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Peoria TT races Aug. 20

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If you've never been to the Peoria TT, you don't know what you're missing! If you don't have any other plans for Sunday August 20, check out the AMA TT National promoted by the Peoria Motorcycle Club. This event is the last of the club promoted events on the schedule. In some ways, it's like stepping back in time 40 or 50 years. If you've never been there, when you descend into the valley you'll be amazed......and, when you see the riders hit that jump for the first time....well... you just have to see it for yourself!

Going to the Peoria TT will give you a whole new respect for flattrackers.

Racing legend Dick "Bugsy" Mann will be on hand as the Grand Marshal of this years event celebrating 50 years since he first raced at Peoria.

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Post up all the info you can possibly think about on this subject, please.

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This is definitely one of the coolest races I've ever been to. We went about 4 years ago and watched Nicky Hayden wipe out in the main and came back and won it on the last lap. Those guys seriously haul ass. :thumbsup::ride:

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Here's all the information I can think of regarding the Peoria TT Steeplechase Grand National: The Peoria Motorcycle Club was started in the early 1930's as an off shoot of the inactive Galesburg Motorcycle Club. Bruce Walters had owned a Harley-Davidson dealership in Galesburg and moved to Peoria and basically brought the club with him.

We are talking about the depression era, and the club needed to find ways to raise money. One of the things they did was to rent some land near town and put on a TT Steeplechase race under the new Class "C" rules of the AMA. The TT Steeplechase was a concept that was devised on the east coast. A club or promoter could sanction a race over "natural" smoothed terrain that would include right and left turns, a jump and even a water hazard,(Water hazards were later prohibited by the rules).

The Peoria MC ran several of these before World War 2. At the wars end the modern era of the Peoria TT began. TT racing was pretty much a "run what ya brung" affair with classes for 45 cubic inch machines and 80 cubic inch machines. The machinery rules have changed periodically, today 450 singles are the weapons used. In 1947 the Peoria TT was run on the track that it is run on today, although slightly different configuration, but has run in the same location ever since. In the mid 1950's it became part of the Grand National Championship series.

This would be the 59th running but it's only the 58th because 1977 was rained out without a viable rain date it was not run again until 1978. It is the oldest race on the circuit because it predates Daytona from it's beginnings on rented land in the early '30's. It is the last of the Club promoted events (Even the Sturgis Rally and Races have been run by a big corporation for the last dozen years, it was taken away from the Jackpine Gypsies in 1990) and, it is the most unique motorsports event in the Western hemisphere, second only to the Isle of Man TT in the world! This years running will take place at the PMC Race Park clubgrounds on Cameron Lane in Bartonville near the Peoria Airport on August 20. Gates open early AM, arrive early for the best viewing from shady spots!

How's that?

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