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Jared Mees takes the win and the title in front of the Home Crowd

Jared Mees takes the win and the title in front of the home crowd at the Harley-Davidson Williams Grove Half-Mile presented by Appalachian Harley-Davidson
Kevin Stollings takes dominant win to score second AFT Singles win of the season

1MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (September 9, 2017) – Jared Mees (No. 9 Indian Motorcycle Rogers Racing Scout FTR750) put on another masterclass performance to take the win and clinch the American Flat Track AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines crown two races early at the Harley-Davidson Williams Grove Half-Mile presented by Appalachian Harley-Davidson.

After nearly a quarter-century absence, it was a welcome return to Williams Grove Speedway as fans packed the house to witness the Pennsylvania native score his fourth overall premier class championship.

SEPTEMBER 03, 2017 - American Flat Track at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, PA.
SEPTEMBER 03, 2017 – American Flat Track at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, PA.

“Man, it’s an honor to be able to come to Williams Grove — I was born and raised 45 minutes from here — and to clinch this championship in front of all my friends and family,” Mees said. “We had a phenomenal year. I had a magnificent team behind me. I don’t know what else to say. I give all the credit to those guys — they work so hard week-in and week-out. The Indian was a phenomenal motorcycle for me from start to finish. It’s unbelievable.

“To win a championship in the fashion we did this year and — no offense, but to dominate it. To go out there and pull off nine wins and clinch the championship with two races to go, it was phenomenal. I never thought it would have happened, especially considering the talent of the other guys out there.”

It also meant a lot to Mees to be able to make history, by scoring the brand’s first Grand National Championship title.

“I wanted to be the guy on the Indian, the first to do it,” Mees said. “I wanted to be the guy to do everything on the Indian first. I wanted to dominate, and we did.”

Although it looked like it was going to be Mees’ day to shine after he won both his Heat, Semi and left everyone in his dust during the Main, multiple red flags threw some uncertainty into the mix. And even after his championship rival Bryan Smith (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750) crashed out of the race — pretty much sealing the deal on the championship with Mees only needing four points — Mees didn’t go easy. He held on to the win and crossed the line 0.232 seconds ahead of Brad Baker (No. 6 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750).

Baker, who has been eagerly searching for his first win of 2017, took comfort in the fact that he has made progress on track conditions that don’t favor him and scored his 11th podium this season.

“It was a very demanding race today,” Baker said. “These types of tracks, you can’t make a mistake. It was really, really easy to make a mistake, just because of how slick it was and just one little line that we were all shooting for. I felt like I had something for Jared earlier on today, but it turned into a little notch groove, and those types of tracks aren’t my strong point by any means. I’ve been getting better at them, and it takes a lot of discipline and maturity from a rider to ride those types of tracks — like Jared with his experience. The guy is just on top of his game right now. I have no excuses. The guy is mentally focused, he’s fit, and he’s got a great team. He’s the guy we’re all gunning for. Hats off to Jared and his whole team for doing such a great job.”

Joining the Indian Wrecking Crew duo on the podium was Briar Bauman (No. 14 Zanotti Racing Kawasaki Ninja 650) — his fourth of the season. Bauman also echoed Baker’s feelings about the challenging nature of the track.

“It was awesome racing with these guys, but the track was very tough and demanding today,” Bauman said. “You had to be on your game and hit every mark perfect. It was challenging, so I’m happy to get up here (on the podium) on a slick groove. We were pretty quick all day, so it feels really good to give this back to Zanotti Racing.”

Leading the way for the factory Harley squad was Jake Johnson (No. 5 Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team XG750R), who finished a solid fourth at his home race. Completing the top five was Sammy Halbert on the No. 69 Estenson Logistics Yamaha FZ-07.

AFT Singles
Despite already being mathematically eliminated from title contention, Kevin Stollings, Jr. (No. 99 Ben Evans Honda CRF450R) continued to stake his claim as the outright fastest rider in the AFT Singles class with a dominant victory.

Stollings’ second win of the season was an appropriate way to close out a day in which he entered the Main Event as Best Qualifier for a class-leading fifth occasion this season.

