Kenny Buongiorno is one of the masterminds behind the event we all know as Strange Days. Kenny was bit by the moto bug back in 1994 after purchasing his first bike, a Yamaha PW50. He currently owns a bunch of Sportsters or "dumpsters" as he refers to them. When he's not curating Strange Days, he spends the rest of his time organizing flat track races in Cuddebackville, NY. Ken's flat track racing obsession started four years ago thanks to his pal Matt Rush from Rush Cycles. "Matt rode his 1960 Pan to Square Deal Riders in Port Crane, NY. He took off the lights, raced, and got a bottle of champagne for the participation award. Also, Bill Applegate raced the 1950 Pan TT. After hearing their fun stories, I ran my 1973 Ironhead a couple of months later at the Vintage AMA event at Oakland Valley Speedway. Needless to say, I'm hooked. My friends talked about bringing an event to our local track, Oakland Valley Race Park. My gears were turning on what the event would become, living in the Appalachian Mountains of NJ, the name gave shape to the project. The idea of producing a show and race is challenging, but the formula worked. The team that came together is awesome, and we're excited to bring more events to the east," stated Ken. I asked Ken to give us the lowdown on the Appalachian Moto Jam and here are his thoughts. Enjoy!
"The Appalachian Moto Jam series is a weekend of Vintage & Modern motorcycle races, bike shows, vendors/parts swapping, live music and camping. Our previous event on October 8, 2016, consisted of 1/4 mile dirt track races at Oakland Valley Race Park in Cuddebackville, NY. A $1500 cash purse and a unique variety of motorcycle classes made a full day of action-packed, wacky racing. Thunder from the track, the racers letting it hang high on the outside, some bar bashing mayhem and Dyna wheelies, it spelled excitement for both the crowd and riders.”
“A walk through the pits led folks on a journey to an open swapmeet, motorcycles, racer pit areas, food, and old and new friends just enjoying a day at the races. The 20 different motorcycle classes with practice, qualifier, and the main feature rounds, lasted all day and continued into the evening. Racers working hard and the crowd cheering, though, made the award ceremony well-deserved and relaxed for everyone. The top three positions in all classes took home AMJ jerseys, and certain classes received a cash payout, while others simply went home with a dirt-covered smile. When the bonfire ignited, cheers echoed, bikes rumbled, and the live bluegrass music playing created a song of its own in the mountains of Cuddebackville, NY. Thanks to everyone who shared a great weekend. Looking forward to the next one folks.”
Photos by Geoff Barrenger
“Appalachian Moto Jam is kicking off 2017 with the Motorcycle Hill Climb & Snow Scramble on January 28-29 at Gotham Mountain MX park located in Monticello, NY. The Lodge will be open with bar, food, and live entertainment. Swapmeets are encouraged in the pits, and antique/vintage/modern motorcycles climbing snow-covered hills will ensure a fun event!”
“Big thanks to my mom for working every event. Matt Rush / Rush Cycles the 100% Harley Fucking Davidson man who is a huge part of the project, motor building, and overall fun. All the friends and other families who come together and help out with all parts of the event. And the sponsors who kick in gear and promote our mayhem. For more information please visit our website and follow us on Instagram and Facebook for the 2017 event details.” -Kenny Buongiorno
ChopCult is proud to support Kenny and the Appalachian Moto Jam through their 2017 season, and beyond. It’s been a pleasure working with Kenny over the years. I would like to thank Kenny for helping me with this feature and thank Geoff Barrenger for the great photos. Get out and support your local racetrack and fellow enthusiasts. -Lisa