speedway near Des Moines. www.TrackAddix.com (click on race) has information for CCS-sponsored racing events and a current schedule.

Several club members are involved in vintage motorcross racing. A race series has been established and the season covers most of the year. Tracks are located mostly on private property through wooded areas and across streams. Current information is available at Wednesday night club meetings.