Last night I got an email from Tony Wenck, producer of Pit Pass Radio, to let me know they’re interviewing AMA CEO Rob Dingman on tomorrow night’s show. Tony asked if I had any questions I wanted him to ask.
It’s short notice, but one of the things I want to do is gauge the feelings of the vintage community on the AMA, so I put together a short (4 question) survey I’m asking my fellow vintage enthusiasts to take. The survey is being sponsored by Motorsports Publications, LLC, the distributor of classic European magazines. When you complete the survey you’ll be entered in a drawing to win a free, 1-year subscription to Classic Dirt Bike magazine!
I also submitted the following questions to Tony (thanks to Rick Salazar for his input.):
- It’s apparent that significant, positive changes are underway at the AMA, but there is a legacy of mistrust among much of the off-road community (at least in TX and across the southeast where I have always lived) that the AMA has taken our dues and done nothing to promote or protect our rights. One of the ways to address this type of mistrust is improved transparency into an organization’s sources and uses of funds. Are there plans to improve visibility into the AMA’s financial operations, and let the members see where the money comes from and where it goes?
- I was very encouraged by the recent profile of AMA Board Chairman Stan Simpson in American Motorcyclist. He seems to have a very strong off-road background and may be the kind of personality that can legitimize the AMA in the minds of many off-road enthusiasts. Does the organization have a plan for uniting the fractious, scattered, and highly individualized off-road rights efforts into a more cohesive, nation-wide effort?
- While the AMA is distancing itself from the business of professional racing (a move I applaud,) the men who risk their health and lives for a career in racing are still motorcyclists and deserve representation. In many cases they are icons and our heroes, and we owe them a lot. Seeing people like Danny Chandler and David Bailey living near poverty or going without needed medical care for lack of funds is a tragedy. Does the AMA have any plans to develop (or push for) long-term benefits/pension plans for the professional athletes in our sport? (I realize this could ultimately put the AMA at odds with the very companies they sold the racing organization(s) to.)
- In the professional arenas where the AMA is still involved, are there any plans to alter current rules favoring a specific technology (four-stroke engines) and level the playing field for other approaches?
- Also in professional racing with AMA involvement, are there any plans to restructure the purses to better support the smaller teams and independents rider who fill the gates but do not finish in the top 5?
- As a corporation, does the AMA see any future role for itself in preserving, or even acquiring, private land for use by off-road enthusiasts?
- The disability rates for our professional athletes are among the highest in major professional sports. Does the AMA see any role for itself in researching causes, impacts, and solutions?
- Recently a long-time AMA Congress delegate from District 36 wrote to Cycle News with a some interesting, if uncomplimentary, observations. What role does the AMA see for the district structure and the Congress in the future?
I will post the survey results — summary statistics and no names, of course — here when I have enough response. If I get 100 responses by tomorrow afternoon I will forward the results to Tony at Pit Pass to share with Dingman. Please be sure and catch the interview tomorrow nite.