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.
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.