Tailgaters packed the York Fairgrounds for flat track races every Memorial Day from 1959 until 1994.
This fall, White Rose Thunder, a new motorcycle event is bringing back the flat track races as part of the motorcycle event at the fairgrounds on Sept. 27-Sept. 30.
Local and nationally known bikers will compete in the flat track races as part of the 2012 American Motorcycle Association Racing All Star National Flat Track series on Saturday, Sept. 29.
In addition to $20,000 in awards for the races, the six fastest racers will qualify for the Randy Texter Memorial Dash for Cash, where another $5,000 will be distributed to the winners.
Texter owned Lancaster Harley Davidson and was a lifelong AMA member. He passed away in 2010. He had always been actively involved in the flat track races at the fairgrounds, said Bob Adamson, event coordinator for White Rose Thunder.
Both of Texter's children, Cory and Shayna Texter, are past multi-time amateur national champions and will be competing in the races.
"Anything I do brings back memories of my dad," said Cory Texter, 24, of Lancaster. "Every weekend we raced."
Cory last competed in a race in York in 2008 with his dad. His sister, Shayna Texter, 21, had a wreck at that race that ended in a trip to the hospital, so memories of that day are bittersweet, but Cory said it is still one of his favorite tracks in the country.
He and his sister usually try to race in different events, even though their childhood rivalry has worn off, Cory said.
"When we were younger it was a lot worse, since you're never supposed to get beat by a girl even if it is your sister," Texter said.
He is proud of his sister's accomplishments, as she became the first female in AMA Grand National History to win a GNC Pro Singles Main Event in 2011, and Texter says he is her biggest fan.
"I just like going fast and with this kind of racing you can get up to 150 miles per hour," said Texter, who will be riding a Harley XR750.
Adamson estimates that White Rose Thunder will attract more than 30,000 people, bringing nearly $6 million in spending to the county.
Motorcycle enthusiasts can take in a bike show, vendors, vintage cycles, and product demonstration rides as well as musical performances by Kix, Vince Neil of Motley Crue and the Mustang Sally Band.
A bike builder will begin constructing a motorcycle on Thursday from his tractor trailer at the fairgrounds and complete the project by Sunday.
Biker Billy, a Harley rider and vegetarian known for spicy food creations on his cable television cooking show, will be teaming up with Altland House to do cooking demonstrations.
Halo, a Maryland based tattoo artist, will be accompanied by 50 other tattoo artists who will be offering their services all weekend. Professional airbrush artists from Sinful Art Tattoo Supply will be on site to do customized artwork on motorcycles.
Motorcyclists are also invited to participate in charity rides through a different county on each day of the White Rose Thunder event, beginning with Adams County on Thursday, Lancaster on Friday, York on Saturday, and ending with Cumberland and Dauphin Counties on Sunday.
White Rose Thunder coincides with York City Bike Night on Sept. 28, the Fox 43 Pride and Ride on Sept. 29, and the Jefferson Hill Climbs on Sept. 30.
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