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Old Highway 40 Motorcycle Days returns to Donner Ski Ranch

DARIN OLDE, Sierra Sun

One of the most unique motorcycle exhibitions in the nation, the third annual Buell Old Highway 40 Motorcycle Days returns to Donner Ski Ranch the weekend of Aug. 12 and 13.

Last year the five-part event drew more than 5,000 spectators. This year, with the addition of the Freestyle Motorcross Demonstration, an event where pro riders perform tricks 40 feet in the air from a 90-foot jump, organizers expect between 5,000 and 7,000 attendees.

“There is no other event like it in the nation,” said Marketing Director Todd Repsher. “All of the different events are taking place in the same area, and all are within walking distance from Donner Ski Ranch.”

The 5th Annual Championship Pavement Hillclimb is a spectator favorite. Pictures of motorcycles and sidecars racing across the bridge above Donner Lake have appeared in numerous publications.

The event is a sprint from Donner Lake to the top of Donner Pass. The course is three miles long with 37 turns and an elevation gain of 1,088 feet. Every class of motorcycle is featured in this event.

“There’s only one other event that I know that races uphill like that,” said Jay England, owner of Thin Air Motor Sports, a motorcycle repair and service shop in Truckee. “There are bikes built just for that class, and sidecars.”

The S.T.T.A.R.S. Super National event will take place in Donner Ski Ranch’s main parking lot. Super TT Racing is an event featuring high-powered dirt bikes modified to accept a hybrid tire, racing on a half dirt, half street course.

Now in its third year, the Dirt Hillclimb Championship is a traditional hill climb featuring all classes of motorcycles. The competition takes place at the “Face” ski run at Donner Ski Ranch, which is an 800-foot course at an angle of approximately 50 degrees with challenging soil changes from top to bottom.

Battle Trax is a unique event presented by Battle 2WIN Magazine which brings all of the skills necessary in operating a motorcycle down to a spectator- and participant-friendly scale. Anyone with a motorcycle can enter and race on Sunday. The course is located in the middle of the Old Highway 40 Motorcycle Days action.

And finally, the A.C.T. Dual Sport Ride is an organized dual sport ride scheduled to leave and return to Donner Ski Ranch on Saturday. Sign-ups and information are available at http://www.dualsport adventures.com.

All events are open to participants, and spectators can access all events, the shuttle bus and the ski lift with one ticket.

Ticket prices are $15 per day in advance, $18 per day at the gate and $10 per day for kids 12 and under. On-site, self-contained camping is available for $5 per vehicle per night.

For information contact Donner Ski Ranch at 426-3635 or http://www.donnerskiranch.com.


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