Acclaimed Screenwriter Wins '05 National Motorcycle Racing Championship ... Twice!
HARDIN, Ky., Nov. 10, 2005 -- Yes, the 5000-plus-member American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association has a new Cross-Country National Champ representing both vintage ('74 and older motorcycles) and post-vintage ('75 and newer motorcycles). Kentucky native 51-year-old Spencer Balentine clinched both titles of the 12-race series after winning both races at the Hopkinsville, Kentucky event.
Cross-Country events are run on a three-mile natural terrain (rough) course for one hour. The expert riders start on the front line using a dead engine (kick and go) start when a flag is raised. Races are run rain or shine and begin each March in Daytona Beach, Florida and end in Alabama in November. The vintage motorcycles race first followed by a 30-minute intermission, then the post-vintage riders are up. Balentine attributed physical conditioning and the lack of mechanical breakdowns as the biggest factors in winning both classes.
Runner-up to Balentine in expert vintage 50-plus competition was Wisconsin rider Ron Winget. In expert post-vintage, historic Washington D.C.'s Jeff Brady placed a close second in points. Balentine races the hi-powered Penton motorcycles. These bikes are handmade in Austria and conform to A.H.R.M.A.'s rigid guidelines.
For more information on the U.S. vintage racing movement or Balentine's latest award-winning script "The Keepers" (a sci-fi fantasy about a troubled young American racer that discovers he's a modern-day Knight of the Round), please contact the new champion, Spencer Balentine, at 270-354-9657.