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Cycle News 1992 09 23

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as a "Vintage Motorcycle Treasure." Wood says that Kunze, a former Indian dealer and Midwest distributor for Berliner Motorcycles, has some 220 vintage motorcycles and over $1 million in parts and accessories in his estate. The auction is open to inspection on both days at 8:00 a.m. AMA National Championship Road Race Series will conclude with five hours of broadcasts during September and October. Shows from the final AMA National of the season at Texas World Speedway will be aired on October 22 and October 29, a week earlier than originally announced. The two shows featuring the MidOhio Sports Car Course round of the series will be shown on September 17 and October I. alifornia's Off-Highway Vehicle Fund - the country's largest self-funded motorized recreation program - has become a victim of a budget bailout by state lawmakers, according to the AMA. Passage of the state's long-awaited budget plan, signed into law by California Governor Pete Wilson on September 2, has resulted in the taking of nearly $9 million from the fund, popularly known as the Green Sticker program. That plan, part of a widespread package approved by the state Legislature, "diverted" the money from the fund to help balance the budget for the state's Department of Parks and Recreation, which was contributing to the state's $11 billion deficit. The Green Sticker fund is -maintained through fuel taxes and registration fees imposed on off-highway enthusiasts in the state. By law, the money generated must be used for projects specifically related to motorized recreation. But lawmakers have often viewed it as a convenient source of income for other programs operating at a deficit. Prior to this latest fund diversion, $24 million had been taken from the program. Throughout the budget-balancing process, the Green Sticker program also was confronted by other legistlative threats, including proposals that would have put the state's off-highway recreation areas under control of other programs, limited yearly expenditures and diverted millions of dollars away from the intended purpose of the program. At the same time, the program was facing a "s\,.lnset" clause that would have eliminated it at the end of 1992 unless the state Legislature took specific action to renew it. But representatives of the Off-Road Vehicle Legislative Coalition, lDade up of various off-highway user groups, including the AMA and its District 36 and 37 affiliates, the California Off-Road Vehicle Association, the California Four-Wheel Drive Association and others, worked through.\hose critical challenges, eventually winning approval of a plan that keeps the program alive by extending it for another five years. "The best we can say is that the program has survived," said Bob Ham, a Sacramento based lobbyist for the coalition. "The state of California will face at least one more year of serious budget problems, and it may take years for the Green Sticker program to recover." C The American Motorcycle Institute in Daytona Beach, Florida, will again open its shop and dynamometer facilities at no charge to racers competing in the AMAlCCS Championship Cup Series final at Daytona International Speedway on October 16-18. The shop will .be open on October 15 at 8 a.m. and will remain open 24 hours a day until October 18 at 7 p.m. AMI is located 1.5 miles west of the speeqway at 3042 Volusia Ave. For more information contact Bruce Brahms at 8oo/881-2AMI. The AMA Professional Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, November 21, in San Pedro, California. Among the evening's presentatIons and awards will be the announcement of the 1992 MotoWorld Professional Athlete of the Year and the AMA Professional Sportsman of the Year. The banquet will be held at the Doubletree Hotel and Marina in San Pedro, beginning with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m., the awards presentation at 8:30 p.m., and music and dancing at 10:30 p.m. Noted television commentators Dave Despain and Larry Maiers will co-host the program with assistance from Miss Camel, Michelle Fairman, and Miss Coors, Jill Thompson, in presenting the awards. Tickets are $60 per person. Forward checks or money orders to: AMA Awards Banquet, P.O. Box 6114, Westerville, OH 43081-6114. For special room rates, contact .the Doubletree Hotel and Marina at 310/514-3344. Yamaha of Leesburg Racing has taken over the GTU endurance team in the AMA/CCS Endurance Challenge Series formerly known as New Tech Racing. The team of Jon