Riding into History™ Motorcycle Concours
Featuring for 2016 “Viva Moto Europa” Motorcycles
Saturday, May 21, 2016
World Golf Village, St. Augustine, Florida
I-95, Exit 323
David Aldana, Grand Marshal
David Aldana is a motorcycle racer who specialized in dirt track oval racing and road racing. In 1970, Aldana became a rookie expert on the AMA Grand National circuit riding for BSA. It was to be one of the most memorable rookie seasons in the history of the series. The classic motorcycling documentary, “On Any Sunday,” caught snippets of Aldana’s rookie season and it conveyed his brash and carefree attitude. One of the most colorful personalities in racing, David Aldana was a top AMA Grand National Series competitor during the 1970s, winning four AMA nationals during his career. By the late 1970s, Aldana began concentrating on road racing. While with BSA, Aldana was a part of the American team that went to England to participate in the Trans-Atlantic Match Races. It was David’s first taste of racing outside of the U.S., and he later said those races really honed his road racing skills. In 1975, he was the top individual scorer at the Trans-Atlantic Match Races, and led the American team to their first victory in the series over the British team. Honda recognized Aldana’s obvious talent on Superbikes and hired him to race in the World Championship Endurance Series. In that series, Aldana raced in races such as the prestigious LeMans and Bol ‘d Or 24-hour events and the Suzuka Eight Hour, at that time arguably the single most important motorcycle race in the world.
David seemed to operate under a theory he laid out in a magazine interview. “If you don’t fall off now and then, you don’t know how fast you can go.” At the same time he earned a nickname of the “Rubber Ball,” since he always seemed to easily bounce up after spectacular crashes. He also gained notoriety from wearing a set of racing leathers he designed which featured an almost entirely black leather suit with a contrasting human skeleton on the front.
In 1999, David was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.
Riding into History™ – Who Are We?
Riding into History™ (RIH) is a world class Vintage Motorcycle Concours d’Elegance. Since its inception, Riding Into History has been held at the World Golf Village near St. Augustine, Florida. It has received widespread coverage and articles have been written about it all over the world. It was also nationally featured on the Speed Channel. This competition attracts over 300 antique and vintage motorcycles each year. Collectors from all over America bring their motorcycles to the show, and they are displayed around the lake which forms the centerpiece of the World Golf Village. There are numerous exhibitors at the Concours, as well as representatives from several motorcycle clubs. RIH is a 501(c)3 organization that has contributed $400,000 to charities. Our chosen charity for 2015 is The K9s for Warriors. RIH was able to contribute 40K to K9s for Warriors after the 2014 event. The Weaver Foundation has pledged to match our 40K donation! There is no paid staff, and all duties are performed by volunteers.
Donate in Memory of Don Bradley to K9s for Warriors!
Riding into History – Chairman
Marina Alley is serving her final year as Chairman of Riding Into History, with the 16th annual event scheduled for May 22-23, 2015 at the World Golf Village. Chris Alley is our Vice Chair for 2015. The K9s for Warriors will be the beneficiary of the event.