Stollings tussled early with title leader Kolby Carlile (No. 36 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F), who stormed to the holeshot and led the opening two laps. On lap 3, Stollings powered around the outside of Carlile and steadily built up a healthy advantage which he held to the checkered flag.

“I didn’t get the start I wanted to, and it seemed like Kolby was pulling away,” Stollings said. “I was kind of getting scared because I didn’t want him to get too far away. I kept my cool and ended up passing him on the outside on the third lap or so. From there, I just kept my line and stayed smooth.”

Despite finishing second, for Carlile, it was mission accomplished. His runner-up result increased his championship advantage to 12 points over rival Brandon Price (No. 92 Brandon Price Racing backed by Parkinson Brother’s Racing/DPC Racing/Don’s Kawasaki Honda CRF450R) with just two races remaining.

Price did well to minimize the damage after suffering a terrible launch off the line from the second position. He carved his way up to fourth and made an effort to steal away third late as well, but Wyatt Anderson (No. 120 Waters Autobody Racing KTM 450 SX-F) held strong to claim the final spot on the box. Anderson’s third-place finish made it three different manufacturers represented on the podium.

Meanwhile, the titles hopes of long-time championship leader Shayna Texter (No. 52 Richie Morris Racing Honda CRF450R) dimmed a bit on Saturday as she failed to make the Main Event due to a flat tire. Now 29 points back, Texter is going to need some serious help to somehow claw her way back into the fight.

As part of American Flat Track’s television broadcast package with NBCSN, the cable network will air the Harley-Davidson Williams Grove Half-Mile presented by Appalachian Harley-Davidson on Thursday, September 28, at 10:00 p.m. ET as part of a Half-Mile doubleheader with the Lone Star Half-Mile presented by Indian Motorcycle, which follows at 11:00 p.m. ET. Both one-hour shows will feature flag-to-flag coverage of both Main Events along with exclusive features giving fans a behind-the-scenes window into the sport. To check out the complete NBCSN schedule, please visit http://americanflattrack.com/events-nbcsn.

Catch the highlights on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/AmericanFlatTrack/videos/1658033307564100/) and YouTube (https://youtu.be/wceV1yZcPfw).

Next Up:
American Flat Track will head to Fort Worth, Texas, on September 23, for the penultimate round of the 2017 season — the Lone Star Half-Mile presented by Indian Motorcycle. Live coverage can be viewed on FansChoice.tv beginning at 2:00 p.m. CT with Opening Ceremonies scheduled for 6:00 p.m. CT. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased at https://www.stubwire.com/event/lonestarnational12mile/texasmotorspeedway/ftworth/15769/.

Fans can keep up-to-date with American Flat Track on Facebook (@American Flat Track), Twitter (@AmericanFlatTrk) and Instagram (@AmericanFlatTrack). AFT mobile apps are available for iPhone on the App Store and for Android at Google Play. For more information, please visit http://www.americanflattrack.com.

Awards Update:
AFT Singles  
McElroy Packaging Lucky 7 – #99 Kevin Stollings
Motul Move of the Race – #99 Kevin Stollings

AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines
Öhlins Fastest Lap  — #9 Jared Mees
McElroy Packaging Lucky 7 – #9 Jared Mees

How to Watch:
NBCSN and FansChoice.tv are the official homes for coverage of American Flat Track events. All 18 rounds, from the season-opening Harley-Davidson DAYTONA TT to the American Flat Track Finals in Southern California, will air in one-hour primetime telecasts throughout the summer and fall on NBCSN. FansChoice.tv remains a cornerstone of AFT’s digital strategy and provides live streaming coverage of every event.

About American Flat Track:
American Flat Track is the world’s premier dirt track motorcycle racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Fla., the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on American Flat Track, please visit http://www.americanflattrack.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, check us out on Instagramlive stream the events at FansChoice.tv and catch all the American Flat Track racing action on NBCSN.



Today was the first time in at least 35 years since I have visited the York PA Harley-Davidson facility. I was limited to a morning visit and it was packed then, so I can only imagine how the rest of the day went…

Established as an assembly facility in 1973, Harley-Davidson Vehicle Operations in York, PA assembles the Touring, Softail®, CVO and Trike models. They also perform a variety of manufacturing operations – making parts like frames, fuel tanks, and fenders.