Roberts, Glenn Barry and Michael Taylor will be aboard a Kawasaki ZX6 under the direction of Yamaha of Leesburg owner Brett Singer. Budget raids Green Sticker program British. road racer Peter Graves is selling the Yamaha Harris SLS 500cc GP bike he campaigned in the 1992 500cc World Championship Road Race Series. The bike features a Yamaha YZR500 V-four, two-stroke engine and is one of only six Harris 500s to be built. Graves says that the Harris Yamaha may be the hot ticket for the WERA Formula USA Series. He's asking $105,000 for the bike which he rode to a best result of 14th in the British Grand Prix. For more information contact Graves at Park House, 106 Park Road, Teddington, Middlesex, TWll OAN, Great Britain. Filice T-shirt and a note that read: "My dad and I are sending you this shin so in the future you'll spell our name right. Thank you, Alexis Ann Filice." Tim Buche, American Suzuki sales development manager, has announced that Suzuki Retail Finance is offering special assistance to qualified customers in Florida and Louisiana who were set back by Hurricane Andrew. Those customers will receive a two month extension of repayment terms. For more information, call Suzuki Retail Finance at 800/ 553-4570. Endurance road racing team N2 Racing and its AMA 250cc Grand Prix rider Jim Sabin will be sponsored by National Car Rental for the rest of the 1992 racing season. N2 Racing is currently ranked sixth in the AMAI CCS Endurance Challenge Series and . Sabin's best finish in the AMA 250cc Grand Prix class came at Texas World Speedway where he finished fifth. Volusia County Speedway in Florida has begun construction on a new 3/8ths-mile tri-oval dirt track adjacent to the paved track that is located some 15 miles northeast of Daytona Beach. The infield of the new tri-oval will feature a motocross track, designed by Track Builders, Inc., and the new facility will hold its grand opening on November 1 when it plays host to a round of the World Sports, Inc.promoted Gold Cup Series. A public auction sale will be held to settle the estate of motorcycle parts dealer and distributor Herb Kunze on Tuesday, October 20, and Wednesday, October 21, at Flint Indian Sales in Flint, Michigan. Auctioneers J. Wood & Co. are billing the collection of-motorcycles that will be auctioned AMA road racer Ron McGill of Devon, Pennsylvania, suffered serious injurie~ in an automobile accident on September 7. McGill suffered vertabrae fractures, a broken foot, and facial lacerations. McGill is recuperating at Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and is expected to be out of action for at least three months. Cards and letters can be sent to McGill at 1027 Valley Forge Rd., Apt. 278, Devon, PA 19333. reservations made at the Days/Raddison. For reservations at the Red Lion Hotel Ontario, call 714/983-0909. Due to the rescheduling of the Sacramento Mile round of the Camel Pro Series to October 3, TT races at the Lodi Cycle Bowl in Lodi, California, have also been rescheduled. The race scheduled for September 27 will now take place on aturday night, September 26, and the race scheduled for October 3 will take place on Sunday, October 4. In addition, the October 31 race will take place in the afternoon so children and parents can get home in time for Halloween night. Chris Agajanian, promoter of the Pomona Half Mile - the concluding round of the 1992 Camel Pro Series, has announced a change in the official hotel for the event. The new host hotel is the Red Lion Hotel Ontario and a special $60 room rate is available there. The Red Lion will also be the host hotel for the Harley Owners Group's end-of-the-year party. The previous host hotel, Days Hotel, is now a Raddison Hotel and Agajanian said, "They have indicated that an association with a motorcycle event of our caliber is not a high priority." Agajanian is urging race fans to cancel The editor who inadvertently misspelled the name of Alexis Ann Filice, daughter of AMA 250cc National Road Race Champion Jimmy Filice in a recent birth announcement, found a small package on his desk last week. In it was a Jimmy Team Suzuki motocrosser .Guy Cooper is well on the road to recovery from the broken left femur he sustained at the August 30 National MX in Binghamton, New York. In a telephone conversation, Cooper's wife Jayna said that Guy had a metal rod inserted in the leg, and that he is . already able to drive his tractor and walk without the aid of crutches. "The doctor says that the bone is already showing signs of healing, and that he is ahead of schedule," said Jayna. 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