Project 250

The AMA introduced 250cc road racing in 1963, however the class did not become a national series until the 1977 season (it may have in fact been later than ’77, but it’s a long story best told another day). So the AMA really has no record of the results from 1963 to 1976.

Dick Hammer, the winner of the very first AMA 250cc National Road Race held at Daytona in March of 1963.

Dick Hammer, the winner of the very first AMA 250cc National Road Race held at Daytona in March of 1963.

Project 250 is designed to finally give recognition to the riders who raced the 250cc class (what would ultimately be called 250 Grand Prix) by posting the results of those races.

I’m entering the results as I can, a few hours here and a few hours there. I will update you as I complete years on the project.

One thing I would like help on is if anyone knows the model of the motorcycle being raced please let me know. I know the brand (i.e. Yamaha) in almost every instance, but I think it would be great to know if that Yamaha was a TD1 or a TD2 for example. This is especially important in the early years when there were so many different kinds of motorcycles raced in the class.

If you see any errors in the results please let me know that as well.

When I’m finished I hope to combine the 250 results from 1963-1976 to the AMA 250 Grand Prix results from 1977 through 2003, the final year of the championship, to produce combined all-time wins lists, etc. for the 40 years of the AMA 250 Grand Prix road racing.

I also ultimately hope to  produce point standings and yearly champions from the 1963 to 1976 era. There were so many great riders whose accomplishments in road racing have been lost to history in the early years of the AMA 250 class. Riders like Dick Hammer, Jody Nicholas, Dick Mann, Yvon Duhamel, Kel Carruthers, Gary Nixon and many others won these races and have never fully been given the credit they deserve for their accomplishments. We hope we can bring a little light on this golden era of AMA 250cc road racing.

AMA 250 Road Race Results

10 thoughts on “Project 250

  1. I have 2 Yamaha TD2-B’s, one of which I know was raced at Daytona in 1971 by William (Bill) Vickery, (last 3 digits of VIN ,,,520)
    I also have (last 3 digits if VIN ,,,521) which I have no history on.
    I would like to find all of the 1971 AMA 250 results, especially Daytona.
    I have the complete history on 520 (I’ve owned it twice), but no history on 521, (it came from Baltimore), if anyone can help me with that,, it will be greatly appreciated.
    p.s. I also have a TD-2b Trackmaster flat tracker,,, all three of these bikes are under restoration.


  2. My business partner Norris rancourt finished second behind Dick Mann that year and would love to be part of this project. He is still active in the motorcycle business with interest in Roseville Honda Motorsports and Capitol Yamaha. Thanks Dana Tutt


  3. Great to see results from the AMA 250 races. As a privateer rider on my own Yamahas from 1970 (3rd at Daytona in Novice 250 race) till 1977, I well recall those events and riders.

    To know the model ridden by the top runners each year, just look at a listing of the current model Yamaha available, as all the top runners used the latest model (except me, who ran my 1967 TD1-C until 1974. I finished 4th at Daytona on my TZ250, and ran it ’til 1977). Still have my TD1-C. It’s not been touched since it’s final race in 1975.

    All those names listed in the results are very familiar. Just wonder where they are today, although I still keep in touch with a few of them.


  4. The lightweight H-D that Cal Rayborn won on in 1970 was a 350cc Aermacchi. If you remember, a 350cc single was allowed in the 250 class. Bill Steele of Steele’s Harley Davidson of Essex (NJ) bought it and I raced the bike in late 72 and 73 in the AMA Novice class. The first race was at Charlotte. It was amazing how I could pass the Yamaha’s. After practice, Kel Carruthers came over to see what it was I was racing. He was impressed! Unfortunately, in the feature, the engine sucked the exhaust valve in and destroyed the beautiful head. It was never the same after that. I believe that a vintage racer on Long Island still races the bike periodically.


  5. Hmm, just now found that these results are missing. Had something to do with the switchover to new ISP. Will look into it. Thanks for the heads up.


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