New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials helped celebrate the opening of the Laconia Motorcycle Week on Thursday. And while the Lakes Region prepares to host bikers from around the world, the Magic Mile is set to celebrate the historic 90th annual Loudon Classic, America's longest-running motorcycle race. The three-day thrill ride, which will feature more than 30 races involving four different series, will zip around the 1.6-mile road course on June 14, 15 and 16.
This year's Loudon Classic weekend will be highlighted by not only the 90th running of the middleweight grand prix feature event on Saturday, June 15, but the Community Appreciation Parade scheduled for 10 a.m. the same morning. NHMS has teamed up with Laconia Harley-Davidson in an effort to raise over $76,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of New Hampshire and an attempt to set a Guinness World Records title. Participants will have the unique opportunity to ride around the Magic Mile, continue on a police escorted, scenic 32-mile non-stop ride around the Lakes Region.
"Laconia Bike Week and the Speedway have gone hand in hand for many years, especially with the Loudon Classic being the anchor event for us," said Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of the speedway during Thursday's press conference inside the Lobster Pound at Weirs Beach. "But I think this year we've been integrating things at a higher level, and of course the big thing is the fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Clubs."
In addition to the running of the 90th annual Loudon Classic feature event, the three-day weekend of action will also include the exhilarating MOTARD event, sidecar action and plenty of more motorcycle mayhem. The weekend certainly won't be two-wheel exclusive, though, as the Granite State Legend Cars and Gifford's Famous Ice Cream Bandoleros will also be on the track Saturday and Sunday.
Eric Wood of Ashburnham, Mass., will return to defend his Loudon Classic championship from 2012.
During the MOTARD event, competitors will battle on a combination of the 1.6-mile asphalt road course, as well as areas of the track that includes gravel, grass and several high-flying jumps. This race showcases local Loudon Road Race stars such as Shane Narbonne of Tyngsboro, Mass., Tyler Sweeney of Boston, Mass., and Alex Guilbeault of Litchfield, N.H.
In addition to an overflowing on-track schedule, there will be several entertaining non-racing events, including the sixth annual State of New Hampshire Legislators Parade Lap, an appearance by Miss New Hampshire and live bands. New to the lineup this year will be ladies mud wrestling and a stunt bike show with Team FMX and Plaistow Motorsports.
Tickets for the Loudon Classic will be available at the gate. For more information please call 603-783-4931 or visit www.nhms.com.
The 90th Loudon Classic is part of the 2013 racing season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, which also includes the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series New Hampshire 300 on July 14 and SYLVANIA 300 on Sept. 22.