At the Vaughn L. Beals Tour Center, you’ll explore exhibits that detail the manufacturing and assembly processes of the factory. You’ll also have the chance to sit on current production motorcycles and visit the gift shop for tour-related souvenirs. The Kids Corner, a specially designed area for visitors under the age of 12, makes the York facility an ideal family destination. LEARN MORE, CLICK HERE.

hdyork-6585I began my day at York doing a self guided factory tour. If you are wondering why I haven’t posted any factory images, that’s because absolutely NO CAMERAS are permitted in the factory, for obvious reasons. The tour is fantastic. It’s incredibly amazing how advanced H-D has become with automation & productivity. Each work station on the factory floor represents the motorcycle becoming what we all are used to seeing on the road. I always refer back to the original H-D factory images from the early 1900’s, and ask myself, “What must the original Harley’s and Davidson’s be thinking about the factory I just walked through”. It’s just incredible how far this company has come, and the fact that they stayed true to the USA, makes the brand even more spectacular in this Photographers eyes.

Harley-Davidson's new factory in York, Pa., replaces what was a sprawling operation of 41 buildings covering 232 acres.In the 650,000 square foot plant, more than 100 robotic smart carts zip through the building once solely reserved for making Harley Softail bikes. --- CREDIT: Harley-Davidson Inc.
Harley-Davidson’s new factory in York, Pa., replaces what was a sprawling operation of 41 buildings covering 232 acres.In the 650,000 square foot plant, more than 100 robotic smart carts zip through the building once solely reserved for making Harley Softail bikes. — CREDIT: Harley-Davidson Inc.


hdyork-6592Above and below, the crowds are beginning to arrive, bands playing, stunt riding, and demo riding of all of the 2017 H-D models. I live only two hours from York, Pa, but if you have never visited this H-D factory, try to put it on your bucket list.

Other event highlights:

  •   A five-dealer shopping area with merchandise from 1st Capital Harley-Davidson,Appalachian Harley-Davidson, Lancaster Harley-Davidson, Susquehanna Harley-Davidson, and White’s Harley-Davidson
  •   Jax Teller’s motorcycle from Sons of Anarchy and the motorcycle from CaptainAmerica
  •   No. 17 Fastenal Ford driven by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in the Sprint Cup Series
  •   The Guide Dogs of AmericaHarley-Davidson is again the presenting sponsor of Bike Night on Sept. 23 in Downtown York. A motorcycle parade will kick off the event at 6 p.m. For more information, please see www.yorkcity.org/bikenight.


Evel Knievel Show Truck on Display for the Holidays

m-big-red-1Mack Trucks is celebrating the holidays by featuring Evel Knievel’s show truck “Big Red” at the Mack Trucks Historical Museum on three consecutive Saturdays in December.

The custom 1974 Mack FS786LST show truck is part of a temporary exhibit that will be open noon to 4 p.m. on three straight Saturdays: Dec. 5, Dec. 12 and Dec. 19. The exhibit will also be open during the museum’s regular exhibit hours on Monday Wednesday and Friday the week of Dec. 7.

“The Mack Trucks Historical Museum is where the history of Mack Trucks comes to life, and Evel’s show truck is no exception,” said John Walsh, Mack vice president of marketing. “Seeing Big Red not only brings back memories for those who watched Evel’s incredible stunts, but also helps create new memories for those who didn’t.”

Special activities are planned for the Saturday openings to include face painting, refreshments available for purchase and a vintage Evel Knievel video showing in the Bulldog Theater.

Big Red was custom-built for Knievel to haul his motorcycles, ramps and other equipment from event to event and was decorated inside and out with the daredevil’s colors and style.

The truck was rediscovered in a Florida salvage yard a few years ago in a state of disrepair. The truck was bought and restored as close as possible to its original condition by Lathan Mckay of Evel Knievel Enterprises and Historic Harley Davidson of Topeka, Kan.

