http://www.arkansasdirtriders.net/node/293 Arkansas Dirt Riders Press Release ISDT Reunion Ride On October 26 -28, 2007 a major motorcycle event will be coming to the River Valley region of Arkansas. The Arkansas Dirt Riders motorcycle club, in cooperation with the Mt. Magazine Ranger District of the Forest Service and the community of New Blaine, Arkansas, will be hosting the 11th Annual Leroy Winters Memorial ISDT Reunion Ride. This prestigious off-road motorcycle event is based on the International Six- Day Trials (ISDT), the “Olympics of Motorcycling”, with a history dating from the first event held in Great Briton in 1913. This international event pitted the best off-road motorcycle riders from competing countries on a grueling six day course demanding the best from man and machine. The United States had its first exposure in 1949 when an American, Tommy McDermott, won a Gold medal riding for the British BSA team. The first true American team made it’s debut in 1964 with the team of Bud Ekins and Steve McQueen (yes that Steve McQueen!). Since that date the best American riders have represented our nation at the ISDT, and its successor, the International Six Day Enduro (ISDE). The ISDT Reunion Ride was conceived to bring together and recognize the off-road motorcycle hero’s of this era along with the motorcycles and flavor of the ISDT in a relaxed racing format. This was conceived by Dick Mann, one of America’s most well known motorcycle racers and ISDT competitor, and Leroy Winters, a Fort Smith, Arkansas native and fierce ISDT competitor from 1965 – 1972. The first four Reunion Rides were in Leroy Winters “back yard” in Arkansas and hosted by his local club the Razorback Riders. The sport lost Leroy in 1999 and the event was renamed the Leroy Winters Memorial. Since that time the event has moved around the country from Missouri to Massachusetts to Oklahoma and grown in recognition and popularity. The Arkansas Dirt Riders hosted this event in 2005 and based on the hospitality of the community coupled with a high quality event, were asked to again promote this venue. With its return to New Blaine, it has become one of the premier vintage motorcycle events with a sanction from the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA). The event is part of the AHRMA National Cross Country series and entrants are expected from all over the United States as well as several foreign countries. The format is to provide the competitors with a two day ride of approximately ninety miles in the scenic Ozark National Forest under the authority of a Special Use Permit from the Forest Service. The ride will have a time schedule compatible with the philosophy of “50 year old men on 30 year old motorcycles”. Interspersed on the course will be timed “Special Tests” to determine ranking within each motorcycle and ability class. The two day event will conclude with a “Grass Track” or motocross race with all competitors, held on a Dick Mann designed track. A Reunion Ride banquet will be held on Saturday evening to honor the past ISDT veterans and present awards for service to those who have had an impact in preserving the ISDT tradition. Hosting the ceremony will be Larry Maiers of TV’s “Speedvision”. National motorcycle publications will also be in attendance and reporting on the entire event. Support for the event within the community of New Blaine, Arkansas will be provided by the Volunteer Fire Department of New Blaine, the Community Park Board (where the event will be headquartered) and members of the community. There will be former ISDT riders like Ron Robolzi, Ray Munganast, Dwight Rudder, Chris Carter, John Penton, Jack Penton, Dane Leimbach, Carl Cranke, Doug Wilford, Tommy McDermott, Don Cutler, Dave Crain, Greg Holder, Jeff Smith, Kevin Hines, Dick Mann, and many others. Autographs , photo opts. and get to ride with your ISDT Heros.