The truck made its debut in July at the Evel Knievel museum, which is under construction at Historic Harley Davidson, and will feature several one-of-a-kind pieces of Knievel memorabilia.

The Mack Trucks Historical Museum is a not-for-profit corporation, separate from Mack Trucks, in Allentown, Penn. It hosts the premier collection of Mack trucks and Mack history.

SEE MORE: Related: Mack Show Truck Stars at Evel Knievel Documentary Premiere

Bittersweet Days: Before the Snow Flies

IMG_2020Riding in the late fall can be unpredictable. But that’s exactly what makes it interesting! The presence of unpredictability challenges your preparedness skills – and tests your mettle, too.

By chance, I ended up riding between Harrisburg, PA and Philadelphia, near Reading, actually. It had been a while since I’d been to this part of the country, and I forgot how pretty the rolling Pennsylvania countryside could be. There was still vibrant color in some of the hard wood trees that line the country two-laners, along with fields filled with straw-toned corn stalks. But by mid-November here, things can change like the wind (literally) and with a dusting of snow the vistas will quickly take on a nostalgic, Christmas-card-like quality.

One particularly pleasant stretch in the area is PA562 running east out of Reading. This thin strip of pavement hugs the ridge and rolls into the valleys heading toward Boyertown. Signs for corn mazes and country farm stores beckon you to pull over and kick around a bit. Houses and barns built from fieldstone are IMG_1947common and look like they were put there just for the scenic value. Who can resist pulling over to take a picture of the Stonersville Inn? (Not me, apparently!) And don’t be surprised if you encounter an Amish horse and buggy on some of the two-laners around here.

There’s plenty of history as signs for the Daniel Boone Homestead prove, and nearby is the town of Oley, where the Antique Motorcycle Club of America holds a much-touted annual meet.

Once in Boyertown, visit the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles, featuring cars, trucks, bicycles and, yes, motorcycles, too. For a good meal, we’d recommend Union Jack’s Inn On The Manatawny. It’s open late, has great food in a relaxing atmosphere, plus dozens of different beers, ales and ciders. The Twin Turret Inn provides a quaint and comfortable overnight stop.

You can follow PA73 out of Boyertown to Harleysville, just so you can say you’ve been there. If the weather holds, French Creek State Park is just to the south east of Reading.

But whatever way you go back, expect the unexpected: including unexpected beauty and unexpected pleasure. And make sure you store up enough memory nuggets to see you through those long winter days ahead.






















Bill’s Custom Cycles

From the outside, you’d never guess the treasure trove of vintage motorcycle parts stuffed inside Bill’s Custom Cycles in Bloomsburg, PA. And I do mean “stuffed” because since Bill Morris opened the shop in 1970 he has amassed an astounding array of components for Harleys, especially the early models. If you’re restoring or rebuilding a vintage Harley – 45, Pan, JD, or otherwise – Bill is the guy to call.

To read the article on “Bill’s Old Biker Barn”, CLICK HERE.

IMG_0527In addition to tons of used parts and even some N.O.S. inventory, the shop has the equipment and expertise to rebuild engines, transmissions, front ends and more. They also manufacture some popular parts that have grown impossible to find.

Just take a look at the pictures here. Yes, those are fork covers in the original packages from NEMPCO. Bill has an entire room filled with H-D bearings, too. Need wheels, fenders, seats? There’s a good chance you’ll find them at Bill’s. Gas caps, brake lever assemblies, lighting and electrical? You name it, he’s probably got it! Something we especially enjoyed, Bill even had “vintage” copies of IronWorks magazine from the ‘90s, from the days when he carried it at the shop. Yes, IronWorks featured the shop back then, too.

If you find yourself riding in central Pennsylvania, look them up. Even if you don’t need anything for a bike project, it’s a blast to look around. And you’ll be welcome; everyone at Bill’s is glad when people stop in.

Right up the hill from the shop is Bill’s Old Bike Barn, a massive, rambling menagerie of a collection that defies description. But that’s another story!

To read the story on Bill’s Old Bike Barn click here.

Bill’s Custom Cycles
7145 Columbia Boulevard
Bloomsburg, PA